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Workers harvest kelp in Hood Canal at Washington's first commercial seaweed farm, Blue Dot Sea Farms.

Swelling school of seaweed farmers looking to anchor in somewhat choppy Northwest waters

Prospective kelp growers who want to join the handful of existing commercial seaweed farms in the Pacific Northwest are having to contend with a lengthy permitting process. It’s gotten contentious in a few cases, but even so, at least a couple of new seaweed farms stand on the cusp of approval. Their harvests could be sold for human food, animal feed or fertilizer. Continue Reading Swelling school of seaweed farmers looking to anchor in somewhat choppy Northwest waters

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Part of the Port of Tacoma, which sits on Commencement Bay, on August 25, 2022. Photo by Lauren Gallup.

To stay economically competitive, Port of Tacoma plans to deepen the Blair Waterway

A new project to deepen the Blair Waterway at the Port of Tacoma will allow extra-large container ships to easily travel through the port.
Last week, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the National Defense Authorization Act, which, in part, authorized the project to deepen Blair waterway in the Port of Tacoma. Continue Reading To stay economically competitive, Port of Tacoma plans to deepen the Blair Waterway

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The Forging Paths tent-shelter site, operated by the Tacoma Rescue Mission and the City of Tacoma, shelters 50 unhoused people on South 35th street and Pacific Avenue. Photo by Lauren Gallup.

Tacoma’s new tent shelter site navigates weather, residents’ concerns

It’s been cold and wet the past few weeks in Tacoma. That’s had an impact on the residents of Tacoma’s new temporary tent-shelter mitigation site, Forging Paths, off of 35th and Pacific Avenue.
A resident at the site, who preferred to go by his first name Cash for privacy reasons, said one downside of living at the site has been a lack of preparation and foresight for how the weather would impact the tents.
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A mom and two sones stand in front of their rental home. She is holding a small dog.

Rural housing shortage impacts everyone, even those with homes

More than half of all metro areas in the United States have a housing shortage and affordable housing is difficult to come by. Rural areas are no exception. This lack of affordable housing impacts daily life, even including those who already have a home. This is part one in a series on rural housing. The Lewiston Tribune’s Elaine Williams reports. Continue Reading Rural housing shortage impacts everyone, even those with homes

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