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Politics

Podcast: Tony Angell’s “House of Owls”

Owls have captivated us for thousands of years, appearing in our art, informing our environmental understanding and living in our forests (even if we rarely…

Seattle 2035: Five maps that will determine the city’s future

For those in Seattle who believe smaller is better, the news continues to be bad. Though the city lost its title as America’s fastest growing metroplex this year,…

Legislature’s next round: compromise?

Gov. Jay Inslee has ordered a second-30-day special session to begin Friday in order to resolve sluggish talks on the 2015-2017 budget for Washington. And…

To reduce prostitution, Seattle gets experimental

In the north parking lot of the Aurora Avenue Home Depot, a woman loads her car with bags of mulch, two men fill a U-haul…

Yesler Terrace 2.0, this time with private developers

Mayor Ed Murray was on hand to celebrate the opening of Anthem apartments on Tuesday. Anthem is the first private development in the Seattle Housing…

The Solowheel: Transportation solution or Segway sequel?

Ted McDonald glides up to Seattle’s Solowheel headquarters on his tiny electric “unicycle,” gracefully slows, steps off and picks up the 25 pound wheel with one…

Senate eager to add more money for drought prep

The Washington Senate Ways & Means Committee unanimously recommended Tuesday that $18 million be allocated to fight Washington’s drought for the remainder of fiscal 2013-2015…

Republicans want union contract talks open to the public

A bill to require that closed-door collective bargaining talks with state employees be open to the public will likely receive a vote by the full…

Beacon Hill Blues: 3 local artists ponder the “G-word”

We met at the Station, a coffee house on 16th Ave. South in Beacon Hill. The small, unassuming shop feels like the epicenter of a…

Summer camp: Good time for almost everyone?

No doubt the spring weather has many kids — and their parents — looking forward eagerly to summer camp. They probably envision warm days filled…

Guest Opinion: WSU should drive smarter Palouse water actions

Washington State University promotes its research contributions with the tagline “Tomorrow begins here.” When I watched a TV ad touting aerospace biofuel research, the phrase…

Like “Rashomon”, Olympia’s budget truth depends on whom you ask

Olympia's state budget talks are like Rashomon. The 1950 Japanese film has four people telling radically different stories about the same crime — the truth…

Survival of the richest: priced out of Seattle

An old colleague and friend recently sent out an appeal for help. Due to health and financial problems, he and his partner were struggling to…

Council hesitates about costs of promised low-income car tab rebate

When Seattle voters approved Proposition 1 to increase bus service, they agreed to a $60 increase in the price of car tabs. To balance concerns…

Puget Sound drivers: What will make you get out of your car?

One of the proposed solutions to Seattle’s innumerable transportation problems: Spend money and lots of it. In early May, Mayor Ed Murray raised his (already…

Will the Legislature strike back at teacher walkouts?

Tuesday's sharpest feedback about a bill to dock striking teachers' pay and benefits came from who didn't show up at the hearing. The Washington Senate…

Teachers say ‘all of the above’ to funding, smaller classes and fewer tests

Thousands of teachers from the Seattle, Issaquah and Mercer Island school districts walked out of the classroom Tuesday and marched down Seattle's Second Avenue to…

Forterra gets comfortable with cities and small towns alike

Ten years ago, the then Cascade Land Conservancy launched The Cascade Agenda, a bold plan to conserve 1.3 million acres of forest and farm land…

The big Washington dodge on Obamacare’s prevention provision

When politicians, pundits and other know-it-alls tussle over whether to renovate, repeal or preserve Obamacare, they talk about Medicare expansion, the enrollment mandate and the…

Superdrought of 2015: Three things Washington must consider

Washington faces what may be its worst drought in recorded history. The state isn’t on the road to sun-parched hellscapes out of Mad Max like some…

Pot money adds to haze around budget deal

Smoking pot is the easy part. Crunching the tax dollar predictions from that toking is hard. The estimates of state revenues from marijuana are drawing…

Bertha’s tunneling likely delayed past August

Last March, the tunnel contractor Seattle Tunnel Partners introduced an “aggressive” schedule for repairing the tunnel-boring machine Bertha. Now it appears STP was probably a…

March at Terminal 5 stays festive

Early Monday, some 500 to 600 protesters marched from Spokane Street under the West Seattle Bridge to the entrance of Terminal 5 at the Port of…

Guest Opinion: Transportation spending plan is backward

If Washington legislators are going to ask taxpayers to spend more money on transportation, they should do so responsibly. But both of the state Legislature’s…

Beacon Hill Blues: 3 local artists ponder the “G-word”

We met at the Station, a coffee house on 16th Ave. South in Beacon Hill. The small, unassuming shop feels like the epicenter of a…

The Solowheel: Transportation solution or Segway sequel?

Ted McDonald glides up to Seattle’s Solowheel headquarters on his tiny electric “unicycle,” gracefully slows, steps off and picks up the 25 pound wheel with one…

Yesler Terrace 2.0, this time with private developers

Mayor Ed Murray was on hand to celebrate the opening of Anthem apartments on Tuesday. Anthem is the first private development in the Seattle Housing…

To reduce prostitution, Seattle gets experimental

In the north parking lot of the Aurora Avenue Home Depot, a woman loads her car with bags of mulch, two men fill a U-haul…

Republicans want union contract talks open to the public

A bill to require that closed-door collective bargaining talks with state employees be open to the public will likely receive a vote by the full…

Summer camp: Good time for almost everyone?

No doubt the spring weather has many kids — and their parents — looking forward eagerly to summer camp. They probably envision warm days filled…

Senate eager to add more money for drought prep

The Washington Senate Ways & Means Committee unanimously recommended Tuesday that $18 million be allocated to fight Washington’s drought for the remainder of fiscal 2013-2015…

Seattle 2035: Five maps that will determine the city’s future

For those in Seattle who believe smaller is better, the news continues to be bad. Though the city lost its title as America’s fastest growing metroplex this year,…

Legislature’s next round: compromise?

Gov. Jay Inslee has ordered a second-30-day special session to begin Friday in order to resolve sluggish talks on the 2015-2017 budget for Washington. And…

Podcast: Tony Angell’s “House of Owls”

Owls have captivated us for thousands of years, appearing in our art, informing our environmental understanding and living in our forests (even if we rarely…