Washington

Measure to build nuclear reactors nears breakthrough in Legislature

Washington is one House vote away from beginning to search for a potential manufacturing site for small modular reactors. That site will likely be at…

When tragedy struck a NW baseball team

I am the shadow sinister called Fate … I am the Master Umpire, and I call the plays the way I see them. I have…

Coal ports: Will they cost communities their “second paycheck”?

For four and a half years, coal exports and the massive terminals proposed at Longview and near Bellingham have been a subject of local debate.…

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…

With snow disappearing, state steps up drought preparations

Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday declared all of Washington to be in a drought, kicking in state-backed remedial measures on a scale never seen before.…

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…

A move in Olympia to impeach Troy Kelley

Two Republican state representatives want to impeach indicted State Auditor Troy Kelley for illegally (they allege) turning his office over to an unelected deputy while…

Guest Opinion: The sorry, stagnant state of local and national politics

This week we will pass the midway point in the legislature’s first 30 day special session. In Washington, DC, we are approaching the midpoint in…

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…

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…

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…