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Public Data Ferret In The News

by December 8th, 2010

(Last updated 1/29/14). Our federal 501(c)(3) tax exempt non-profit public charity Public Eye Northwest features a news knowledge base and government transparency project called Public Data Ferret which in originally reported articles we write, “daylights” underexposed information from local, regional, county, state and federal governments. Everything is archived by jurisdiction and topic at our searchable Ferret hub. Through Public Eye Northwest we use Ferret as a tool for teaching digital civic literacy, accenting best practices in voluntary government transparency, and building community capacity for gathering and sharing information on the work of government. At this page, we provide a reverse-date compendium of links to:

Our stories and articles, published or covered, in other venues

Overview coverage of our work

Our articles which got front page links at


State Identifies More Quality Care Problems At Cannon House in Central District, Central District News, October 22, 2013

Sound Transit Rejects Some Recommendations From Last Year’s Audit,” Seattle Transit Blog, July 4, 2013

South Sounder Rail Car Costs Coming In a Little High,” Seattle Transit Blog, June 20, 2013

Tuesday Open Thread, Seattle Schools Community Forum, March 12, 2013

Documents: King County Spent Millions To Settle Lawsuits,” KOMO 4 TV News at 11, February 7, 2013

Washington State Leads The Way With Online Bill Commenting System,” Congressional Quarterly/Roll Call’s Advocacy+Engagement blog, February 6, 2013

Who’s Most Likely To Catch The Flu In Washington?,”, November 20, 2012

Tuesday Memo: Who Gets The Flu?, Today File, November 20, 2012

Oversight Panel Says Sounder Trains Don’t Justify Their Existence, My Everett News, October 4, 2012

Most Would-be Cab Drivers Failed The Test,” Today File, July 10, 2012

Does Crime Pay? Most Car Thieves, Burglars, Get Away In Wash.,” KPLU-FM, Seattle, April 18, 2012

Former Bellevue Middle School Teacher Loses License For Sex Crimes, Bellevue Patch, March 26, 2012

Amplify Accountability, Technology To Boost Open Government,” blog of the Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy, March 12, 2012

Washington’s Gift To Taxpayers? $29.3 Billion,” Crosscut, February 7, 2012

Voter Participation In Washington Nears The Top, Nationally,” Crosscut, January 20, 2012

A Salmon Story: Public Data Ferret On KUOW-FM, Seattle Public Radio,” December 30, 2011

“Global Open Gov: What’s The Secret Sauce?” Sunlight Foundation blog, December 6 – 8, 2011; Part I, Part II, Part III.

King County To Resuscitate Pay-As-You-Go Insurance Model,” Crosscut, November 3, 2011

Making The Open Government Partnership Work,” blog of Open Knowledge Foundation, Cambridge, UK, October 31, 2011

UW Graduation Rates Are Right In The Middle Of Peers, Crosscut, October 27, 2011

Better Health For All Gets A Digital Assist,” Crosscut, October 24, 2011

Orchid Project’s Round-up: Web Articles On Female Genital Cutting, October 17, 2011

Council Considers California-Style ‘Social Host’ Underage Drinking Fines Tonight,” Mercer Island Patch, September 19, 2011

State Worker Charged With Sexually Abusing Vulnerable Patient,” Shoreline Area News, September 18, 2011

Everett-based Counselor Loses License For Sex With Patient – Public Data Ferret,”, August 9, 2011

Public Eye Northwest’s Guide To Open Access Journals,” Information Wants To Be Free, July 30, 2011

Puyallup Company Wins $35 Million Defense Contract,”, July 25, 2011

Shoreline Awards Neighborhood Matching Grant For Old Sunset Elementary Site,” Shoreline (Wash.) Patch, July 5, 2011

Culver City Firm and Feds Recall Flammable Dresses,” Culver City (Calif.) Patch, July 2, 2011

Eagan Company Wins $758 Million Government Contract,” Eagan (Minn.) Patch, June 24, 2011

Boeing Subsidiary Insitu Wins $83.7 Million Navy Contract To Supply Drones,” The Oregonian, May 27, 2011

Port of Seattle Buying Excess Seattle Light Property Near Lora Lakes Area,” B-Town Blog (Burien, Wash.), May 18, 2011

