Is there lead in Seattle’s drinking water?

When Seattle Public Utilities advised residents last week to run their taps for two minutes before drinking the water, it was, at first, a little…

Council to mayor: Focus more on gentrification

It happened, Seattle. Our worst nightmare has come true: We’re now officially the new San Francisco. That is, of course, if you take the Wall…

In Portland, mysterious odors, unresponsive regulators

This story is a production of OPB/EarthFix. Find more about Portland's toxic air problem here. Adam Bartell felt like a crackpot for complaining about air…

Washington among top 10 states for refugees

Seattle received a global visitor on Wednesday, here to talk about a hot topic in the United States and abroad: The world refugee crisis. Kelly…

Mayor’s response to homelessness still tied to selling public land

In this edition of Remember When: How Seattle plans to pay for its homelessness State of Emergency. Remember when the $5 million in one-time spending was unveiled,…

Davida Ingram practices art in the 5th dimension

This is the second in a series of profiles of artists who will be performing at the sold out Crosscut Arts Salon: The color of…

No room for trees in Seattle’s new parks

Forget what you think you know about green Seattle parks. A new park just south of Seattle University shows us an important aspect of the future…

Mayor Murray: No public safety levy

In with one levy and out with another. Hours after the Seattle City Council advanced this August’s proposed $290 million housing levy out of committee,…

West Coast farmworkers gear up for a long fight

On the side of a dusty road just south of Bellingham, a Northwest story of fruit, farms and labor unfolded. There on a Friday afternoon…

Is Washington ready for the next big oil spill?

On a calm, clear afternoon in December 1985, the Arco Anchorage made a routine stop in Port Angeles, Washington. The crew was killing time, waiting…

City environmental efforts: Got justice?

Communities of color in Seattle could have more reason to celebrate the local environment in years to come. That’s the hope, at least, behind new…

Murray moves to clean up the Jungle

They call it the Jungle: the lush greenway beneath I-5, home to hundreds of people living in their tents. Its conditions and safety have long…

Tracy Rector wants you to know exactly where you stand

Seattle filmmaker and arts advocate Tracy Rector is a force of nature. In her more than 14 years of working with film, she says she…

Murray gives labor watchdog more teeth

Mayor Ed Murray has a plan to finance and expand the Office of Labor Standards, Seattle’s labor law watchdog. And to the joy of the…

Rare bipartisan moment in D.C. boosts WA tribes, farmers, fish

This story originally appeared in High Country News. Farmers, fishermen, communities and conservationists in Washington state who have spent years forging a compromise to manage…

Charter schools suspending black students at high rates

Charter schools, which are new to Washington state, appear to be suspending African American students nationally at even higher rates than the traditional public schools whose…

Tax on business will fund new cops

Mayor Ed Murray’s got a plan to pay for 200 new cops by 2020. In a statement Thursday, the mayor announced he would expand the…

The ultimate test for the mayor and business community

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray is in a tight spot, squeezed between business interests and a city council apparently eager to advance the follow-up to the…

Tracy Rector wants you to know exactly where you stand

Seattle filmmaker and arts advocate Tracy Rector is a force of nature. In her more than 14 years of working with film, she says she…

6 things to do in Seattle this weekend

Cephalopod Appreciation Society A 16-year tradition, the Cephalopod Appreciation Society was created by group of friends who discovered their fascination with the multi limbed sea-creatures…

Gregoire, Zillow and Challenge Seattle: The next Civic Cocktail

How can Seattle’s business community help solve the city's issues? Can they play a big part in fixing our unreliable transportation system or rising cost…

No room for trees in Seattle’s new parks

Forget what you think you know about green Seattle parks. A new park just south of Seattle University shows us an important aspect of the future…

Parents, rejoice: These apps will help you find a carpool and a sitter

Need a cab? Hail one on your phone in under 5 minutes. Forgot the chilled white wine and your dinner guests arrive in an hour?…

Murray moves to clean up the Jungle

They call it the Jungle: the lush greenway beneath I-5, home to hundreds of people living in their tents. Its conditions and safety have long…

Rare bipartisan moment in D.C. boosts WA tribes, farmers, fish

This story originally appeared in High Country News. Farmers, fishermen, communities and conservationists in Washington state who have spent years forging a compromise to manage…

West Coast farmworkers gear up for a long fight

On the side of a dusty road just south of Bellingham, a Northwest story of fruit, farms and labor unfolded. There on a Friday afternoon…

Murray gives labor watchdog more teeth

Mayor Ed Murray has a plan to finance and expand the Office of Labor Standards, Seattle’s labor law watchdog. And to the joy of the…

Is there lead in Seattle’s drinking water?

When Seattle Public Utilities advised residents last week to run their taps for two minutes before drinking the water, it was, at first, a little…

Davida Ingram practices art in the 5th dimension

This is the second in a series of profiles of artists who will be performing at the sold out Crosscut Arts Salon: The color of…

Is Washington ready for the next big oil spill?

On a calm, clear afternoon in December 1985, the Arco Anchorage made a routine stop in Port Angeles, Washington. The crew was killing time, waiting…