Aaron Kunkler

Somali community faces SeaTac displacement

Proposed redevelopment threatens the heart of the Somali business community.

King County cities attract development with tax exemption

Bellevue and Issaquah are among Eastside cities that use exemption as an incentive

Photo by Tiffany Von Arnim/Flickr

Puget Sound companies join to create middle-income housing

Several are the same companies that opposed Seattle’s head tax last year.

Photo by Tiffany Von Arnim/Flickr

King County struggles to fund roads and bridges

Program is underfunded by roughly $250 million annually

Local salmon face dire future amid effects of climate change

At least two local salmon species in the Puget Sound region may be near the end of their ability to naturally reproduce.

King County Council approves fossil fuel moratorium

Six-month moratorium on new fossil fuel infrastructure was narrowly approved

A tractor moves to push trash away from where it was emptied from a cargo trailer atop the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill. An eighth and final section of the landfill is almost ready to come online, extending the life of the landfill through 2028. Aaron Kunkler/staff photo

Freight or fire: King County’s trash problem

Should we ship away waste or build an incinerator?

A tractor moves to push trash away from where it was emptied from a cargo trailer atop the Cedar Hills Regional Landfill. An eighth and final section of the landfill is almost ready to come online, extending the life of the landfill through 2028. Aaron Kunkler/staff photo

King County considers building 44,000 affordable housing units by 2024

A report on housing released in December was accepted by the King County Council on Jan. 7.

Microsoft will invest $500 million toward regional housing

About $225 million will subsidize middle income housing in Bellevue, Kirkland, Redmond, Issaquah, Renton and Sammamish

Exit poll indicates Washington voters still support climate change action

State environmental organizations’ poll points to continuing support for carbon-reducing measures.

A coho salmon. Flickr/Bureau of Land Management

Climate change could kill salmon’s sense of smell

A report released by UW last month highlights further dangers higher CO2 levels pose to coho salmon.

A coho salmon. Flickr/Bureau of Land Management
AR-15 rifle and a loaded magazine that were recovered from a suspect in a shooting incident at the Kent Station parking garage. Photo courtesy of King County Sheriff’s Office

Democrats to focus on 30-round magazines and ghost guns in 2019

Following gun control success on the November ballot, state Democrats are eyeing further regulation.

AR-15 rifle and a loaded magazine that were recovered from a suspect in a shooting incident at the Kent Station parking garage. Photo courtesy of King County Sheriff’s Office

Harborview Hall homeless shelter opens

Bellevue-based group trying to acquire surplus King County land

State Supreme Court upholds King County youth jail levy

The decision, issued Dec. 27, sided with King County and allows it to keep collecting revenue.

It looks a lot like Inslee is running for president

New statements and political fundraising from Gov. Inslee point toward a 2020 presidential bid

How does the Texas ACA ruling affect Washington

A ruling last week from a Texas judge striking down the ACA will likely be overturned.

Washington Supreme Court building. Photo courtesy of Everett Daily Herald

State Supreme Court strikes down I-27; King County will pursue safe consumption sites

The decision upholds a court ruling keeping the anti-consumption site initiative off the ballot.

Washington Supreme Court building. Photo courtesy of Everett Daily Herald

King County launches text to 911 service

The service will help the hearing impaired and those experiencing domestic violence.

A woman works on a drawing next to an unused viewing scope as a smoky haze obscures the Space Needle and downtown Seattle last August as smoke from wildfires moved across the region. (Photo courtesy of The Herald/Elaine Thompson/Associated Press)

Why do Washington voters struggle with climate change policies?

Despite environmental awareness and the public’s apparent desire for reform, statewide initiatives keep failing

A woman works on a drawing next to an unused viewing scope as a smoky haze obscures the Space Needle and downtown Seattle last August as smoke from wildfires moved across the region. (Photo courtesy of The Herald/Elaine Thompson/Associated Press)

County set to test long-range electric buses

The buses would be able to travel more than 140 miles without recharging.