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Red Delicious apples wait to be hauled out of a Cowiche, Washington orchard by workers during harvest. Red Delicious growers have been under pressure lately with one of their top export markets – India – mostly shut down because of high tariffs

Delicious Death: India’s apple tariffs crush business for Northwest Red Delicious apple farmers

For decades boatloads of Northwest apples have shipped to India – especially the variety Red Delicious. But since Trump-era tariffs on steel and aluminum went into place, retaliatory tariffs have put a crunch on that valuable fruit market. Now, Washington state’s full congressional delegation is asking the federal government for help. Continue Reading Delicious Death: India’s apple tariffs crush business for Northwest Red Delicious apple farmers

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This decaying plastic litter on the beach at Newport, Oregon, is on its way to becoming microplastic pollution

Foam dock floats, laundry filters, hotel shampoo amongst newest bids to reduce plastic pollution

Everywhere they look, Pacific Northwest scientists find teeny-tiny plastic pollution. Broken down particles are in our water, falling out of the air, in salmon, shellfish and in our own bodies. Scientists, environmental advocates and Democratic lawmakers in Olympia and Salem have seen enough to make them seek more regulations. Continue Reading Foam dock floats, laundry filters, hotel shampoo amongst newest bids to reduce plastic pollution

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How the Supreme Court abortion ruling is changing the Northwest: What you may have missed

In the months following the overturn of Roe v. Wade, many people — including patients, health care providers, and abortion rights organizers — faced extreme changes in their lives and livelihood. These are some of the changes that took place in our region since then. Continue Reading How the Supreme Court abortion ruling is changing the Northwest: What you may have missed

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The Whatcom County council approved 5-2 to send a letter to the Washington State Department of Natural Resources, saying that are not ready to issue specific recommendations on Phase II of the department's carbon project. Image captured by Lauren Gallup.

Whatcom County makes no forest conservation recommendation, seeks clarity from DNR

The Whatcom County Council made no specific recommendations on which county timberlands to conserve for the next phase of the Washington State Department of Natural Resources’ carbon offset project.
In the letter, the council affirmed its commitment to work with the department, and instead of offering recommendations, asked the DNR to provide more information about the potential impacts of the project. Continue Reading Whatcom County makes no forest conservation recommendation, seeks clarity from DNR

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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee walks through the Capitol building in Olympia, en route to deliver his annual State of the State address, Jan. 10, 2023

Gov. Inslee leans into housing and homelessness in 2023 State of the State address

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee emphasized housing construction and homelessness response during his 2023 State of the State address on Tuesday. The issue is a bipartisan priority for the state Legislature, but approaches differ among the lawmakers who convened in Olympia this week. Continue Reading Gov. Inslee leans into housing and homelessness in 2023 State of the State address

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Inside the Northwest ICE Processing Center in Tacoma, also known as the Northwest Detention Center. Photo courtesy of La Resistencia, May 2022.

Washington bill seeks to regulate solitary confinement

Maria Leónides Pérez’s son, Santiago Ortuno Pérez, has been detained in the Northwest ICE Processing Center, also known as the Northwest Detention Center, in Tacoma for a little more than three years.
During his time in detention, Ortuno Pérez has spent at least 10 months in segregation from the general population. He said he’s there now, and has been for 51 days, according to a call between him and Maru Mora-Villalpando, of immigrant advocacy group La Resistenica, on Jan. 5.
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