State Issues Online Guide To Appealing Health Claim Denials,” Edmonds (Wash.) Patch, May 4, 2011

Mercer Island Urged To Re-name Community Center,” Mercer Island (Wash.) Patch, April 25, 2011

City Council Expected To Approve Nearly $50,000 In Neighborhood Grants,” Renton (Wash.) Patch, April 21, 2011

Lakewood Merchant Admits To Cheating $92K In Sales Tax,” Lakewood (Wash.) Patch, April 21, 2011

Transparency Is A Two-Way Street,” Sunlight Foundation blog, April 20, 2011

Voluntary Transparency And Digital Civic Literacy Help Build Strong Communities,” Open Knowledge Foundation Blog (U.K.), April 11, 2011

Public Data Ferret Reviews The City’s Options For The Old Woodinville Schoolhouse,” Woodinville (Wash.) Patch, April 8, 2011

Washington, Home Of Software Leaders, Gets A Bad Rap For Online Transparency. What Gives?,” Crosscut, April 1, 2011

Local Government Online Transparency: A Work In Progress,” Investigate West, March 29, 2011

Digging Deep For Nuggets Of Gold In The Quest For Open Government,” Crosscut, March 15, 2011

Edmonds Homeless Encampment,” This Way Up, November 28, 2010

Meet The Public Data Ferret: He Digs So You Don’t Have To,” Investigate West, September 27, 2010

Public Data Ferret On KOMO 1000: Monitoring Campaign Contributions In Local Elections,” September 16, 2010

Darkness Can Be A Costly Proposition,” Intersect, September 10, 2010

Public Data Ferret On KOMO 1000: Washington State Database On Insurance Providers,”September 8, 2010

Public Data Ferret On KOMO 1000: The High Level Nuclear Waste Disposal Challenge,” September 1, 2010

Public Data Ferret On KOMO 1000: Rising U.S. Debt Dicey,” August 25, 2010

Public Data Ferret On KOMO 1000: Indoor Smoking Ban’s Effect On Retail Sales In Bars And Taverns, August 18, 2010

Public Data Ferret On KOMO 1000: U.S. Senate Testimony On Fraud At For-Profit Colleges,” August 11, 2010

Public Data Ferret On KOMO 1000: King County, Customer Service, and Public Trust,” August 4, 2010

Public Data Ferret On KOMO 1000: Oversight Of Federal Resource Lands Lax, Watchdog Agency Says, July 28, 2010

Public Data Ferret On KOMO 1000: Seattle City Employees Retirement Plan $1 Billion In The Hole,” July 21, 2010

Public Data Ferret On KOMO 1000: Regulating The Display Of Human Remains In Seattle,” July 14, 2010

Public Data Ferret On KOMO 1000: Global Energy Use And Carbon Dioxide Emissions – 2005-2035,” July 7, 2010

Public Data Ferret On KOMO 1000: Beach Water Quality,” June 30, 2010

Public Data Ferret On KOMO 1000: Washington Hospital Infection Rates,” June 23, 2010

Public Data Ferret On KOMO 1000: Real-Time Crime Data, & Human Trafficking,” June 16, 2010

Public Data Ferret On KOMO 1000: State Disciplinary Actions Against Professionals,” June 9, 2010

Public Data Ferret On KOMO 1000: Washington State Race Horse Fatalities,” June 2, 2010

Public Data Ferret On KOMO 1000: Of Cockatiels And Collaboration,” May 26, 2010

Public Data Ferret On KOMO 1000: Police Misconduct In Seattle,” May 19, 2010

Public Data Ferret On KOMO 1000: ‘Transportation 2040,’” May 12, 2010

Public Data Ferret On KOMO 1000: Consumer Product Recall Database,” May 6, 2010

Technology And Civic Engagement” “Weekday,”KUOW-FM Seattle, April 30, 2010

Public Data Ferret On KOMO 1000: Smuggling Weapons & Explosives Into Federal Buildings,” April 28, 2010

Public Data Ferret On KOMO 1000″ Seattle Database For Tracking Building & Land-Use Permitting,” April 21, 2010

Public Data Ferret On KOMO 1000: Restaurant Inspections Database,” April 14, 2010

Openness Can Make Citizens Collaborators With Officials,” Crosscut, March 14, 2010


