As people gather for the holidays, some use the opportunity to discuss difficult but important family topics. That includes what folks want to happen when they die and how they want to be remembered. Often when a death occurs, the next of kin hands the arrangements over to a funeral director in the moment of grief and stress. But some families are choosing to stay with the body and handle as much as they can themselves. Continue Reading DIY Funerals: Your Family Can Be Your Own Funeral Director, If You Want
Over the course of this year, you’ve no doubt heard about labor shortages throughout the economy. Waiters are scarce. Hospitals are short-staffed. There are not enough snow plow drivers. Add another job category to the list. It’s an important one: blood collectors. Continue Reading Scarcity Of Blood Collectors Contributing To ‘Critical’ Shortages In Blood Supply
The Keep Washington Evergreen initiative, proposed by public lands commissioner Hilary Franz in November, seeks to protect forests in the state over 20 years. In this final story, we look at the goal of reforestation. Continue Reading A Look At The Keep Washington Evergreen Initiative – Part Three: Reforestation
Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz introduced the Keep Washington Evergreen initiative at the end of November, which aims to protect and reestablish the state’s forests. In part two of this three part report, we look at the goal of protecting forests from conversion. Continue Reading A Look At The Keep Washington Evergreen Initiative – Part Two: Protecting Forests From Conversion
Commissioner of Public Lands Hilary Franz introduced the Keep Washington Evergreen initiative at the end of November, which aims to protect and reestablish the state’s forests. In part one, we look at restoring forest health. Continue Reading A Look At The Keep Washington Evergreen Initiative – Part One: Restoring Forest Health
It’s a growing problem in Washington: kids with developmental disabilities and complex behaviors who are stuck in the hospital with no reason for being there. Usually, they end up in the hospital after a crisis or an incident. But once the child is medically cleared to leave, their parents or their group home won’t come get them citing inadequate supports to manage the youth’s needs. While the state searches for alternative placements, the child waits. Continue Reading He’s 13-Years-Old, Autistic And Stuck In The Hospital For The Holidays. He’s Not The Only One
Fossil fuel use in buildings looks to be the next frontier for climate activists at the state and local level. There’s a convergence of activity in the Pacific Northwest aimed at phasing out natural gas furnaces and water heaters. Cities from Eugene to Bellingham have teed up bans on natural gas in new commercial buildings. But natural gas has its defenders, too, who have beaten back proposed phase outs before. Continue Reading Natural Gas Furnaces, Water Heaters In Crosshairs Of Some Northwest Policymakers
Columbia River fish could have another challenge to their ecosystem. Growing numbers of American shad could challenge salmon and steelhead. Continue Reading Will A Shad Horde Take Over The Columbia River?
After 25 years, a $608,100 purchase by the Nimiipuu (Nez Perce) tribe to buy back a collection of artifacts was returned this November by the Ohio History Connection. Continue Reading Historical Society Returns Over 600k To Nez Perce Tribe For Artifact Collection
Like interlaced fingers, the Inabas and the Yakama Nation have been collaborating to farm for generations. Now, this Japanese-American family, who owned and leased the land for a time, is returning it to the Yakama Nation. Continue Reading Yakama Nation Seeks Food Sovereignty In New Farming Venture With Weighty History
Mysterious bruises. An unreported burn. Two vulnerable clients left alone overnight. These are just some of the complaints that families are leveling against Aacres WA — a troubled residential care provider that gets tens of millions of dollars a year from the state to care for people with developmental disabilities. Now state officials say they’re investigating. Continue Reading ‘The Situation Is Dangerous.’ Parents Sound Alarm Over Troubled In-Home Care Provider
In a surprise order Friday morning, the Washington Supreme Court declined to take on the job of drafting new congressional and legislative maps. Instead, the court declared that the state’s Redistricting Commission had finished its work on time last month. Continue Reading Washington Supreme Court Says Redistricting Commission Met Its Deadline, Declines To Redo Maps
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