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Thank you for your interest in the Walking Washington History Tour project! All the free books and cities have been assigned BUT you can still participate!

Take a tour of a town listed in the book, write about it, take photos, create video, graphics, crayon drawings, etc...and send your account to Northwest Public Radio! We will pick the best pieces to publish on our website and share with our audience. Towns are: Vancouver, Olympia, Tacoma, Seattle, Everett, Bellingham, Bellevue, Walla Walla, Yakima, Spokane.

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Francisco Mendoza is a seventh-grader with a sweet smile. Like many boys his age, he has yes and no answers to most questions. It wasn’t easy getting the details of his life - but maybe it’s because of the struggle and loss his family has endured. Francisco’s father died when he was three years old, and his mother works low-wage jobs to provide for her family.

But playing the cello relieves Francisco’s stress.

Burn Ban In Effect East Of The Cascades

Jul 1, 2016
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A burn ban takes effect in Washington east of the Cascades beginning July 2 and running through September. The Washington Department of Natural Resources instituted the ban in response to weather and fuel conditions

The ban prohibits all outdoor fires on DNR-protected lands including state forests and parks. It doesn't include national forests and parks. Gas stoves and charcoal fires are allowed in designated campground fire pits. 

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The National Congress of American Indians invited four presidential candidates to its mid-year conference in Spokane this week.

Tami A. Heilemann / Department of the Interior

There’s been a lot of political buzz this week at the mid-year conference of the National Congress of American Indians in Spokane. Tribal leaders say the next President must understand the importance of tribal sovereignty.

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The British pound fell to a 30 year low after the vote. The euro also faltered while the U.S. dollar strengthened. Having a higher valued dollar is not all bad, of course – especially if your summer includes European adventure plans and you want to save some cash on vacation. 

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Oregon corporations are paying a smaller portion of the state's income and property taxes. That's according to a newly released report from the left-leaning Oregon Center for Public Policy. 

Multi Agency Fire Training Underway In Washington

Jun 27, 2016
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Eleven-hundred firefighters have begun training for wildfire season in Washington.

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Washington state abortion rights groups are praising the U.S. Supreme Court's latest abortion ruling.

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Hot, then cold, then hot again. June has been a month of wildly changing weather.

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Members of the Colville tribes are grieving after learning of the death of tribal chairman Jim Boyd. Boyd was also a noted singer/songwriter.

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The Federal Railroad Administration says Union Pacific’s failure to maintain its track and equipment caused this month’s oil train derailment in the Columbia River Gorge.

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Oregon Senators Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkely are asking federal railroad officials to use their authority and place a moratorium on crude oil moving through the Columbia River Gorge. The railroad involved with this month’s oil train derailment has said those trains will resume this week.

Tom Banse / Northwest News Network

Forty-three teams will cast off from Port Townsend, Washington, Thursday for the second running of an epic marine adventure contest. The 750-mile Race to Alaska has just a few rules: no motors, for one. And no chase boats or support crews. Last year, race co-founder Jake Beattie made the comparison to another great race.

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Last week’s mass shooting in Orlando might leave you wondering what you’d do if you were in that situation. One Northwest company has created an “active shooter” training to help you be better prepared. It also shows you how your own brain chemistry might make it harder for you to immediately react.

Analyst Skeptical About Boeing Iran Air Agreement

Jun 21, 2016

It's been a rumor for months, but Tuesday Boeing has officially confirmed that it has signed a deal to sell jets to Iran. Boeing says the agreement with Iran Air "expresses the airline's intent" to buy its aircraft.

Seattle, July 30, 1928. Dozens of couples, on their feet for days. Twirling, walking, holding their sleeping partners upright, they desperately try to stay in the running, all trying to be the last couple standing. Then, in a fit of psychosis from lack of sleep, a man punches his partner in the jaw and runs out into the street. The competition continues for another 11 days.

Conrad Wilson / Oregon Public Broadcasting

The Federal Railroad Administration says it’s still investigating this month’s oil train derailment in the Columbia River Gorge.

Federal officials say they’ve received Oregon’s request for a moratorium on oil trains, but haven’t yet indicated whether they’ll grant it. Oregon made its request a week and a half ago.

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Fewer green crosses. Potential marijuana seizures. Those are two implications of the July 1st deadline for Washington’s medical marijuana businesses to merge into the state-regulated system. The intent is to eliminate the “gray market” in medical marijuana.

Sueann Ramella / Northwest Public Radio

  In one Yakima elementary school children struggle with poverty, gangs and academic challenges but a classical music program hopes to change their lives for the better. Northwest Public Radio's Sueann Ramella went to the school for a closer look... and listen.

Coast Guard PFC Levi Read / Wikimedia Commons

The Oregon Department of Transportation wants the federal government to stop large oil trains from running through the Columbia River Gorge.

Bundy, Other Refuge Occupiers Back In Court

Jun 15, 2016
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Defendants accused of conspiring to occupy the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge appeared Wednesday in federal court in downtown Portland.


The CEO of Washington’s biggest state-run psychiatric facility will not have to report to jail Wednesday. The case relates to a man waiting for a bed at Western State Hospital.

Kyra Buckley / KLCC

A gay nightclub in central Florida is now the scene of the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. The tragedy sent shock waves across the nation. Sunday afternoon, patrons of Eugene's only gay bar shared their grief.

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Native Olympia oysters are smaller than the larger, faster-growing Pacific oysters preferred by farmers. A study by Oregon State University professor George Waldbusser has found Olympia oysters make their shells much more slowly. That helps protect them from acidic water.

AUSTIN JENKINS / Northwest News Network

Parachutes and MASH tents might be the Northwest’s best hope in the face of a 9.0 earthquake and coastal tsunami. This week emergency responders in Washington, Oregon and Idaho are practicing for a subduction zone quake.

A day after tribal leaders and Governors in all 50 states received a letter from the Bureau of Indian Affairs, US Interior Secretary Sally Jewell paid a visit to the Spokane Indian Tribe.

Yakima Valley Emergency Management Office

If a 9.0 earthquake and tsunami hit Washington state, people in the central and eastern parts of the state would not be the hardest hit, but survival would not be a walk in the park either. That’s why emergency organizers east of the Cascade Mountains are preparing to handle that kind of disaster. 

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Washington U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell is pushing for stricter rules on oil trains after last week's fiery derailment in Mosier, Oregon.

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It’s been ten years in the making, but the Spokane tribe has won approval from Governor Inslee for its Casino in Airway Heights. The tribe says it will be an economic boon that will bring thousands of new jobs, but not all are happy with the announcement.