Seattle

What a way to go. Woodland Park packs off its elephants.

On Wednesday, without announcement or ado, the Woodland Park Zoo packed Bamboo and Chai, its two remaining elephants, off to the Oklahoma City Zoo. There…

Steinbrueck wanted to ‘make a statement’ with withdrawal from council contention

Former Councilmember and mayoral candidate Peter Steinbrueck withdrew his application to finish out Councilmember Sally Clark's term Thursday. As a former council president and chair…

Seattle activists raft up to protest Shell oil rigs

The fleet of kayaks moves deliberately through the waters on Seattle's Elliot Bay. Gliding past ferries, freighters and oversized seals camped out on buoys, the…

Familiar names apply for Sally Clark’s council seat

The applications for Sally Clark’s vacant Seattle City Council seat are in, all 44 of them. And there are some recognizable names: former council members Jan…

Seattle’s name: Ripe for a change that you can make.

A little more than a year ago, in my monthly column for Seattle magazine, I put forward the idea that Seattle needs a new nickname. We’ve been…

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…

A lesson in resilience, from New Orleans to Seattle

Taking off from Seattle en route to New Orleans, I watched as the plane passed over the verdant hillsides and deep blue lakes of the…

Try again: Minimum wage enforcement job goes begging

April 1 has come and gone and Seattle employees of large companies like Starbucks or McDonald’s should have seen their minimum wages go up to $11…

What to expect from Seattle’s universal pre-k program

Early childhood education became a national conversation when President Obama stood before Congress in his 2013 State of the Union and proclaimed it “one of…

Bertha Rising: The ailing cutterhead assembly breaks the surface

Update 5:00 PM Tuesday: At 2:30 PM, Bertha's cutterhead was successfully placed down on the surface, marking the end of what turned out to be…

Seattle mayor announces affordable housing ‘stretch goal’

Mayor Ed Murray announced an ambitious goal to add 50,000 housing units in the city of Seattle Thursday. The units would phase in over the…

Think tank to Seattle: Forget redeveloping Rainier Beach. Try a little TLC.

When Mayor Murray announced two weeks ago that a delegation from the renowned Urban Land Institute (ULI) would visit and advise on what to do…

Enforcing $15 wage: Job unfilled a week before law goes into effect

In November, the Seattle City Council looked ahead to the new minimum wage law and approved the creation of an Office of Labor Standards within Seattle’s…

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…

What will $15 really mean? UW research team ready to study

On April 1, the minimum wage for Seattle businesses employing more than 500 people will rise to $11 an hour, the first step in the city’s…

World-class transportation? Ed Murray to ask voters for nearly a billion

Mayor Ed Murray and Seattle Department of Transportation Director Scott Kubly want to ask voters for approval of a 9-year, $900 million levy to fund…

SDOT plans a safer Rainier Ave. – for cars and pedestrians, not bikes

They “never miss an opportunity to miss an opportunity,” the Israeli diplomat Abba Eban quipped about his country’s neighbors following their 1973 peace conference. The…

Newly formed Community Housing Caucus issues recommendations for housing ‘emergency’

A coalition organized by Speaker of the Washington State House Frank Chopp this afternoon issued a set of recommendations for solving what Councilmember Kshama Sawant…

SPD’s big week: What went down, what’s to come

Reform has been a buzzword following Kathleen O’Toole around since Mayor Ed Murray nominated her to be Seattle’s new police chief last spring. Last week,…

Protestors not giving up on foiling Shell’s Seattle moorage plans

The issue has all the elements of dramatic cinema: a beautiful coastal city, Arctic drilling, business leaders anxious to compete in the global maritime industry…

The Weekend List: What The Hoot Hoots’ Adam Prairie would do if he were you

Their publicist brands the Seattle band as fuzzy power pop. I like to think of The Hoot Hoots as playing the kind of music you…

Amid SPD outsider hiring, a detente between Chief O’Toole and unions

When Mayor Ed Murray brought in Kathleen O’Toole to head the Seattle Police Department, he did so with the goal of ushering in the department’s…

Bertha ready for repairs. But what about a viaduct closure?

The builders of the waterfront tunnel said Monday that they will move ahead this spring with repairs to the stalled Bertha tunneling machine. A little earlier in the…