The next pipeline fight
BC First Nations versus big oil

My sister who flew away
new fiction by Donna Miscolta

Mighty Tieton
an arts hub
for a tiny rural town

Field Theories:
three poems
by Samiya Bashir

The Uranium Files
poems by Kathleen Flenniken
photos by Dan Hawkins

Get Outside! Cheam Lake Wetlands

Once a mining area, Cheam Lake Wetlands in British Columbia’s Fraser River valley offers pleasant, easy hikes during all seasons. Within view of 2,100-meter Mount Cheam, the trails here wind through conifer forests, past vibrant wetland ecosystems, and offer great opportunities for bird-watching. Read more

Cascadia Daily, Feb. 22, 2018

British Columbia’s bold budget, Seattle offers free transit passes to high school students, trucking sea lions in Oregon to save steelhead, Oregon’s Bitcoin mining gold rush, BC Indigenous writer Terese Mailhot on motherhood and inherited sorrow, and “Bunker” a poem by Azura Tyabji. Read more

Cascadia Daily, Feb. 21, 2018

Gun control measures stall in WA legislature, Oregon may delay vote on part of carbon cap & trade bill, BC wine makers challenge Alberta ban, high-skilled immigrants in Seattle face new hurdles, an interview with Portland surrealist painter Elizabeth Malaska, and a poem at Poetry Northwest by Mia Kang. Read more

Cascadia Daily, Feb. 20, 2018

Should oil & gas companies pay for climate impacts to BC? Portland to sue big pharma for misleading on opioids, is Vancouver progressive, conservative or something in between? Seattle band Caspar Babypants rocks the kiddie scene, and short fiction by Spokane author Shawn Vestal. Read more

Cascadia Daily, Feb. 16, 2018

Bucking the trends, Seattle transit use is up, Oregon House passes bill to eliminate “boyfriend loophole” limiting gun purchases for domestic violence convicts, study shows ocean acidification less intense where seaweed is abundant, Portland’s Willy Vlautin on heroes, and BC’s most famous dog author. Read more

Cascadia Daily, Feb. 15, 2018

BC pipeline sands oil a losing economic prospect, WA moves to ban salmon farms & death penalty, meth use on the rise in OR, the hidden sexual harassment crisis among farm workers, what’s Donna Miscolta reading? And a poem by Alex Gallo-Brown. Read more

Cascadia Daily, Feb. 14, 2018

Cascadia Magazine original story: short fiction by Seattle writer Donna Miscolta. Plus, BC continues to confront outrage over Colten Boushie case, a new group pushing for high-speed rail in Cascadia, will WA legislature ban cancer-causing foam, a sperm whale sighting, and un-natural motherhood by Leni Zumas. Read more

My Sister Who Flew Away

“My mother never really read my sister’s diary – she only skimmed it, so that she got names and dates wrong. I know. Because I read it thoroughly, even made edits occasionally, inserting commas in my sister’s life.” New short fiction by Seattle-based writer Donna Miscolta. Read more

Cascadia Daily, Feb. 13, 2018

Cascadia Magazine original: meet the Indigenous activists fighting a pipeline across British Columbia. Plus: First Nations react to acquittal in Colten Boushie murder case, Seattle’s hostile architecture against homeless, trying to save a rare lily in Oregon, & a brutally frank essay by BC’s Terese Mailhot. Read more

The next pipeline fight

First Nations activists are using an array of tactics to oppose KinderMorgan’s proposed TransMountain pipeline across British Columbia. Using lawsuits, direct action, and construction of tiny homes in the pipeline’s path, Cascadia’s Indigenous nations are taking lessons from the Standing Rock protests in North Dakota. Read more

Cascadia Daily, Feb. 12, 2018

Vancouver’s fifteen year experiment with safe injection, Amazon’s dirty climate secret, Trump proposes huge budget cuts to Hanford cleanup, the ecological value of driftwood, Charles Johnson on mindfulness and black America, a poem by Portland’s Matthew Dickman. Read more

Cascadia Daily, Feb. 9, 2018

Get outside on a hike to Warrior Rock lighthouse near Portland, Alberta’s pipeline mess, WA legislature considers bill to confront violence against Indigenous women, benefits of high speed rail, restoring the Elwha River, Spokane poet Ellen Welcker’s “feral opera” and a poem by Rachel Cedar. Read more

Get Outside! Warrior Rock Lighthouse

Hike amid cottonwoods, migratory birds, and the sandy shores of the Columbia to a historic lighthouse Oregon’s largest island—the largest island in the Columbia River, (and one of the largest river islands in the continental United States)—Sauvie Island is a fascinating place to take a hike. Located a mere 10… Read more

Cascadia Daily, Feb. 8, 2018

Three poems by Portland poet Samiya Bashir, BC First Nations plan protest against pipeline in March, will Cascadia offer amnesty to pot offenders? WA bill to protect voters’ rights, sequencing genes of redwoods, excavating the painful history of Chinese in Northwest, & Douglas Coupland loves typography. Read more

Three poems from “Field Theories”

Portland poet Samiya Bashir’s poems entwine science and love, the Second Law of Thermodynamics and aging, blackbody curves and real, live Black bodies. The three poems here are from her 2017 collection “Field Theories.” Read more

Cascadia Daily, Feb. 7, 2018

How Mighty Tieton, an artisan business incubator in the Yakima Valley, came to be; Alberta and BC in a trade war over oil and wine, Cascadia’s big-3 mayors talk about urban challenges, Western states push back on net neutrality, an interview with BC indigenous writer Terese Mailhot, author of Heart Berries. Read more

Mighty Tieton to the rescue!

