Snohomish County

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…

Eastside drivers likely to see I-405 express-lane tolls in a year

Toll express lanes for the northern half of the Puget Sound area's Interstate 405 should go into effect in late 2015. Craig Stone, assistant secretary…

The small-town mayor who was Oso’s hidden hero

Mayor Barb Tolbert got to the park early that morning. She wasn’t scheduled to deliver her kickoff speech until noon, but she wanted to greet…

The Smartypants Guide to May’s Civic Cocktail: Talking with Jay Inslee. And Oso mudslide relief.

Gov. Jay Inslee is well into his second year in office. We've got a chance for you to hear from him directly, listen in as…

Obama tells Oso: We are with you

President Barack Obama told the people of Oso Tuesday that the nation has their backs. "When times get tough, we look out for each other.…

The Washington Mudslide: Should there be an ‘App for That’?

The horrific mudslide and loss of life in Snohomish County on March 22nd is an ongoing tragedy in Washington state. Six days after the disaster,…

Viral Video: The science of mudslides

The most horrifying aspect of the devastating Oso mudslide is the inexorable upward creep of the death toll. Bodies are being plucked from the becalmed…

Search continues for victims of Snohomish County’s fatal mudslide

Sixteen people are confirmed dead, and 176 remain unaccounted for in the wake of the mudslide that buried a stretch of SR 530 near Oso,…

Inslee pushes tax break to win Boeing 777X project

As Gov. Jay Inslee urged tax breaks for Boeing, a Washington legislative task force on winning future Boeing 777X aircraft work for the state began…

Best of 2012: An attorney prosecutes her foe, Alzheimer’s

Editors' note: Each day during the holidays, Crosscut will revisit top stories from the last year in a specific category. Today's focus is health. This article…

Growing coal-port opposition creates tough choices for regulators

They sat patiently and listened, sometimes writing notes to themselves, never talking back as several hundred speakers and audiences totaling over 8,000 people railed about…

Coal train impacts feared along the Sound

Mayors and city officials are scrambling to find ways to deal with an onslaught of new freight-rail traffic in Washington, with new projects seemingly coming…

Seattle’s Korean community: How immigration makes us all stronger

The current national debate on immigration and the policy decisions that will be made will have impacts ranging from Microsoft’s ability to recruit talent to…

Epic Northwest battle: Defining how big a deal coal ports are

It is being called “unprecedented” but it seems to be rolling out as its authors had intended, perhaps the biggest experiment in environmental democracy the…

NW coal port traffic raises worry about huge marine spill

For the 15,000 residents and the tens of thousands of visitors, the San Juan Islands are about as good as it gets: clean air and…

Working with Scoop: the ups and downs of a political giant

A shorter version of this article will appear over Memorial Day weekend in The Seattle Times, which has graciously agreed to publication here.  The affection…

Bellingham park faces big changes from coal-train traffic

Bellingham's iconic Boulevard Park and Taylor Avenue Dock, much-loved by mothers with small children, strolling oldsters, and tourists, has had a long history with the…

Train-spotting in Denmark

Last month, the traffic engineers made headlines in Puget Sound, detailing that the actual cost of a bus passenger is 70 percent less than the…

Midday Scan: The history-in-the-news edition

Everett's Kimberly-Clark mill sits on an engineered coastline and looks West across the salt water of Port Gardner Bay. It rests below the bluff like…

Cascades logging town fights to save a fire lookout

On a blustery summer night, the Red Top Tavern in Darrington, Wash., is nearly empty. A neon Hamm's beer sign illuminates a picture of a…

Midday Scan: Reardon’s romantic escapades; Budget miracles; How to use the Internet better

Imagine the romantic adventures you could have, if only you had a county budget at your disposal. Aaron Reardon had such luck when he pursued an…

Green Acre Radio: The snowy owl mystery

This winter the region is hosting a mysterious and nomadic visitor. It hails from the  Arctic, has been immortalized throughout history, and was one of the…

Best of 2011: Sick suburbs, expiring exurbs

Editor's Note: In the run-up to the new year, Crosscut is sharing ten days of its best stories from 2011, each with a different theme. Today…

Seattle’s new motto: In banning plastic bags, look to Bellingham

The first attempt to get rid of plastic bags was ever so Seattle: well-meaning, aimed at an environmental problem, but seeming at once intrusive and…

Green Acre Radio: State has first new hydro plant in two decades

 When it comes to dams most news is focused on the ones being torn down. But some say building new hydropower  holds promise for the…