Aaron Kunkler

Western Washington could see more wildfires this year

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

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.

Juanita High students push to change ‘Rebels’ mascot

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

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

Tips for staying safe around Washington wildlife

In the wake of a deadly cougar attack near North Bend here’s some tips on staying safe.

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 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

Eastside environmentalists turn up the heat on climate change

Residents are concerned about King County not meeting its greenhouse gas emissions targets.

Seattle head tax worries Eastside business organizations

Seattle has passed a head tax to help fund homelessness services.

Low numbers of Lake Sammamish kokanee raise fears of extinction

Only 19 kokanee salmon returned to spawn this year.

Construction kicks off in Bellevue for $250M Overlake expansion

Overlake Medical Center in Bellevue is starting the largest expansion in its 58-year history.

Office space is tight all across the Eastside

The Broderick Group released a report detailing low office vacancy rates across Eastside cities.

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

Eastside state legislators talk carbon fees, housing and cars at UW Bothell

Eastside lawmakers met on April 26 for a debrief with constituent businesses.

Activists begin collecting signatures for November carbon fee initiative

A carbon fee could be on November’s ballot if supporters of I-1631 gather enough signatures.

Mercer Island church builds two tiny houses for the homeless

The Mercer Island Presbyterian Church has built two tiny homes for the Low Income Housing Institute.

Mercer Island grants Republic Services 180 days to find new avenues for recycling

The city is also allowing it to landfill existing buildup.

Farmers New World Insurance leaving Mercer Island

One of Island’s largest employers relocating to Bellevue.

County planning Mercer Island sewer upgrade

County prepares to replace an aging pipe running beneath Lake Washington

As PSE moves away from coal, one community scrambles to build a new economy

Lewis County has long relied on the energy needs of consumers throughout the region. That’s all about to change.

Diving deeper into the state bridges report

Interstate 90 bridges between Seattle and Mercer Island were deemed “structurally deficient.”