Public Health Seattle-King County Partners With Local Non-profits to Advance Open Data, National Neighborhood Indicators Partnership, August 23, 2013

Social and Health Indicators Across King County,, Summer 2013

Seattle News Partner Network: Growing In a Competitive Ecosystem,” J-Lab Network, American University School of Communication, Summer, 2012

Citizen Journalism to Transform ‘Information Ghetto’ Needed,” Liquid News Room, July 7, 2012

Proposed: Citizens Should Fill Gaps In Information Ghettos,”, July 2, 2012

Access,  Digital  Citizenship  and  the  Obligations of  the  Washington State Information Sector,” Murrow College of Communication, Washington State University, June 15, 2012

Scooped By A Ferret,”, June 8, 2012

Murrow Hosts Forum: Experts, Citizens Debate Challenges Of Rural Communication,” WSU News, April 6, 2012

Sunshine Week conference video, Seattle, “Open Government Future: Technology, Innovation, Community,” TVW (WA’s non-profit public affairs channel); also on Seattle Channel; March 10, 2012

Reporting Beyond Google: Dig Up Data In Rich New Places,” blog of Society of Professional Journalists, Western Washington Chapter, February 8, 2012 on our analysis “Making The Open Government Partnership Work,” November 11, 2011

Becky Hogge (Barefoot Technologist) on our analysis “Making The Open Government Partnership Work,” November 4, 2011

University of Washington Evans School of Public Policy News Update on our analysis “Making The Open Government Partnership Work,” November 3, 2011

Alex Howard, O’Reilly Media, on our analysis “Making The Open Government Partnership Work,” November 1, 2011

National Freedom Of Information Act Coalition on our analysis, “Making The Open Government Partnership Work,” October 31, 2011

Mapping Our Voices for Equality,” Mike Fancher/Seattle Journalism Commons, October 24, 2011

How Lawrence Governments, Agencies Fared Providing Open Records,” Lawrence, Kansas Journal-World, October 20, 2011

In Seattle’s News Partner Network, A Lesson In Collaboration,” Patterson Foundation Blog, August 15, 2011

New Local Partners For Seattle Times,” Seattle Journalism Commons, July 15, 2011

New Media Landscape: Matt Rosenberg’s Take On Building Credibility,” Journalism Accelerator (Reynolds Journalism Institute, University of Missouri), March 20, 2011

Open Government Key For Us All, Speakers Say,” Seattle Times, March 15, 2011

Seattle: A New Media Case Study,” in “The State Of The News Media 2011,” Pew Project For Excellence In Journalism, March, 2011

The Seattle Times Takes On More Hyperlocal News Partners – Is This A Trend To Follow?,”, World Editors Forum, February 24, 2011

Seattle Times Announces More Local News Partners,” Seattle Times, February 22, 2011

Networked Journalism: Seattle,” J-Lab Blog (American University School of Communication), February, 2011

The Starting Place: Washington State Law Library Quarterly Newsletter, Winter 2011

Why Mobile Location Is Good For Your Health,” Paul Brannan,, December 10, 2010

New Journalism Ventures In The Works,”Washington News Council blog, August 10, 2010

King County Ready For Government 2.0,” Seattle Post-Intelligencer, May 18, 2010

From Scranton To Seattle: A Contrast In Modern News Media Environments,” Sustaining Democracy In A Digital Age blog, New America Media Foundation, May 18, 2010

Transportation System Will Be $64 Billion Short By 2040,” Seattle Post-Intelligencer, May 11, 2010


The Seattle Times’ News Partners Network hub features latest headlines from all; and each day, selected partner headlines also get links on the paper’s front page. Following are Public Data Ferret stories which have received front-page links at The Times since we joined the paper’s network on February 22, 2011.

