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Patriot militia groups mobilize during a deadly pandemic and massive protests
Patriot militia groups mobilize during a deadly pandemic and massive protests
‘That has a real chilling effect on democratic practice.’
A really strong net helps save Puget Sound’s black bears
A really strong net helps save Puget Sound’s black bears
As human population increases, encounters with bears have become more common.
COVID-19 pushed Seattle to provide housing for homeless people
COVID-19 pushed Seattle to provide housing for homeless people
Advocates hope to lock in this assistance beyond the pandemic.
In their words: How Westerners are weathering the pandemic
In their words: How Westerners are weathering the pandemic
From feeling hopeful to anxious to resilient, people across the West offer a look into their communities.
Why scientists rallied to save a museum of mud
Why scientists rallied to save a museum of mud
Researchers at Oregon State University hope the collection helps scientists understand more about earth’s past and future.
 Meet the group redefining what it means to be a scout
Meet the group redefining what it means to be a scout
The Baden-Powell Service Association offers families a more welcoming version of scouting.
A novel idea for mental health care in rural Washington
A novel idea for mental health care in rural Washington
In Dayton, population 2,500, behavioral health care is woven directly into primary care appointments.
Why are Govs. Inslee and Brown fighting the youth climate cases?
Why are Govs. Inslee and Brown fighting the youth climate cases?
Settling with the young activists could be an important tool for climate action.
When public lands become tribal lands again
When public lands become tribal lands again
A story of fire, stolen lands, and how hard it is to get the U.S. to follow its own laws.
Indigenous people face higher suicide rates in Washington jails
Indigenous people face higher suicide rates in Washington jails
Native Americans are disproportionately more likely to be in Northwest jails.
How do tribal nations’ treaties figure into climate change?
How do tribal nations’ treaties figure into climate change?
U.S. courts rarely favor environmental protections as a right — except when it comes to tribes expressing their treaty rights.
As oil trains roll into Portland, city residents keep watch
As oil trains roll into Portland, city residents keep watch
Without state oversight, activists step up to monitor the traffic in their own backyards.
Glimpse inside the last inland temperate rainforest
Glimpse inside the last inland temperate rainforest
Endangered species and landscapes vividly captured in a new book.
Washington Governor Jay Inslee enters presidential race
Washington Governor Jay Inslee enters presidential race
The Democrat calls climate change ‘the most urgent challenge of our time.’
The last woodland caribou has left the Lower 48
The last woodland caribou has left the Lower 48
Canadian wildlife officials relocated the sole surviving member of the South Selkirk herd to British Columbia.
Dead pines drive new herbicide rules in Oregon
Dead pines drive new herbicide rules in Oregon
A controversial weed-killer has split the state, and pit state regulators against feds.
In need of water, an Idaho town turns to its neighbors
In need of water, an Idaho town turns to its neighbors
Does recharging an aquifer solve one of the West’s oldest water problems, or perpetuate it?
Idaho’s new governor: ‘Climate change is real’
Idaho’s new governor: ‘Climate change is real’
Environmentalists hope action will follow new state stance on climate.
Marine mammals and turtles rebound after endangered species protections
Marine mammals and turtles rebound after endangered species protections
A new study shows broad recovery but doesn’t dive into the problems that remain.
Border security will always be elusive
Border security will always be elusive
The Borderlands have long been governed by impermanent and shifting policies.
New rules limiting clean water protections ignore stream science
New rules limiting clean water protections ignore stream science
What happens to part of a river network affects all of it.
The Tulalip Tribes bet big on beavers
The Tulalip Tribes bet big on beavers
In western Washington, a nation looks to rodent restoration as a natural, ecological engineer.
Congress sends bill bolstering earthquake program to Trump
Congress sends bill bolstering earthquake program to Trump
A quake near Anchorage highlights the importance of preparation and monitoring.
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