Widespread wildfires across the Northwest are causing owners to evacuate more than 2,000 pets and livestock into fairgrounds, friends’ properties and even across state lines. Continue Reading Goats, Llamas, Tortoise: All Welcome, Some Stressed As Fairgrounds Become Fire Evacuation Centers
At least seven people have died in wildfires that are raging in Washington, Oregon and California, adding to the horrible toll from record-setting fires in 2020. “This could be the greatest loss of human lives and property due to wildfires in our state’s history,” Oregon Gov. Kate Brown said. Continue Reading At Least 14 People Killed In Washington-Oregon-California Fires
On Wednesday, Washington Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz was walking through the streets of Malden with the town’s mayor, Chris Ferrell. Whitman County Sheriff Brett Myers was following a short distance behind and remembering what happened Monday afternoon. Continue Reading ‘There Was No Stopping It’: The Fast, Life-Saving Effort To Evacuate Malden As It Burned
Usually, fire season starts to tamp down in September. This year has been anything but normal. In an unprecedented fire event, at least 80 fires started in Washington over Labor Day weekend. Continue Reading Extreme End To The 2020 Northwest Fire Season Reminds Of The 1910 ‘Big Burn’
Whether you’re new to Washington state or just making sure you are fully prepared to vote in the Nov. 3 general election, here’s what you need to know about voting (plus lots of links for voters who live outside the state or have recently moved). Continue Reading How To Register To Vote In Washington State: Everything You Need To Know For 2020
Growing up in Chelan, Susan Little knew early being gay was unacceptable in her small town. In today’s StoryCorps Northwest, Susan and her wife Marianne Patton talk about those early days, and how much has changed for gays and lesbians since they fell in love 35 years ago. Continue Reading StoryCorps Northwest: From A Small Town, The Early Days For LGBTQ Rights And Falling In Love
Several COVID-19 vaccine candidates are being tested now. But why does it take 30,000 volunteers to know if one is safe and effective? And what does it mean to say a vaccine candidate is working? Continue Reading How Can You Tell If A COVID-19 Vaccine Is Working?
The four-year-old startup Nomad Go in Kirkland, Washington, sells software for building management — to monitor lines and speed of service, for example. When the coronavirus pandemic hit, co-founder and CEO David Greschler realized his company’s image analysis tools could be enhanced to show not only percent occupancy, but also mask compliance and if people are properly distancing. Continue Reading Tablet And Phone Cameras Monitor Mask-Wearing And Distancing In Cafes And Lobbies
What does the contemplative art of bonsai have to do with World War II? Plenty, said Aarin Packard. He’s the curator at the Pacific Bonsai Museum, which displays all kinds of the dwarfed trees pruned and trained into artistic shapes. Continue Reading Western Washington Bonsai Tree Exhibit Offers Novel Take On 75th Anniversary Of WWII’s End
Firefighters are stretched thin across the Northwest, and officials are trying to keep crews healthy with bagged lunches and smaller camps. So with near-record temps this weekend, they’re asking Labor Day revelers to please watch those campfires (though campfires are banned in much of Washington due to fire danger). And make sure chains on trailers and boats don’t drag and cause sparks. Continue Reading Evans Canyon Fire In Yakima And Kittitas Counties Over 75K Acres, At Least 6 Homes Burned
It was common through the 1800s for American school children to attend a one-room schoolhouse. In 2020, in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, the Swanson family in rural north Olympia will attend a one-garage schoolhouse. Continue Reading For One Olympia Family, Going Back To School Means Rolling Up The Garage Door
To qualify as an AVA, a wine grape-growing region must set itself apart with climate, soil, elevation and physical features. A new one doesn’t come around very often. The Royal Slope AVA is just over 156,000 acres, and is north of the Tri-Cities. Continue Reading Raise A Glass To The Royal Slope, Washington’s Newest American Viticultural Area
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