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The Last Lookout


The Last Lookout

4m 19s

The Forest Service used to staff several fire lookout towers in the Methow Valley Ranger District. Today, "Lightning Bill" Austin is the only one who remains.

4m 48s

Beyond the Ice

As temps cool across the Pacific Northwest, a passionate contingent of athletes turn their attention to hockey. Of the dozens of teams available to young boys, there exists only one all-girls organization. The Western Washington Female Hockey Association provides an outlet for young women not wishing to join a coed team, but the imbalance of opportunity is not lost on Mackenzie Demoors, 11.

4m 19s

The Last Lookout

The Forest Service used to staff several fire lookout towers in the Methow Valley Ranger District. Today, "Lightning Bill" Austin is the only one who remains.

5m 1s

The First Jump

In the first few decades of the 20th Century, fighting remote wildfires meant loading packs and hiking for days into rugged terrain. But the U.S. Forest Service had an out-there idea: Could they improve their speed to suppress fires more quickly by training firefighters to jump out of planes? In 1939, in Winthrop, Washington, they decided to try — and smokejumping was born.

3m 51s

Deep-sea Cleanup

Decades-old derelict fishing nets litter Puget Sound, where they harm habitat and trap marine life. But Washington state partnered with a specialized Army dive team to remove over 1,000 pounds of these underwater hazards. In exchange for valuable deep water training, this Army detachment performs environmental rehabilitation in one of the most challenging environments on earth.

0m 51s

Close to Home

From wildfires to flash floods, Sally Thornton-White and Icel Sukotavy have seen first-hand what a changing climate means for their home in Washington's Methow Valley.

0m 54s

Fighting noise pollution in Beacon Hill

The noise of airplanes flying over Beacon Hill is more than just a nuisance: Research connects it to depression, lower test scores and increased risk of heart disease. Lower income, majority nonwhite neighborhoods like Beacon Hill suffer the most, but reducing noise requires help from state and federal officials. As concerned neighbors gather data on their own, they hope someone will listen.

4m 35s

Game Overboard

Last year, the World Health Organization officially recognized gaming disorder — but not all experts agree on treatment, or if it's even a disease. Watch as experts, therapists and gamers attempt to grapple with how technology affects mental health.

5m 55s

A Cure In Sight

Tina Marie Coles could lose her sight to the degenerative eye disease Sorsby's fundus dystrophy. But UW's Dr. Jennifer Chao is leading the search for novel therapeutics to delay and eventually cure the disease. The study could also help researchers fight macular degeneration, which causes millions of people to lose their ability to see, read, and recognize faces as they age.

3m 15s

Flying Through the Amazon's Prehistoric Air

The Amazon rainforest covers over 2 million square miles of the South American landmass. It absorbs so much carbon and produces so much oxygen that scientists call it “the lungs of the Earth.” Now, researchers from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington have encountered a bank of air so pure it changes our understanding of how clean the atmosphere can be.

6m 19s

I Am Stem: Livingston Holder, Jr.

Livingston L. Holder, Jr., chased his childhood dreams of becoming an astronaut to a spot in the USAF's Manned Spaceflight Program — but then the Challenger tragedy shattered his chances. Instead, it spun him into a successful career as an aeronautical engineer, where he continues to inspire kids who look like him to follow a path in science and engineering to the stars.

6m 39s

Mexican Dogsledders Trade Dirt for Washington Snow

Cle Elum, Washington, is an international hub for mushers from around the world. It’s anchored by Larry Roxby of Flying Furs and the Northwest Dogsled Association, who believes the future of dogsledding lies in building bridges with mushers from different cultures.

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