Northwest

PSE workers rebuild circuit 27 in North Kenmore. Photo courtesy of Puget Sound Energy.

Who should foot the bill for pandemic-era power?

Utilities could eventually raise rates to recoup lost costs, activists say that’s a bad plan.

PSE workers rebuild circuit 27 in North Kenmore. Photo courtesy of Puget Sound Energy.
The first of 152 new light rail vehicles arrived in June 2019 at Sound Transit’s Operations and Maintenance Facility in Seattle. COURTESY PHOTO, Sound Transit

Sound Transit testing new light rail vehicles

Trains will run weekends and late night weekdays and will not board passengers

  • Dec 21, 2020
The first of 152 new light rail vehicles arrived in June 2019 at Sound Transit’s Operations and Maintenance Facility in Seattle. COURTESY PHOTO, Sound Transit
A rendering of the Kent Des Moines light rail station scheduled to open in 2024. The station will be elevated near a new South 236th Street between 30th Avenue South and Pacific Highway South. COURTESY GRAPHIC, Sound Transit

Adoption of 2021 budget moves current light rail expansions ahead full steam

Construction is on track to extend Link light rail from 22 to 62 miles by 2024

  • Dec 21, 2020
A rendering of the Kent Des Moines light rail station scheduled to open in 2024. The station will be elevated near a new South 236th Street between 30th Avenue South and Pacific Highway South. COURTESY GRAPHIC, Sound Transit
Eleanor Knight, 14, and her younger brother, Ivan, then, 9, horse around while waiting to surf a wave on the Class III Wenatchee River. Courtesy photo.

Kayaking kid conquers raging rapids

“Between Two Swims” captures family’s brave adventures on film.

Eleanor Knight, 14, and her younger brother, Ivan, then, 9, horse around while waiting to surf a wave on the Class III Wenatchee River. Courtesy photo.
Tim Eyman. File photo

Eyman: I may never qualify another ballot measure again

The anti-tax activist, accused of campaign violations, testified one last time in his bench trial.

Tim Eyman. File photo
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Sound Transit Board expands low-income fares

To launch pilot project changing fare inspection practices

  • Dec 18, 2020
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Workers call for state leaders to maintain indoor dining restrictions

Letter asks for workplace safety, direct financial relief to workers

  • Dec 17, 2020
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Courtesy of Gov. Inslee’s office

Inslee announces new guidelines for schools and in-person learning

Staff reports Gov. Jay Inslee and Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal announced Dec. 16 an update in the metrics used to inform local school… Continue reading

  • Dec 16, 2020
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A man donates blood. COURTESY PHOTO, Bloodworks Northwest

Tragedy becomes call to action on Washington and Oregon Blood Donor Day Dec. 18

2017 Amtrak train derailment underscoring need for emergency preparedness this winter and through pandemic

  • Dec 16, 2020
A man donates blood. COURTESY PHOTO, Bloodworks Northwest
Photo courtesy of Fisher Scones

Fisher Scones parent company fined for overworking teenage employees

Washington State Department of Labor and Industries found more than 1,500 instances of violations including missing meal breaks, working during school hours and more.

Photo courtesy of Fisher Scones
University of Washington Medical Center Montlake campus pharmacy administration resident Derek Pohlmeyer (left) and UWMC pharmacy director Michael Alwan transport a box containing Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines toward a waiting vehicle headed to the UW Medical Center’s other hospital campuses on Monday in Seattle. (Mike Siegel/The Seattle Times via media pool)

COVID-19 vaccines arrive in Washington state

People in Phase 1a will begin to receive vaccinations this week

  • Dec 14, 2020
University of Washington Medical Center Montlake campus pharmacy administration resident Derek Pohlmeyer (left) and UWMC pharmacy director Michael Alwan transport a box containing Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines toward a waiting vehicle headed to the UW Medical Center’s other hospital campuses on Monday in Seattle. (Mike Siegel/The Seattle Times via media pool)
A King County Metro bus with an ad from the natural gas organization Partnership for Energy Progress. Contributed photo

Should fossil fuel ads go the way of the dino on county buses?

King County ran ads for a natural gas coalition on its buses this year.

A King County Metro bus with an ad from the natural gas organization Partnership for Energy Progress. Contributed photo
In this 2019 file photo, Puget Sound Energy product development manager John Dooley stands in front of one of four units at the Glacier Battery Storage Project in northwest Washington state. The project can provide power to the small town of Glacier for around two hours if needed. (Sound Publishing file photo)

What will a green WA electric grid look like?

It will require a lot more coordination, but will be more resilient.

In this 2019 file photo, Puget Sound Energy product development manager John Dooley stands in front of one of four units at the Glacier Battery Storage Project in northwest Washington state. The project can provide power to the small town of Glacier for around two hours if needed. (Sound Publishing file photo)
Classic Eats Restaurant owner Tony Hayes distributing gift certificates to Highline School District staff. Hayes is one of many King County residents that have been giving back during this time of need in 2020. Courtesy photo/Tony Hayes.

Local fundraisers take on new meaning during pandemic

With these hardships have come stories of the power of community crowdfunding in our own backyards.

Classic Eats Restaurant owner Tony Hayes distributing gift certificates to Highline School District staff. Hayes is one of many King County residents that have been giving back during this time of need in 2020. Courtesy photo/Tony Hayes.
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Study: Nonprofits struggle amid pandemic

Nonprofits around the state are struggling to make ends meet during the pandemic, according to a new study by the University of Washington. The study,… Continue reading

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A “closed” sign at Jackson’s restaurant on Cole Street in downtown Enumclaw. Sound Publishing file photo

Governor extends restrictions on businesses and gatherings

It’s been a month since the governor imposed the new rules. And the pandemic has only gotten worse.

A “closed” sign at Jackson’s restaurant on Cole Street in downtown Enumclaw. Sound Publishing file photo
A medical isolation area inside the King County Maleng Regional Justice Center jail in Kent will house inmates who tested positive for COVID-19 at a outbreak at the county jail in Seattle. FILE PHOTO

King County jail reports 16 new cases of COVID-19

Outbreak at Seattle jail; individuals transferred to medical isolation at Kent facility

  • Dec 7, 2020
A medical isolation area inside the King County Maleng Regional Justice Center jail in Kent will house inmates who tested positive for COVID-19 at a outbreak at the county jail in Seattle. FILE PHOTO
A King County Sheriff’s Office photo of the crawlspace in which Urbano Velazquez was hiding when a K-9 unit was used. Sound Publishing file photo

King County settles $2 million dog bite lawsuit

The county agreed to pay $100,000 after being sued after a 2016 K-9 unit arrest.

A King County Sheriff’s Office photo of the crawlspace in which Urbano Velazquez was hiding when a K-9 unit was used. Sound Publishing file photo
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A map showing the locations where plants have gone extinct in the U.S. and Canada since European settlers arrived.

Study: 65 plant species have gone extinct in U.S., Canada

More than 65 species of plants have gone extinct in the U.S. and Canada since European colonization, according to a new study. The study was… Continue reading

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A map showing the locations where plants have gone extinct in the U.S. and Canada since European settlers arrived.
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Inslee announces statewide COVID-19 exposure notification tool

WA Notify uses privacy-preserving technology to help stop the spread of disease

  • Nov 30, 2020
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