eastern washington

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In rural parts of the Northwest, many believe owning a gun is sort of like owning a garden trowel. You just have one or two around. In November, Washington voters will decide on two gun-related initiatives. I-594, aims to close loopholes on gun sales without background checks and fresh polls say it’s likely to pass. In rural areas, some people are skeptical the initiative will hit its intended target.

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Last month, a federal judge ruled that Yakima’s City Council elections stifle the voice of Latino voters in the city. But that verdict doesn’t apply to dozens of other places in Eastern Washington where Latinos are just as underrepresented in elected office.

In communities like Othello, leaders are grappling with broader problems of civic education and participation in local government.

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In Eastern Washington, an epic swim hole and university party spot on public land was just closed down. This past weekend, nearly 2,000 people mobbed the spot. The horde littered the place known as “The Dunes” with trash, adult-beverage containers and … well, other leavings.