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Geoffrey Redick

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Earlier this year, elected leaders in Seattle did a rapid about-face on a tax that would have collected money from large employers like Amazon to fund programs to address homelessness.

At the time, poll numbers showed a majority of voters opposed the idea. While council members and Mayor Jenny Durkan were changing their positions, they were also exchanging text messages -- with each other, and with power brokers in the city. 

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People who love nature love to be in the wilderness. The problem is if too many nature-lovers visit one location, it's no longer wild. This conundrum is more likely to happen in the areas around a major population center like Seattle. 

Bellamy Pailthorp

There's one coal-fired power plant left in Washington state. But it won't be burning coal for much longer: It's scheduled to shut down or to switch to natural gas by 2025.

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The Olympic Discovery Trail is known as "pathway to the Pacific." It stretches across the North Olympic Peninsula, from Port Townsend to La Push. About 75 miles of the trail are made up of paved pathways, separate from roads. Another 60 miles of the trail exists as gravel path or along the shoulders of highways.

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The members of the Lewis County Writers Guild meet every Friday at a coffeehouse in downtown Centralia. They welcome everyone who's interested in sharing their work. 

UW Institute for Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine

Around the country, schools are placing a lot of emphasis on STEM education  -- science, technology, engineering and mathematics. W.F. West High School in Chehalis is part of that trend, to an impreesive degree.

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(Updated at 4:00 pm on Sept. 6, 2018, to add comments from Evelyn Cook, a middle school teacher in Tacoma, and Tacoma Public Schools spokesman Dan Voelpel.)

The first day of school in Tacoma was canceled on Thursday because teachers and other school staff in the state’s fourth-biggest district went on strike.

That comes after the district and the Tacoma Education Association failed to reach an agreement over salary increases for the coming school year. Members of the union voted by about 97 percent to authorize a strike Tuesday evening.

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Angela Meade thought, when she was growing up in Centralia, that she might be a doctor.

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The top of Seminary Hill rises about 500 feet above sea level. Not a towering peak, but unmissable on the flood plain of Centralia, in west Lewis County.

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Each year, indigenous people in Washington, Oregon and British Columbia

paddle traditional canoes to meet in one location. This year, the journey is called “The Power Paddle to Puyallup."

 

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Many people in Seattle -- no matter their political ideology -- are frustrated with their elected leaders, who are trying to keep the business sector happy and confront a growing homelessness crisis.

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Crews have been working inside a warehouse near the Olympia airport every day since a June 9 fire destroyed the Aberdeen Museum of History.

The fire was inside the Aberdeen Armory building, finished in 1921 and gifted to the city in 1981. It housed the museum and other organizations. Much was lost, including exhibits on the upper floors.

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The City of Seattle is being sued for violating the Open Public Meetings Act. The three attorneys who filed the suit claim the city didn’t notify the public adequately ahead of a city council meeting Tuesday, during which the council voted to repeal a “head tax” on large businesses.

Port Angeles, as seen from Ediz Hook, on June 5, 2018.
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Port Angeles is changing.

Timber is still key to the economy, if no longer king. Tourism and new industries at once mean hope and a sudden need to manage growth. And a housing crisis looms large, and touches people seemingly regardless of income. Hear more about that in the audio above.

There are challenges and big questions ahead. But no place is defined solely by its challenges. 

Geoffrey Redick

 

 


David Jones is the head of the music department at Peninsula College. He loves all types of music. He hears how different styles and formats influence one another, thrilling with the commonalities between classical and jazz, playing pop into fuller melodies.

 

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Tess Gallagher was born in Port Angeles in 1943. She was the oldest of five children, and she says her childhood was full of responsibility. Her parents worked hard, cutting down trees, and Tess helped them, marking the fallen logs.

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Jamie Valadez says Klallam is a living language. You understand what she means by the time you’ve spent just a few minutes with her.

 

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In Port Angeles, the baseball season has just begun. The town is home to the Lefties, one of 11 teams in the West Coast League.

The collegiate summer league gives the best players a chance to keep playing when school lets out. There are many similar leagues around the country. Cape Cod and Northwoods are a couple of other elite ones.

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In Seattle and King County, homelessness is a state of emergency. The city council is considering a new “head tax” on business to help fund responses to the emergency. But critics say a lot of money has already been spent, without much success.