Spokane

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…

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”…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

Preserving state’s heritage: Why Spokane is central

Spokane recently played host to the prestigious National Preservation Conference, put on by the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Heritage advocates from all across 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…

Medical care in Spokane faces future boldly

In an unusual partnership, a nonprofit health plan that employs its own doctors is joining with a major Catholic hospital system in the Pacific Northwest…

Heritage Turkey Watch

My annual Heritage Turkey Awards generated far too many leads on possible Turkeys for 2012, and I will be reporting on some of those as…

Heritage Turkeys of the year

Here are my annual picks for the Heritage Turkey Awards, examples of the worst in Northwest heritage and historic preservation during the last year. The…

Losing ground in the research race

Hiding in our region’s labs behind racks of test tubes, electron microscopes, and spectrometers are researchers, lab technicians, computer programmers, and the other highly talented…

The wildly unfettered imagination of NW artist Harold Balazs

Despite the aches and pains that come with time, at age 82 celebrated artist Harold Balazs still works each day in his studio/workshop on the…

The Governor’s race: Tough times, solid candidates

I'm not sure why anyone would want to be governor right now, but in Washington we're lucky that the 2012 gubernatorial race is shaping up…

The budget axe slices heritage

Like a budgetary Paul Bunyan, the state legislature swung the broad axe. In the area of heritage and culture, the blade did major damage, but…

Hate groups on the upswing

The Southern Poverty Law Center on Wednesday (Feb. 23) reported that the number of hate groups in the United States grew significantly in 2010, topping…

Heritage equals jobs

Every Wednesday during the legislative session, the "Heritage Caucus" meets in Olympia to track and raise issues regarding historic preservation, museums, the arts, and other…

Heritage Turkeys of the Year

A year ago, we published the first Heritage Turkey Awards. Now it's time for a look at a sampling of this past year's preservation fiascos,…

Saving Pioneer Square by teaching it some old tricks

Washington's Main Street program, designed to help commercial districts redevelop and rebound, survived draconian state budget cuts, barely. Heritage advocates are breathing a sigh of…

Cascadia, where moral hand-wringing is an Olympic sport

The New York Times last week ran a story about how the Vancouver Olympics had not done much to advance the concept of Cascadia, the…

What’s Obama got against historic preservation?

A year ago, hope bloomed. As Barack Obama was inaugurated, some preservationists believed that here was a smart, urban-oriented president who would "get" the role…

Spokane skates on some thick ice

While tourism and hospitality folks in Western Washington are wondering whether winter sports fans will trickle south before and after the 2010 Olympic Winter Games…