5 things to know this weekend

fire season in Washington; Seattle Teachers Strike Update; youth cybersecurity; North Cascades Fire Station restored; Benefits of forest bathing.

Washington’s fire season isn’t over yet, emergency professionals are preparing for the windy season

Overall, Washington state has had a relatively tame fire season so far, although there is still time to go.

Brendan McCluskey, King County director of emergency management, said the areas of concern in King County are those considered part of the urban wildland interface, which is the transition zone between undeveloped wildland and human development.

“We want people to be alert and know what to do if there is a fire. We encourage ready-set-go evacuation protocols. We also want them to be aware of their surroundings and make sure they’re careful when doing things outside and outdoors, especially with fire,” McCluskey said. Continue reading

Seattle Public Schools teachers will vote on strike authorization this weekend

Seattle Public Schools said they are already working on a contingency plan should the school be delayed on September 7 – the first day of school – due to a teachers’ strike.

While the union is demanding higher wages for its lowest-paid workers, much of its demands include better support systems for special education and multilingual programs, and better control over class sizes.

SEA members will vote throughout the weekend and have until 9am on Tuesday to cast their vote to authorize a strike. Continue reading

Homeland Security is spreading the cybersecurity message ahead of the school year

Homeland Security works with the state’s Internet Crimes Against Children task force, established specifically to investigate and prosecute online predators.

Parents often serve as the first line of defense, a task that is becoming increasingly difficult.

Parents are reminded to use parental controls on apps and limit the time young students spend online. When it comes to games, they should ensure that students never give out personal information. Continue reading

The legendary North Mountain Lookout has been restored by a dedicated team of volunteers

Built in 1965, the North Mountain Lookout rises 4,000 feet above sea level. It was abandoned in the mid-1990s and plans to demolish it were considered.

But a group of volunteers from the Darrington area decided to save it.

“When I started, I don’t know if I necessarily thought we could salvage it, I just thought it might be worth a try,” said Roselie Rasmussen, project coordinator at Friends of North Mountain Lookout. Continue reading

Want to de-stress and make meaningful connections with nature? Forest bathing might be something for you

“It’s like adults are playing… very slowly… in the woods,” said Cascadia Forest Therapy founder Michael Stein-Ross.

Decades of research into the physiological and psychological benefits of spending time in nature shows that people function best with regular, purposeful experiences in nature.

Forest bathing has been booming for a few months. The sensory immersion experience has grown in popularity during the pandemic and recent sessions have sold out.

Stein-Ross said it’s an experience that’s most effective when it becomes a regular wellness practice. He compares it to yoga, meditation, and even the church. Continue reading

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