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Most of the buildings in Malden are now rubble after a fast-moving fire swept through on Labor Day, Sept. 7, 2020. CREDIT: Doug Nadvornick/SPR

‘There Was No Stopping It’: The Fast, Life-Saving Effort To Evacuate Malden As It Burned

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

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StoryCorps Northwest: From A Small Town, The Early Days For LGBTQ Rights And Falling In Love

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

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Screen grab from a Nomad Go demo video showing a kiosk that monitors mask compliance at a building entry. CREDIT: Nomad Go

Tablet And Phone Cameras Monitor Mask-Wearing And Distancing In Cafes And Lobbies

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

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A plane drops fire retardant near a home Sept. 2, 2020, during the Evans Canyon Fire burning in Yakima and Kittitas counties. Courtesy of Tony Miller

Evans Canyon Fire In Yakima And Kittitas Counties Over 75K Acres, At Least 6 Homes Burned

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

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