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Grump to appeal county mine decision

August 20, 2020 | Belfair Herald | By Isabella Breda

Grump Ventures owner Russell Scott said he plans to appeal the Mason County hearing examiner’s decision that revoked the company’s non-conforming use rights to a gravel mine in a rural residential zone.

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Mason County officials accused of illegal actions related to proposed gravel mine

July 3, 2020 | Kitsap Sun | By Christopher Dunagan

In a class-action lawsuit filed against Mason County, a dozen North Mason property owners claim that County Commissioner Randy Neatherlin and other county officials illegally benefitted a private gravel company in violation of county zoning laws.

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Winslow residents file lawsuit against city of Bainbridge over Winslow Hotel project

April 17, 2020 | Bainbridge Island Review | By Brian Kelly

The group of residents that have been fighting the construction of a hotel in downtown Winslow have filed a lawsuit against the city of Bainbridge Island in Kitsap County Superior Court.

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Conservation Groups Will Sue Feds to Stop Massive Timber Sale in Critical Habitat for Snake River Steelhead

April 14, 2020 | Counter Punch | By Gary MacFarlane / Mike Garrity

Since time immemorial Pacific salmon and ocean-run steelhead trout have fought their way up the tumultuous waters of the Columbia and Snake Rivers to spawn in the headwater streams that flow west from Idaho’s towering snow-capped mountains.

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Gentrification battle moves to SeaTac as immigrant-owned businesses face displacement

December 26, 2018 | The Seattle Times | By Nina Shapiro

As in neighboring Tukwila, SeaTac’s plans for development and growth are encountering fierce opposition — and a lawsuit — from largely immigrant-owned businesses facing displacement.


Federal Judge Orders Oregon To Produce New Water Quality Standards For Several Basin Rivers

December 14, 2018 | The Columbia Basin Bulletin

A court ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to work with plaintiffs in a clean water suit to set a schedule for when it can redo clean water standards for temperature in a number of Oregon streams.

EPA said it could take as long as 12 years to complete the new water quality standards for each of the water bodies: the court said it should take far less time.


Giant forest project in Idaho halted by apeals-court ruling

August 16, 2018 | The Seattle Times | By Keith Ridler

BOISE — A giant forest project in Idaho is on hold after a ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

The decision halts the 125-square-mile project on the Payette National Forest that includes commercial timber sales, work to improve fish passage, prescribed burning to reduce forest fire risks and the closing of some roads.


Idaho forest project win leads to national support for wilderness area designation

March 13, 2019 | The New York Times | By Mike Garrity and Carole King

The Northern Rockies are surely near the top of the list of the world’s most spectacular landscapes. Its ranges contain one of the last great expanses of biodiversity left in the continental United States, including most of the species that were there when Lewis and Clark first passed through in 1805 on their journey of discovery.

These attributes alone would be reason enough to protect this region. Instead, the Trump administration has been pushing oil, gas, mining, and logging projects, and removing legal protections from threatened species. To be fair, the Obama administration also pursued some of those actions. But the current administration’s zealotry threatens the region’s wild landscape and rich biodiversity. It’s up to all of us who care about the environment, science and preserving wild places for our children to resist such efforts.


Hangman Creek is still a muddy disaster, but a new legal settlement gives the Spokane Riverkeeper hope

April 19, 2018 | Inlander | By Daniel Walters

Hangman Creek, also known as Latah Creek, is choked with bacteria and record levels of dirt. The temperature’s too high. There isn’t enough vegetation. The water is running too fast, eroding away the banks, sending even more soil sloshing into the river.

But there’s good news, White says. For years, the Spokane Riverkeeper had been locked into a legal battle with the Environmental Protection Agency and the Washington State Department of Ecology over the fate of Hangman Creek.


20 Trees Saved in Redmond Park

March 27, 2018 | Redmond Reporter| By Aaron Kunkler

Around 20 trees in Redmond’s Idylwood Beach Park remain standing this evening after Redmond city officials’ decision to remove three large trees deemed dangerous did not begin on Monday morning as planned.

The trees were scheduled to be cut down and removed following two instances last summer where branches fell from large Cottonwoods located along the park’s beach. One branch sent a woman to Harborview Medical Center in critical condition.

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All of Seattle’s neighborhoods deserve a say in upzoning upheaval

February 14, 2018 | The Seattle Times | By Claudia Newman David Bricklin

You think Seattle has changed a lot in the last few years? More change, reaching deeper into Seattle’s residential neighborhoods, may be on the way.

The City Council is considering changing the rules for development in neighborhoods throughout the city. The proposal (developed by former Mayor Ed Murray) makes sweeping changes to the zoning code to allow apartments and condos in single-family zones with increased heights and decreased setbacks for those buildings. This new zoning will implement the city’s Mandatory Housing Affordability policy.


Judge overturns lawsuit settlement, gives Providence Heights new lease on life

January 10, 2018 | Issaquah Reporter | By Nicole Jennings

A King County Superior Court judge gave the Providence Heights campus a new lease on life on Friday, just one day before the one-time nuns’ college was scheduled to be demolished.

Judge Ken Schubert officially granted local nonprofit Preserve Providence Heights’ motion to vacate the Oct. 24 lawsuit settlement that had been reached between the city of Issaquah and the campus’ owner, Churchome (formerly The City Church) of Kirkland. That judgment had allowed Churchome to immediately proceed with demolition of the campus.


Preservationists score a victory in Pioneer Square

June 10, 2017 | Crosscut| By Knute Berger

In July, the Pioneer Square Preservation Board rejected the design of a new development at 316 Alaskan Way South in a 7-1 vote, after many months of debate over the proposed 120-foot-tall residential building. Two weeks later, their nearly unanimous recommendation was unexpectedly rejected by the head of the Department of Neighborhoods, Kathy Nyland. Overturning the board’s recommendation was highly unusual, and infuriated many Pioneer Square residents who believe the project’s design is problematic, and worry the role of the Preservation Board has been compromised.


Medina residents win fight to oust cell tower in city park

September 24, 2015 | The Seattle Times | By Lynn Thompson

Medina residents fighting an 80-foot cell tower permitted for the city’s Fairweather Park and Nature Preserve have won their battle to get the offending tower relocated.

On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Robert Lasnik dismissed a lawsuit brought by T-Mobile and Independent Towers against Medina for revoking the cell tower’s permit. The companies argued that under federal law, cities may not deny permits for the communication infrastructure necessary to fill a gap in coverage.


More children will be tested for lead under lawsuit settlement

December 10, 2015 | The Seattle Times | By Sandi Doughton

Under a lawsuit settlement, all Washington children covered by Medicaid will be eligible for lead-poisoning testing if their parents request it — or if they live in old buildings, are recent immigrants or face other exposure risks.


The Big Problem with the Methow’s Little Hut

December 2013 | Seattle Magazine | By Lisa Wogan

The dirt road up Flagg Mountain is not for the fainthearted—or the low-clearance car. It is steep and narrow, with hairpin turns snaking through woods and scrub. But the views at the top are more than worth the teeth-chattering drive: The craggy peaks of the North Cascades fan off to the west, and the Methow River meanders through a valley of meadows and pines. The majority of the land is publicly owned and undeveloped. Birdsong, chipmunk chirps and the wind in the trees are the only noises. It should be the most serene place in the world.