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The vessel Marcus Langseth in Washington state.

Seismic Research Ship Goes Boom-Boom To Seek Answers At Origin Of The Next Big One

Earthquake researchers are eager to dig into a trove of new data about the offshore Cascadia fault zone. When Cascadia ruptures, it can trigger a megaquake known as “the Big One.” The valuable new imaging of the geology off the Oregon, Washington and British Columbia coasts comes from a specialized research vessel. Continue Reading Seismic Research Ship Goes Boom-Boom To Seek Answers At Origin Of The Next Big One

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Firefighters watch and take video with their cellphones as a plane drops fire retardant on Harlow Ridge above the Lick Creek Fire, southwest of Asotin, Wash., on July 12, 2021. The fire, which started last Wednesday, has burned over 50,000 acres of land between Asotin County and Garfield County in southeast Washington. CREDIT: Pete Caster/Lewiston Tribune via AP

Echoes Of 2015 As Fires Burn Across Okanogan County, Force Evacuations In Nespelem

This year in north-central Washington has echoes of 2015, when the complex of fires across Okanogan County burned tens of thousands of acres on the reservation, closer to Omak, and shut down Highway 155 across the reservation for long stretches. What was true then is very possible now: The fires took out a lot of timber that the tribes harvest and use for revenue. Continue Reading Echoes Of 2015 As Fires Burn Across Okanogan County, Force Evacuations In Nespelem

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Participants run through a series of exercise circuits during a lunchtime class at Athena Fitness and Wellness in Olympia. The women-owned business opened right before the COVID-19 pandemic struck and survival was never certain. But with the help of grants, loans, a GoFundMe campaign and assistance from their landlord, the owners managed to keep their doors open.

From ‘Freaking Pissed’ To ‘Big Things’: How One Olympia Gym Survived The Pandemic Uncertainty

It was almost a year ago that Athena Fitness in Olympia was facing financial doom. The women-owned business had opened just before the pandemic struck. In August of last year, new COVID restrictions threatened to put the owners out of business. So, what’s happened since? Continue Reading From ‘Freaking Pissed’ To ‘Big Things’: How One Olympia Gym Survived The Pandemic Uncertainty

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Headshot of reporter Esmy Jimenez.

‘Traverse Talks’ Episode 17: Esmy Jimenez On Life As A Journalist And DACA Recipient

In this episode of “Traverse Talks with Sueann Ramella,” KUOW reporter Esmy Jimenez talks about her life growing up in a rural part of central Washington as an undocumented immigrant, being the first in her family to attend college, and the fun and hardship of reporting on the never-ending news cycle. Continue Reading ‘Traverse Talks’ Episode 17: Esmy Jimenez On Life As A Journalist And DACA Recipient

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A section of I-90 is down to one lane due to heavy smoke near Cataldo, Idaho caused by fires in the area, July 7, 2021. CREDIT: Kathy Plonka/The Spokesman-Review via AP

Idaho Governor Taps National Guard To Help With Firefighting Efforts

“Wildfire is presenting an imminent threat to life, property, and the environment, and we need all hands on deck,” Gov. Brad Little said in a statement. “I appreciate our firefighters and fire managers for working so hard under such challenging conditions, and I am grateful that our guardsmen are able to step in once again to support Idaho communities.” Continue Reading Idaho Governor Taps National Guard To Help With Firefighting Efforts

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A nonbinary person next to gender-neutral sign to a bathroom. Photo by Zackary Drucker/Broadly’s Gender Spectrum Collection

A First-Of-Its-Kind Count Of Nonbinary Adults Is Crucial To Our Understanding Of LGBTQ Communities

There are about 1.2 million LGBTQ adults in the U.S. who are nonbinary, according to a first-of-its-kind study released last week by the UCLA School of Law’s Williams Institute, a research center that focuses on the intersection of law and public policy, and sexual orientation and gender identity. Continue Reading A First-Of-Its-Kind Count Of Nonbinary Adults Is Crucial To Our Understanding Of LGBTQ Communities

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Pedro Lucas, center, nephew of farm worker Sebastian Francisco Perez who died last weekend while working in an extreme heat wave, talks about his uncle's death on near St. Paul, Ore., during a record-breaking heat wave. CREDIT: Nathan Howard

Washington And Oregon Strengthen Protections For Ag Workers Following Deadly Heat Wave

Washington on Friday became the second state in the Pacific Northwest in as many days to announce emergency rules that provide farmworkers and others who work outdoors more protection from hot weather in the wake of an extreme heat wave that is believed to have killed hundreds of people. Continue Reading Washington And Oregon Strengthen Protections For Ag Workers Following Deadly Heat Wave

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