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For the first time in more than four decades, the Yellowstone grizzly bear is set to lose its federal protections under the Endangered Species Act. Citing a rebound in the bear's population, the U.S. Department of Interior announced its intention Thursday to end these protections and return oversight of the animal's status to the state level.

The agency says the rule to remove the grizzly from the endangered species list will be published "in coming days" and "will take effect 30 days after publication."

Seattle's Gas Works Park About To Undergo Toxic Cleanup

Mar 20, 2017

Kite flyers, picnickers, and Ultimate players treasure Seattle’s Gas Works Park, whose famous towers and pipes were once part of a coal gasification plant on the shore of Lake Union that lit up early Seattleites’ homes.

But beneath the grass lies a more insidious legacy of the park’s industrial past: toxic waste.

A floor of classrooms in the Saint Edward seminary building
KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

Kenmore's historic seminary building at Saint Edward State Park will become a hotel.

The Washington State Parks Commission voted unanimously Monday to approve the plans.

From the outside, the North Transfer Station looks more like a community center than a dump.
Play Creation

There's an unlikely new place to work out in the Fremont-Wallingford area: the garbage dump.

The city of Seattle just opened a new garbage transfer station near Gas Works Park, after the old one closed two years ago. Neighbors wanted it to reopen only if it came with community benefits - and that's what they got.

Matthew Streib, who lives in the University District, makes his way around Green Lake on his old roller derby skates. He says it's frustrating when people walk into the "wheels" lane.
KUOW Photo/Isolde Raftery

“What’s the right way to go around Green Lake?” Isaac Chirino of Shoreline asked KUOW’s Local Wonder.

Boy, people REALLY care about this one.

People like Carolyn Frost.                                                             


Alaskan Way viaduct, Seattle waterfront, downtown
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Deborah Wang talks with Initiative 123 backer Kate Martin and opponent Patrick Gordon about whether Seattle should build a waterfront view park along Alaskan Way — and potentially scrap its existing waterfront plans in the process.

A pavement park at the corner of University and Boylston offers a colorful area, but not green space.
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Bill Radke speaks with Adiel Kaplan about her article for Investigate West about green space in the city and the future of public parks in Seattle. 

Mount Rainier, or Tahoma, Tacobet, Ti'Swaq or Pooskaus.
KUOW Photo/Kara McDermott

Bill Radke speaks with executive director of Washington's National Parks Fund Laurie Ward about Mount Rainier National Park winning ninth place in an online competition for grant money. The park won $42,000 to restore a cabin to house search and rescue volunteers. 

Children splash in a fountain in Freeway Park in downtown Seattle.
Freeway Park Association/Riisa Conklin

Don't be afraid of Freeway Park in downtown Seattle: That's the message from Riisa Conklin, executive director of the Freeway Park Association. She told Kim Malcolm why the park covering I-5 is a safer, brighter place on its 40th birthday.


Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell said Tuesday that she is not aware of any coordination between her office and the White House about a conservation proposal for the Owyhee.

Last year, Portland-based Keen Footwear launched a campaign to convince President Obama to designate 2.5 million acres in southeast Oregon as an Owyhee Canyonlands national monument.

Barbara Dobkin, council of the North Highline Unincorporated Area Council, stands with her dog Mattie on a hill in front of the Seattle city-owned land she'd like to see turned into a park.
KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

It’s nearly impossible to find empty land in Seattle. But down at the far south end, there’s 40 acres with nothing on it. And it’s owned by the city of Seattle.

Locals would like to keep it wild. They think of it as “Discovery Park South.” But the city has other plans.

Tiny rooms where seminarians once lived at Saint Edward State Park in Kenmore, Washington. The state bought the land in 1977 but loses money every year on the old building. A developer wants to revamp it into a hotel and spa.
KUOW Photo/Joshua McNichols

Saint Edward State Park is a swath of forest north of Seattle almost four times the size of Disneyland.

It was once a seminary, and now the state wants to give a building and some acreage to a developer to morph into a privately owned hotel and spa. 

Scott Bonjukian

Jeannie Yandel speaks with Scott Bonjukian about his proposal before the Seattle City Council to build a lid over the downtown Interstate 5 corridor to create a new central park for the city.

Apples on one of the original trees in Piper's Orchard. The orchard was planted more than 100 years ago.
KUOW photo/Marcie Sillman

Seattle's Carkeek Park has a secret.

Hidden in plain sight, on a steep south-facing hillside, just a few hundred yards down a trail from the Environmental Learning Center, you’ll find Piper’s Orchard.

