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Republican gubernatorial candidate Loren Culp greets the crowd at a rally in Arlington in Snohomish County on Aug. 22, 2020. CREDIT: Jason Redmond for Crosscut

How Loren Culp’s Book Tour Turned Into A Campaign For Washington Governor

When he applied to be a police officer 10 years ago, Loren Culp was 49. He had no experience in law enforcement, but said the job would fulfill a childhood dream. Six years later, the former construction business owner was promoted to police chief in Republic, a town of 1,100 people in northeastern Washington. In that role, Culp has managed a department that, at its peak, consisted of himself and one other officer. Continue Reading How Loren Culp’s Book Tour Turned Into A Campaign For Washington Governor

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Face masks aren't a panacea that will prevent all transmission of the coronavirus or end any pandemic. But combined with social distancing, testing and good hand hygiene, they can be very effective in driving down transmission rates. CREDIT: NPR video

President’s Case Highlights Importance Of Masks. Here’s How To Maker Safer DIY Face Coverings

Dr. Robert Redfield, director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, said in July, “Cloth face coverings are one of the most powerful weapons we have to slow and stop the spread of the virus – particularly when used universally within a community setting.” Continue Reading President’s Case Highlights Importance Of Masks. Here’s How To Maker Safer DIY Face Coverings

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Compass Health program manager Marla Johns, center, and Skagit County Detective Anne Weed, right, collaborated to embed mental health clinicians with deputies responding to relevant 911 calls.

Crisis Clinicians Ride Along With Washington Deputies In Latest Example Of Policing Reimagined

Skagit County Sheriff’s Office Detective Anne Weed broached the idea for a partnership months before the killing of George Floyd by Minneapolis police ignited the national debate about reform. Weed said two existing mental health clinicians from Compass Health are now being “embedded” with regular patrol deputies. They get assigned the 911 calls involving people acting out who may have mental health problems or addiction issues. Continue Reading Crisis Clinicians Ride Along With Washington Deputies In Latest Example Of Policing Reimagined

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Sarah Laidlaw and Rob Martin are sailing around the world on the 38-foot cruiser Mapache, seen here before departure at the Port of Ilwaco, Washington.

Around The World By Boat: Pandemic, Fires, Smoke Can’t Change Plans For Northwest Couple

There is probably no better place to social distance than on a small boat in the ocean. But you do have to go into port occasionally, provided it’s not closed. The risks and unknowns created by the ongoing pandemic have put off some people’s plans to sail around the world right now. But not for one Northwest couple. Continue Reading Around The World By Boat: Pandemic, Fires, Smoke Can’t Change Plans For Northwest Couple

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These blueberries, grown in Oregon, were for sale in a Northwest grocery story that's a national chain on Sept. 29, 2020. CREDIT: Scott Leadingham / NWPB

How Imports Are Squeezing The Big U.S. (And Northwest) Blueberry Business

“Now basically, we have Mexican fruit coming in from March all the way to June. We start getting Peruvian fruit come August,” says Rob Dhaliwal, a blueberry grower from Lynden, Washington. “Even in July. Then we start getting fruit from British Columbia. So there is a good 10 months of foreign product coming into the country.” Continue Reading How Imports Are Squeezing The Big U.S. (And Northwest) Blueberry Business

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