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What Jenny Durkan and Bertha Knight Landes have in common

Seattle has now elected two women mayors — with a gap of nearly a century between their elections. It’s an interval that has served as…

Don’t write off Sasquatch. Let’s research him

Sasquatch — also known as Bigfoot — continues to be a symbol of the great Northwest. Fifty years after the famed Patterson-Gimlin film of an…

What the election means for Seattle and the country

From brewpubs to ballrooms, roving on election night can yield insights beyond the numbers. Here are my five election-night takeaways. Seattle status quo breathes a…

Bertha may have dealt a blow to Seattle’s police museum

The Seattle Metropolitan Police Museum, one of the historic gems of Pioneer Square, has announced that it is closing and moving its collection due to…

The New Burke Museum is a world to behold — literally

When the new, $99-million Burke Museum of Natural History opens in late 2019, it will be a visual spectacle. Passersby on the sidewalk at the…

Hold up, Kelly: Compromise on slavery?

Before a recent downtown breakfast, I chatted with former Republican Gov. and U. S. Sen. Dan Evans. I asked him what he thought about the…

Is local history too white?

If you travel the state and visit local historical societies, you’ll notice that “history” tends to begin with the arrival of white settlers and extend…

Don’t cry for Seattle Weekly. It’s not dead

The news late last week that big changes were afoot for Seattle Weekly was greeted by former staffers like a death in the family. For…

Could Democrats pick up Reichert’s seat in 2018?

It was the echo heard across the Cascades. The recent retirement announcement by seven-term U.S. Rep. Dave Reichert opens Washington’s first truly competitive congressional race…

A decade of Seattle street protests

  If you wonder whether one person can still make a difference, consider the case of George P. Hickey. In 1989, Hickey, a middle-aged truck…

Just another immigrant here, Mr. Bannon

On a recent TV interview, Steve Bannon, former White House adviser and representative of the Force’s dark side, disputed the notion that America was a…

The rise and dramatic fall of Seattle’s mayor

Where there’s smoke there’s fire, as Seattleites learned this summer when a yellow haze engulfed the city. That was mirrored in the haze that has…

The Northwest is a sellout. Can it get its noir back?

Remember “Northwest noir”? If you’re old enough, you do; and if you’re not, you’ll become acquainted soon since it’s part of a trend in cultural…

Bidder beware: You’ll get hooked on Amazon

Amazon has just launched a new reality TV series. They are looking to build a new, second headquarters in a North American city other than…

A surprising find: Eurasian city poised for a Seattle-style takeoff

There comes a moment in traveling when you realize you’re not in Kansas anymore. On a recent trip to Kazakhstan, that moment came for me…

How the Vietnam War shaped a Seattle protest generation

The closest I ever got to Vietnam was a squat unremarkable building in Interbay on 15th Avenue West, just north of what is now a…

Seattle’s love-hate relationship with tourists

Seattle is a great city in the summer. The scenery is at its finest, and downtown is abuzz with visitors from around the world. Much…

Hey hey, ho ho, has that Lenin statue got to go?

In the wake of Charlottesville and President Donald Trump's coddling of white supremacists, there is renewed controversy over Fremont’s second worst piece of public art…

National parks’ future could be in Pioneer Square

It's a time of year when many of us are off in Washington's biggest national parks: Rainier, Olympic, North Cascades. But a small park unit…

You look new. Would you like to be our mayor?

Something seems to be shifting in Seattle's sense of what it wants in a mayor. Yes, the gender thing is the most obvious. In the…

Centrist Seattle? Yeah, right

Seattle is a lefty city, but the primary election returns suggest we are trending even further to the left.  Not everyone agrees. Danny Westneat at…

A road trip across Washington State comes to an end

Anyone expecting a sea change in state politics is bound to be disappointed, even if, in the wake of last year’s divisive presidential election, some…

Day 5: Hunting for an outlaw, finding fire!

Davenport — Fire! We’d just been talking about it that morning. But it wasn’t really on our minds as we turned down on a long gravel…

Day 4: Soul-searching in plateau country

  Waterville — Coming out of the Wenatchee Valley, you wind up rock hills along the Columbia River and suddenly emerge on top of the Waterville…

Day 3: A tale of two Wenatchee farmers

  Wenatchee — The fruit growers’ world is both big and small. Their markets are national and global, yet their concerns and survival often hinge…