Hal Bernton, The Seattle Times

Hal Bernton

The Seattle Times

Richland, WA, United States

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Past articles by Hal:

As sockeye runs struggle elsewhere in North America, a record run in Alaska’s Bristol Bay

Amid a fierce June storm that whipped up 8-foot waves, Robin Samuelsen told his four young crew members to let out the gillnets behind his 32-foot boat in the... → Read More

Coast Guard could triple base size on Seattle waterfront as U.S. ramps up Arctic presence

The U.S. Coast Guard could triple its footprint on the Seattle waterfront under a new proposal. The base could expand to help accommodate bigger vessels, including three new heavy icebreakers. → Read More

Washington Bills Put Crosshairs Squarely on Gas-Powered Cars

The state would vault to the forefront of the movement to purge fossil fuels from automotive fleets under bills introduced in the Legislature to ban registration of new gas- and diesel-powered vehicles in 2030. → Read More

Did Pebble Mine execs lie to Congress about their plans for Alaska project? Cantwell calls for Justice Department investigation

Cantwell for years has been a critic of the mine and the risks that its development would pose to the salmon resource. → Read More

A brief encounter, then gunshots. Now narratives fly after fatal Portland shooting.

Though the Saturday shooting was captured on video, some details remain unclear, and there also is plenty of disagreement when assigning blame. → Read More

Federal officers to withdraw from downtown Portland, governor says

PORTLAND — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown on Wednesday said that the federal government has agreed to a “phased withdrawal of federal officers” that have been deployed at the federal Mark... → Read More

Seattle Times, other media fight Seattle Police Department subpoena for raw footage, photos of protest

The department is demanding the production of unedited photos and video taken over a 90-minute afternoon period by The Seattle Times, KIRO TV, KING TV, KOMO TV and KCPQ. → Read More

Protests don’t appear to be driving coronavirus surge in Seattle area or elsewhere, researchers say

Protests that erupted after the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis have also unfolded as a kind of mass experiment about the risks of outdoor gatherings in a pandemic. → Read More

Reopening date for Washington’s largest meat-packing plant, hard-hit by COVID-19, could be announced Tuesday

A mass screening of 1,239 employees at the Tyson Fresh Meats plant is nearly completed. → Read More

Hospitalizations Decline in Washington State for Coronavirus

The state Department of Health (DOH) survey, covering the seven-day period that ended Saturday, tallied 193 admissions of patients with symptoms of fever, cough and shortness of breath, down from 251 the previous week. → Read More

Upward Trend of Coronavirus-related Hospitalizations in Washington

The information in a Department of Health (DOH) surveillance report is part of a stepped-up effort by the state amid widespread concerns that patients suffering from the disease, caused by the novel coronavirus, could eventually overwhelm some hospitals later this spring. → Read More

Crab larvae off Oregon and Washington suffering shell damage from ocean acidification, new research shows

Dungeness sustain West Coast commercial seafood harvests typically worth more than $200 million annually, and are a mainstay for tribal and recreational crabbers. → Read More

As climate change melts Alaska’s permafrost, roads sink, bridges tilt and greenhouse gases release

The accelerating melt is a global concern: Permafrost, which mostly lies in the northern reaches of the planet, is a vast carbon storehouse of frozen plants and animals that release greenhouse gases as they warm and decompose. → Read More

As Bering Sea ice melts, Alaskans, scientists and Seattle’s fishing fleet witness changes ‘on a massive scale’

With winter ice largely gone for two years, a food chain is at risk. What lies ahead for a body of water that produces some of the world’s biggest seafood... → Read More

Will 5G Satellites Undermine NOAA Weather Forecasting?

The National Academy of Sciences recently held a two-day summer workshop to address a high-stakes question: Can next-generation 5G wireless undermine the accuracy of info gathered by weather satellites? → Read More

Trump EPA yanks Obama-era proposal to restrict mine development in salmon-rich Bristol Bay region

The EPA action brought a bitter response from a wide-ranging coalition of passionate opponents that includes commercial fishermen from Washington and elsewhere that join in the summer sockeye harvests, sport anglers, seafood processors, recreation companies, Native groups and environmentalists. → Read More

The Bullitt Foundation, a heavy hitter in the region’s environmental movement founded on timber money, will wind down its giving

The foundation, which traces its roots to a storied Seattle family, will give away most of what's left of its endowment during the next five years. → Read More

Hanford waste-processing plants closer to startup, but questions remain about cleanup

Plenty of other challenges remain in a gargantuan Hanford cleanup begun in the late 20th century that is projected to continue deep into this century. → Read More

Union Questions Response to Derailment, Chemical Fire that Closed Rail Line

Emergency Management officials were not informed by Union Pacific of the sodium chlorate spill until March 16 — two days after the Eastern Washington derailment. → Read More

Navy rejects call for more monitoring of Growler jet training on Whidbey Island

Navy plans for expansion of Growler training flights has drawn strong opposition from many residents of central Whidbey Island, where Ebey Landing National Historical Reserve is located. → Read More