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The currently vacant site that developer Bridge Industrial is seeking to use for an industrial warehouse in South Tacoma. / Courtesy of Michelle Mood.

Controversial Tacoma warehouse proposal moves forward

The City of Tacoma hearing examiner has upheld the city’s decision to issue a development permit for a mega-warehouse in South Tacoma.
The permit decision was appealed by Seattle nonprofit EarthJustice, on behalf of the South Tacoma Neighborhood Council and 350 Tacoma, which argued that the city and developer hadn’t adequately analyzed the environmental impacts of the development, and therefore the city erred in issuing a Mitigated Determination of Nonsignificance, (MDNS) and Critical Areas Development Permit (CADP) for the project.
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A canoe family paddles onto shore at Alki Beach Sunday, July 30. // CREDIT: Tracci Dial, NWPB

Paddle to Muckleshoot: An epic canoe journey returns

There was a breeze, clouds and humidity in the air in West Seattle that hadn’t been there for days on the morning of July 30, as visitors to Alki Beach found seats or meandered down to the shore, waiting.
A little after 11 a.m., as the sun began to break through the gray, the tip of a canoe and its passengers’ paddles could just be seen cutting across the water, the first canoe to arrive of what would be over 100 to the homelands of the Muckleshoot People.
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A map showing large fires that have burned so far this year in Washington. The different colored areas represent different land ownership boundaries. (Courtesy of the Northwest Interagency Coordination Center)

What impacts did wildfires have on the Northwest this summer?

Autumn has knocked on our doors and crossed our thresholds. With its arrival comes wetter, colder, darker days — perhaps some pumpkin-flavored treats as well — and hopefully, fewer wildfires. Heavy recent rainfall has dropped the wildfire potential outlook down to normal for the Northwest, according to the National Significant Wildland Fire Potential Outlook.
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