UNITED STATES Five tribes claiming Kennewick Man as a relative will work to rebury him after the Army Corps of Engineers validated the 9,000-year-old skeleton is Native American. (Seattle Times) Use our map to find the Yakima and Nez Perce cultural groups, who honor Kennewick Man as an ancestor. Teachers, scroll down for a quick list of key resources in our Teachers’ Toolkit. Discussion Ideas … Continue reading Kennewick Man to Receive a Native American Burial
ENVIRONMENT The awe-inspiring bears are almost extinct in Washington State, but the government is now studying whether they should be brought back. (Nat Geo News) Use our resources to learn more about grizzlies and species range. Teachers, scroll down for a short list of key resources in our “Teachers’ Toolkit.” Discussion Ideas Grizzly bears are “federally protected.” What does this mean? Federally protected species have … Continue reading Can Washington Bear Some Grizzlies?
ENVIRONMENT Landslides are part of the geologic heritage of the Pacific Northwest, where a deadly mudslide claimed eight lives. But it’s almost impossible to tell when a slope is primed to fail. (Seattle Times) Use our resources to learn more about landslides. Discussion Ideas Read through our short encyclopedic entry on landslides. It lists three major causes of landslides: geology, morphology, and human activity. What … Continue reading Deadly Mudslide in Washington
UNITED STATES Washington already has the highest state minimum wage in the country, at $9.19 an hour. Soon, voters in the city of SeaTac will decide whether to push the local minimum even higher, to $15 an hour. (New York Times) Use our resources to better understand the minimum wage—it’s $7.25 nationwide, but may be higher in your area. Discussion Ideas According to our “media … Continue reading Seattle Suburb May Raise Minimum Wage
UNITED STATES Landslide Puts Homes at Risk More than a dozen people were evacuated and homes put at risk as a hillside on Whidbey Island, Washington, slid into the sea. One home was pushed more than 60 meters (200 feet) into Puget Sound, and the area remains without electricity or safe roads. According to the Centers for Disease Control, landslides result in about 25-50 deaths … Continue reading Landslide Puts Homes at Risk