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Meaningful, independent journalism is at a crossroads. Advertisers who once filled newspaper coffers and funded local journalism have shifted resources to the Internet. And... — Updated 11/17/2022

WDFW records cougar attacks on wolves; four confirmed since 2013

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) recently reported evidence that cougars are killing wolves in Washington. By using radio collar data, WDFW staff were able to... — Updated 11/17/2022

One year into the Methow climate plan

Switching to energy-saving appliances for heating and cooling. Building a water bank to preserve water for local agriculture. Adding charging stations for electric vehicles.... — Updated 11/17/2022

DNR cancels leases for last 2 net-pen salmon farms in Puget Sound

The Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) has canceled the two remaining finfish net-pen aquaculture leases in Puget Sound, officials announced Monday night. The... — Updated 11/17/2022

WDFW acquires shrub-steppe lands in Rendezvous area

Mule deer and other wildlife will benefit from an additional 220 acres of protected shrub-steppe in the Rendezvous area recently purchased by the Washington Department of Fish and... — Updated 11/11/2022

Old Cedars golf course reopens as Gordy Jolma Family Natural Area

What was once the Cedars at Salmon Creek Golf Course officially reopened on Nov. 2 as the Gordy Jolma Family Natural Area. The remnants of sand traps were the only clear signs that... — Updated 11/11/2022

Willapa Bay green crab war enters new phase

OCEAN PARK - They can crawl, but they can't hide. The war on an invasive crab wreaking havoc on Willapa Bay has entered a new phase, with scientists implementing an innovative... — Updated 10/27/2022

What's the Deal With: Bellingham's plum shortage?

If you were looking forward to a bountiful plum harvest in Bellingham this fall, you aren't alone if your gathering efforts seem fruitless. Local plum trees might produce less... — Updated 10/13/2022

Volunteers tackling growing amount of roadside litter

Conner Smith added another piece of litter to his already packed trash bag. "It hurts my soul to see people take advantage of a place so pristine," he said while pausing his work... — Updated 10/5/2022

A 'desperate' year for bears in search of sustenance

Hungry bears have been unusually persistent and destructive in seeking food near homes in the Methow Valley this year, in some cases repeatedly breaking through electric fences to... — Updated 9/29/2022

Aleutian Isle fishing vessel recovered after 39 days

The Aleutian Isle fishing vessel has been removed from the waters off San Juan Island after 39 days, the U.S. Coast Guard announced Thursday night. Efforts to recover the vessel,... — Updated 9/23/2022

Records requests put a strain on Woodland staff

A rash of recent public records requests has led to some tough conversations on how the city of Woodland will handle what some councilors have denounced as nothing more than a taxpayer burden. During its Sept. 6 meeting, the... — Updated 9/15/2022

Attorney General files civil rights lawsuit against Ostrom Mushroom Farms

Attorney General Bob Ferguson has filed a civil rights lawsuit against Ostrom Mushroom Farms in Sunnyside on Wednesday, August 17. Ferguson's lawsuit, filed at the Yakima County... — Updated 8/18/2022

Lawsuit filed against Clark County auditor over primary ballot inclusions

A candidate for Clark County auditor has filed a lawsuit against current Auditor Greg Kimsey over the inclusion of nonpartisan races with two or fewer candidates on the August... — Updated 7/28/2022

U.S. Border Patrol agents off the hook after court ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court's 6-3 decision to reject Smuggler's Inn owner Bob Boule's lawsuit against a U.S. Border Patrol agent further protects federal law enforcement officials from... — Updated 6/16/2022

U.S. Supreme Court rejects Bob Boule's suit against U.S. Border Patrol agent

The U.S. Supreme Court reversed the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals decision to uphold Smuggler's Inn owner Bob Boule's Fourth Amendment excessive-force claim and First Amendment... — Updated 6/9/2022

Granger teacher receives Fulbright Award

GRANGER - Stephanie King, English teacher at Granger High School, has recently been awarded the prestigious Fulbright Award presented by the U.S. Department of State and the... — Updated 10/5/2022

Western expects budget shortfalls, hopes to increase enrollment, retention

In an address to Western Washington University, president Sabah Randhawa reflected on the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, discussed the university's strategic plan and looked to... — Updated 9/29/2022

Hawks Scholarship Awards Record Amount to PHS Seniors

One hundred and thirty-four graduating Peninsula High School seniors received $366,800 in scholarships at the Peninsula Hawks Scholarship Fund award ceremony May 18. Fifty... — Updated 6/9/2022

Food scarcity and insecurity issues continue

CHENEY— With inflation growing and affecting all aspects of everyday life, food insecurity is asserting itself as a prevalent issue in the Cheney community and surrounding areas. The United States Department of Agriculture... — Updated 5/26/2022

The effects of COVID-19 on the brain

Viruses have a history of effecting the human brain. For example, it’s been long understood that HIV/AIDs can cause “progressive cerebral volume loss,” and measle infections can lead to encephalitis or inflammation of the... — Updated 5/26/2022

Disc golf offers low-impact, full body workout

Now that it's May, with hopefully warmer weather around the corner, it's a great time to get out to local parks. Walking in the woods has shown to benefit physical and mental... — Updated 5/5/2022

Weyerhaeuser employees return to work divided

RAYMOND - Weyerhaeuser workers reported back to work on Monday, Oct. 31, less than a week after 54% of union voters from the International Association of Machinist and Aerospace... — Updated 11/3/2022

