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Fishers are back in Washington — but can they survive?

The twin-prop airplane banks left and crests a crooked ridgeline of the Cascade mountain range. Inside, Jeff Lewis cups his headphones firmly to his ears.…

State: Escape of 250,000 salmon was ‘entirely preventable’

Far more farmed salmon escaped from a collapsed net pen in Puget Sound than was first reported, according to a just-finished state investigation that lays…

Time for a new sexual revolution? A Q&A with Vanessa Grigoriadis

To research her new book about campus sexual assault, Vanessa Grigoriadis interviewed hundreds of students on dozens of college campuses across the country, looking beyond…

Why does King County want to ban smoking in parks?

Visit a public park in Bellevue, and you can light up a cigarette, chew tobacco or puff on an e-cigarette all you want. Do so in…

Can Trump really do that? UW profs look at presidential power

As the New York Times reports, President Donald Trump demanded last June that special counsel Robert Mueller — thick in the weeds of the Russia obstruction investigation…

Trump’s new tariff: Making solar panels great again?

In Hillsboro, Oregon, SolarWorld is hiring back workers and planning to ramp up its production now that President Donald Trump has approved a 30 percent…

Crisis pregnancy centers required to have a disclaimer — but most don’t

Last July, the King County Board of Health voted to require limited-service pregnancy centers to disclose in clear writing at their entrances, "This facility is not…

Who cleaned up the Atlantic salmon spill? Northwest tribes

This story originally appeared on High Country News. One day late last August, a netted enclosure near Washington’s Cypress Island collapsed, releasing tens of thousands…

As harassment complaints rise, Durkan orders citywide review

As city of Seattle employees come forward with complaints of sexual harassment, discrimination and intimidation, Mayor Jenny Durkan and members of the Seattle City Council…

At Microsoft, ‘city’ is in — even in the suburbs

No matter how much you grieve for pre-Amazon Seattle, that company has proved that urban centers are not just banks for corporate square footage. They’re…

Three POTUS alumni walk into a room…

“Did you hear what Trump said today?” may have been the most frequently uttered words around offices and kitchen tables over the past couple years.…

Seattle leaders vow change after Crosscut reports on HR disarray

City leaders plan to scrutinize policies and procedures inside the City of Seattle human resources department after two Crosscut stories addressed complaints of both harassment…

Can a civics class make a difference? Justice Sotomayor thinks so

As some openly fret about the strength of the nation's democracy, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor swooped into Seattle to talk to students, educators…

Inside Seattle’s HR department: a ‘toxic’ culture

This is the second article in a two-part series. Before the stroke, there were the migraines. Linda Leong had spent nearly 30 years working in…

Anger, frustration over Trump fuels Seattle Women’s March 2.0

When Marla Donaldson marched through Seattle during the inaugural Women's March last year, she held a sign that declared: "Now you've pissed off Grandma!" One…

Frustrated with HR, City employees break silence on sexism and harassment

The first in a two-part series. Read Part 2 here. At one of the first meetings of the Seattle Silence Breakers, Doreen McGrath asked the…

6 environmental issues to watch in Olympia

OLYMPIA – Should Washington businesses and consumers pay to offset their impact on the global climate? Should the state keep water in streams to preserve…

How many ICE agents patrol the West? It’s unclear

Thomas Homan, the acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, made a promise the other day to the people of California, a state that…

ICE targets prominent immigration activist for deportation

As U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement continues to crack down on undocumented immigrants around the country, the agency has sent a prominent immigrant-rights activist in Washington…

An out-of-this world Q&A: middle schoolers chat with astronauts

Science teacher Candace Barich’s classroom is a beehive. It’s loud. It’s middle school. Students are making electromagnetic motors today.“Today is goggles on!” she says. “If…

Uncertain future for a local Salvadoran family in Trump’s America

In a small, lime-colored house, on a White Center street lined with modest homes, live three generations of a family whose roots trace back to El…

Seattle wins approval from judge on police reform. But work remains

Nearly eight years after a Seattle police officer shot John T. Williams in the back, killing the Native American woodcarver and sparking a federal investigation…

Offshore oil, gas drilling is headed to the Pacific Northwest

The Trump administration announced a new plan last week that would allow offshore oil and gas drilling in the ocean off the West Coast for…