Brick-and-mortar stores and Amazon go head-to-head

Brick-and-mortar stores and Amazon go head-to-head
Packages ready to ship move along a conveyor belt at an Amazon.com distribution center. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)
This holiday shopping season, it's Amazon vs. everyone else. The online giant has attracted customers from the likes of Wal-Mart and Best Buy with low prices and convenient shipping.

Controversy over Whatcom Co. water wells

Conservative property-rights advocates are worried about proposed restrictions on wells they fear could mean the end of the rural way of life in Whatcom County.

Scientists try more sophisticated salmon tagging

Scientists try more sophisticated salmon tagging
FILE - Juvenile salmon bound for the Pacific Ocean get a helping hand at Fall Creek Reservoir in Oregon, Nov. 26, 2013.
The behavior of young salmon does not appear to be as predictable as previously thought.

Report shows state parks system needs taxpayer help

Report shows state parks system needs taxpayer help
Photo courtesy of Washington State Parks.

Four years ago, Washington lawmakers set out to make the state parks system self-sufficient - surviving on visitor fees alone. A new report says it's not going to happen.

Brooks Sports' new HQ holds some 'green' surprises

Brooks Sports' new HQ holds some 'green' surprises
The current view of Stone34. Skanska plans to have the shell of the building complete by April 2014. (Joshua Lewis/KOMO News).

It's hard to miss the five-story building going up between Wallingford and Fremont on the corner of Stone Way and 34th Street. The site will soon be the new home of Seattle-based running company Brooks Sports, but the developer says there's a lot more to this office/retail project than meets the eye. Developer Skanska recently offered us a sneak peek of the progress being made at Stone34.

Has mysterious, deadly sea-star disease reached West Seattle waters?

Has mysterious, deadly sea-star disease reached West Seattle waters? »Play Video
New images taken by local diver could show evidence that a mysterious and deadly disease plaguing the West Coast’s starfish population has reached West Seattle waters. (Photo courtesy Laura James)

New video shot by a local diver over the weekend could show evidence that a mysterious and deadly disease plaguing the West Coast's star-fish population has reached West Seattle waters.

$15 wage initiative appears poised for victory in SeaTac

$15 wage initiative appears poised for victory in SeaTac
In this Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013 photo, 16-year veteran skycap Fred Harris prepares multiple baggage tags for a traveler at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in SeaTac, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
A campaign to set a $15 minimum wage in the city of SeaTac is poised for victory.

University Link project on track to save $100M, open early

University Link project on track to save $100M, open early
The view from inside the new UW light rail station. The station is 80 percent complete. Sound Transit says the rail line between UW and downtown Seattle is on track to open early and under budget.

Sound Transit says the light rail line connecting UW to downtown Seattle is on track to open early and under budget. Transportation officials shared the news with Sen. Patty Murray during a press conference inside the new UW rail station.

That stinks! Roadside 'potty bombs' creating quite a mess

That stinks! Roadside 'potty bombs' creating quite a mess »Play Video
Cleanup worker gives nasty potty bombs two thumbs down. (Photo courtesy Dept. of Ecology).

The Department of Ecology is tackling a messy problem. 'Potty bombs' found along Washington roads and highways are on the rise but there's no money to fight this filthy issue.

After nearly 80 years, Native American story pole is coming home

After nearly 80 years, Native American story pole is coming home
The 37-foot story pole was originally carved by Tulalip Tribe leader and artist William Shelton. It stood in a park in Illinois for more than 70 years until weather and bugs forced it to be taken down. Now the Burke Museum is working to bring it home. (Photo courtesy Freeport Park District)

The Burke Museum is leading a fundraising effort to bring a Native American story pole back to the Northwest after it stood in an Illinois park for more than 70 years.

Start-up helps hourly workers land jobs through text messaging

Start-up helps hourly workers land jobs through text messaging
Jobaline launched over the summer in Seattle and Miami. The Kirkland based tech start-up provides a mobile marketplace for hourly workers and employers to find the right fit. (Photo courtesy Jobaline)

A Kirkland-based tech start-up is revolutionizing the way hourly workers find jobs, and all you need is a phone that can text.