Residents of South Tacoma are fighting a proposal by Bridge Industrial to develop a 2.5 million sq.ft. warehouse in the neighborhood on a currently undeveloped superfund site. The development drew criticism when it was announced earlier this year; in response, the city required the company to submit additional studies on environmental impacts for their permit application. Read More
Indigenous peoples have an enduring relationship with the mountain we call Rainier, but that history is often erased. Rachel Heaton, a member of the Muckleshoot Tribe and a descendant of the Duwamish people, wants that history to be told. NWPB’s Lauren Gallup spoke with Heaton about her efforts to engage more Native people in outdoor recreation. Read More
The Cow Canyon fire, burning near the border of Yakima and Kittitas counties, is now 60% contained. Joel Brumm, public information officer for the fire incident command team, says crews have continued to make progress on the containment lines and extinguishing residual fire to reduce spread. Read More
Tri-Cities artist Greg Pierce travels the Pacific Northwest collecting rocks for his sculptures. Fused with clay and glass, each piece reinterprets the region’s landscape. He’s part of Gallery 110, which represents artists from across Washington state. Reporter Lauren Gallup spoke with Pierce at the Seattle Art Fair. Read More
Tacoma’s Hilltop neighborhood is a place where generations have raised families, where small businesses have blossomed and where art intersects with your local corner mart. But it's also a neighborhood where residents have faced systemic racism in the form of redlining, where the FBI monitored the sidewalks in the late 90s, and where gentrification is displacing longtime Read More
On an early and rainy June day, Ailene Ettinger is using a power drill to install a small, metal device on a utility pole. The device is a temperature logger, housed under a white rectangular UV radiation shield. Once installed, it constantly measures air temperature in this South Tacoma neighborhood, sending the data via Bluetooth to an app that Ettinger checks on her Read More
StoryCorps has a simple, but powerful mission. “Basically what we wanted to do was provide a space for people to have meaningful conversations, meaningful recorded conversations with people that they care about, and have access to those conversations,” says Danielle Andersen, director of the StoryCorps mobile tour. Read More
Washington is the second largest producer of timber in the United States, according to the state department of commerce, and it is the third largest manufacturing industry in the state. In the seventh story of the Fight for Legacy Forests series, NWPB’s Lauren Gallup visits a timber mill in Centralia to find out what people working in the timber industry think of Read More
Growers, and those that transport cannabis across the state, are being hit by rising fuel prices — after a year of rising prices for freight. This, plus a new state pesticide testing requirement, have some questioning if retailers will raise their prices to balance out costs to the industry, to keep recreational marijuana alive in the state. Read More
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