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Will Stone

Will Stone is a KUNR alumnus, having served as a passionate, talented reporter for KUNR for nearly two years before moving in early 2015 to the major Phoenix market at public radio station KJZZ.

An East Coast transplant, he's worked at NPR stations in Philadelphia, New York and Connecticut. He's also interned at the NPR West Headquarters in Los Angeles where he learned from some of the network's best correspondents. Before joining the public radio airwaves, he studied English at a small liberal arts college and covered arts and culture for an alternative newsweekly in Philadelphia.

He's particularly drawn to education, government and environmental reporting, as listeners became aware, he jumped on any story that got him out into the field with a mic in hand.

He enjoyed the Reno outdoors, food and cultural scene, given his liking for  hiking, fish tacos and great American poetry. While KUNR listeners miss his reporting, we're always glad to help prepare, encourage and support successful public radio professionals wherever they go.

See what Will is up to at KJZZ.

Vaping products on display at the Tacoma-based retailer, House of Cannabis.
Will Stone / KNKX

UPDATE, Oct. 9: Washington state has passed an emergency ban on flavored vaping products in response to the nationwide outbreak of vaping related illnesses.

On Wednesday afternoon, the State Board of Health voted in favor of the proposal. Some who attended the meeting warned about the potential unintended consequences, including the possibility that it will drive people to the black market or back to smoking cigarettes. 

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It will soon be illegal to put up tents or other makeshift structures in Tacoma parks. 

On Tuesday night, the Tacoma City Council voted in favor of a ban on temporary structures with walls, despite concerns raised by many residents about how it will affect those who are homeless. 

 

This March 15, 2017 file photo shows a vape belonging to Branden Kempt, who works at the Future Vapor store in Seattle, rests on the store's counter.
Ted S. Warren / The Associated Press

Washington has become the latest state to pursue a ban on certain vaping products that are suspected of causing severe lung injuries in Washington and across the country.

On Friday, Gov. Jay Inslee issued an executive order aimed at banning both nicotine and THC flavored vaping products.

Inslee called the outbreak of severe lung disease a “health crisis.”

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Adrian Florez / KNKX

The City of Tacoma could soon ban temporary structures, such as tents, in city parks. During public comment at the City Council meeting Tuesday night, many people spoke against the ordinance, which would prevent tents or other makeshift dwellings in Tacoma parks — unless expressly authorized.

Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Tacoma.
Parker Miles Blohm / KNKX

A group hoping to halt demolition of a nearly century-old Tacoma church is asking the Archbishop of Seattle to walk back the controversial decision. And Tacoma’s mayor has spoken in favor of preserving the landmark, which can’t be demolished without city approval.

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Thurston County is looking into the arrest of a man by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement at the county courthouse earlier this year.

On Thursday afternoon, county commissioners will hold a meeting to examine what happened during the June 20 arrest, and consider possible policy changes.

Thurston County Manager Ramiro Chavez said the ICE arrest at the courthouse came as a total surprise to him.

Congregants of an iconic Tacoma church are mounting a campaign to save the historic building from being demolished. 

On Sunday, the Archdiocese of Seattle announced the decision to tear down Holy Rosary church rather than spend millions of dollars in repairs. 

But longtime members of the congregation, such as Joy Donohue, say they intend to appeal the decree, which came from Archbishop J. Peter Sartain.   

Rendering of the new Fishing Wars Memorial Bridge.
Courtesy of Chris Storey

A Tacoma bridge that was on the frontline of the Puyallup Tribe’s fight for its fishing rights now has a name to commemorate that history. Today, tribal leaders gather to dedicate the Fishing Wars Memorial Bridge, formerly known as the Puyallup River Bridge.

Chad Kelderman as Malvolio and Brandon J. Simmons as Olivia in “Twelfth Night.”
HMMM Productions

Seattle Shakespeare Company is bringing its rendition of the Bard’s comedy “Twelfth Night” to the grassy lawn of Tacoma’s Wright Park on Friday evening.

It’s the final weekend to catch the company’s summer run of free shows held at parks throughout the region.

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Tacoma residents may soon pay more to recycle.

A proposal under consideration by the Tacoma City Council would tack on a new $3.40 monthly surcharge for residential customers.

It also would prevent curbside recycling of glass. Instead, residents would have to dispose of glass at drop-off spots, such as the Tacoma Recycle Center.

The air conditioner at Jim and Julie Powell's house has been fending off the 100-degree summertime heat for two decades — ever since they came to the Sun City retirement community just west of Phoenix.

"It's been a workhorse," Julie says. "It's probably 20 years old, but it does the job."

Inside, Jim leafs through their summer bills from the power company Arizona Public Service, or APS. He counts: "$183, $262, $250."

Steep, but predictable. Ever since he's heard about a new fee, though, he's begun to worry.

Tesla Motors recently chose Nevada for its massive battery factory in exchange for one of the biggest incentives packages in recent history. The factory will be built in a rural area about an hour east of Reno with little infrastructure and years of high unemployment. Small communities are scrambling to prepare for a wave of speculators, businesses and people.

These story first aired on Morning Edition on Dec. 29, 2014.