Washington

Rick redux – and now redemption

I've always thought that the loathing for Rick Neuheisel was out of proportion to his misdeeds. Yes, the former Husky football coach broke rules and definitely lied about his interest in a job elsewhere. He earned the nickname Slick Rick even before he came to Washington.

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The Seattle Times nut graph is bad financial news

Every year, Seattle Times Publisher Frank Blethen ends the year with a holiday message to the Times staff that usually includes a roundup of the year's notable achievements, plus a dollop of holiday cheer. But this year's message, while not inscribed on a lump of coal, won't go down easily for Times staffers. The message: Brace yourself for some serious cutbacks in '08.

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Is Evergreen a "hippie" school?

What year is it, 1972? That's how I felt reading the Seattle Post-Intelligencer's story about how the Evergreen State College will be offering a six-month program in political activism at Seattle Central Community College. Never mind that Evergreen is widely respected nationally and that many of its pioneering educational offerings--internships for credit, individual study contracts, evaluations instead of grades--are now standard tools at schools all across the country. What the P-I picked up on is that hippies are coming to town!

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Anatomy of a one-party state

In Washington, the Democrats are "routing" Republicans in money, recruitment, and centrist ideology, so much so that GOP defector Fred Jarrett says his former party has positioned itself outside the "governing coalition."

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A whiter-than-expected Christmas

Christmas Day my partner and I decided to pass on various family Christmas doings and attend the Church of Nature. We left in the morning and drove north on a nearly empty I-5 up to the Sedro-Woolley turnoff to Highway 20 and headed into bald eagle country. This time of year, eagles flock to the Upper Skagit River and you can stop along the road from Concrete to Rockport on up to Marblemount and spot the splendid birds perched in the trees along the river like so many over-sized Christmas ornaments, or watch them feed on salmon carcasses along the river banks.

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Daylight grows again, and so does the garden

It's bleak midwinter on Vashon Island and you'd think the garden would have sense enough to hunker down and wait for better weather. Thankfully, no. Outside the dining room window, a pink viburnum (Viburnum x bodnantense) is in full bloom on the year's shortest day, a joyful counterpoint to the drizzle and gloom of December in Puget Sound. Why every gardener doesn't grow this beauty is beyond me. It's undemanding and bursts into bloom when most of the rest of the garden is on seasonal sabbatical.

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The latest from news outlets and blogs around the Northwest and beyond, chosen by Crosscut editors.

Cost of wildfires exceeds $50M

The cost of fighting this summer's wildfires has gone beyond the $50 million mark.

SEATTLE TIMES

300 homes burned in wildfire

Approximately 300 homes have burned so far in the largest wildfire recorded in Washington state history.

SEATTLEPI.COM

Obama declares wildfire emergency in Washington

President Obama declared an emergency in Washington on Wednesday due to the widlfires.

NEWS TRIBUNE (TACOMA)

Better weather conditions help fight wildfires

Cooler weather and less wind has helped firefighters take on the Carlton Complex of fires in north-central Washington.

NEWS TRIBUNE (TACOMA)

Man dies trying to save home in Washington fire

A man in Okanogan County died from a heart attack while trying to fight a fire near his home.

SEATTLEPI.COM

Gusty winds fuel Washington fires

"A massive wildfire that has forced the evacuation of towns, destroyed numerous homes and blackened scenic hillsides in north-central Washington has been burning into new areas, fueled by dry conditions and gusty winds."

KOMO NEWS

Sheriff says up to 100 homes lost in Washignton fire

Sheriff estimates that up to 100 homes have been lost in Washington fire.

NEWS TRIBUNE (TACOMA)

State of emergency declared in Washington

State of emergency declared in 20 Eastern Washington counties due to multiple wildfires threatening several hundred homes.

SEATTLE TIMES

Three days of marijuana sales pull in more than $148,000 in excise taxes

After only three days of legal marijuana on sale, the state will pull in 148,256 in excise taxes.

SEATTLE TIMES

Wash. issues its first pot shop licenses

Washington state issued its first retail marijuana licenses on Monday with overnight email.

NEWS TRIBUNE (TACOMA)
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