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‘Traverse Talks’ Episode 10: Ryka Aoki On Culture, Transphobia And Giving It Your Best

In this episode of “Traverse Talks with Sueann Ramella,” author Ryka Aoki shares how growing up in the U.S., she had a hard time seeing what happens on a societal level, but still wants it to be better, as well as her personal experiences as a transgender woman. Continue Reading ‘Traverse Talks’ Episode 10: Ryka Aoki On Culture, Transphobia And Giving It Your Best

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Washington State Patrol Trooper Glenda Thomas - 1985

Killed In The Line Of Duty, Washington State Patrol Remembers Glenda Thomas 36 Years Later

The Washington State Patrol (WSP) is remembering Thomas’ May 24, 1985 death this week as part of its Centennial Commemoration. Beginning last September, the agency launched a year-long effort to honor all 31 officers who have died in the line of duty since the agency was founded in 1921. Continue Reading Killed In The Line Of Duty, Washington State Patrol Remembers Glenda Thomas 36 Years Later

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Eager seniors filled up all of the first come, first serve slots at a drive-thru COVID vaccination clinic before the first shots were even given on Thursday in Sequim, Washington. CREDIT: Tom Banse/N3

Community Immunity Is In Reach For Some Northwest Cities And Counties, Further Away For Others

Hesitancy to get vaccinated against the coronavirus has justifiably drawn considerable attention because some counties and neighborhoods are lagging far behind in the campaign to stamp out COVID-19. Less often do you hear about the COVID-19 vaccination overachievers. In recent weeks, pockets of the Pacific Northwest have exceeded the threshold for community immunity. Continue Reading Community Immunity Is In Reach For Some Northwest Cities And Counties, Further Away For Others

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A common sign hanging outside businesses in Point Roberts that yearn to have Canadian visitors back.

Ongoing Border Closure Makes Washington Enclave Of Point Roberts ‘Stir Crazy’

The United States and Canadian governments confirmed Thursday that pandemic border crossing restrictions will continue for at least another month to June 21. This is the fourteenth month-by-month extension of the closure of the northern border to nonessential crossings. The lengthy closure has been especially wearing on Point Roberts, a community in northwestern Washington state that is cut off from the U.S. mainland by the Canadian border. Continue Reading Ongoing Border Closure Makes Washington Enclave Of Point Roberts ‘Stir Crazy’

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The Washington State Capitol Building in Olympia

2nd Lawsuit Filed Seeking To Overturn Washington’s New Capital Gains Tax

The lawsuit by the Opportunity for All Coalition (OFAC), which successfully fought Seattle’s high-earners income tax in 2017, was filed Thursday in Douglas County Superior Court. The plaintiffs include business owners and farmers who would potentially be subject to the new tax, as well as the Washington Farm Bureau. Continue Reading 2nd Lawsuit Filed Seeking To Overturn Washington’s New Capital Gains Tax

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Darren Ford (left) reacts to the new mask guideline while presenting his vaccine card at Liberty Theatre on May 14 in Camas, Wash. Gov. Jay Inslee announced last Thursday that the statewide mask mandate would no longer apply to fully vaccinated adults. Nathan Howard/Getty Images

Even With No-Mask Guidance, Some Places Like Washington’s King County Aren’t Ready To Let Go

As more states shed their universal mask mandates for those who are vaccinated, many Americans are weighing how much faith to put in the new guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and in the integrity of their unvaccinated peers, who are supposed to follow the rules and keep wearing masks. Continue Reading Even With No-Mask Guidance, Some Places Like Washington’s King County Aren’t Ready To Let Go

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