Explore Route Fifty’s 2018 Newsmap


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From Akron, Ohio, to Yavapai County, Arizona, and countless other places, navigate the year in state and local government news from around the nation.

Happy New Year! As we kick off 2019, I’ve been busy the past week or so pulling together Route Fifty’s annual Newsmap, where I dutifully go through a year’s worth of articles and blog posts that we’ve published and plot them on a map, allowing you to explore the past year in state and local news.

It’s a giant project. The locations pins were not randomly plotted or casually dropped. In most cases, there’s something from a story that ties it to a particulation location. There are more than 400 location pins, many of which—often at city halls or state capitol buildings—that feature multiple Route Fifty stories. It’s not all perfect, but the 2018 Route Fifty Newsmap should give you a good sense for the geography of our coverage in the past year. Although we have a small staff, we do cover stories and feature news from a good cross-section of the nation, from urban cities and counties to rural jurisdictions. (You won’t, however, find Route Fifty’s federal and congressional coverage on this year’s map—that would have added a few hundred more location pins and stories.)

Explore the map and zoom in. You may stumble across Route Fifty stories you missed earlier in the year or learn something new about a place you’re unfamiliar with. The United States is a big country and the news landscape of state and local government is complex.

Check out the map below and below that, scroll through an alphabetical listing of locations that caught our attention in 2018.

Akron, Ohio:

Albany, New York:

Albuquerque, New Mexico:

Alton, Illinois:

Anchorage, Alaska:

Ann Arbor, Michigan:

Apalachicola, Florida:

Appleton, Wisconsin:

Arlington County, Virginia:

Arlington, Texas:

Asbury Park, New Jersey:

Asheville, North Carolina:

Atlanta, Georgia (Local):

Atlanta, Georgia (State):

Augusta, Maine:

Austin, Texas (Local):

Austin, Texas (State):

Tidal flooding on Thames Street in Baltimore's Fells Point neighborhood (Michael Grass / Route Fifty)

Baltimore, Maryland (Local):

Baltimore, Maryland (State):

Bartonville, Texas:

Baton Rouge, Louisiana (Local):

Baton Rouge, Louisiana (State):

Bears Ears National Monument, Utah:

Belfast, Maine:

Bellevue, Washington:

Bentonville, Arkansas:

Berks County, Pennsylvania:

Birmingham, Alabama:

Bismarck, North Dakota:

Boise, Idaho (Michael Grass / Route Fifty)

Boise, Idaho (Local):

Boise, Idaho (State):

Boone County, Missouri:

Boston, Massachusetts (Local):

Boston, Massachusetts (State):

Boulder, Colorado:

Branson, Missouri:

Brockton, Massachusetts:

Brookings, South Dakota:

Broward County, Florida:

Brown County, Wisconsin:

Brownsville, Texas:

Bucksport, Maine:

Burnsville, Minnesota:

Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana:

Caldwell County, Kentucky:

Carbon County, Wyoming:

Carmel, Indiana:

Carson City, Nevada:

Cedar Rapids, Iowa:

Centreville, Virginia:

Chandler, Arizona:

Chapel Hill, North Carolina:

Charleston, West Virginia:

Charlotte, North Carolina:

Charlottesville, Virginia:

Chattanooga, Tennessee:

Chesapeake, Virginia:

Cheyenne, Wyoming:

Chicago, Illinois:

Chico, California:

Chino, California:

Chubbuck, Idaho:

Cincinnati, Ohio:

Clatskanie, Oregon:

Clermont, Kentucky:

Cleveland, Ohio:

Cobb County, Georgia:

Coeur d’Alene, Idaho:

Colorado Springs, Colorado:

Columbia, South Carolina:

Columbus, Ohio:

Concord, New Hampshire:

Contra Costa County, California:

Coral Gables, Florida:

Corvallis, Oregon:

Dallas, Texas:

Dare County, North Carolina:

Davenport, Iowa:

Dayton, Ohio:

Denver, Colorado (Local):

The Rotunda of the Colorado State Capitol in Denver (Shutterstock)

Denver, Colorado (State):

Des Moines, Iowa:

Detroit, Michigan:

Douglas County, Oregon:

Dover, Delaware:

Durham, North Carolina:

East Chicago, Indiana:

Eastpoint, Florida:

El Paso, Texas:

Elk Grove, California:

Ellicott City, Maryland:

Ely, Nevada:

Emeryville, California:

Erie, Pennsylvania:

Eugene, Oregon:

Evart, Michigan:

Fairfield County, Ohio:

Fayetteville, North Carolina:

Findlay, Ohio:

Flint, Michigan:

Fort Collins, Colorado:

Fort Lauderdale, Florida:

Fort Worth, Texas:

The Kentucky State Capitol in Frankfort (Shutterstock)

Frankfort, Kentucky:

Franklin County, Kentucky:

Fresno, California:

Gadsden, Alabama:

Galveston, Texas:

Garden County, Nebraska:

Gary, Indiana:

Georgetown, Texas:

Granby, Colorado:

Grand Junction, Colorado:

Grand Rapids, Michigan:

A lava flow in the El Malpais National Monument in New Mexico (Michael Grass / Route Fifty)

Grants, New Mexico:

Grantsville, Utah:

Great Falls, Montana:

Greensboro, North Carolina:

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania:

Hartford, Connecticut:

Helena, Montana:

Hilo, Hawaii:

Hoboken, New Jersey:

Homestead, Florida:

Homosassa Springs, Florida:

Honolulu, Hawaii:

Houston, Texas:

Huntington, West Virginia:

Indian Wells, California:

Indianapolis, Indiana:

Iowa City, Iowa:

Jackson, Mississippi:

Jacksonville, North Carolina:

