News

Tribal Disenrollment
6:00 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Nooksack Tribe Cites ‘Missing Ancestor’ As Reason To Disenroll 306 Members

Nooksack tribal police stand outside the courthouse during a disenrollment hearing.
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

It's a frosty morning at the Nooksack tribal courthouse in Deming, Wash., and caution tape and tribal police block the entrance.

Read more
Young Farmers
12:15 am
Tue December 17, 2013

Forget Golf Courses: Subdivisions Draw Residents With Farms

The Bucking Horse subdivision in Fort Collins, Colo., will include a working CSA farm, complete with historic barn, farm house and chicken coop.
Luke Runyon Harvest Public Media

Originally published on Fri January 17, 2014 7:00 am

When you picture a housing development in the suburbs, you might imagine golf courses, swimming pools, rows of identical houses.

But now, there's a new model springing up across the country that taps into the local food movement: Farms — complete with livestock, vegetables and fruit trees — are serving as the latest suburban amenity.

Read more
Labor
5:05 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

German Employees Rally Outside Amazon Headquarters: 'We're People, Not Robots'

Nancy Becker, an Amazon employee from Germany, speaks at a rally at Amazon's corporate headquarters in South Lake Union.
KUOW Photo/Deborah Wang

Outside Amazon’s headquarters in South Lake Union on Monday, activists chanted in German, “Wir sind Menchen; nicht Roboter.”

Translation: “We are people, not robots.”  

Read more
Risks Vs Benefits
2:42 pm
Mon December 16, 2013

FDA Asks For Proof That Antibacterial Soaps Protect Health

There's no evidence that triclosan and other chemicals in antibacterial soaps do a better job than plain soap and water, the FDA says.
Kiichiro Sato AP

Originally published on Mon December 16, 2013 2:32 pm

In hospitals, people are bathed with soaps containing the antibacterial triclosan to reduce the risk of serious infections in surgery. But that doesn't necessarily mean we should be using triclosan soap in the kitchen and the bathroom, the Food and Drug Administration says.

The agency on Monday took a step toward restricting the use of triclosan and other antibacterial chemicals widely used in soap, deodorant, cosmetics and hundreds of other consumer products.

Read more
Waste Management
10:57 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Seattle Keeps Door Open To Biweekly Garbage Pickups

Tacoma, Olympia and Portland, Ore., have all moved to garbage collection every other week.
KUOW Photo/Derek Wang

Seattle trash pickup could be reduced to every other week by 2015 if the Seattle City Council votes on Monday to keep that option on the table for the next year.

If the action passes as expected, biweekly service won’t be definite, however: Mayor-elect Ed Murray and  council members will still need to pass the legislation early next year.

Read more
Tribal Disenrollment
7:47 am
Mon December 16, 2013

'We’ll Always Be Nooksack': Tribe Questions Ancestry Of Part-Filipino Members

Adelina Narte Gladstone Parker faces disenrollment from the Nooksack Tribe, near Bellingham, as do 305 others.
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

Adelina Parker lets up on the gas as she drives through her childhood stomping grounds.

“Up there, that was all Filipino farmers and strawberry fields,” Parker says, motioning toward a school and apartments that occupy this land.

Read more
What Stopped Bertha?
4:55 pm
Fri December 13, 2013

Boring Bertha Digs Through Layers Of Seattle History

An inside view of Bertha, the multi-million dollar tunneling machine.
Flickr Photo/Washington State Department of Transportation

The most plausible theory about what stopped Bertha, the tunneling machine digging its way through downtown until last Saturday, is also the most boring.

Read more
EarthFix Reports
9:11 am
Fri December 13, 2013

China Imposes First-Ever West Coast Shellfish Ban

Blake Severns inspects a wild geoduck just plucked from the bottom of Puget Sound. Severn is a diver with the the Washington Department of Natural Resources Aquatics Resource Division.

Originally published on Thu December 12, 2013 5:58 pm

China has suspended imports of shellfish from the west coast of the United States -- an unprecedented move that cuts off a $270 million Northwest industry from its biggest export market.

China said it decided to impose the ban after recent shipments of geoduck clams from Northwest waters were found by its own government inspectors to have high levels of arsenic and a toxin that causes paralytic shellfish poisoning.

Read more
Nuclear Waste
7:54 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Just How Clean Is Clean In Hanford Waste Tanks?

File photo of tank farms under construction at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
US Department of Energy

Originally published on Thu December 12, 2013 4:47 pm

Just how clean is clean when it comes to removing radioactive tank waste? That’s one of the questions tackled in a new federal plan that will guide cleanup at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.

Read more
Labor
7:54 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Washington State Sees Big Jump In Use of Temporary Foreign Farmhands

File photo.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu December 12, 2013 5:38 pm

Northwest farmers hired significantly more foreign guest workers this season under a special immigration program.

Read more
Charter School Law
7:04 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Ruling Allows Charter Schools To Move Forward In Washington

King County Judge Jean Rietschel found charter schools ineligible for some state funds.
Flickr Photo/everyday Zoid

A King County Superior Court ruling Thursday will allow the introduction of charter schools in Washington, but struck down part of the law as unconstitutional.    

In her ruling, Judge Jean Rietschel upheld much of the charter school law, and the state attorney general said the state will continue to implement it.

Read more
Labor
6:48 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Boeing Says Machinists Rejected Its 'Best And Final' Offer

Boeing union machinists opposed the original contract proposed by 67 percent. The union rejected Boeing's "final" offer on Thursday night.
Credit KUOW Photo/Jason Pagano

Boeing says its machinists have rejected the company’s “best and final” counterproposal.

Read more
Taxes
4:00 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Get Ready For Another Sales Tax Debate In Oregon

File photo. Oregon is one of five states without a sales tax.
Richard Masoner Flickr

Originally published on Thu December 12, 2013 3:37 pm

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber is setting his sights on a major overhaul of the state's tax system.

Read more
EarthFix Reports
1:05 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Plan To End Hatchery Fish Release Would Give Wild Fish Refuge

A hatchery fish is found among wild fish returning to the Elwha River on the Olympic Peninsula this past spring. Wild fish advocates around the region have filed several lawsuits calling for restrictions on the use of hatcheries.
Credit EarthFix Photo/Ashley Ahearn

Fish and wildlife departments in Oregon, Washington and Idaho release millions of hatchery-raised salmon and steelhead into the rivers of the Northwest every year.

But a growing body of research suggests that hatchery fish are semi-domesticated and weaker than wild fish. Hatchery fish have also been shown to interbreed with the wild fish and compete for food.

Read more
Drivers Ed
7:31 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Watching For 'Spray' And Other Tips For Navigating Icy Roads

File photo. Winter is just arriving and potentially icy commutes could be around for months in the Northwest.
Michael @ NW Lens Flickr

Originally published on Wed December 11, 2013 3:46 pm

The Northwest’s deep freeze is over for most of the region, but snow remains in some areas and winter is just arriving. That means more cold temperatures and potentially icy commutes in the months ahead.

Read more

Pages