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Betty Erichsen, a volunteer at the Tacoma Seafarers' Center, helps Filipino seafarer Rommel Quibaez with a bulk candy bar purchase. Seafarers are typically in port for about 12 hours only once every few weeks, so an opportunity to stock up on essential items is welcome. (Photo by Alex Stonehill)

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Hundreds of international seafarers pass through our ports every month. Cooks and mechanics, engineers and officers — they're a quiet population of temporary visitors just looking for a little comfort and fun.

Merced River with Containers. (Painting by Mary Iverson)

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Why local artist Mary Iverson paints shipping containers in the middle of Yosemite National Park. Drive southbound on the Alaskan Way Viaduct and you'll get...

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A train carrying coal hugs the Puget Sound on it's way to the Westshore coal terminal in BC. With a proposed new terminal...