Jurassic Parklet Shakes Up Seattle Park(ing) Day

Sep 18, 2015
Disaster-ready Stephanie Velasco shows Jurassic Parklet to other UW students.
KUOW Photo/Allie Ferguson

 

Over 50 mini parks have popped up around Seattle streets today. It's for PARK-ing day, an annual international event where people can make over parking spots with park greenery, fun and games.  KUOW's Allie Ferguson talks to University of Washington student Stephanie Velasco about the park she helped create: Jurassic Park-let.

Portland and Seattle are known for their parks — and now they have the accolades to prove it.

Flickr Photo/Seattle Munincipal Archives (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks to Don Harper, from Our Parks Forever and the the No on Prop. 1 campaign, Christopher Williams, superintendent of Seattle Parks, and Erica C. Barnett, political reporter for Publicola, about the Proposition 1 election results.

Flickr Photo/Roy Patrick Tan (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds talks with two advocates concerning Seattle Proposition 1, which would create a Seattle Park District. Don Harper is with the group Our Parks Forever, which opposes the passage of Prop 1, and Ken Bounds is with Seattle Parks For All, which advocates for it.

Flickr Photo/Jeremy Reding (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Ross Reynolds speaks with Jennifer Wielund, public space program manager at the Seattle Department of Transportation, about the crop of a dozen new pilot parklets which will appear in parking spaces across the city this summer.

Forest managers in north Idaho and western Washington will be closing some popular camping areas this year. They say nearby trees are infected with root rot and post a threat to campers.

Flickr Photo/Frank Fujimoto

Ross Reynolds investigates how the city's approximate $250 million repair and upgrade backlog looks like on the ground at Seattle's most popular park — Green Lake in North Seattle.

KUOW Photo/Amy Radil

King County wants to renew its parks levy on the August 6 primary ballot. The package would continue current maintenance, and include new money for open space and trail construction.

If it’s approved, the levy would generate $396 million dollars in property taxes over six years. It would cost property tax payers almost 19 cents per $1,000 of assessed value – for the owner of a $300,000 home that comes to $56 dollars per year.

Ask The Seattle Mayor

May 13, 2013
Mayor Mike McGinn
Courtesy/City of Seattle

Ask Mayor McGinn
Chris Hansen has upped his bid for the Sacramento Kings by another $75 million. We will ask Mayor Mike McGinn about the future of the Seattle Sonics and whether the city will build a stadium without a team.

Also, we’ll ask the mayor for his take on May Day, Seattle parks, new Seattle Police Department hiring rules and just what happened with those guns turned peace bricks? He will be in to answer those questions, and if you have any questions for the mayor call us at 800.289.5869 or write to weekday@kuow.org.

What To Expect From The NBA This Week
The NBA Board of Governors are meeting this Wednesday to decide whether or not to approve the relocation of the Sacramento Kings to Seattle. King 5 reporter Chris Daniels has been following the saga from its onset. He regularly tweets updates on the Sacramento Kings and NBA decision.   

Seattle Parks Plan
Seattle officials want to hear from you about the future of the city’s parks. They're holding meetings this month to get public input on a parks plan that will guide where the city directs its resources in the years to come. We hear more from City Councilmember Sally Bagshaw.

Art Of Our City
A new live music and film project explores the line between ambition and bad luck as it applied to the Donner Party. "We Are All Failing Them" is a new commission by Seattle’s Northwest Film Forum (teaser below). It’s a song cycle performed live to film. We talk with composer Robin Holcomb about the latest venture in her wide-ranging career.

Neal Thompson On Robert “Believe It Or Not!” Ripley
A 1936 newspaper poll declared Robert Ripley the most popular man in America. How did a young, awkward newspaper cartoonist become a worldwide adventurer synonymous with the strange and unusual? Official Ripley biographer  Neal Thompson joins us.

Happy Birthday State Parks! Let's Hope This Budget Doesn't Kill You

Apr 15, 2013
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It’s the 100th birthday of Washington's state park system, but it may not be a happy one. Washington’s parks started off this year with zero dollars from the state. While both the Senate and House budget proposals give more than $15 million to our state parks, the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission says under the Senate’s budget the doors to some state parks will likely close.

KUOW photo/Derek Wang

The so-called “ramps to nowhere” near the Washington Park Arboretum are due to come down. It’s part of the project to replace state Route 520 across Lake Washington.  Arboretum officials announced new details Thursday about changes to the park.