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Mr. WSDOT's goodbye cartoon. (Credit: WSDOT on Facebook)

Mr. WSDOT — the man who’s helped make road alerts interesting and ‘artistic’ — is heading to a new job

When Mike Allende started managing social media for the Washington State Department of Transportation, he was told “don’t be boring.”
“Boring” is probably the last word any one would use to describe Allende’s approach to the job, which massively grew engagement while he worked there. Known by some fans as Mr. WSDOT, he’s the man behind the most followed state department of transportation Twitter, or X, account nationwide, with some 543,000 followers on the department’s traffic page.

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Parque eólico

Mayor parque eólico del noroeste se reduce a la mitad

Un controvertido parque eólico que iba a ser el mayor de Washington ha sido reducido a la mitad. El proyecto propuesto en las afueras de Tri-Cities ha suscitado preocupación por su impacto sobre los halcones en peligro de extinción y los miradores. Sin embargo, su promotor dijo que estas nuevas restricciones podrían ser perjudiciales para el desarrollo de las energías renovables en el estado.

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Cory James (left) talks with John "Cowboy" Parke as the remaining unhoused residents pack up their belongings at the homeless camp in Clarkston Monday evening. (Credit: August Frank / the Lewiston Tribune)

Unhoused residents pack up in Clarkston

Unhoused residents in the Lewiston-Clarkston Valley found bathrooms locked on Foster Park after they moved there from a camp that was closed Monday evening in Clarkston. NWPB’s Rachel Sun reports.

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Tacoma Water employees walk alongside the Green River Dam. Most of Tacomans' water comes from this source. (Credit: Lauren Gallup / NWPB)

Keeping a close eye on Tacoma’s water

East of Tacoma, across Highway 18, down a packed gravel road, and behind a locked metal gate, Tacoma Water churns over the Green River. This is the source for most of Tacoma’s drinking water.

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