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What a way to go. Woodland Park packs off its elephants.

On Wednesday, without announcement or ado, the Woodland Park Zoo packed Bamboo and Chai, its two remaining elephants, off to the Oklahoma City Zoo. There…

6 surprises from the Troy Kelley indictment

State Auditor Troy Kelley’s indictment paints a picture of someone who could be a bit of a criminal mastermind. Kelley has pleaded innocent and expressed…

Guest Opinion: State Legislature must step up on cancer research

Just down the road in Portland, $200 million in taxpayer’s money will expand the state’s cancer institute and help support a massive $1 billion public-private…

Troy Kelley declares innocence, slips away

Consulting a paper in his hand, embattled state Auditor Troy Kelley on Thursday declared his innocence of federal charges at a press conference in a…

Steinbrueck wanted to ‘make a statement’ with withdrawal from council contention

Former Councilmember and mayoral candidate Peter Steinbrueck withdrew his application to finish out Councilmember Sally Clark's term Thursday. As a former council president and chair…

State auditor pleads innocent, takes leave

A federal grand jury has indicted embattled Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley on 10 charges, including stealing large sums of money while running a business, lying…

The boys behind the budget doors

As the Legislature gets down to the business of writing a budget for the next two years, most of the work is being done by…

Surprise applicant Howard Wright talks about City Council

Howard S. Wright III, whose family developed the Space Needle, has applied to fill Sally Clark’s vacant council seat until next fall. He is known…

Having fun yet? Legislature’s endgame is just beginning

The Washington Legislature is just entering the endgame for its 2015 session. That's the behind-the-scenes budget negotiations on operating the state in 2015-2017. As we…

Legislators focus on dealing with school funding obligations

Two school levy reform proposals hit Olympia on Wednesday, bringing the total up to three such measures this week. School levy reform is a major…

Seattle activists raft up to protest Shell oil rigs

The fleet of kayaks moves deliberately through the waters on Seattle's Elliot Bay. Gliding past ferries, freighters and oversized seals camped out on buoys, the…

Legislature’s oil train bills have yet to track together

The Washington House passed an oil transportation safety bill 58-40 Tuesday with seven Republicans crossing party lines to support the greatly modified Senate bill. But…

State school super makes late push for big funding changes

Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn unveiled his own plan Tuesday for the state to comply with a 2012 Washington Supreme Court ruling on education…

Familiar names apply for Sally Clark’s council seat

The applications for Sally Clark’s vacant Seattle City Council seat are in, all 44 of them. And there are some recognizable names: former council members Jan…

How much is that songbird at the feeder? Finch financials in Seattle v. Berlin

How much are songbirds worth? The question recalls that "Priceless" punchline from the Mastercard commercials and a poem by e.e. cummings: “I’d rather learn from…

Video: Voters’ tough messages on class sizes for legislators

On one thing, Democratic and Republican lawmakers agree:  They're not prepared to fully-fund the class-size initiative voters just passed in November.  But in this video,…

Why force works better than persuasion when it comes to doing the right thing

On January 1, the garbage cops started patrolling Seattle for banana peels and pizza boxes along with cans, bottles and grass clippings. That was the…

Legislature close to allowing more sealing of juvenile records

The Washington House passed a bill 95-2 Monday that would require a court to seal the record of a juvenile offender if the youth makes restitution of…

Gas tax hike looks likely to be just under 12 cents

Washington drivers can probably expect an 11.7-cents-per-gallon gasoline tax hike spread across the next three years. That's because both the House Democrats and Senate Republicans…

Will Washington state stop neglecting its own history and heritage?

Back when the recession hit and the budget watering holes in Olympia began to dry up, heritage advocates experienced some dark days. During the Christine…

House votes to relax pot taxes, tighten regulations

The Washington House passed two bills Friday to mesh the state's medical and recreational marijuana systems into one entity, while dramatically reducing the taxes on…

Why Bellingham looks better than Seattle

It will be so long to Seattle but not goodbye as I leave my place overlooking Elliott Bay for one overlooking Bellingham Bay in the city where…

Carbon tax: Rising from the ashes in Olympia?

