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Independent challenger for state Senate Chris Vance said he goes doorbelling up to six days per week, here in Auburn, Washington

Independent candidates test how fed up Northwest voters are with both parties

A quartet of independent candidates on the ballot this November in Oregon and Washington state will test voter appetites for a centrist “third way.” They are experienced contenders running for state senate, Oregon governor and Washington Secretary of State. Unaffiliated candidates are popping up around the nation too, with a common theme of being fed up with a divisive two-party system. Continue Reading Independent candidates test how fed up Northwest voters are with both parties

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A protestor holds a sign that reads "Shelter All Before Camping Bans" at last week's Rally for Housing Justice, outside the Tacoma City Council meeting. Photo by Lauren Gallup.

Tacoma City Council to vote on encampment ban around homeless shelters

Next week, Tacoma City Council is scheduled to vote on an ordinance that would ban public-camping within 10 blocks of homeless shelters.
Council member John Hines, who represents district one, introduced the ordinance. He said his goal is to make shelters, and the surrounding neighborhoods around them, safer.
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Riley Starks, on spotter tower, and his reefnet fishing crew harvested coho salmon in September off Lummi Island, Washington

The last of the Salish Sea reefnetters don’t want to be the last

Only 12 commercial fishing captains still hold permits to go reefnet fishing in the Pacific Northwest out of a fleet that once numbered in the hundreds. The distinctive fishing technique dates back thousands of years as an Indigenous method to catch salmon. Its practitioners today say the gear should proliferate as the preferred way to harvest healthy salmon runs while avoiding fragile stocks. Continue Reading The last of the Salish Sea reefnetters don’t want to be the last

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