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Washington Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz, walking here with former Malden Mayor Chris Ferrell, is working with legislators to find more money for wildfire suppression and prevention. CREDIT: Doug Nadvornick/SPR

Washington Lands Commissioner Works To Engage Lawmakers On Fire Funding Ahead Of Session

COVID-related aid and police reform will be two of the major issues before the Washington legislature when it convenes next month. But newly-reelected Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz hopes legislators will also consider dedicating more funding for wildfire and forest health projects. Continue Reading Washington Lands Commissioner Works To Engage Lawmakers On Fire Funding Ahead Of Session

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Journalist Emily McCarty and her mother, Mary, who died in November, four days after being diagnosed with COVID-19. Courtesy of Emily McCarty/Crosscut

Yakima Journalist Who Lost Her Mom To COVID: Don’t Let Gatherings This Season Take Yours

Emily McCarty is a Yakima-based reporter for Crosscut/KCTS. Her mom, Mary, died in a Spokane hospital in November, four days after being diagnosed with COVID-19. McCarty wrote about her mom and her family’s personal experience in an essay titled “I lost my mom to COVID-19. Don’t let the holidays steal yours.”
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Hank Adams, right, died Dec. 21 at the age of 77. Adams fought for Native American treaty rights throughout his life. CREDIT: Anonymous/AP

Hank Adams, Called The ‘Most Important Indian’ For Work On Northwest Treaty Rights, Dies At 77

Native American civil rights advocate Hank Adams died at the age of 77 this week. Once referred to as the “most important Indian” by Native American rights advocate and author Vine Deloria Jr., Adams was central to the fight to uphold tribal treaty rights during the 1960s and 1970s. Continue Reading Hank Adams, Called The ‘Most Important Indian’ For Work On Northwest Treaty Rights, Dies At 77

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Cooper Wuthrich rests as he lays on a bed at the truck stop his family partly owns Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020, in Montpelier, Idaho. Shortly after Thanksgiving, Wuthrich, 12, became one of hundreds of children in the U.S. diagnosed with a rare COVID-19 complication that landed him in an emergency room three hours away from his tiny hometown in a secluded Idaho valley. The boy's parents say he nearly died and their terrifying experience shows why people should wear masks in a conservative state where pushback can be fierce. CREDIT: Rick Bowmer

In Rural Idaho, Their Young Son Nearly Died From COVID Complications. Now They Urge Masks

Shortly after Thanksgiving, the boy from a secluded valley in Idaho became one of hundreds of children in the U.S. who have been diagnosed with a rare, extreme immune response to COVID-19 called multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children. Cooper Wuthrich’s fever spiked as his joints and organs became inflamed, including his heart, putting his life at risk, his father said. Continue Reading In Rural Idaho, Their Young Son Nearly Died From COVID Complications. Now They Urge Masks

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Thousands of visitors have been pouring into Leavenworth despite the absence of the usual year-end festivals, tree lighting ceremony and indoor dining.

In Pandemic, The Northwest’s ‘Capital Of Christmas’ Draws Big Crowds To Leavenworth. Is It Safe?

Thousands of people are flocking to the Bavarian-themed town in central Washington. The mayor says nearly 70% of Leavenworth merchants’ income comes in these few holiday weeks. Dr. Malcolm Butler, health officer for Chelan and Douglas counties, says visitors are less likely to bring COVID-19 to Leavenworth than get it there. Continue Reading In Pandemic, The Northwest’s ‘Capital Of Christmas’ Draws Big Crowds To Leavenworth. Is It Safe?

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Step-daugher Robin with her step-mother, Evelyn Woods

StoryCorps Northwest: ‘Hardest Thing To Be Is A Black Person’ Says Jewish Woman Who Hid In Attic

When Spokane resident Evelyn Woods was a little girl in World War II Germany, she hid in an attic with her Jewish parents. In today’s StoryCorps Northwest, Evelyn’s step-daughter, Robin, asks her how that confinement compares to today’s COVID-19 restrictions. Evelyn, 82, discusses that and the Black Lives Matter movement in this segment of StoryCorps Northwest recorded virtually. Continue Reading StoryCorps Northwest: ‘Hardest Thing To Be Is A Black Person’ Says Jewish Woman Who Hid In Attic

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