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A green burial at White Eagle Memorial Cemetery near Goldendale, Washington. Stratman family members dug this grave and conducted their own ceremony.

DIY Funerals: Your Family Can Be Your Own Funeral Director, If You Want

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

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Blood centers across the region are actively recruiting to fill phlebotomist vacancies as blood supplies run low.

Scarcity Of Blood Collectors Contributing To ‘Critical’ Shortages In Blood Supply

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

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Forests provide vital habitat for wildlife, but they are under threat of development.

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 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

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This hospital room at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett is where an autistic, non-verbal 13-year-old named Matthew is living while the state of Washington tries to find a community placement for him. He's been there since late September following a crisis in his group home. Advocates say Matthew's case is indicative of a growing problem of high-needs youth getting stuck in hospitals after they've been cleared for discharge.

He’s 13-Years-Old, Autistic And Stuck In The Hospital For The Holidays. He’s Not The Only One

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

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New natural gas hookups to commercial buildings and homes are in the crosshairs of policymakers intent on reducing a growing source of carbon emissions.

Natural Gas Furnaces, Water Heaters In Crosshairs Of Some Northwest Policymakers

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

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Andrew Simmons, right, blows bubbles with his father Bo last spring. Andrew, who's profoundly autistic and mostly non-verbal, lives in a supported living home in Snohomish County operated by Aacres WA, a troubled state contractor. Bo Simmons says conditions in the home over the past year have deteriorated to the point of being dangerous for Andrew and his housemates.

‘The Situation Is Dangerous.’ Parents Sound Alarm Over Troubled In-Home Care Provider

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

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The Washington Supreme Court on Friday declared the state's redistricting commission had met its deadline and declined to exercise its authority to draft new legislative and congressional maps.

Washington Supreme Court Says Redistricting Commission Met Its Deadline, Declines To Redo Maps

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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