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Washington river among the nation’s ‘most endangered’

It’s back. Actually, it never left. The Snohomish Public Utility District still has a plan to divert part of the South Fork Skykomish River above…

New Year 2017 in verse: With Trump at the head

Trumpocalypse is here, it's real, unless it's merely Trump d'l'ceil, though Brooks and Krugman may decry a Prez who's not their kind of guy and…

Ending Washington’s biggest budget battle

It's a multi-billion-dollar elephant in the room. Or not — because, unlike the proverbial elephant, this beast gets mentioned incessantly. So what should we call…

How does a cougar end up on Vashon Island?

At first glance, it looks like just another sad missing pet sign, tacked beside the front-porch entrance to the Coffee Roasterie on Vashon Island. It's…

Next lands commissioner will rule one-fourth of Washington

In 1968, Richard A.C. Greene ran for Washington Commissioner of Public Lands on the promise that if he were elected, he would "go out fearlessly…

Can Washington reduce the high number of maternal deaths?

A woman is more likely to die in childbirth or as a result of it here than in, say, Turkey. Really. In fact, the maternal…

License to kill: How Washington may lose its right to wipe out salmon

So you're a salmon heading upstream this fall. It hasn't rained much for months. The water is low. You reach a culvert that takes the…

Salmon farming on the rise in Washington

Human travelers have I-5 and I-90. Salish Sea salmon have the Juan de Fuca Strait. It’s the route that they all swim on their way…

Orchards, wilderness, a mountain town: Who gets the water?

Beyond the water, green in the sunlight, Dragontail Peak rises from the shore of Colchuk Lake, its peak hidden in cloud, dark conifers on its…

Canada pours millions into megaquake warning system

When The Big One is on its way, people in British Columbia may be the first to know. In June, Ocean Networks Canada (ONC) started creating a system…

Green group turns attention to affordable housing

An organization best known for saving large natural areas in rural areas is taking on a new task: affordable housing in the city. Forterra, formerly…

Judge: Failed salmon restoration has cost billions

It's Groundhog Day. Again. Or maybe not. On May 3, U.S. District Court Judge Michael Simon trashed the federal government’s plan for managing dams on the…

How economics turned NW coal ports into the walking dead

Those dominoes just keep falling. Not so long ago, it seemed as if every time you turned around, somebody new was proposing to ship fossil…

The most threatened waterway in Washington?

In a grove of cedars where sword fern erupts from mossy ground, you hear the textured rush of flowing water. Look out between cedar trunks,…

Looking back at 2015: Recent history in verse

Every year, local journalist and writer Daniel Jack Chasan provides us a look back at the past 12 months in verse. So without further adieu,…
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