Department of Good News

Three Reasons Why Everything Isn’t Totally Terrible Right Now

Promising coronavirus data and other positive developments of late in Seattle.

09/15/2020 By Benjamin Cassidy

Breach Bums

You Don’t Have to Leave Shore to Spot an Orca in Seattle

The Orca Network’s devotees ground the whale-watching game.

08/03/2020 By Benjamin Cassidy

Transportation Tidings

The Monorail Finally Jumps on the ORCA Card Bandwagon

Translation: It's not just for tourists anymore.

10/01/2019 By Lily Hansen and Jaime Archer

Food for a Cause

Seattle Chefs Are Slinging Shellfish to Benefit Little Skookum Inlet

Some of the city's biggest names are dishing up clams and oysters to save the salmon habitat.

10/01/2019 By Courtney Cummings

One-Sentence Stories

Spokanite in Space, Plastic Bag Ban, and Paine Field

Your weekly dose of city news in short.

03/08/2019 By Anne Dennon

This Week in Politics

Top 10 Stories: Inslee's Budget, UW Plan Approval, and "Opportunity Zones"

Your weekly dose of top political stories.

12/14/2018 By Anne Dennon

Last Week in Politics

Top 10 Stories: Orca Whales, Amazon's HQ2, and Gun Laws

Your weekly dose of top political stories.

11/20/2018 By Anne Dennon

Sea Changes

PCC Markets Stops Selling Pacific Northwest Chinook Salmon

With southern resident killer whales going hungry, the regional chain says king salmon is off the shelves.

09/13/2018 By Gwen Hughes

Shifts & Shakeups

This Week in Restaurant News: Updates on Beloved Chains 85ºC Bakery and Shake Shack

Plus Ballard adds another brewery, and Old Ballard Liquor Company gets ready to open a bar.

08/24/2018 By Rosin Saez

Last Week in Politics

Top 10 Stories: Safeco, 3D-Printable Guns, and Saving the Orcas

Your weekly dose of top political stories.

08/06/2018 By Grace Madigan

Explainer

How to Save an Orca Whale

The governor has assembled a task force to address Washington’s killer whale crisis. But saving our shrinking orca population is no small task.

04/20/2018 By Allison Williams

Fecal Matters

Meet Tucker, the Ultimate Orca Poop–Detection Dog

In a new study, orca pregnancy failures are up, salmon stocks are down, and fecal samples are in—thanks in part to a black Lab on dung duty.

08/22/2017 By Rosin Saez

Snap Judgment

Would Breaching Dams on the Snake River Save Local Orcas?

Scientists at Friday Harbor’s Center for Whale Research say local orcas are starving and that the solution is to boost salmon runs by breaching four dams along the Lower Snake River. Junk science or a damn fine idea?

01/27/2017 By Matthew Halverson

Morning Fizz

SDOT Gets It on Student Transit Rights, Superintendent Candidate Struggles on Student Trans Rights

Transit for low-income students, transit for the region, and "murky" answers on transgender rights.

08/31/2016 By Josh Feit

Nature

Orca Network Attempts to Free Lolita

After more than 40 years in captivity, Puget Sound’s most famous killer whale may finally come home.

01/05/2015 By Matthew Halverson

Morning Fizz

Morning Fizz: Declined to Endorse

Caffeinated news and gossip featuring play streets, a universal ORCA, transit hopes, and zoning woes.

08/19/2014 By Morning Fizz

Morning Fizz

Morning Fizz: You Can't Throw a Rock Without Hitting a Doggie Daycare

Our Friday Likes & Dislikes. How we really feel about the week's news.

08/15/2014 By Carla Saulter

Insider Guide to the San Juans

San Juan Island's Whale Watcher

Bob Otis has been watching killer whales off the island since 1990. And he doesn't take weekends or breaks.

08/01/2014 By Allison Williams