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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…

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…

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…

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…

What motivates the paddle in Seattle protests

Paddles raised to the sky, the fleet came to a halt beside the massive drilling rig, berthed at the Port of Seattle in preparation for…

City and Port politics maintain collision course over Shell

Washington is the only state in the country that elects its port commissioners. So when an audience member at Tuesday’s public port commissioner meeting — focused…

UW regents rethinking coal investments

Look at the politics of climate change, says Alex Lenferna, a fossil fuel divestment leader and Fulbright Scholar at the University of Washington, and what…

House Democrats put new wheels on Inslee carbon tax

Washington House Democrats unveiled a revised carbon emissions tax plan Monday -- a proposal that attempts to be more palatable to the fuel industry and…

Guest Opinion: Seattle and Alaska in another sibling fight

Inextricably linked and worlds apart, Alaska and Seattle are the siblings that need but don’t necessarily like each other. The ongoing flap over oil drilling in…

Guest Opinion: State needs to push for halibut protection

Washingtonians love halibut. Seafood is the regional cuisine of the Pacific Northwest, and halibut makes the top of the menu. Wild-caught Alaskan halibut fetches a…

Grizzly bear decisions coming in 2017

Federal officials say they will decide in late 2017 whether and how to reintroduce grizzly bears to Washington's Northern Cascades. The 2017 target came up…

With an eye on labor, council goes green

When members of a city council committee unanimously passed a resolution Tuesday condemning the Port of Seattle’s two-year lease to host Arctic oil drilling equipment…

Big change for forests, animals east of Snoqualmie

Look into the forest: It's dark in there among the skinny trees crammed close together. This isn't old growth. No massive trunks, no cathedral groves…

Bowing to backlash, Taylor Shellfish decides against using pesticide

In 1895, lawmakers in Olympia reaffirmed a unique provision of state law that had been enacted by the Territorial Legislature. Known as the Bush and…

Synchronized swimming: Why are these sea lions flippering us off?

About 7:30 a.m. on April 20, Anne Huey saw something curious off Myrtle Edwards Park: Two groups of large pinnipeds, apparently California sea lions, floating…

Guest Opinion: We need to keep standing together for public lands

In December, Congress and the President did more than signing the conservation provisions of the National Defense Authorization Act into law: They gave Americans an irreplaceable…

Seattle quake: Waiting on big one

The earthquake in Nepal is a jolting reminder of our own vulnerabilities. Wednesday marks the 50th anniversary of the 6.5 earthquake that rocked Seattle at 8:29…

Shapeshifter Seattle: You call this eco-friendly?

It’s a gorgeous spring day and riding the ferry Puyallup from Bainbridge to Seattle is a bit like being trapped in a pretty postcard. I’m…

Lawmakers strike compromise on oil trains

Heavy on trains and pipelines, but no Puget Sound oil spill prevention measures. That about sums up a Washington House-Senate compromise on their competing oil…

Earth Days to come: Will Americans stay so happy about the environment?

What better place to celebrate Earth Day’s 45th birthday than Seattle, where Sen. Gaylord Nelson first broached the idea in a September 1969 speech? And where…

Macklemore and Sounders “BreakUp4Good” at Goodwill

The Goodwill on Westlake Avenue is a bit trendier than the others, with a sleek, spare sign that resembles the storefront of Urban Outfitters or…

Resisting Shell: Another WTO for Seattle?

A “Festival of Resistance” is planned for mid-May as kayaking environmental activists and others promise to meet the arrival of Shell’s Arctic oil rig on…

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…

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…

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…

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…