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The first free-standing tsunami refuge in North America is now open in Tokeland in Pacific County, Washington.

Coastal Washington Tribe Creates Higher Ground By Building Tsunami Tower, First Of Its Type Here

There is a new option to escape a tsunami if you’re on the southwest coast of Washington when the Big One strikes. The Shoalwater Bay Indian Tribe on Friday dedicated a 50-foot tall evacuation tower in Tokeland, Washington. Tribal leaders and the Federal Emergency Management Agency said the new tsunami refuge platform should be an example and inspiration for other vulnerable coastal communities. Continue Reading Coastal Washington Tribe Creates Higher Ground By Building Tsunami Tower, First Of Its Type Here

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Applause and concern are swirling around a new feasibility assessment of restoring sea otters along the 900 miles of vacant historical range in Oregon and northern California.

Some Otterly Pleased By New Report On Bringing Sea Otters Back To Oregon Coast, Others Paws Down

A federal study ordered by Congress concluded it would be feasible to reintroduce sea otters to the Oregon and northern California coasts. However, that finding doesn’t mean the super-cute predators will be relocated into their former ocean habitat anytime soon. Continue Reading Some Otterly Pleased By New Report On Bringing Sea Otters Back To Oregon Coast, Others Paws Down

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The Parkland School building, owned by Pacific Lutheran University, that community members are trying to save from demolition. Photo from June 21 presentation by the Pierce County Landmarks & Historic Preservation Commission.

University President, Community & Developer Reach Tentative Agreement Over Historic Building

After months of pushback from Parkland community members over the sale of the historic Parkland School building, the stakeholders have reached a decision to please all.
In a letter to two Pierce County council members, Pacific Lutheran University President Alan Belton outlined the tentative agreement.
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A field growing marijuana, image from Pixabay.

How Mandatory Pesticide Testing Is Impacting Cannabis Growers

There’s a deadline fast approaching for the cannabis industry in Washington. By September 1st, cannabis producers must sell all their goods produced before April of this year — or throw it out.
Micah Sherman, co-owner of Raven Grass in Olympia, has settled on this fate.
“We’re probably going to end up with quite a bit of product that we’re going to have to throw away,” Sherman said. Continue Reading How Mandatory Pesticide Testing Is Impacting Cannabis Growers

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