As flames consume parts of California, an unexpected group of firefighters has put their lives at risk to protect communities: prison inmates. For $2 per day — and another $1 an hour when battling fires — qualified inmates can volunteer to help authorities combat fires. Continue Reading Serving Time, Dodging Tumbling Boulders, And Fighting Wildfires For $2 A Day
If you’ve traveled the central Oregon coast, you might remember the signs marking Depoe Bay’s claim to fame: the “World’s Smallest Harbor.” But now that harbor is getting even smaller because of accumulating silt. City officials are on tenterhooks because of the problem. Silt buildup renders the fuel dock inaccessible at low tide. Continue Reading Officials Worry ‘World’s Smallest Harbor’ In Depoe Bay Could Shrivel Unless Dredged
The U.S. House passed a bill Friday that would end federal protections for gray wolves in the Lower 48 states. For wolves in the Northwest, that would mean protections fall to state agencies. Continue Reading Conservationists Worry As U.S. House Votes To End Wolf Protections, Senate to Consider
John Nordeen and Kay Lee served in the same Army platoon during the Vietnam War. Nordeen and Lee had very different personalities, but in the life-or-death setting of war, the two bonded. Nordeen, a soldier from Seattle, was one of the first people that Lee, a combat medic from San Francisco, talked to. But after the war, they lost touch. Continue Reading StoryCorps: ‘I Found The Treasure When I Found You.’ Vietnam Vets Rekindle Bond Forged By War
More than 500 Native American women have disappeared or been murdered in U.S. cities, many since the year 2000, according to a new report from Seattle’s Urban Indian Health Institute. Continue Reading Report Finds Seattle Has Most Missing And Murdered Native Women
Authorities say at least 63 people died in the Northern California wildfire known as the Camp Fire, which has burned through at least 218 square miles of land and consumed the town of Paradise. Seven sets of remains were discovered on Thursday. Continue Reading California Camp Fire: Confirmed Deaths Above 70 As Missing List Balloons Over 1,000
The Christmas holiday is centered around peace. But an escalating marketing war for families’ hearts is developing between the real and fake tree industries. Continue Reading In Season Of Christmas Peace, There’s A Serious Tree-Marketing War Over Your Family
Nearly 20 years after Washington voters passed Initiative 695, which repealed Washington’s motor vehicle excise tax, anti-tax activist Tim Eyman says he’s close to qualifying a new initiative to repeal taxes to support Sound Transit and restrict car tabs to $30. Continue Reading Professional Initiative Sponsor Tim Eyman Is Back With Another Proposed $30 Car Tabs Measure
A small number of Northwest communities have an outsized level of exposure to wildfire, according to data released by the Forest Service. Continue Reading Analysis Reveals Northwest Communities Most Threatened By Wildfire
It’s been more than a century since sea otters were hunted to near extinction along the U.S. West Coast. The cute animals were successfully reintroduced along the Washington, British Columbia and California coasts, but an attempt to bring them back to Oregon in the early 1970s failed. Now a new nonprofit has formed to try again. Continue Reading Otter Fans Float Plan To Bring Sea Otters Back To Oregon Coast
The Camp Fire tore through Paradise, Calif., the morning of Nov. 8, 2018. Paul Weingartner, a nurse at the Adventist Health Feather River hospital in Paradise, recounts how it unfolded, and how he narrowly escaped, to return to the hospital and treat patients. Continue Reading A Personal And Harrowing Account Of How The Camp Fire Devastated Paradise
The Seattle Archdiocese has paid nearly $7 million to settle claims by six men that former priests abused them when they were children. The men said the archdiocese “knew or should have known that the priests posed a danger to children” and failed to protect them. Continue Reading Seattle Catholic Archdiocese Pays $7 Million In Priest Sex Abuse Cases
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