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Backpackers in the Central Cascades in August 2020. Search and rescue crews say more people in the outdoors means more calls for help.
David de Graaf

Search and rescue teams in Washington had their busiest July ever.

King County Search and Rescue conducted 43 missions last month. That's more than double the 20-a-month average for July. Olympic National Park has had 39 search and rescue incidents in 2020, 22 in July. That's up from the 17 incidents in July of 2019. 

Because rescue teams are stretched thin, crews say it's more important than ever that hikers and backpackers be prepared before heading into the wilderness.

Colorado tight end Brady Russell (38) and Washington linebacker Joe Tryon (9) in the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Nov. 23, 2019, in Boulder, Colorado. is among the players included in the #WeAreUnited movement.
David Zalubowski / The Associated Press (file)

Several Pac-12 football players who threatened to opt out of the 2020 season are still waiting for their concerns to be addressed. The clock is ticking, as practice is scheduled to begin in the next few weeks. More from KNKX sports commentator Art Thiel and Morning Edition host Kirsten Kendrick.

At KNKX, we value high-quality, factual information in our news programming and we aim to present an array of voices that reflect our region.

We turn to our regular commentators for their expertise and points-of-view when it comes to sports, food and the weather. But if a commentator, even on his own independent platform, delivers rhetoric that is offensive and inaccurate, we cannot support it.

Chuck Sedlacek briefly smiles as he looks out at family members from his bed at the Life Care Center, where a coronavirus outbreak occurred back in March.
Elaine Thompson / The Associated Press (file)

SEATTLE (AP) — Calling it a “big step forward,” Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday announced how visitors may return to nursing homes and other long term care operations — six months after the country's first known coronavirus outbreak devastated a Kirkland facility.

Kent Superintendent Calvin Watts
Ashley Gross / KNKX

In a 3-2 vote, the Kent School Board has voted to extend the contract for Superintendent Calvin Watts, a move that comes amid some community controversy.

 

Walking into the vast B Reactor chamber at the Hanford Site, Tri-Cities musician Denin Koch felt the pull of history and innovation.

One of the courtrooms in the King County Children and Family Justice Center.
Paula Wissel / KNKX

Just like adults, teens who are arrested are read their Miranda rights. But advocates for reform say the teenage brain isn’t developed enough to really absorb the meaning of “the right to remain silent” and “anything you say can and will be held against you in a court of law.”

The Seattle City Council and King County Council are considering ordinances that would provide more protections for juveniles when it comes to the Miranda warning. 

COURTESY OF JONAH ELBAUM

Trumpeter Jonah Elbaum from West Seattle High School will take over Evening Jazz with Abe Beeson tonight at 8 p.m. (Aug. 6) as guest DJ. He is a junior and in the school's jazz band. He is also an aspiring filmmaker. Listen to his show and read his Q&A. 

Harold Lopez-Nussa shouts "I TOLD YOU SO" on the cover of his new album "Te Lo Dije"
courtesy of the artist

The capricious gods of remote broadcasting prevented us from hearing the new music that I had planned for last Saturday's Jazz Caliente. We're making up for it this week. Here is what's in store:

Ted S. Warren / The Associated Press

SEATTLE (AP) — Gov. Jay Inslee said Wednesday that schools in the majority of Washington's counties should strongly consider online-only learning for students this fall due to COVID-19 and canceling or postponing sports and all other in-person extracurricular activities.

Inslee made the announcement with the superintendent of public instruction for Washington and the state's health officer.

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