Eastern Washington

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…

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…

Lawmakers eye tax break extension for state’s last 2 aluminum plants

In the 1980s, Washington had 10 aluminum smelting plants employing roughly 10,000 people. Today, the state has two Alcoa plants in Ferndale and Wenatchee that…

Splitting state in two? An invitation to talk

“The Western part of the Territory appears to the people of this valley like some foreign land, and it is about as little talked of…

Are we ready for the next disaster?

Two of the biggest natural disasters in Washington state’s history hit within just a few months of each other this year. The Senate Natural Resources…

5 lessons for the future: How I-594 did so well with suburban, rural voters

Last Tuesday’s resounding victory for Washington’s Initiative 594 made it the ballot measure that launched a million think-pieces. The Atlantic called it “a historical rebuke”…

Didier, Newhouse in close congressional race. DelBene wins her second term.

Clint Didier is in a tight race for a congressional seat but he remained in danger of going 0-and-3 in running for public office as…

Oil train safety: A whole lot of worry among Washingtonians

The subject was oil train traffic, and most of a roughly 750-person crowd Thursday night opposed the increasing transportation of crude oil by rail across…

Gold mine’s pending closure brings the blues to Republic

North central Washington's Buckhorn gold mine is scheduled to close at the end of 2015, a frightening prospect for the area's economy. That closure will…

E. Washington’s 15th District: Where Hispanic voters may make a difference — someday

This is the state Senate contest where race might have been a factor. But it probably won't be. The Senate face-off is in eastern Yakima County's…

The cult of the 14-year-old doggy entrepreneur

iCPooch — presented at last week’s Geekwire summit — is Skype for your dog, but with cookies. Not spyware but, like, real cookies that you…

6th District: A battle or just a bit of jousting between a politician and a Zombie filmmaker?

Rich Cowan is the lord of the zombies, a filmmaker with a national following in the popular sci-fi genre who would now like to join…

Building and operating small nukes in Tri-Cities gets big backing

Tri-Cities leaders want a Boeing-style assembly plant to build small modular reactors, and they want one of those proposed reactors to be earmarked for a…

Seattle City Light’s little nuclear share

Editor's note: This story has been updated to delete one reference to Seattle City Light as a "part owner" of Energy Northwest, which operates the…

Trains boot Washington fruit crops to carry more coal, oil

One of the major shippers for Washington fruits and field crops has given up on express shipments to the Midwest and East Coast, blaming delays…

Fourth Congressional District: Is there anybody who isn’t running?

Washington's Fourth Congressional District is not just having a primary election. It will be culling a huge political herd. There are 12 congressional candidates. Eight…

Yakima’s future: Parks or parking lots?

“Intrepid Explorer” was not one of the job requirements for the City of Yakima’s new Economic Development Manager. Nevertheless, shortly after Sean Hawkins was hired…

The Spokane-Seattle inferiority complex

I don't generally make a habit of taking to Twitter to announce snow conditions at Northwest ski areas, but that's what I did two days…

Methow Valley: A commitment to no bad days

I live in one of those Western dreamscapes that, well, most people dream about. You know the kind of place: You stop, get out of…

Tom Foley: Remembering the sense of honor that once reigned in the House

Former U.S. House Speaker Tom Foley, one of our state's most distinguished public servants, was everything today's national leadership is not:  Gentlemanly, respectful of differing views, learned and…

Green Spokane? Inslee receives support on climate

The red part of Washington was actually quite green Wednesday. Sixty-three of 85 people testifying before Gov. Jay Inslee's climate change panel supported the state…

Legislators are hearing it from public on transportation

It's an all-politics-are-local scenario. A legislative listening tour so far has shown overwhelming support for a Washington transportation package, although the details of what people…

The bomb and the explosion of U.S. suburbs

Of all the stops on the nuclear weapons assembly line, plutonium is the dirtiest. Each kilogram of final product generates hundreds of thousand of gallons of radioactive waste. — Kate…

Should it be easier to shoot Washington state’s endangered gray wolves?

To Sen. John Smith, this is personal. The Republican has a small ranch near Colville in northeastern Washington. A wolf attacking his 10-year-old son's dog,…

The Hanford triangle, where radiation, engineers and Gov. Jay Inslee meet

Tom Fletcher talks like a typical Hanford engineer. Careful. Very precise. Reluctant to speculate beyond what is 100 percent known. More comfortable with the tech…