Category Archives: The Seattle Times

‘Terrible and disgusting’: Decision to close National Archives at Seattle a blow to tribes, historians in 4 states

The U.S. Office of Management and Budget issued a decision on Friday to close the facility in Seattle’s Sand Point neighborhood despite a last-minute plea by senators in Washington, Oregon, Alaska and Idaho. For many, it seems like a betrayal. The decision to pack up and move the National Archives at Seattle to Southern California […]
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Why Washington state’s health experts aren’t panicking yet about the Wuhan coronavirus

A new virus has health experts puzzled over precisely how it got started and how easily it’s spread. As of Sunday afternoon, Jan. 26, it has reportedly infected more than 2,700 people and killed 80 in China since being discovered last month in the Chinese city of Wuhan. And it recently showed up in Snohomish […]
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Crab larvae off Oregon and Washington suffering shell damage from ocean acidification, new research shows

Ocean acidification is damaging the shells of young Dungeness crab in the Northwest, an impact that scientists did not expect until much later this century, according to new research. A study released this week in the journal Science of the Total Environment is based on a 2016 survey of Oregon, Washington and British Columbia coastal […]
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Many Washington dairies are struggling. Here’s why and what farmers are doing to survive.

An industry already known for booms and busts has grown more volatile, forcing survivors to adopt new strategies. For fifth-generation dairyman Jeremy Visser, 2014 was a record-breaker. Amid soaring global demand for U.S. milk products, Visser made about $500 on each of the 4,000 cows he was running in Stanwood and four other Western Washington […]
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Communities are the winners of new federal law to save local journalism

The survival of independent regional newspapers shows hope for a revival of American local journalism. Thanks to a new federal law, these bastions of the free press — including The Seattle Times — can build toward long-term stability despite financial burdens left from an earlier era. Part of the budget deal signed Dec. 20, the Save […]
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Derailment report shows how much Sound Transit must improve

A new report lays bare a pattern of Sound Transit mismanagement leading up to 2017’s catastrophic Point Defiance Bypass derailment. The agency must work to restore public faith. Two years after the disastrous Point Defiance Bypass Amtrak crash, a new report makes clear Sound Transit should not have been trusted to lead this unique multiagency […]
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In pursuit of big profits, hemp growers blaze a perilous new path in Northwest agriculture

On a foggy November day, farm workers take clippers to a field of bushy green plants, snipping tops full of flower buds dotted with flecks of sticky resin. By the end of the day, the cuttings dry inside a southeast Portland warehouse, hanging from tall plastic trellises like aromatic curtains. Source: In pursuit of big […]
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Tall buildings out of timber? In the face of climate change, Seattle encourages it

The loggers who worked in Ballard when it was Shingletown, a center of the national timber industry, are long gone. And only a few wooden landmarks of the timber heyday, mostly churches, still exist on Ballard’s low-slung skyline. But as concerns over climate change give new life to wooden building design, that could change. In the […]
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Climate change threatens health in Pacific Northwest

Around this time last year, news outlets blared alarming headlines: Breathing the air outside was as bad as smoking several cigarettes. Wildfire haze blotted out the sun and turned the moon orange. Weather apps simply listed the forecast as “smoke.” Just because this summer has been clear, though, doesn’t mean that the environment is doing […]
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Why districts spend millions to keep homeless students in place: ‘Changing schools is the last thing we want’

In Washington, school districts estimate they spent over $31.5 million on transportation for homeless students. Early signs from Northern Nevada suggest that such a bet isn’t a waste. Just after sunrise on a chilly winter morning, Nene and her four children — the youngest securely tucked in a stroller — set out from their temporary […]
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