Canada

Coal ports’ critics question the economics

Developers of two giant coal-export terminals proposed in Washington “are facing severe headwinds” in a volatile global energy economy, a nationally-known consultant on the economics…

Scary lessons for Bristol Bay from recent B.C. mine-waste accident

For millennia, humanity’s insatiable appetite for valuable metals has degraded the integrity of ecosystems that provide habitat for the world’s wildlife, and the clean water…

First Nations cross border to protect Salish Sea from oil shipments

Proposals to triple the volume of tar sands production in Canada have sparked a new alliance of First Nations and Northwest tribes to stop it.…

B.C. oil pipeline: A threat to the whole Northwest?

In Big Energy’s massive rush to export oil and coal from inland United States and Canadian mines and wells to the hungry power users of…

Rising danger: Project tracks where oil spill might go in the Salish Sea

The rapid rise of tar sands oil shipments through Canada to the Northwest is leading to increased worries about oil spills in coastal waters. Tanker…

Inslee leaps into West Coast climate agreement

A new West Coast agreement on global warming raises political questions for Washington state: Does the agreement boost or hinder an effort to create a…

Dreaming that a B.C. pipeline leaks, dodging the grizzly bears

It was spring in the British Columbia coast mountains: A glorious time, no mosquitoes yet, here in the high country, 4,100 feet up, the sun…

Jean Godden: My favorite war

Saturday, June 15, was a significant anniversary — one most of us neglected to celebrate.  It was, in fact, the 154th anniversary of the defining incident…

The I-5 Skagit bridge collapse: God’s plan?

A week ago Thursday, I was driving home to Seattle after a brief teaching stint in Vancouver, B. C. As I drove south, I heard…

The Chinese investors are coming

The Seattle Times reports that affluent Asians, and specifically Chinese nationals, are snapping up properties in the Seattle area. Homes on the Eastside, especially West…

Is Bellevue the new Vancouver?

For decades, people have wondered what Bellevue would be when it grew up. Would it simply be an affluent "Greater Seattle" neighborhood? A Twin City,…

NW media mogul buys Everett paper and enters coastal oil debate

Canadian newspaper mogul David Black today added the 111-year-old Everett Herald to his 39-newspaper Washington group, having recently also bought Seattle Weekly.  In an interesting…

What’s 9 million tons of toxic slag more?

What's the penalty for dumping 9 million tons of toxic slag into a Washington lake? For Teck Cominco, that day of reckoning will probably be delayed…

Vancouver and Seattle: a tale of two arts cities

Last week, the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra kicked off its West Coast tour with a concert at Seattle’s Benaroya Hall. The orchestra turned in a performance…

Heritage Turkeys of the Year

It's a grim task, but  someone has to do it, right? For the fourth straight year, I am presenting the Heritage Turkey Awards, examples of the…