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…