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On Memorial Day, May 30, 1948, a dike at Vanport, Ore., broke and the flood engulfed the nearby Portland Air National Guard Base.
Oregon Air National Guard

Jeannie Yandel talks to Shawn Daley, chief innovation officer and assistant professor of education at Concordia University in Oregon, about the lost town of Vanport, Oregon.

Gil Aegerter

Ross Reynolds speaks with John Ratte, a New Orleans native who moved to Seattle after Hurricane Katrina devastated his city. 

Myriam Marquez at her apartment with her cocker spaniel, Joe Cocker.
KUOW Photo/Jeannie Yandel

Jeannie Yandel talks with Myriam Marquez, former Skagit County public defender and Alzheimer's Association of Washington board member, about how being diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer's disease changed her life. 

 Grist’s Katie Herzog, Crosscut’s Knute Berger, KUOW's Bill Radke and Seattle Channel’s Joni Balter in the KUOW offices on Friday, Aug. 28, 2015.
KUOW Photo/Gil Aegerter

Bellevue High School’s dominant football program is investigated over an alleged “diploma mill.”  Gun rights groups sue Seattle over its “gun violence tax.” Has Amazon energized Seattle or ruined it?

Bill Radke reviews the week’s news with Crosscut’s Knute Berger, Seattle Channel’s Joni Balter and Grist’s Katie Herzog.

The Washington drought report for Aug. 26, 2015.
U.S. Drought Monitor

Washington is seeing fire and rain this weekend, as huge wildfires burn in Chelan and Okanogan counties and a major storm bears down on the western part of the state.

“There is a potent, juicy system headed our way,” state climatologist Nick Bond told KUOW's Marcie Sillman.

Seattle, Washington: KUOW Puget Sound Public Radio has earned the rare distinction of being awarded a 4-star rating for the fourth consecutive year by Charity Navigator (America’s largest independent charity evaluator).

“KUOW’s coveted 4-star rating puts it in a very select group of high-performing charities,” according to Tim Gamory, COO of Charity Navigator. “Out of the thousands of nonprofits Charity Navigator evaluates, only one out of the four earns 4 stars – a rating that demands rigor, responsibility and commitment to openness.”

Marcie Sillman speaks with Jeffrey Duchin, health officer at Public Health – Seattle & King County, who offers some reassurance to parents about possible contamination of surgical gear at Seattle Children's Bellevue campus.  The satellite surgery center discovered a pattern of improper equipment cleaning, which could have exposed as many as 12,000 people to diseases like hepatitis or HIV.

Ross Reynolds speaks with Capt. Chris Fowler, commander of the Seattle Police Department's West Precinct, about the Neighborhood Response Team. The group of six officers patrols a nine-block area in downtown Seattle, using a new kind of policing to fight what business owners have called "downtown disorder."

Steve Surgeon surveys the ruins after he lost outbuildings and vehicles in a wildfire on the outskirts of Okanogan, Wash., Sunday, Aug. 23, 2015. His home was saved , though.
AP Photo/Brian Skoloff

Ross Reynolds speaks with EarthFix reporter Jes Burns about the role of climate change in this year's wildfire season. You can read more of her reporting here.

Penguin Random House

It's the time of year when many of us look to relax with a good book in a pleasant spot, away from the usual chatter of life, a time when Town Hall takes a month off for goodness sake, for a well-earned break and to avoid overheating its guests. It's usually not a time we're thinking about death.

Composer Wayne Horvitz.
Courtesy of Nica Horvitz

Seattle’s Richard Hugo House is a literary center in a large wood-frame house, just east of Cal Anderson Park in the Capitol Hill neighborhood.

The center’s namesake, the late poet Richard Hugo, might be taken aback by the trendy restaurants and modern condo buildings that now vie for space in one of the city’s hippest and most expensive neighborhoods.

Smoke from an approaching wildfire looms over a home near Twisp, Wash., Aug. 19, 2015.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Marcie Sillman talks to Don Ashford, host at 97.5 FM  KTRT The Root about how he is using the airwaves to bring the latest wildfire information to residents of the Methow Valley.

Ross Reynolds speaks with Vancouver Sun columnist Vaughn Palmer about wildfires in British Columbia and the impact there of fires across the border in Washington. 

Mud Bay workers sign a 'declaration' of worker ownership during a company meeting on Thursday, Aug. 20.
Mud Bay

Ross Reynolds asks the co-CEOs of Mud Bay pet stores why they decided to turn a chunk of the company over to their employees. Last week at the company’s annual Mudstock meeting, employees signed a "declaration" of ownership.

Wildfires send up plumes of smoke across Washington on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2015, in this photo produced using NASA's Worldview tool.
NASA Worldview

We experience the eerie, smoky sunsets. We hear the fire names like Wolverine and North Star.

These are just small glimpses into the huge picture of the West’s wildfires in 2015. Randy Eardly sees that long view at the National Interagency Fire Center. He told KUOW's David Hyde that nearly 1.3 million acres have burned so far in Washington and Oregon.

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