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How the 3rd place finisher changed the mayor’s race

Attorney Nikkita Oliver’s campaign for mayor began quietly last winter, developing out of low-key meetings in the wood-floor backroom of the Central District’s 109-year-old Washington…

Flora, fauna and phones? Mt. Rainier eyes cellphone service

This article originally appeared on EarthFix. The Jackson Visitor Center at Paradise is where most people come first when they visit Mount Rainier National Park.…

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…

Live blog: Seattle counter-protesters march as ‘patriot’ group gathers

This post was updated with Tweets and dispatches from Seattle as events unfolded in the aftermath of the 'Unite the Right' Rally in Charlottesville.  The…

Family of Charleena Lyles files claim against city, alleging civil rights violation

The family of Charleena Lyles, the African-American woman shot and killed by Seattle police in June, filed a claim on Friday against the city of Seattle, seeking…

Can Seattle’s new bike share succeed where Pronto failed?

The failure of Seattle’s first attempt at bike sharing was autopsied to infinity, a reflection of the bike community’s conviction that the city is, or could be,…

Who voted for whom? A dive into Seattle’s election data

Even without the extended wait for clear results in the mayor’s race, this primary election was a grueling one. With 36 candidates spread among only…

In a Buddhist temple, mourning high schooler Tommy Le

Forty-nine days after police shot Tommy Le dead, his family said goodbye to the 20-year-old man. As Buddhist monks scurried about preparing for a morning service…

With more than a thousand living in cars, what’s the city’s next move?

With the disclosure of new draft legislation that would allow more flexibility for people living in their vehicles when it comes to ticketing or towing, Seattle’s most explosive…

What can Spokane teach Seattle about policing?

As the camera rolls, a handcuffed man threatens an officer from the back of a patrol vehicle. The cop returns the favor, goading the suspect…

One of the West’s iconic birds is in trouble

This story originally appeared on NWPR/Earthfix. The Interior Department has released new recommendations for a plan to protect greater sage grouse. The guidelines will give…

Oliver’s leap forward still leaves her out of recount range

A week after Election Day, attorney Nikkita Oliver now trails urban planner Cary Moon by only 1,362 votes for the chance to compete against former U.S. Attorney…

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…

Years of work to save a fish species might be… dammed

This story originally appeared on EarthFix. A chilly pool of water forms at the base of Clear Creek dam in Washington’s Cascade mountains. Somewhere —…

Sanctuary-repeal efforts could go on ballot in Spokane, Burien

Update: On Monday, Aug. 7 the Burien City Council voted (6-0, with 1 abstention) to include the city's sanctuary status on the November ballot. Burien…

Seattle Peoples Party is first U.S. manifestation of global trend

A fiery female activist with serious street cred achieves a surprise mayoral election victory in a progressive city at a time of conservative national leadership,…

Oliver gains ground but odds still long

With the release of 28,000 more Seattle ballots Friday, urban planner Cary Moon held on to her second place position in the mayoral primary and…

Moon gains ground in latest ballot tally

In the latest round of election results Thursday, urban planner Cary Moon strengthened her hold on second place position over attorney Nikkita Oliver, widening her…

About those smoky skies …

This story originally appeared on KUOW. Winds from the north and northeast have carried wildfire smoke from British Columbia over Washington and Oregon. “We didn’t expect…

Will the biofuels era take off at Sea-Tac?

Gov. Jay Inslee’s administration wants Washington to become the nation’s leader in aviation biofuels. One big aspect of that push would be to have Sea-Tac…

Key races in limbo after new primary results

The election night results for Seattle’s primary continue to hold Wednesday after a release of 24,000 more Seattle ballots from King County elections. Former U.S.…

To dam or not to dam? That’s this fish story

What’s the best way to ensure the return of salmon and steelhead to something like their historic numbers in the Columbia and Snake rivers? It’s…

After 89 years, a woman will take charge of City Hall

For the first time in 89 years, Seattle will have a female mayor. It will only be the second time in this progressive city’s history…