Tri-Cities

In Hanford, the hunt for black holes and gravity waves enters new era

In 2000, Betsy Weaver got hooked on a vision of things unseen. As a student at Washington State University, Weaver’s physics program was visited by…

Small nuke reactors: Search for site is planned

  The Washington Energy Facility Site Evaluation Council will begin searching for potential sites to  locate small modular reactors. That information came from a recent…

Measure to build nuclear reactors nears breakthrough in Legislature

Washington is one House vote away from beginning to search for a potential manufacturing site for small modular reactors. That site will likely be at…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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 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…

Next nukes at Hanford might be little guys

A new, smaller type of nuclear reactor could find a home in Eastern Washington several years from now. But some big "ifs" would have to…

Radioactive Ranch: How Hanford’s history reflects the West

At the end of Atomic Frontier Days (University of Washington Press) by John Findlay and Bruce Hevly, the authors tell us about a Gene Autry…

Dreams of more irrigation meet the environmental questions

In the second of two articles on irrigation in Eastern Washington, Crosscut's Daniel Jack Chasan focuses on the pressures to expand irrigation with Columbia River…

An irrigation project with New Deal echoes blooms in Eastern Washington

In Eastern Washington, the state and federal governments have launched an expansion  new effort to expand Columbia Basin irrigation with more river water. It's a…

New wine in old bottles

Wine drinkers in many Pacific Northwest towns get frustrated that there’s no place to recycle the heavy glass bottles that hold their beloved vino. In…

Why do people like Medicare and fear health care reform?

Those Congressional town hall meetings around the country, where protesters, many of them on Medicare, rail about President Obama’s health reform plan, have made me…

Which US cities are growing fastest?

A new Census Bureau report is just out, tallying the growth from July 1, 2007 to July 1, 2008. Cities with universities do particularly well,…

Indiana Jones, meth addict

The artifact landscape has changed. Hunting for arrowheads, Indian tools, and old-time treasures is not only politically incorrect but often illegal. Time was when a…