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Snoqualmie Valley farmers fight drought with innovation

A water-wheel transplanter -- a light John Deere with two large water tanks at its flanks -- moves through dry fields at Local Roots Farm…

Continued failure to fund K-12 education, McCleary plaintiffs argue

The McCleary plaintiffs argue that the Washington legislature is still dragging its feet on its constitutional duty to adequately fund basic education, and that Washington…

King County will push juvenile justice bias study

The most commonly levied complaint against the construction of a new juvenile detention center – named the Children and Family Justice Center by King County…

In Austria’s treatment of immigrants, a lesson for Seattle

Oddly enough, about every two decades or so, I have found myself right in the middle of a moment of historic proportions. The first time…

Guest Opinion: Erase the budget secrecy

On June 26, when the Senate Ways & Means Committee met to pass the 2015-17 budget agreement between the Democratic House and Republican Senate, the…

Digital surveillance firm has local police contacts, leaked emails reveal

A digital tool to monitor “all the devices,” whether they be smartphones or laptop computers. One that is “invisible to the user, evades antivirus and…

Guest Opinion: Seattle should welcome new zoning ideas

In all my years as a Seattle native, I’m not sure I have seen as passionate a debate as the current discourse about the past…

Inslee might swallow ‘poison pill’ to reduce carbon in fuel

Gov. Jay Inslee is considering whether he wants to swallow a Republican-concocted “poison pill” or not. That “poison pill” is language in the 16-year, $16…

Getting to no on growth. To get to yes.

In recent months, we have been inundated by scary newspaper stories, snarky columnists, lively KUOW interviews and hand-wringing public lectures about how the city is…

County voters to decide what’s best for kids

King County Council members are adding a bit more heft to this fall’s voting pamphlet, approving a property tax measure that could rake in a possible…

Police reform legislation could advance next week

Legislation to codify reforms in the Seattle Police Department, which was temporarily stalled after a contentious court hearing, could begin moving forward again as early…

Police training: What’s reasonable when a gun is involved?

The two seconds it takes me to draw my 9-millimeter and get off three shots is not fast enough to save my life. Sean Ryan,…

Death-by-inertia for top conservation fund

In Congress, it’s death-by-inertia. Rip an institution down to its studs and allow the clock to run out. Voila! On July 1, the federal Export-Import…

Marriage equality: A road not finished

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last month on marriage equality was a watershed moment for inclusion of a great many people who had been excluded from a…

Legislature writes own report card for court

Is the Washington Legislature getting the job done on fixing its overcrowded classroom in Grades K-3? No one really knows. Many legislators have admitted that. On…

Seattle steps up complaints about oil trains

Almost a year to the day after a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train carrying crude oil from North Dakota derailed under the Magnolia Bridge, Councilmember Mike…

Seattle Council questions housing ideas

Five council members stood next to Mayor Ed Murray as he proudly introduced the 65 recommendations from his housing task group, the Housing Affordability and…

Half of pot citations go to homeless

At the request of the Seattle City Council, Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O’Toole came to City Hall Monday to address the disproportionate number of marijuana…

Ocean acidification: a problem up the coast, too

A recently published study shows Alaska’s shellfish industry faces the same ocean acidification troubles as Washington’s harvesters. And extrapolating from the study’s results, it's possible…

9 words that shook Seattle: Are our zoning roots really racial?

UPDATE, 6/20/15, 12:32 p.m.: Following publication of this article, the Seattle Civil Rights and Labor History Project posted a response to the HALA report's citation of the…

The case for better-looking buses

The look and feel of a city has a daily impact on everyone in it. Seattle by Design is a regular series that presents public aesthetics…

Washington burning: Wildfires are adding up

Wildfires have burned about 74,000 acres of Washington since June 1 — roughly twice the acreage that burned in the same period in 2014. And…

New Bertha delay, and little confidence it’s the last one

The tunnel-boring machine Bertha, already idle now for more than 20 months, is now expected to need until November 23 to begin work again, three…

The new face of Seattle’s Aquarium (maybe)

The Seattle Aquarium released its Master Plan For Expansion this week, rolling out a proposal that would increase exhibit space by at least 40 percent…

The great sort: A guide to the crowd running for City Council

With the new district elections format, Seattle city voters face choices, choices and more choices in the City Council primary. To help you sort through…

Guest Opinion: Seattle should welcome new zoning ideas

In all my years as a Seattle native, I’m not sure I have seen as passionate a debate as the current discourse about the past…

Getting to no on growth. To get to yes.

In recent months, we have been inundated by scary newspaper stories, snarky columnists, lively KUOW interviews and hand-wringing public lectures about how the city is…

Police training: What’s reasonable when a gun is involved?

The two seconds it takes me to draw my 9-millimeter and get off three shots is not fast enough to save my life. Sean Ryan,…

Inslee might swallow ‘poison pill’ to reduce carbon in fuel

Gov. Jay Inslee is considering whether he wants to swallow a Republican-concocted “poison pill” or not. That “poison pill” is language in the 16-year, $16…

Death-by-inertia for top conservation fund

In Congress, it’s death-by-inertia. Rip an institution down to its studs and allow the clock to run out. Voila! On July 1, the federal Export-Import…

Seattle steps up complaints about oil trains

Almost a year to the day after a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train carrying crude oil from North Dakota derailed under the Magnolia Bridge, Councilmember Mike…

Legislature writes own report card for court

Is the Washington Legislature getting the job done on fixing its overcrowded classroom in Grades K-3? No one really knows. Many legislators have admitted that. On…

Digital surveillance firm has local police contacts, leaked emails reveal

A digital tool to monitor “all the devices,” whether they be smartphones or laptop computers. One that is “invisible to the user, evades antivirus and…

County voters to decide what’s best for kids

King County Council members are adding a bit more heft to this fall’s voting pamphlet, approving a property tax measure that could rake in a possible…

Marriage equality: A road not finished

The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision last month on marriage equality was a watershed moment for inclusion of a great many people who had been excluded from a…

Police reform legislation could advance next week

Legislation to codify reforms in the Seattle Police Department, which was temporarily stalled after a contentious court hearing, could begin moving forward again as early…

In Austria’s treatment of immigrants, a lesson for Seattle

Oddly enough, about every two decades or so, I have found myself right in the middle of a moment of historic proportions. The first time…

Guest Opinion: Erase the budget secrecy

On June 26, when the Senate Ways & Means Committee met to pass the 2015-17 budget agreement between the Democratic House and Republican Senate, the…

King County will push juvenile justice bias study

The most commonly levied complaint against the construction of a new juvenile detention center – named the Children and Family Justice Center by King County…

Continued failure to fund K-12 education, McCleary plaintiffs argue

The McCleary plaintiffs argue that the Washington legislature is still dragging its feet on its constitutional duty to adequately fund basic education, and that Washington…

Snoqualmie Valley farmers fight drought with innovation

A water-wheel transplanter -- a light John Deere with two large water tanks at its flanks -- moves through dry fields at Local Roots Farm…