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The latest from news outlets and blogs around the Northwest and beyond, chosen by Crosscut editors.

Seattle skies: The effects of Monday's 'smoke front'

Fires from Oregon and California measurably degraded visibility -- and air quality.

CLIFF MASS WEATHER BLOG

Seattle ranks no. 1 as nation's most sustainable city

But "is Seattle sustainable enough?"

PUGET SOUND BUSINESS JOURNAL

Oil train standards: U.S. vs. Canada

One country is doing a much better job. 

SIGHTLINE DAILY

What does it take to create wilderness?

KUOW's Cassandra Profita takes a look, 50 years after the Wilderness Act made it possible.

KUOW-FM

Small quake near Mount Hood, Oregon

Reported at 1:52 a.m. Thursday morning, a small earthquake hit Mount Hood with a magnitude of 2.6.

THE OREGONIAN

Five protesters arrested in Everett B.N.S.F. train yard

Starting at 6 a.m., about 24 protesters blocked freight trains and one oil train from a Burlington Northern Santa Fe train yard in Everett, Washington. Five "Rising Tide Seattle" activists were taken into custody by railway police after refusing to leave the protest. 

HERALD (EVERETT)

The power of municipal utilities

According to Grist, the municipal utility in Palo Alto, California, is on track to reach 48 percent renewable power by 2017. 

GRIST

Bainbridge trees come down in spite of teen protestor's efforts

After Bainbridge teen Chiara D'Angelo came down from her "perch" in a 70-foot evergreen, developers moved in to cut down the trees she was trying to protect.

MY NORTHWEST

How can we predict earthquakes?

University of Washington researcher Brian Atwater is trying to refine ways of forecasting earthquakes, specifically in the Pacific Northwest.

MY NORTHWEST

Is pay parking the future for park-and-ride lots?

Sound Transit has wrapped up a pilot project that used parking permits (free), real-time information on spot availability and rideshare promotions to try to make better use of existing capacity. But can pay parking be far behind? 

SIGHTLINE DAILY
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