Aaron Kunkler

A woman works on a drawing next to an unused viewing scope as a smoky haze obscures the Space Needle and downtown Seattle last August as smoke from wildfires moved across the region. (Photo courtesy of The Herald/Elaine Thompson/Associated Press)

Why do Washington voters struggle with climate change policies?

Despite environmental awareness and the public’s apparent desire for reform, statewide initiatives keep failing

A woman works on a drawing next to an unused viewing scope as a smoky haze obscures the Space Needle and downtown Seattle last August as smoke from wildfires moved across the region. (Photo courtesy of The Herald/Elaine Thompson/Associated Press)
King County approves gun warning sign requirement

King County approves gun warning sign requirement

Warning signs must be posted in all King County gun stores and firing ranges.

King County approves gun warning sign requirement
Neo-Nazis distribute fliers throughout Bellevue

Neo-Nazis distribute fliers throughout Bellevue

The fliers were found in neighborhoods near Clyde Hill Elementary School and Chinook Middle School with candy seemingly designed to attract children.

Neo-Nazis distribute fliers throughout Bellevue
Attorney General alleges three King County residents scammed foreclosed homeowners

Attorney General alleges three King County residents scammed foreclosed homeowners

The lawsuit claims that employees of a real estate company misrepresented the process by which foreclosed homeowners can recover surplus funds.

Attorney General alleges three King County residents scammed foreclosed homeowners
Juanita High students push to change ‘Rebels’ mascot

Juanita High students push to change ‘Rebels’ mascot

Students say the mascot glorifies the Confederacy while detractors say it honors Revolutionary War.

Juanita High students push to change ‘Rebels’ mascot
Plans to open King County coal mine later this year move forward

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.

Plans to open King County coal mine later this year move forward
Roza Irrigation District manager Scott Revell inspects a water gauge in the lower Yakima Valley. If a drought pump is installed in Kachess Lake it would mean a more reliable source of water for crops in the valley. Aaron Kunkler/Staff photo

Puget Sound residents worried about Kachess Lake plan

A proposed pump to supply much-needed water to Eastern Washington during droughts could affect recreation.

Roza Irrigation District manager Scott Revell inspects a water gauge in the lower Yakima Valley. If a drought pump is installed in Kachess Lake it would mean a more reliable source of water for crops in the valley. Aaron Kunkler/Staff photo
Kokanee salmon in Ebright Creek. U.S. Department of the Interior

Low numbers of Lake Sammamish kokanee raise fears of extinction

Only 19 kokanee salmon returned to spawn this year.

Kokanee salmon in Ebright Creek. U.S. Department of the Interior
Photo by Ben Kerckx/Pixabay

King County task force to explore solutions to ‘recycling crisis’

With tighter regulations affecting the flow of recyclables in the U.S., officials look for new avenues for the region’s paper waste.

Photo by Ben Kerckx/Pixabay
Group campaigns to bar government-funded injection sites

Group campaigns to bar government-funded injection sites

Signature gathering has begun for a King County ordinance that would prohibit municipalities from offering county-approved drug injection sites to users. mThe group behind Initiative 27, which would create the ordinance banning injection sites, is called Citizens for a Safe King County and includes state legislators and local politicians.

Group campaigns to bar government-funded injection sites