The U.S. Department of Energy has agreed to pay $136,000 in fines for allegedly mishandling waste left over from plutonium production at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. The penalty comes from the Environmental Protection Agency. The Department of Energy doesn’t agree with EPA's findings.
In what Washington Governor Jay Inslee calls "a dang shame," plans for a new bridge over the Columbia River are shelved -- if not dead. The Washington legislature adjourned without funding the construction phase of the project.
You might call the Columbia River Crossing “the bridge to the archives.” That’s where the blueprints will go now that the Washington Senate said “no” to a gas tax increase. That nixes $450 million for the new bridge over the mighty Columbia between Vancouver and Portland.
The endorsements are flying in the crowded race for Seattle mayor, and over the past week State Senator Ed Murray has captured the lion’s share.
Last Wednesday, Murray received an unlikely pair of endorsements: from Washington Conservation Voters, the largest environmental political group in the state and from CASE, the political arm of the Seattle Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce.
On Thursday, former King County Executive Ron Sims appeared at Murray’s headquarters and announced his endorsement of Murray.
This week a research ship is retrieving dozens of seismometers that have spent the last year on the ocean floor off the Northwest coast. Earthquake scientists hope the data they're about to get will shed more light on the structure of the offshore Cascadia fault zone. That plate boundary will be the source of the Big One whenever it rips.
Washington Governor Jay Inslee can claim some significant legislative wins, along with several losses now that the legislature has finally adjourned. The Democrat’s first dance with lawmakers was made more difficult when Republicans and two breakaway Democrats took control of the state senate.
Let’s go all the way back to January 16th and Governor Inslee’s inaugural address. One of his biggest applause lines was his call for the legislature to pass a bill that would require health insurance companies to cover abortion.
Sunny skies and warm weather brought thousands of people to downtown Seattle on Sunday for the annual Pride Parade. Hot on the heels of the demise of DOMA, people had plenty reason to celebrate.
Jerry Praul was watching the parade from the corner of Pine and 4th. “I love the parade! We’re so happy this year that DOMA got overturned because we just married!” Another woman was waving her rainbow flag and dancing near the corner of Pike St. “It’s just a wonderful day. Especially with DOMA being dead, there’s so much to celebrate.”
Seattle’s alternative schools will soon have a free clinic available for students at the Columbia Center Interagency Academy. Levy funds, allocated from the city of Seattle, will help to open the clinic which will be staffed by Group Health workers.
Alicia West is a student at the alternative school. She’s 19, and finishing up some credits so she can attend nursing school. She’s also raising her son, Xavion. “He’s going to turn 11 months old. His birthday is in August, I’m excited for that, planning for that.”
In 1924, Seattle’s Sand Point was the site of one of the greatest aviation milestones of all time. But the event was eclipsed by other aviators like Charles Lindbergh and the Wright Brothers. Now, a Seattle couple wants to breathe new life into that momentous time with their own pioneering project.
One of the oldest restaurants in the University District is closing its doors on Sunday. The Continental Greek Restaurant and Pastry Shop has been a fixture on “The Ave” since 1967. It’s a family business. As news of the closure spread, 40 years’ worth of regular customers have been filling the sky blue dining tables, eating their favorite dishes one last time.