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Marchers perform a Stomp Dance in Pilgrim Memorial State Park during the 48th National Day of Mourning in Plymouth, Mass., on Nov 23, 2017. Since 1970, Indigenous people have gathered at noon on Cole's Hill in Plymouth to commemorate a National Day of Mourning on Thanksgiving. Boston Globe/Boston Globe via Getty Images

Educators And Native Leaders Recommend Bringing Anti-Racism To The Thanksgiving Table

This year Thanksgiving comes as chronically under-resourced Native populations are contracting COVID-19 at record rates. In August, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that Native Americans are 3.5 times more likely to get COVID-19 than white people. Continue Reading Educators And Native Leaders Recommend Bringing Anti-Racism To The Thanksgiving Table

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Contact tracers may call you if you have been exposed to COVID-19, but with this upcoming app, your smartphone might be able to do it faster.

Want To Know Whether You’ve Been Exposed To COVID-19? This App Could Help

University students and staff in the Pacific Northwest are giving a trial run to a smartphone app that tells you if you were recently near someone who just tested positive for COVID-19. State health departments are rolling out similar apps across the country to slow the spread of the coronavirus. Continue Reading Want To Know Whether You’ve Been Exposed To COVID-19? This App Could Help

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Burned cars from a wildfire that destroyed most of the eastern Washington town of Malden on Labor Day. Kirk Siegler/NPR

Whitman County Fire-Ravaged Farming Town Of Malden In Limbo As It Awaits Aid To Rebuild

After some politicking and tweeting — these are blue states, after all — California and Oregon’s major disaster declarations were mostly quickly approved. But it’s now been 71 days since Washington Gov. Jay Inslee petitioned the president, and there’s been no response, not even a denial. Continue Reading Whitman County Fire-Ravaged Farming Town Of Malden In Limbo As It Awaits Aid To Rebuild

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Dr. Sydney Freeman Jr. and Hannah Snyder

StoryCorps Northwest: Making College Feel More Inclusive For Students Of Color

Dr. Sydney Freeman Jr., an associate professor at the University of Idaho, uses his voice and his role to make higher education inclusive. He started the Progressive Black Caucus at Oakwood University in Alabama and brought the mission to Idaho to create a more efficient and welcoming environment for students of color. Continue Reading StoryCorps Northwest: Making College Feel More Inclusive For Students Of Color

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Graph showing excess deaths during the pandemic for Oregon and Washington

Further Proof That 2020 Stinks: More People Are Dying During The Pandemic, Not Just From COVID

As the coronavirus pandemic drags on, it’s now increasingly apparent that 2020 will be remembered for an unusually high death toll — not just from COVID-19. In the medical field, deaths above what you would normally expect are called “excess deaths.” Continue Reading Further Proof That 2020 Stinks: More People Are Dying During The Pandemic, Not Just From COVID

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Server Luis Velez opens a bottle of wine for customers Mary Graf, left, Sophie Mandel and Andy Peraza, right, shown through a sheet of plastic surrounding the table, on Wednesday, October 21 , 2020, at Spinasse on Capitol Hill in Seattle.

As Washington Restaurants Close Indoors Again, Some In Hard-Hit Yakima Say They Won’t

Earlier this year, Yakima County was among the worst-hit places for COVID-19 in Washington and the West Coast. It and the Tri-Cities region were among the last counties to open for indoor bar and restaurant service. Now, with another statewide closure, some restaurant operators are pushing back and refusing to close. Continue Reading As Washington Restaurants Close Indoors Again, Some In Hard-Hit Yakima Say They Won’t

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Carolyn Holmes holds a sign in favor of Dr. Anthony Fauci and Health Officer Bob Lutz during a protest against the Spokane Board of Health's ousting of Lutz, held on Nov. 1, 2020 outside the Spokane Regional Health District office. News of the controversial situation broke on Friday, and Lutz has since said that he will not resign and has acquired an attorney in order to keep his employment with the SRHD in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Across The Northwest And Nation, A ‘Steady And Alarming’ Loss Of Health Officials As COVID Surges

Lori Freeman calls the loss of top public health officers across the country “steady and alarming.” Freeman heads the National Association of County and City Health Officials. More than 70 have been fired, left or plan to leave their posts since the pandemic began in the U.S. In fact, so many are leaving, she’s keeping a spreadsheet. Continue Reading Across The Northwest And Nation, A ‘Steady And Alarming’ Loss Of Health Officials As COVID Surges

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Server Luis Velez opens a bottle of wine for customers Mary Graf, left, Sophie Mandel and Andy Peraza, right, shown through a sheet of plastic surrounding the table, on Wednesday, October 21 , 2020, at Spinasse on Capitol Hill in Seattle.

COVID Transmission ‘Skyrocketing’ In Washington; Restaurants Warn Of $800M Shutdown Losses

Disease transmission is skyrocketing, Washington State Health Officer Kathy Lofy said in a news release Monday. Meanwhile, a four-week shutdown on indoor service at restaurants and bars prompted by an alarming statewide spike in COVID-19 cases is expected to cost the industry some $800 million. Continue Reading COVID Transmission ‘Skyrocketing’ In Washington; Restaurants Warn Of $800M Shutdown Losses

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Washington State University coach Nick Rolovich walks along the sideline during the first half of the team's football game against Oregon in Pullman, Wash., Nov. 14, 2020. CREDIT: Young Kwak/AP

Annual Apple Cup Rivalry Game Between UW And WSU Canceled Due To Positive COVID-19 Tests

If you were unaware the Apple Cup was even happening this year, then you’re probably not alone. After all, the Pac-12 football season was canceled. Then it was back, three weeks ago, with a shortened 6-game season and safety protocols. Those required canceling games if a team couldn’t field a minimum number of 53 scholarship players. Continue Reading Annual Apple Cup Rivalry Game Between UW And WSU Canceled Due To Positive COVID-19 Tests

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