State: Full-Day-K Packs No Sustained Punch, Academically

State Will Need To Find $2.4B To Ease Salmon Barriers

Ex-WSP Trooper To Pay $60K For Alleged Pension Scam

State Parks Repair Backlog $463M, Current Funding SCant

WA Transit Agencies Lag on Fare Box Recovery Ratios

Ex-Highline College Cleaning Supe To Pay $8K Ethics Fine

State: UW Fire Techs Will Pay Thousands For Ethics Goofs

Prescription Pot Could Be a Real Bummer, UW Doc Argues

State Targets Quality Care Problems at Central District Facility

Study: Seattle Schools’ Family Support Program Needs Re-boot

Study: Pre-pregnancy Drinking Boosts Breast Cancer Risks

King County Jury Acquits Accused Hospital Rapist

WSDOT Seeks ‘Toll Educational’ Consultant For $2.3M

King County Garbage Plans Raising Stink; Meeting Tonight

South End ‘Lady Thug’ Gets Felony Pimping Charges

State Audit: Seattle Schools Facility Rentals Program in Disarray

Defense Work Worth up to $770M to Pac NW Firms in Q2

Sewer District Swindled; Suspect Ex-worker Had Prior Convictions

Cab Car Cost Bump To Grow Sound Transit’s Queasy Debt Load

Calories Drop Under King County Menu Labeling

Bias, Bother, Then Firing, Says King Enviro Worker In Suit

WA Auditor: New Finance IT System Could Cut Waste

Prosecutors: Online Sex Predator Victimized Girls in WA, PA

UW Teaching Associate Faces Felony Sex Charge In Recent Seattle Sting

Port of Seattle Temp’s Scam Try Brings Three Felony Charges

Port Driver Tried To Draw Cash At Casino On Work Card; Lied

Washington Tops U.S. in 12-Year Alzheimer’s Death Rates

Port of Seattle Porn Probe Prompts Painter’s Exit

Seattle Central’s Tougher ‘Occupy’ Code Advances

$16K Lifted From Seattle Central in Parking Garage Caper

Washington Combined Cancer Rates Tops In Western Counties

WA Achievement Test Pass Rates Mostly Stagnant Since 2006

Most Snohomish Districts Lag On State Reading Tests

Bellevue To Pay $750,000 To Woman Hit By City Vehicle

UW Scores DARPA Grant Add-on To Boost Soldier Health

Washington Near Top Again in Prescription Pain Pill Misuse

Washington State Near Top In 51 Year Rates Of Rape, Larceny

Key State Ferry Project At Mukilteo $38.7M Short

U.S. Report: More Guns, Less Murder; But Also Loopholes, Laissez-Faire

Bellevue Officials: Toll I-5 Plus I-90 To Fund SR 520 Bridge

WA Advisors Give Preliminary Green Light To Mileage Tax

Janitors, Secretaries Most Flu-prone Workers In Washington

South King County Votes To Decide On New Schools, More

Seattle Region Ranks 2nd of 33 In U.S. Suicide Attempts

Youth, Meth Play Big Role In Washington Substance Abuse

Washington Juvenile Arrest Rates Highest In Rural Counties

Washington Wants to Bury Native American School Mascots

Auditor Estimates $73 Millon in WA Childcare Overpayments

Washington State Companies Land More Military Contracts

Local Governments Fight New State Stormwater Permits

City of Seattle-funded 501c3 SEED Under The Microscope

Data Viz: King County Crime Rates 1985-2011

City To Expand U District Park, But Overpaying For Property?”

84 Percent Of King County Animal Fines Uncollected

Pertussis in WA Hits Hispanics At Double The Rate Of Others

Airport Concessionaire Underpays Port of Seattle By $250,000

1,000 Items Including Laptops Vanish From Seattle Schools

Gas Works Park Environmental Clean-up Work Continues

Gas Station Pollution Fix-it Work From Seattle To Bellingham

State Dept.: Russia Badly Mistreats LGBTs And The Disabled

What’s Next for Cash-Strapped Washington State Parks?

State To Contract For Feasibility Report On Vehicle Mileage Tax

State: $12 Million In Yearly Lottery Ads Not Boosting Ticket Sales

Chicken Liberation Hearing Thurs. Night In Lake Forest Park

UW Plans Mobile App for Gay Men At Risk Of HIV

Washington Ranks High In Mixed-Race Households

UW Report: King County A National Leader In Life Expectancy

New State Report: 2011 Assisted Suicides Reach New High

Yet Another Sticky-fingered Caper Reported At UW-Seattle

Vashon Schools Eye Classroom Cuts To Close Budget Gap

Non-violent Crime In Washington State: The Data Say It Pays

U.S. Audit Accents Broad Problems At V.A.’s Puget Sound Hospitals

UW’s Curious Cold Case: Track Team Loses $12K Cash

Washington Ranks In The Middle Nationally On Executions

Woodinville To OK Local Wine, Beer Sales At City Park Concerts

UW: $100K-plus Harborview Supe Faked Hours For More Pay

Ex-Bellevue Teacher, SPU Innovator Jailed for Sex Crimes

King County Whistleblower Fired Day Of Complaint, But No Foul

Hidden Report: UW Sacked Burn Unit Aide For Diverting Funds

For 5th Drunk Driving Offense in 10 Years, Maple Valley Man Faces Felony DUI Sentencing By King County Judge

