Washington

Guest Opinion: Make use of new option in the opiate drugs battle

Prescription drug abuse is a huge problem on the Olympic Peninsula. Unfortunately, Clallam County has been at or near the top of Washington State counties…

Guest Opinion: State Legislature must step up on cancer research

Just down the road in Portland, $200 million in taxpayer’s money will expand the state’s cancer institute and help support a massive $1 billion public-private…

Why Bellingham looks better than Seattle

It will be so long to Seattle but not goodbye as I leave my place overlooking Elliott Bay for one overlooking Bellingham Bay in the city where…

Tunnel Expert Review Panel: Project won’t exceed $3.1 billion budget

The annual Bertha Report is in. The Expert Review Panel (ERP) tasked with assessing the finances, schedule, management and risks of the Alaskan Way Viaduct…

Lawmakers pull all-nighter – and some shenanigans – over budget

The Washington Senate Democrats say their Republican colleagues purposely stacked the deck in passing the GOP’s 2015-2017 operating budget proposal. Why? To protect Sen. Andy…

Video: Parties divided as state budget negotiations get underway

In Olympia this week, Republicans promised no new taxes and lower college tuition costs. Now that both parties have staked out their positions, both chambers head…

Inslee wants answers from auditor Kelley

Embattled State Auditor Troy Kelley replied Wednesday to Gov. Jay Inslee's request for information on the federal investigation into Kelley and part-time auditor's office employee…

GOP budget: no new taxes, gimmicks and pot revenue

Washington Senate Republicans unveiled Tuesday, March 31 a $38 billion operating budget for the 2015-2017 biennium that features a significant drop in state university tuitions…

Olympia minimum wage bill killed

A bill to increase Washington's minimum wage to $12 an hour, a mandatory sick leave bill and a gender pay equalization bill all died late…

Capital gains and losses debated in Olympia

Sonya Campion of Seattle's Campion Foundation would pay a capital gains tax if Olympia puts one into law. And she wants to pay it. "It…

Guest Opinion: Dirty fuel exports darken NW’s Earth Day

Some hailed President Barack Obama’s recent veto of the Keystone pipeline authorization legislation as an early Earth Day gift, spelling the project’s death knell. However,…

Gun panel aims for ‘gun violence restraining order’

After mass shootings like those in Newtown, Connecticut; Virginia Tech; and Aurora, Colorado, the question emerges: Where are our failures? Is it in gun control, mental health…

Guest Opinion: Remember Oso by dealing with risks

Harry Truman died for his belief. Warnings that Mount St. Helens could erupt at any time did not faze the owner of a mountain lodge.…

Report finds unreported BNSF oil spills

The Washington state Utilities and Transportation Commision has released a report recommending penalties against BNSF Railway Company for delays in the reporting of 14 hazardous material…

Tiny particles delay study of coal port proposal

They are so small you can’t see them in the air — but you inhale them, and they can go to your lungs and even…

Did port slowdowns bust our hay export boom?

While Washington's farmers rejoiced at the recent resolution of the four-month-long work slowdown at West Coast ports, the ill effects of that protracted labor dispute…

Olympia this week: Zombies and other movie folks

Zombies will invade the Capitol campus in Olympia Tuesday. The question is, if they hunt for brains to eat, will they find any? The undead…

Washington fail: College-educated women earn less than men with just a high school diploma

Last week, Mayor Ed Murray and Councilmember Jean Godden announced a new paid parental leave benefit for City of Seattle employees. It was another way…

Field Notes from Olympia: What if lawmakers were more like the people they serve?

Observing the state legislature, I am struck by how different most lawmakers are from the constituents they represent. Washington’s senators and representatives are largely white,…

Orcas vegan-turned-butcher ‘blown on his ass’ by James Beard nomination

Chef Jay Blackinton, 26, of Orcas Island taught himself to cook by preparing large meals for his punk friends in Seattle. Now, he’s nominated for…

Wrecking balls gone wild: Biggest heritage losses of the year

Every year, I collect some of the worst failures in heritage and historic preservation on the Pacific Northwest. This edition focuses on some disturbing trends…

Pam Roach says she has highly placed enemies

Sen. Pam Roach, R-Auburn, says that the Republican caucus leaders want to get her out of the Washington Senate. Talking to reporters Tuesday, she also…

In Pasco, shock and anger linger over the fatal shooting of an unarmed man

"They killed him like a dog," said Rosa Zambrano. Standing on the sidewalk in front of a makeshift memorial for her cousin, Antonio Zambrano-Montes, Rosa…

Olympia: Death penalty in the docket this week

The state's death penalty goes on trial again Wednesday. That's when the House Judiciary Committee will hold a public hearing on a bill by Rep.…