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Can a millennial mayor save Kurt Cobain’s dying hometown?

This story originally appeared in High Country News. Follow Route 101 through northwest Washington, and you’re sure to see it — the welcome sign outside…

Communities of color should lead on environmental fight

In 1991, delegates from around the country came together in Washington, D.C., with representatives from Puerto Rico, Canada, the Marshall Islands, and Central and South America…

Peaceful May Day march overshadowed by ‘black bloc’ protests

The once-a-year celebration of May Day in Seattle has for years now been two days in one — the permitted march for human and labor…

Despite warnings, Seattle still dangerously unprepared for megaquake

When it comes to our pathetic lack of action on earthquake safety in some of our most-used buildings, you can’t really blame the infamous Seattle…

Environmental study leaves Longview coal port bloodied but still alive

From OPB/EarthFix Coal dust, greenhouse gas emissions, noise and traffic congestion are among the environmental impacts from the proposed coal export terminal in Longview, Washington, according…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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,…

Mayor follows socialist Sawant in fight against slumlord

They call it the “Carl Haglund law,” named for a landlord whose shoddy apartment buildings have raised eyebrows as high as his rent. If passed,…

Is Seattle about to lose its progressive transpo chief?

It takes a disaster to make space for a savior. Anyone who's tried to drive south into Seattle from Lake City during rush hour, escape downtown anytime after…

Can Washington get money out of politics?

Six years ago, the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling effectively transformed American campaign finance laws. It allowed so-called “Super PACs” to raise and spend…

Washington: the “Wild West” for surveillance drones

Last year, the FBI flew a fleet of small airplanes over Seattle and other cities. They were equipped with cameras capable of snapping thousands of…