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Criminal Justice Training Commission director Monica Alexander uses a spreadsheet to track all of the state's new police reform legislation

‘Cultural Changes Ahead’ For Police In Washington State, As Controversial Reform Takes Effect

New laws governing Washington State law enforcement took effect on Sunday, including their use of force (HB 1310) and tactics (HB 1054).
Some police departments in King County say new laws means they will no longer respond to certain calls; City of Seattle chief Adrian Diaz calls that “absurd.” Continue Reading ‘Cultural Changes Ahead’ For Police In Washington State, As Controversial Reform Takes Effect

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Tree climber Matt Zhun reaches through the branches of a whitebark pine to find cones.

Pining For Whitebarks: Researchers Work Across The Northwest To Save ‘Quintessential Wilderness Trees’

If you’ve ever backpacked in the Northwest’s mountaintops, you’ve likely spent some time among whitebark pines. These important trees are bringing together researchers across the West, who want to save them from a fatal fungus. Continue Reading Pining For Whitebarks: Researchers Work Across The Northwest To Save ‘Quintessential Wilderness Trees’

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Sandra Williams, creator of The Black Lens, talks virtually for a recording of 'Traverse Talks.'

‘Traverse Talks’ Episode 18: Sandra Williams On The Black Experience In The Inland Northwest

In this episode of Traverse Talks with Sueann Ramella, founder of a local newspaper, The Black Lens, in Spokane, Washington. Sandra Williams shares her life story growing up in the predominantly white Inland Northwest as a Black woman, her work ethic and what she is doing to insure future generations have a place that feels like community in Spokane. Continue Reading ‘Traverse Talks’ Episode 18: Sandra Williams On The Black Experience In The Inland Northwest

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The monorail at Expo '86 in Vancouver, Canada, the last time a Northwest city hosted the global cultural gathering. Seattle, Portland and Spokane have hosted as well. CREDIT: Colin Rose, CC BY 2.0 creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Vancouver Expo ’86: Remembering Cascadia’s Last Great World’s Fair 35 Years Later

When Vancouver hosted a modern expo in 1986, it joined the Northwest’s other major cities, Portland (1905), Seattle (1909, 1962) and Spokane (1974) as exposition hosts. In the years since Expo ’86, Vancouver’s has also gained important symbolism as the last expo hosted in North America. It was a kind of golden moment. Continue Reading Vancouver Expo ’86: Remembering Cascadia’s Last Great World’s Fair 35 Years Later

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