Local winemakers seek federal recognition

Winemakers across Southwest Washington hope to federally recognize the region for its grape-growing and production. On Aug. 15, the Southwest Washington Winery Association... — Updated 9/1/2022

Exploring History: Interstate system affected Stanwood's retail growth patterns

Driving through Stanwood on Highway 532, shoppers find an assortment of familiar chain stores like QFC, Haggen, Grocery Outlet, Rite Aid and Dollar Tree. But just a block or so... — Updated 8/18/2022

Swipe right, get a job interview

An "anti-resume" app. When it comes to new tech startups that show up on national radar, the Whatcom and Skagit county region has often been a no-fly zone. Or perhaps it's just an... — Updated 6/30/2022

What motivates Woodward? Trump is 'on the ballot'

From afar, the questions surrounding his every public-stage movement are fascinating political theater playing out in a decidedly Other Washington: What's motivating Bob Woodward?... — Updated 11/3/2022

City of Seattle, Harrell detail plan to tackle surge in graffiti

SEATTLE - Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell announced on Oct. 27 detailed elements of his One Seattle Graffiti Plan to beautify Seattle and address a surge in graffiti. "Not only does... — Updated 11/3/2022

Repairs needed for Edmonds Fishing Pier railings

Six years after the Edmonds Fishing Pier was reopened following extensive renovations, some of the popular structure's top railings appear to be failing. Meant to carry the weight... — Updated 10/27/2022

Most Excellent Animals

It was, on the face of it, just another Saturday in which the sounds and smells of agriculture wafted from the Ardell Pavilion at the Grant County Fairgrounds. But the bleats and... — Updated 10/13/2022

Canada border restrictions to be dropped

The Canadian government has announced that effective Saturday, October 1, it will be dropping its Covid-19 vaccination requirement and end random Covid-19 testing for people... — Updated 9/29/2022

Route more than a century in the making

Even before the North Cascades Scenic Highway opened on Sept. 2, 1972, after 13 years of actual construction and many more of surveying, the road had been the dream of... — Updated 9/23/2022

Heavy rains cause massive rockslides on Harts Pass Road, stranding some campers

Four employees of the Methow Valley Ranger District safely navigated the rocky, narrow Harts Pass Road in treacherous conditions as torrential rains sent rocks cascading onto the... — Updated 9/1/2022

REAL ID Requirements Less Than a Year Away

In less than a year, those who want to board a flight or enter some federal buildings will be required to present a REAL ID. Starting on May 3, 2023, passengers will be required to... — Updated 10/21/2022

Human foot? Leave it alone and call 911

RAYMOND — It’s not an everyday occurrence that a man walks into the police department with what he thinks is a human foot, but that’s what happened Aug. 1 at 10:12 a.m. at the Raymond Police Department. “Please, I don’t... — Updated 8/11/2022

Owls and Eagles and Bears - and Sasquatch, of course - Help to Brighten the Garden

Anyone exploring the byways of the Key Peninsula has seen them, and maybe even been startled. Wooden bear cubs clinging to a tree, an enormous eagle perched atop a roof peak, a... — Updated 8/11/2022

Fore! New disc golf course tees off in Long Beach

LONG BEACH - A budding sport with a broadening base is now teeing off on the Long Beach Peninsula. In October, the Peninsula Golf Course in Long Beach officially opened a new... — Updated 11/11/2022

What's the Deal With: Mount Baker Theatre's boulder?

The boulder behind Mount Baker Theatre is rather conspicuous. Nestled in the alley behind the building between Commercial and Unity streets, it looks like city planners made a... — Updated 11/11/2022

Horse enthusiast combines her love of painting and riding

Joanne Mehl blended her passion of horses and art to form a business where she paints vivid landscapes and equestrian activities. Mehl, who has been a professional, figurative... — Updated 11/3/2022

Blaine residents post reward for alleged cat killer

After neighbors, social media posts and rumors alerted a Blaine couple to multiple instances of cats found dismembered in the area, they have decided to post a $1,000 reward to whoever identifies the possible killer. Blaine... — Updated 10/27/2022

Scoopology, a Pet Waste Removal Company, Expands Services to Yelm

The owners of Scoopology give a crap and that's because they're scooping it up. Through a collaboration with A New Beginning Dog Training, the pet waste removal company owned by... — Updated 10/27/2022

Local Animal Rescuer Is Home From the War, for Now

When the first Russian artillery shell hit, Tom Bates realized he'd made a mistake. "We forgot what we were supposed to do," he said. "We weren't hiding the vehicles, we gathered... — Updated 10/13/2022

Happy birthday to you: Tom Robbins is now 90 years old!

Surrounded by a carefully curated assortment of tiny toys and random delights, Tom Robbins, one of the most engaging writers of serio-comic culture, leans over his keyboard. He is... — Updated 7/21/2022

Local Man is Saving Animals in Ukraine

Approximately 5 million people had fled Ukraine and another 8 million were internally displaced as of May 15 after their country was invaded by the Russian Federation Feb. 24. Many... — Updated 6/9/2022

Joyful champs: Comets win first-ever state championship

Naselle Comet baseball players threw their hats and tossed their gloves in sheer jubilation as they flooded the infield in a rain-soaked celebration last Saturday in Ridgefield.... — Updated 6/2/2022

WWU student's Breakout Magazine offers writers, bands opportunity

In September 2021, Natalie Vinh saw a need for a local music publication. About a month later, she launched Breakout Magazine. Managed entirely by Vinh, Breakout is a collaborative... — Updated 5/19/2022

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