Seattle art book publisher Ed Marquand helped create a vibrant artisan incubator space called Mighty Tieton in a tiny Yakima Valley town, a place where creative businesses employ bookbinders, printers, and mosaic artists. It all began when a “goat head” thorn gave his bicycle a flat tire… Read more

Cascadia Daily, Feb. 6, 2018

Proposed legislation confronts the opioid crisis in Cascadia, Trudeau declares war on BC with pipeline vow, will pikas survive climate change?, the terrifying story of a Eugene woman who married a Nazi, and Seattle writer Anca Szilagyi creates a rad playlist for her new novel. Read more

Cascadia Daily, Feb. 5, 2018

A selection of pieces from Cascadia magazine’s first two weeks, bipartisan bill in WA legislature to preserve net neutrality, Alberta and BC clash over pipeline, when a ride share turns ugly for a woman, BC author Anosh Irani on persistence in art, and an interview with poet laureate Claudia Castro Luna. Read more

Cascadia Daily, Feb. 2, 2018

Get your hands dirty on a Cascadia farm-stay, Portland’s incentives to create affordable housing aren’t working, King County makes a grab for an arts organization, BC ministers urge turnaround on Site C dam, museums work to better tell Indigenous stories, and a poem by Quenton Baker. Read more

Northwest Haycations

Farm-stay vacations are thriving across Cascadia as authentic, rural experiences and a connection to local, organic food that’s deeper than a stop at the farmers’ market. For small-scale farmers, welcoming visitors and sharing their knowledge is not only fun, it provides needed extra cash.

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Cascadia Daily, Feb. 1, 2018

Exploring the toxic legacy of Washington’s nuclear sites in words & photos, BC overdose deaths hit a disturbing new high, will the WA legislature confront its harassment problem?, inside Amazon’s spheres, Portland in the bizarro world, and an incredible basketball-themed story by Seattle’s Richard Chiem Read more

The Uranium Files

Photographer Dan Hawkins and former Washington poet laureate Kathleen Flenniken witness the toxic legacy of nuclear sites in Washington: Hawkins’ obsolete process involving uranium gives his images a reddish tint; two poems from Flenniken’s collection Plume shed light on radioactivity lingering in the Columbia River. Read more

Cascadia Daily, Jan. 31, 2018

Cascadia Magazine’s first book review: a bio of Chief Seattle, salmon farm misled WA officials, the success of medically-assisted death in BC, a Seattle poet confronts climate change, an Indigenous woman’s journey from the streets to film, and an interview with two of Cascadia’s most talented architects. Read more

Chief Seattle and The Town That Took his Name: book review

Michael Upchurch reviews David Buerge’s book “Chief Seattle and the Town the Took His Name,” a history that rejects simple mythologies and draws a complicated portrait of the man the city of Seattle was named for– as well offering a rich account of Duwamish and Suquamish tribal culture. Read more

Cascadia Daily, Jan. 30, 2018

A new zombie story at Cascadia Magazine by Anca Szilágyi, BC puts up roadblocks to pipeline, Seattle immigration activist threatened with deportation will be at State of the Union, fishers are returning to the Cascades, OR Book Award finalists announced, and a poem by Kevin Craft. Read more

Scrolling through the feed

“Every day I think I’ve done the wrong thing. It’s an exhausting way to live. One time, I was walking down Cherry Street to get some Thai for dinner, and this white guy in a polo shirt came running toward me. He looked worried. I slipped to the side. Maybe he was trying to catch a bus, I thought. A minute later another white guy in a gray t-shirt came after him with a big smile and a steak knife.” Read more

Cascadia Daily, Jan. 29, 2018

Cascadia cities confront the housing crisis, WA governor kills Columbia River oil terminal, a $1 billion loss for BC’s public-owned auto insurer, will the real Tonya Harding please stand up?, a profile of a multi-cultural modern-day witch, and visual poetry from Seattle’s Colleen Louise Barry. Read more

Three cities, one housing crisis

Faced with skyrocketing housing costs, the three largest cities in the Pacific Northwest — Vancouver, Seattle, and Portland– are taking different approaches to reigning in costs and building more affordable units, whether it’s changing zoning, increasing public-funded housing, or making deals with developers. Read more

Cascadia Daily, Jan. 26, 2018

A new hiking column at Cascadia Magazine, WA moves toward banning death penalty, ways BC can lower climate impact, WA Republican to Trump: don’t drill our coast, how Portland says farewell to Portlandia, a documentary on Iraqi refugees, and two authors talk about magical realism in political fiction. Read more