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Heraclio Delacruz is in his 18th year herding sheep in central Washington. “There’s no one to talk to, you’re alone, with your friends the dogs, the braying sheep." CREDIT: ESMY JIMENEZ/NWPB

A Sheepherder On Two Decades In Washington High Country ‘With Your Friends The Dogs’

Heraclio Delacruz is a Peruvian sheepherder, in Spanish what’s called a “pastor.” This is his 18th year with the Martinez family sheepherding operation in Central Washington. ” … you’re alone, with your friends the dogs, the braying sheep,” he says. Continue Reading A Sheepherder On Two Decades In Washington High Country ‘With Your Friends The Dogs’

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After nearly two decades of work, contractors at Hanford have finished cleaning out the first of 177 radioactive waste tanks. CREDIT: U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Officials Weigh Costs Of Filling In Hanford Tanks, With Eye On Columbia River Impact

Keeping the Columbia River safe is at the core of several public meetings scheduled for Seattle and Portland next week. It all has to do with decisions being made hundreds of miles away in the desert at Hanford. The question regulators are tacking: How do you keep a mostly-empty radioactive waste tank safe for hundreds, thousands even a million years? Continue Reading Officials Weigh Costs Of Filling In Hanford Tanks, With Eye On Columbia River Impact

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Geronimo DeLaCruz Lozano is one of the eight, H-2A workers who came from Peru to work with the Martinez family. He’ll spend most of his time alone with his dogs, walking across grasslands and mountains grazing thousands of sheep at a time. CREDIT: ESMY JIMENEZ

Meet The Flockers: Ups And Downs Of A Washington Sheepherding Legacy

In late September, the Martinez brothers moved about half of those 800 sheep from the mountainous terrain around Lake Wenatchee to the irrigated, emerald pastures of Connell, in Central Washington. They did it with the help of some highly skilled men: Peruvian “pastores” or sheepherders. All the way from South America, most of them have been with the Martinez family for decades. Continue Reading Meet The Flockers: Ups And Downs Of A Washington Sheepherding Legacy

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