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KNKX is live at the Mount Baker Threatre in Bellingham, Wash! Watch as All Things Considered Host Ed Ronco discusses the Bellingham waterfront and more! Joining Ed is environment reporter Bellamy Pailthorp and community representatives from the area! Join us at 5:30!

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A visit to Bellingham likely means a stop at a museum or two. There's the Spark Museum of Electrical Invention, and the Bellingham Rail Museum, to name a couple.

And then there’s the Whatcom Museum, spread over two buildings, chronicling history, nature and art in the Northwest. From now until Jan. 6, the museum’s Lightcatcher building is hosting an exhibition focused on endangered species.

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.

Elaine Thompson / AP File Photo

Editor’s note: This story was part of our KNKX Connects broadcast from Lewis County on Aug. 30, 2018. We explored the issues, events and personalities that shaped – and in some cases are still shaping – the cities of Centralia and Chehalis.

The land in west Lewis County is more rolling hillside than steep climb. It’s farmland in a lot of places, forest in others. Centralia and Chehalis sit at the confluence of the Chehalis and Skookumchuck rivers.

Ed Ronco / KNKX

Editor’s note: This story was part of our KNKX Connects broadcast from Lewis County on Aug. 30, 2018. We explored the issues, events and personalities that shaped – and in some cases are still shaping – the cities of Centralia and Chehalis.

On average, some 50 to 60 trains a day pass through Centralia and Chehalis. They are largely freight trains, with Amtrak also running routes through this corridor.

But every so often, if you know the right place to look, you might find a century-old steam train chugging along the tracks.

Ed Ronco / KNKX

On Aug. 30, 2018, KNKX visited the twin cities of Centralia and Chehalis, in Lewis County, as part of our KNKX Connects project – a yearlong exploration of western Washington. You can hear our reporting from those places in the audio above. And below, we’ve linked to several of the individual stories.

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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. 

Faye Fox

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

Ariel Van Cleave / KNKX

 

When you think of roller derby, you’re probably going to picture two teams of women dressed up in crazy outfits, wild hair flowing out of the bottom of a helmet and a lot of hitting.

 

But the players who are part of Centralia’s Rainy City Roller Dolls see the sport a little differently. It’s become an outlet for a group of misfits to cobble together their own family.

 

Cami / Flickr/Creative Commons

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.

Ashley Gross / KNKX

It was a hot August morning – the height of summer vacation – but two classrooms at Edison Elementary in Centralia were abuzz with activity.

Ed Ronco / KNKX

In Chehalis, just outside of the front door of the Lewis County Historical Museum, you’ll find a giant tree stump tucked under a gazebo, right next to a very busy set of railroad tracks.

This is a replica of the “McKinley Stump,” so named because President William McKinley almost gave a speech from atop it in 1901, during a tour of the Pacific Northwest. Almost.

Ed Ronco / KNKX

There’s a photo in the hallway of the Port of Port Angeles offices, just down the hall from the office of executive director Karen Goschen. It was taken in the 1980s, from a high angle, looking down at four ships moored at the dock. They’re surrounded by big collections of floating logs.

“It is dramatically different than the number of vessels we have today,” Goschen said.