Jefferson City, Missouri:

Johnstown, Pennsylvania:

Josephine County, Oregon:

Juneau, Alaska:

Kalamazoo, Michigan:

Kane County, Utah:

Kansas City, Missouri:

Kansas City, Kansas:

Kenosha, Wisconsin:

King Salmon, Alaska:

Klamath, California:

Kodiak, Alaska:

Laguna Beach, California:

Lake County, California:

Lake Havasu City, Arizona:

Lansing, Michigan:

Laredo, Texas:

Las Vegas, Nevada:

Lawrence, Massachusetts:

La Plata County, Maryland:

Lee County, Florida:

Lee’s Summit, Missouri:

Lincoln, Nebraska:

Little Rock, Arkansas:

Long Beach, California:

Lordstown, Ohio:

Traffic on the 10 and 110 freeways in downtown Los Angeles (Shutterstock)

Los Angeles, California:

Loudoun County, Virginia:

Louisville, Kentucky:

Loveland, Colorado:

Lubbock, Texas:

Lumberton, North Carolina:

Lynnwood, Washington:

Madison, Wisconsin (Local):

Madison, Wisconsin (State):

Manatee County, Florida:

Maricopa, Arizona:

Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts:

Marysville, Ohio:

Matsunaka-Susitna Borough, Alaska:

McAllen, Texas:

Memphis, Tennessee:

Mexico Beach, Florida:

Miami, Florida:

Miami Beach, Florida:

Milwaukee, Wisconsin:

Minneapolis, Minnesota:

Minot, North Dakota:

Montecito, California:

Montgomery, Alabama:

Montgomery County, Maryland:

Moscow, Idaho:

Mountain View, California:

Montpelier, Vermont:

Mount Lemmon, Arizona:

Mount Rainier, Washington:

Nags Head, North Carolina:

Napa County, California

Naperville, Illinois:

Nashville, Tennessee:

National City, California:

New Hanover County, North Carolina:

New Orleans, Louisiana:

New Rochelle, New York:

New York City, New York:

Newport Beach, California:

Norfolk, Virginia:

North College Hill, Ohio:

North Ogden, Utah:

North Platte, Nebraska:

Northeast Harbor, Maine:

Northampton, Massachusetts:

Oakland, California:

Odessa, Texas:

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma:

The Washington State Capitol in Olympia (Shutterstock)

Olympia, Washington:

Omaha, Nebraska:

Orlando, Florida:

Orleans Township, Michigan:

Ottawa County, Michigan:

Pahoa, Hawaii:

Palmdale, California:

Palo Alto, California:

Panama City, Florida:

Paradise, California:

Pawtucket, Rhode Island:

Perry, Georgia

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania:

Phoenix, Arizona:

Pierre, South Dakota:

Pinellas County, Florida:

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania:

Pittsylvania County, Virginia:

Platte County, Missouri:

Portage, Michigan:

Portland, Maine:

Portland, Oregon:

Prince William County, Virginia:

Providence, Rhode Island:

Raleigh Union Station (Michael Grass / Route Fifty)

Raleigh, North Carolina (Local):

Raleigh, North Carolina (State):

Reedy Creek Improvement District, Florida:

Redding, California:

Redlands, California:

Richmond, Virginia:

Riverside, California:

Rochester, Minnesota:

Rockford, Illinois:

Rochester Hills, Michigan:

Roswell, Georgia:

Russell County, Virginia:

Rutherford County, North Carolina:

Sacramento, California (Local):

The California State Capitol in Sacramento (Shutterstock)

Sacramento, California (State):

Salem, Oregon:

Salinas, California:

Salt Lake City, Utah:

San Antonio, Texas:

San Bernardino, California:

San Diego, California:

San Francisco, California:

San José, California:

San Juan, Puerto Rico:

San Rafael, California:

Santa Cruz County, California:

Santa Cruz Island, California:

Santa Fe, New Mexico:

Santa Monica, California:

Santa Paula, California:

Santa Rosa, California:

Scott Township, Pennsylvania:

Scottsdale, Arizona:

(Michael Grass / Route Fifty)

Seattle, Washington:

Sebring, Florida:

Sequatchie County, Tennessee:

Shreveport, Louisiana:

Sitka, Alaska:

Snohomish County, Washington:

Somerville, Massachusetts:

South Bend, Indiana:

South Miami, Florida:

Springfield, Illinois:

Springfield, Oregon:

State College, Pennsylvania:

St. Louis, Missouri:

St. Paul, Minnesota:

Surf City, North Carolina:

Tacoma, Washington:

Tallahassee, Florida:

Tampa, Florida:

Thief River Falls, Minnesota:

Toa Baja, Puerto Rico:

Toledo, Ohio:

Topeka, Kansas:

Trenton, New Jersey:

Tulsa, Oklahoma:

Tuolumne County, California:

Vail, Colorado:

Valmeyer, Illinois:

Vance County, North Carolina:

Vancouver, Washington:

Vermillion County, Illinois:

Vienna, Virginia:

Walden, Colorado:

Walla Walla, Washington:

Washington, D.C. (Local):

Washoe County, Nevada:

West Palm Beach, Florida:

A map showing the flood protection infrastructure in and around Sacramento, California 

West Sacramento, California:

West Valley, Utah:

Willacy County, Texas:

Williams County, North Dakota:

Wilmington, Delaware:

Wilson County, North Carolina:

Wilson County, Tennessee:

Woodside, California:

Winchester Bay, Oregon:

Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina:

Wythe County, Virginia:

Yakima, Washington:

Yavapai County, Arizona:

Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve, Alaska:

Yuma, Arizona:

Michael Grass is Executive Editor of Route Fifty and is based in Seattle. 

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