It seemed dead, but Gov. Jay Inslee’s proposed tax on carbon polluters could still come back to life this legislative session. House Environment Committee chair Rep.…

Guest Opinion: Tax reform is the only way to ensure seniors get the care they deserve

The way the state pays for long-term care and a host of other services no longer works.  Year after year, the state has made wholesale…

Will Washington state stop neglecting its own history and heritage?

Back when the recession hit and the budget watering holes in Olympia began to dry up, heritage advocates experienced some dark days. During the Christine…

Seattle activists raft up to protest Shell oil rigs

The fleet of kayaks moves deliberately through the waters on Seattle's Elliot Bay. Gliding past ferries, freighters and oversized seals camped out on buoys, the…

The boys behind the budget doors

As the Legislature gets down to the business of writing a budget for the next two years, most of the work is being done by…

Familiar names apply for Sally Clark’s council seat

The applications for Sally Clark’s vacant Seattle City Council seat are in, all 44 of them. And there are some recognizable names: former council members Jan…

Why force works better than persuasion when it comes to doing the right thing

On January 1, the garbage cops started patrolling Seattle for banana peels and pizza boxes along with cans, bottles and grass clippings. That was the…

Having fun yet? Legislature’s endgame is just beginning

The Washington Legislature is just entering the endgame for its 2015 session. That's the behind-the-scenes budget negotiations on operating the state in 2015-2017. As we…

How much is that songbird at the feeder? Finch financials in Seattle v. Berlin

How much are songbirds worth? The question recalls that "Priceless" punchline from the Mastercard commercials and a poem by e.e. cummings: “I’d rather learn from…

Steinbrueck wanted to ‘make a statement’ with withdrawal from council contention

Former Councilmember and mayoral candidate Peter Steinbrueck withdrew his application to finish out Councilmember Sally Clark's term Thursday. As a former council president and chair…

Gas tax hike looks likely to be just under 12 cents

Washington drivers can probably expect an 11.7-cents-per-gallon gasoline tax hike spread across the next three years. That's because both the House Democrats and Senate Republicans…

Surprise applicant Howard Wright talks about City Council

Howard S. Wright III, whose family developed the Space Needle, has applied to fill Sally Clark’s vacant council seat until next fall. He is known…

Troy Kelley declares innocence, slips away

Consulting a paper in his hand, embattled state Auditor Troy Kelley on Thursday declared his innocence of federal charges at a press conference in a…

Legislators focus on dealing with school funding obligations

Two school levy reform proposals hit Olympia on Wednesday, bringing the total up to three such measures this week. School levy reform is a major…

Legislature close to allowing more sealing of juvenile records

The Washington House passed a bill 95-2 Monday that would require a court to seal the record of a juvenile offender if the youth makes restitution of…

State auditor pleads innocent, takes leave

A federal grand jury has indicted embattled Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley on 10 charges, including stealing large sums of money while running a business, lying…

Video: Voters’ tough messages on class sizes for legislators

On one thing, Democratic and Republican lawmakers agree:  They're not prepared to fully-fund the class-size initiative voters just passed in November.  But in this video,…

Legislature’s oil train bills have yet to track together

The Washington House passed an oil transportation safety bill 58-40 Tuesday with seven Republicans crossing party lines to support the greatly modified Senate bill. But…

State school super makes late push for big funding changes

Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn unveiled his own plan Tuesday for the state to comply with a 2012 Washington Supreme Court ruling on education…

6 surprises from the Troy Kelley indictment

State Auditor Troy Kelley’s indictment paints a picture of someone who could be a bit of a criminal mastermind. Kelley has pleaded innocent and expressed…

Guest Opinion: State Legislature must step up on cancer research

Just down the road in Portland, $200 million in taxpayer’s money will expand the state’s cancer institute and help support a massive $1 billion public-private…

What a way to go. Woodland Park packs off its elephants.

On Wednesday, without announcement or ado, the Woodland Park Zoo packed Bamboo and Chai, its two remaining elephants, off to the Oklahoma City Zoo. There…