UW Axed Assistant Dean Who Faked Credits For 139 Students

Bothell Firm Wins Military Contract Extension Worth Up To $46 Million

UW Study: Low-dose CT Scans For Lung Cancer Too Costly?

New Report: WA Gives Taxpayers $29.3 Billion In Special Breaks

WA Transportation Funding Bills An Exercise In Caution

Shoreline Mulls Smoking Ban In City Parks

Auburn’s Red-light, Speeding Cameras Awash In More Red Ink

Anti-Jewish Hate Crime Probed At University of Washington

WA Had 2nd Highest Eligible-Voter Turnout In U.S. In 2010

Documenting Witness Intimidation By Phone – Legally

One In Five WA Bilingual Students Transitioned Out Last Year

Readiness Worries For State’s Public High School Grads

In Seattle, Six To Ten Out Of Ten Coho Salmon Die Before Spawning

Bald Eagle Viewing On Skagit River Starts Saturday

King County Seeks Up To $5.5M-plus In Yearly PR Consulting

11-fold Hike In Emergency Room Visits Due To Energy Drinks

Renton May Delay Annexation Vote Due To State Budget Woes

Seattle Region Scores Poorly On HIV Risk Behaviors

Surveillance Cameras Coming to King County Parks

More Self-dealing Alleged At Seattle Indian Services Commission

State Worker Car Crashes Cost $21 Million From ’07-‘10

Seattle Parks Gun Ban Shot Down Again

King County Hopes To Revive Mileage-based Car Insurance

State Auditor: Port Townsend’s Finances Shaky

MOVE Maps Digital Stories On Diet, Smoking In King County

University of Washington’s Graduation Rate Slows

Auditors’ Whistleblower Reports: Workers Misusing State Computers

Georgetown, Downtown Firms Share In $74 Million Navy Contract

U.S. Military Contracts Flowing To Washington State This Week

Weak Job Growth Triggers Frustration For Washington’s Unemployed

Mercer Island Council Might Sock Adults With Civil Fines For Covert Teen Drinking

State Worker Sexually Abused Vulnerable Patient At Shoreline Facility

UW Study Probes Factors In Washington Animal-Vehicle Collisions

State Auditor: Manager Defrauded UW Medical Center of $252,059

Everett-Based Counselor Loses License For Sex With Patient

‘”‘Donut Hole’ Sale Could Bring More Growth To Maple Valley”

“Mukilteo Company Recalls 16,000 Chinese-Made Flashlight Batteries”

“State Supreme Court: Bothell Violated Defendant’s Civil Right To Fair Trial”

“Violent Sex Offenders Never Got Health Study DSHS Paid UW For”

“Enumclaw Finalizes $900,000 Public-Private Funding Package For New Multi-Use Sports Field”

“U.S. Ninth Circuit: Kent Teacher Not Responsible For Student’s Sexual Misconduct”

“Legislative Audit: Benefits Of Washington’s ‘Green’ Buildings Not Clear”

“City Auditor: Seattle Legal And Liability Claims Total Nearly $75 Million Over Four Years”

“UW Gay Discrimination Case Reinstated By Appeals Court”

“Feds Warn Of Hazardous Hoodies Sold At Pike Place Market”

“Seattle Owns Excess Properties Worth About $81 Million”

“Printing Reforms Could Save Washington State Up To $13.6 Million Per Year”

“U.S. Report: Seattle Can Model Next Steps Against Trafficking”

“Merrill Gardens Med Tech Cited For On The Job Intoxication”

“DSHS Must Pay Back $8.4 Million For Medicaid Claims”

“State Appeals Court Upholds Dismissal Of Auburn Pot Conviction”

“Seattle-Nairobi Team Has Better HIV Test For African Infants”

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