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Maggie Mertens
Journalist. Writer. Feminist. Co-founder and Managing Editor . She/Her.
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Maggie Mertens Jul 19
Should farmers bear the brunt of potential water shortages? Some in Colorado are voluntarily experimenting with cutting down their own water usage.
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Maggie Mertens Jul 19
Definitely make time for our feature story this week. dug into the deep opposition in Arizona to the proposed despite copper mining being a bedrock of the state's economy.
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Maggie Mertens Jul 19
The problems of homelessness and housing instability are only getting worse in most Western cities, so some housing authorities are broadening their reach beyond housing: to health and education, reports on how that's working.
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Maggie Mertens Jul 19
New issue of Bitterroot is out today! Another great story in from on New Mexico's unique role in the nuclear fuel chain -- even though they don't use any nuclear power in the state.
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Bitterroot Magazine Jul 16
"We felt really strongly that everyone should be included, regardless of the size of your employer and what you do.” details how Oregon passed the nation's most comprehensive paid family leave law:
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Bitterroot Magazine Jul 16
“The price of entry is good beer. There’s enough space if you have it.” Writer spoke with about just how many breweries the West can support:
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Bitterroot Magazine Jul 17
Would a salmon hatchery designed to feed orcas help the endangered whales? The Lummi Nation wants to find out.
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Bitterroot Magazine Jul 17
Oregon, Washington, and California all have paid family leave policies. Will other Western states follow?
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Bitterroot Magazine Jul 17
In the Sonoran Desert, an artist commemorates "where dreams die."
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Bitterroot Magazine Jul 17
Despite huge growth, the brewery market in Western cities is still strong.
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Bitterroot Magazine Jul 15
Alvaro Enciso considers himself "one of the lucky ones" — an immigrant able to achieve the American Dream. His art is dedicated to those who died in the same pursuit.
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Bitterroot Magazine Jul 12
The entire West Coast will soon have state-funded paid family leave. explains what that means for workers and families:
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Maggie Mertens Jul 12
Finally, join as he follows Tucson artist Alvaro Enciso into the Sonoran Desert for a solemn weekly ceremony commemorating the migrants who have lost their lives there:
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Maggie Mertens Jul 12
And there's MORE great stuff over at Bitterroot today as well: How about on whether that absolutely booming craft beer market here in the West has hit saturation point. The answer may surprise you:
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Maggie Mertens Jul 12
This is a huge tidal shift in this policy. A decade ago there were just TWO states with paid leave laws on the books. Now there are 8 and it's becoming a big part of the platforms. Thanks to Ellen Bravo & Lili Hoag for walking me thru
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Maggie Mertens Jul 12
I wrote about the wave of paid family and medical leave that has now washed over the ENTIRE west coast: & now have laws guaranteeing :
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Maggie Mertens Jul 12
Awesome new issue of Bitterroot out today! Including with a deep dive into a unique approach to saving the southern resident orcas from the Lummi Nation.
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Jake Bullinger Jul 10
If you haven't yet, sign up for 's new daily newsletter: Today's highlights stories from , , , ... and of course Bitterroot.
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UN Women Jul 10
🏆 🏆 🏆 🏆 CONGRATULATIONS on the 4th win! may be over, but the fight for continues, and we stand with you.
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Jake Bullinger Jul 9
Check it out. I read lots of newspapers so you don't have to.
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