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Smoke plume from Delabarre Fire on Sept. 16, 2023. (Courtesy: InciWeb)

Seven fires burning in Olympic National Park; one evidence of what could come with climate change

Visible from the smoke they’re emitting, seven fires are burning within the wilderness of Olympic National Park on the Olympic Peninsula. Lightning strikes ignited the fires Aug. 28 and all were burning relatively small until this past weekend, when the Delabarre fire took advantage of hot, dry conditions and took off like a bandit, growing to over 3,500 acres.
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Map of Percent Change in Reported 12 Month-ending Count of Drug Overdose Deaths, by Jurisdiction: April 2022 to April 2023, showing Washington with an increase of 31.33%. // Courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Federal funds to battle opioid addiction coming to rural western Washington hospitals

For people seeking medication-assisted treatment for substance use disorder in some rural Washington communities, there could soon be more options. Recent grant funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has been allocated to develop medication-assisted treatment (MAT) at rural clinics. Continue Reading Federal funds to battle opioid addiction coming to rural western Washington hospitals

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Nooksack River flooding, Nov. 2021. // Courtesy of Brandon Parsons, with aerial support by LightHawk

Financial relief still on hold for homeowners in Whatcom impacted by 2021 floods

Homeowners in Whatcom County have been waiting nearly two years for relief from flooding that devastated communities in northwest Washington and parts of Canada — and now, they have to wait even longer.
Federal funding was supposed to come this week for 12 homeowners whose houses were destroyed during the November 2021 flooding. However, it’s been delayed, again.
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