Washington Doings

A couple recent High Country News stories about Evergreen State goings-on — one urban, one from the wilderness.

First, from the transportation sector, is my take on Bertha, the world’s largest and most dysfunctional tunneling machine, which got stuck beneath the Seattle waterfront after completing just 1,000 feet of an 8,000-foot dig. Most of the Bertha conversation these days centers on whether the tunnel will ever be completed, but my story asks a different question: From a traffic management standpoint, should it have been launched in the first place?

Second, a classic tale of tenuous rewilding: Wolverines return to Washington’s Cascades! But will climate change soon force them out again?

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