Western Washington Could See More Wildfires This Year

Lots of grass and warmer weather could make for worsening fire seasons.

An autopsy found that Tommy Le was shot twice in the back during an fatal encounter with a King County sheriff’s deputy. Photo courtesy Career Link

New Report Calls for Increased Transparency From King County Sheriff’s Office

The fatal shooting of Tommy Le served as a case study for researchers.

An autopsy found that Tommy Le was shot twice in the back during an fatal encounter with a King County sheriff’s deputy. Photo courtesy Career Link
Charles Pillon sits inside one of the several buses on Iron Mountain. Photo by Caean Couto

The Last Days of Iron Mountain?

After battling King County government for decades, Charles Pillon may have finally lost the fight over his illegal 10-acre junkyard.

Charles Pillon sits inside one of the several buses on Iron Mountain. Photo by Caean Couto
The public files into the City Council Chambers to voice their opinions prior to the vote to repeal the head tax. Photo by Melissa Hellmann

Head Tax Repealed By Seattle City Council

After pressure from big businesses, city leaders cave on their plan to fund homeless services.

The public files into the City Council Chambers to voice their opinions prior to the vote to repeal the head tax. Photo by Melissa Hellmann
The Neighborhood Action Coalition and Transit Riders Union projected its support of the head tax on May 10, 2018. Photo by Jennifer Durham/Flickr

Seattle City Council Plans to Repeal Head Tax

Less than a month after passing the controversial measure to fund homeless services, the councilmembers got cold feet.

The Neighborhood Action Coalition and Transit Riders Union projected its support of the head tax on May 10, 2018. Photo by Jennifer Durham/Flickr
A scene from the 2017 Women’s March Seattle. Photo by Richard Ha/Flickr

County Sexual Harassment Policies Could Be Overhauled

One King County councilmember says male-dominated departments have “workplace culture issues.”

A scene from the 2017 Women’s March Seattle. Photo by Richard Ha/Flickr
The Firs Homeowners Association celebrate outside of the Maleng Regional Justice Center after a ruling that buys them more time in their homes on June 7, 2018. Photo by Melissa Hellmann

SeaTac Mobile Home Owners Granted Stay From Eviction

The ruling allows about 200 residents more time in their homes, as they attempt to acquire the property.

The Firs Homeowners Association celebrate outside of the Maleng Regional Justice Center after a ruling that buys them more time in their homes on June 7, 2018. Photo by Melissa Hellmann
This house served as the physician’s office for Kirkland founder Peter Kirk, making it the earliest-known hospital in the original town. Photo by Katie Metzger
This house served as the physician’s office for Kirkland founder Peter Kirk, making it the earliest-known hospital in the original town. Photo by Katie Metzger
Photo by Tony Webster/Wikimedia Commons

Drug Bust Takes Down Violent Puget Sound Drug Traffickers

A joint operation by local and federal officals arrested 35 “drug dealing conspirators” on June 6.

Photo by Tony Webster/Wikimedia Commons
Seven Puget Sound residents are suing Sound Transit for $240 million. Photo by Atomic Taco/Wikipedia Commons

Sound Transit Faces $240 Million Class-Action Lawsuit

An Auburn lawmaker has organized a suit which claims the new car tab taxes are unconstitutional.

Seven Puget Sound residents are suing Sound Transit for $240 million. Photo by Atomic Taco/Wikipedia Commons
Capitol Hill Presbyterian will hold 
its last service on Sunday, June 24. 
Photo by Melissa Hellmann

Losing Faith: The Closure of Capitol Hill Presbyterian Church

How a congregation shutting things down illustrates a clash between tradition and modernity.

Capitol Hill Presbyterian will hold 
its last service on Sunday, June 24. 
Photo by Melissa Hellmann
Reproductive rights marchers during the 2017 Seattle Pride Parade. Photo by Bobby Arispe Jr./Flickr

Medical Providers Push Back Against Title X’s New Anti-Abortion Provisions

Local organizations react to the Trump administration’s proposed restrictive rule changes.

Reproductive rights marchers during the 2017 Seattle Pride Parade. Photo by Bobby Arispe Jr./Flickr
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New Regional Homeless Numbers Spotlight Systemic Issues

The annual One Night Count shows a four percent homeless population increase and a spike in people living in vehicles.

Developed by Seattle & King County Public Health, the FLASH sex education high school curriculum is used by every district in the county. Photo courtesy King County

King County Wins Sex Ed Funding Case

Officials are “ecstatic” that the court blocked the Trump administration’s attempt to withhold research funds.

Developed by Seattle & King County Public Health, the FLASH sex education high school curriculum is used by every district in the county. Photo courtesy King County
Students at Alisa Vinson’s kindergarten class at Cascade Elementary School 
grab breakfast in their classroom. Photo by Leah Abraham
Students at Alisa Vinson’s kindergarten class at Cascade Elementary School 
grab breakfast in their classroom. Photo by Leah Abraham
Some King County elected leaders want to spend $180 million on maintenance of Safeco Field in Seattle. 
                                Photo by HyunJae Park/Flickr

King County Leaders Want to Spend $180 Million on Safeco Field

But one councilmember thinks funding for affordable housing and the arts should come before subsidizing stadium maintenance.

Some King County elected leaders want to spend $180 million on maintenance of Safeco Field in Seattle. 
                                Photo by HyunJae Park/Flickr
Dormant since 1999, the machinery at the John Henry Mine will soon resume operations if all goes as planned. Photo by Ray Still

Plans to Open King County Coal Mine Later This Year Move Forward

The Department of the Interior has granted a permit to resume mining at the Black Diamond location.

Dormant since 1999, the machinery at the John Henry Mine will soon resume operations if all goes as planned. Photo by Ray Still

King County Looks to Buy 65,000 Acres for Conservation

The proposed plan would protect forests, trails, shorelines, and farms.

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Amazon Draws Heat for Facial Recognition Tool Used for Policing

A coalition of civil rights organizations accused the company of encouraging mass surveillance.

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