Cascadia Daily, Feb. 7, 2018

Mighty Tieton to the Rescue!

Seattle art book publisher Ed Marquand was cycling in the Yakima Valley years ago when his bike hit some “goathead” thorns and got a flat. He looked around at the town he was stranded in–Tieton–and fell in love.

In the years since, Marquand has helped to create Mighty Tieton, an artisan business incubator that employs the diverse local community to preserve the crafts of bookbinding, letterpress printing, and mosaic-making.

In an original feature for Cascadia Magazine, longtime Seattle writer Shannon O’Leary interviews Ed Marquand and learns the story of how Mighty Tieton came to be. It’s a fantastic article about how one man’s vision helped connect the artistic community of western Washington with the diverse Latino population east of the Cascades.

Read the full article here.

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Alberta and BC in trade war over oil and wine

Yesterday, Alberta premier Rachel Notley announced that she would prohibit provincial alcohol wholesalers from purchasing British Columbia wines, in retaliation for BC premier John Horgan’s recent announcement of tighter oil spill regulations that could hamper efforts to build the TransMountain pipeline carrying Alberta tar sands oil to Vancouver ports. The looming trade war is raising issues of BC sovereignty within the Canadian federal system.

Casadia’s big three mayors discuss urban challenges

As part of the Crosscut festival, the mayors of Cascadia’s three most populous cities came together in a forum to discuss challenges of rising housing prices, homelessness, transportation, and police reform. Gregor Robertson of Vancouver, Jenny Durkan of Seattle, and Ted Wheeler of Portland had a free-wheeling conversation, with rising rents topping the priority list. Robertson urged his colleagues to use every tool they have to reduce housing costs: “We should have used everything in the beginning” he lamented.

Portland mayor changes tack on rent relocation assistance

The Portland Mercury reports the Portland mayor Ted Wheeler has changed his position and now supports eliminating a loophole in regulations and requiring all landlords to provide rental assistance to displaced renters. In related housing news, Spokane approve zoning changes that would allow small, cottage-style houses on tiny lots, creating cheaper housing options.

Western states fight for net neutrality

Carl Segerstrom at High Country News reports on the groundswell of opposition in western states to the Trump adminstration’s revoking of FCC rules requiring net neutrality from internet providers. Republican and Democrats alike, including the governors of WA and OR are pushing to require neutrality at the state level.

An interview with BC indigenous writer Terese Mailhot

British Columbia writer Terese Mailhot’s new memoir, Heart Berries, describes her childhood growing up on the Seabird Island Reservation. She talks with Electric Literature about how to talk to men, children and white people–as well as the importance of independence for women writers: “There is something so profound in being able to buy yourself dinner and not having to rely on someone.”

A poem by Azura Tyabji at Seattle Review of Books

The young poet Azura Tyabji is a rising star in the Seattle literary scene, and this month she’s serving as the Seattle Review of Books’ poet in residence. Read her searing poem “Missing Persons Report Filed for the Knife of Charleena Lyles: June 18, 2017” written in honor of a pregnant black woman killed by Seattle police.


That’s all for today from Cascadia Daily world headquarters in Seattle!  –Andrew Engelson

Photo credit: Tieton mosaic courtesy of Mighty Tieton