Aaron Kunkler

June 2018 algae bloom. Photo courtesy of Department of Ecology

Human-caused ‘dead zones’ threaten health of Puget Sound

Wastewater treatment plants account for about 70% of the excess nutrients.

 

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Social media site Parler returns after registering with Sammamish company

The right-wing social media website is not being hosted by Epik, but registered its domain.

 

The ballistic-missile submarine USS Henry M. Jackson (SSBN 730) arrives home at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor following a strategic deterrent patrol in this 2015 file photo. (U.S. Navy photo by Lt. Cmdr. Brian Badura/Released)

What could Biden’s nuclear policy look like?

King County sits only miles away from one-third of the deployed U.S. nuclear arsenal.

 

Screenshot from a YouTube stream of the Jan. 6, 2021, protest at the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.

WA, King County lawmakers react to Capitol Building storming

A mob of right-wing agitators stormed the Capitol Building on Jan. 6, as Congress was preparing to certify the Electoral College presidential election count in… Continue reading

Screenshot from a YouTube stream of the Jan. 6, 2021, protest at the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.
Washington State Capitol Building in Olympia. 	File photo

Bills to follow in the 2021 Legislative session include police reform

It’s legislation filing season, and the floodgates have opened in Olympia.

Washington State Capitol Building in Olympia. 	File photo
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Report: WA nets only 100 new jobs in November

Unemployment rates held steady between October and November, according to a newly released preliminary monthly state employment report. November unemployment numbers were released on Dec.… Continue reading

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PSE workers rebuild circuit 27 in North Kenmore. Photo courtesy of Puget Sound Energy.

Who should foot the bill for pandemic-era power?

Utilities could eventually raise rates to recoup lost costs, activists say that’s a bad plan.

PSE workers rebuild circuit 27 in North Kenmore. Photo courtesy of Puget Sound Energy.
A King County Metro bus with an ad from the natural gas organization Partnership for Energy Progress. Contributed photo

Should fossil fuel ads go the way of the dino on county buses?

King County ran ads for a natural gas coalition on its buses this year.

A King County Metro bus with an ad from the natural gas organization Partnership for Energy Progress. Contributed photo
In this 2019 file photo, Puget Sound Energy product development manager John Dooley stands in front of one of four units at the Glacier Battery Storage Project in northwest Washington state. The project can provide power to the small town of Glacier for around two hours if needed. (Sound Publishing file photo)

What will a green WA electric grid look like?

It will require a lot more coordination, but will be more resilient.

In this 2019 file photo, Puget Sound Energy product development manager John Dooley stands in front of one of four units at the Glacier Battery Storage Project in northwest Washington state. The project can provide power to the small town of Glacier for around two hours if needed. (Sound Publishing file photo)
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Study: Nonprofits struggle amid pandemic

Nonprofits around the state are struggling to make ends meet during the pandemic, according to a new study by the University of Washington. The study,… Continue reading

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A King County Sheriff’s Office photo of the crawlspace in which Urbano Velazquez was hiding when a K-9 unit was used. Sound Publishing file photo

King County settles $2 million dog bite lawsuit

The county agreed to pay $100,000 after being sued after a 2016 K-9 unit arrest.

A King County Sheriff’s Office photo of the crawlspace in which Urbano Velazquez was hiding when a K-9 unit was used. Sound Publishing file photo
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A map showing the locations where plants have gone extinct in the U.S. and Canada since European settlers arrived.

Study: 65 plant species have gone extinct in U.S., Canada

More than 65 species of plants have gone extinct in the U.S. and Canada since European colonization, according to a new study. The study was… Continue reading

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A map showing the locations where plants have gone extinct in the U.S. and Canada since European settlers arrived.
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Snow Lake, located near Snoqualmie Pass in Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.

Washington releases new forest plan

It outlines ways the state will protect and maintain forest health.

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Snow Lake, located near Snoqualmie Pass in Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest.
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All King County charter amendments are passing

Voters are approving an appointed sheriff along with other measures.

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Aaron Kunkler/staff photoAlvin Sweet is a resident of Martin Court in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood. Martin Court is a former motel which was transformed into a supportive housing complex two decades ago. New funding from King County’s Health through Housing ordinance could expand this type of program across the county.

King County wants to buy motels for emergency, affordable housing

The concept has proven results in addressing homelessness.

Aaron Kunkler/staff photoAlvin Sweet is a resident of Martin Court in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood. Martin Court is a former motel which was transformed into a supportive housing complex two decades ago. New funding from King County’s Health through Housing ordinance could expand this type of program across the county.
King County 2020 unemployment numbers. Source: Washington State Employment Security Department

Boeing, coronavirus likely to impact King County economy

Unemployment remained high in September.

King County 2020 unemployment numbers. Source: Washington State Employment Security Department
power grid electricity power lines blackouts PG&E (Shutterstock)

State extends moratorium on some electric, gas shutoffs

Investor-owned electric and natural gas utilities in WA can’t disconnect customers through April.

power grid electricity power lines blackouts PG&E (Shutterstock)
A Sept. 10 satellite image shows smoke from U.S. wildfires blanketing the majority of the West Coast. (European Space Agency)

University of Washington professors talk climate change, U.S.-China relations

Downside for climate policy supporters is it can risk alienating moderate or right-leaning voters.

A Sept. 10 satellite image shows smoke from U.S. wildfires blanketing the majority of the West Coast. (European Space Agency)
High speed rail and hub cities explored in Cascadia Corridor study

High speed rail and hub cities explored in Cascadia Corridor study

A new paper outlines a potential plan for the region.

High speed rail and hub cities explored in Cascadia Corridor study
A view of the Palmer Fire, located seven miles southwest of Oroville in north central Washington. Source: InciWeb

Antifa isn’t starting Washington wildfires

Online conspiracy theories are spreading as the West Coast burns.

A view of the Palmer Fire, located seven miles southwest of Oroville in north central Washington. Source: InciWeb