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Two canids at the Predators of the Heart facility in Anacortes. The organization now goes by Because We Matter Exotic Animal Rescue. (Courtesy: Debbie Sodl / Because We Matter Exotic Animal Rescue)

Nonprofit for exotic animals in Anacortes could be forced to close

Whether an organization housing a variety of animals in Anacortes, Washington will continue operating is in the hands of the Skagit County Board of Commissioners — with a decision expected Dec. 12.
The nonprofit, Predators of the Heart, is appealing an October decision by the Skagit County hearing examiner denying POTH a special use permit to house animals the county restricts under its “potentially dangerous animals” law. The Skagit County Board of Commissioners will decide on the appeal.
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On May 25, a number of supporters of the Tacoma For All initiative for tenant protections, rallied in front of the City Hall building. Photo by Lauren Gallup.

Tacoma tenant protections measure passes — now what?

The final release of election results for Pierce County showed a victory for those who have been pushing for a set of progressive tenant protections in Tacoma.
“We feel really proud of what we’ve achieved. It was a real David versus Goliath kind of fight,” said Ty Moore, campaign manager for Tacoma For All, the group behind the initiative.
Citizens’ Initiative Measure No. 1 passed with 50.43% of the vote, a difference of just 370 votes. There was quite a strong push against the measure — $371,175.84 in expenditures were reported from “No on Tacoma Measure No. 1,” according to the Public Disclosure Commission. That’s triple what Tacoma For All spent. Continue Reading Tacoma tenant protections measure passes — now what?

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Snow geese flocking and flying at Fir Island in Skagit County. (Courtesy: Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife.)

Snow geese winter population in Skagit on the rise, posing problems to farmers

In late autumn on the cusp of cool winter days, snow comes early to Washington when thousands of aloft avians, snow geese, land here in a flurry of white feathers.
“We call it a snow storm, they just will move as one,” said birder Julie Hagen. “It’s just this chaotic whirlwind of birds, they move like a cloud and then they just lift up in the air.”
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