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Plus: Rainier introduces their new hard seltzer.
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💼 Working from home is tough — even for our state legislators

Plus: Rainier introduces their new hard seltzer.

Happy Friday!

Is anyone who’s been working from home tired of it yet? That was a rhetorical question. I for one am, but the joke’s on me because this job is remote — pandemic or not! If I’m being honest, I like not having a commute and being able to wander into my pantry to whip up a snack at any time. However, there have been challenges. I have two roommates and there was only one almost mess-up that may have involved profanity when I discovered a broken door but thankfully it was alright — I think — she still has her job and she’s still my roomie, so…

I’m sure you’ve had the occasional SNAFU working from home, too. The good news is, you’re not alone. Politicians, they’re just like us. After her in-depth reporting on the state’s police officers, Crosscut reporter Melissa Santos brings us five moments from the past year where our state legislators “failed at working remotely.” Watch and enjoy

If you’re open to it, I’d love to hear about your own failures at working remotely if you have them; just hit reply to this email. 

Scroll on for more Amazon news, a list of places to get your CSA box, and a new weekend guide for Evergrey Extra members. 

What Seattle is talking about

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Suspicious COVID testing sites pop-up across the city. Local health officials are warning folks of testing sites run by Community Wellness America which “has sent no positive results” to local authorities after several weeks of operation. Officials advise being suspicious of sites that promote testing as “free” as well as those where proper PPE is not being used. (Capitol Hill Seattle Blog)

A preview of what’s to come this wildfire season. The week of warm weather we’ve gotten has meant a dry spell and a surge in wildfires. The Washington Department of Natural Resources said they responded to 91 small wildfires between April 12-18. Climatologist Nick Bond says that the week of unusually warm weather was a fluke and doesn’t anticipate it to be a reflection of broader changes to the region’s climate. (KUOW)

In the latest Amazon news...you’ll now be able to pay for your groceries at some Whole Foods in Seattle using just your palm. The Amazon One technology will allow customers to connect their credit card with their palm print so all you have to do is swipe your hand at checkout. This will mean that the giant tech company will have access to your biometric data, so do with that what you will. (Eater Seattle)

  • Related (not really): If you need a drink after reading that, the brand Rainier is diving into the hard seltzer game. You can find the drink in three flavors: huckleberry, apple, and lemon. Of course, if you’re sick of change, we understand and will gladly point you to your local 7-Eleven to get a six-pack of Rainier — the classic kind. 

CSA boxes that deliver to Seattle and are BIPOC-owned. Fan of fresh veggies? Don’t have time to get to the farmers market on the weekends? We get it. Let one of these CSA boxes do the work for you. And support local farmers and orgs while you’re at it. (Seattle Met)

Cleaning Up What Can't Plug In

This article is from the yearlong initiative, Getting to Zero: Decarbonizing Cascadia led by InvestigateWest. In partnership with them, we republish stories from the series as they come out and place excerpts in our newsletter and the full articles online for our readers to access. Read their latest on clean fuels on our website and catch up on the rest of their series including last week's article on renewable electricity.

By Peter Fairley / InvestigateWest 

These days Frank Lemos manages a shipping operation, but the former truck driver still gets behind the wheel occasionally to train new drivers or to fill a staffing hole. When he does, he notices a big difference. The firm recently moved away from conventional diesel fuel, and without it there’s something missing: the permeating petroleum smell that drivers wear after a day inside a big rig. 

"You come home and you don’t get to just jump in bed if you’re tired. You have to take a shower, or else someone’s going to kick you out of bed,” said Lemos, who is operations manager for Portland-based Titan Freight Systems.

Since last fall, Titan’s rigs, which deliver pallet-loads of goods between Oregon, Washington, British Columbia and Idaho, have mostly fueled up with renewable diesel, a biofuel made by refining vegetable oils, livestock tallow and cooking grease instead of crude oil. 

It gets the job done just like petroleum diesel, yet generates far less air pollution. That's not just a quality of life benefit. It means Titan’s drivers are breathing less toxic fumes and soot, and bringing less of that pollution home.

Lemos isn’t the only who’s noticed. Robert Bennett, Titan’s maintenance supervisor, said his wife quickly realized that she no longer needed to segregate his work clothes when she does the laundry. "There is definitely a big difference,” Bennett said.

Renewable diesel also yields far less of the carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases driving climate change. That’s what inspired Titan's shift.

Head over to our site where you can read the whole article

✨  Last chance to win

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Enter here for your chance to win. We’ll announce the winner in this space on Tuesday — good luck!

Today

📖Hear from Michelle Zauner of Japanese Breakfast talk with Book Larder about her new book "Crying in H Mart" (Online)

🎤The Artist's Way: Surviving on Music Live Stream Supporting Local Black Artists Shaina Shepherd & Beverly Crusher (Central District)

🌲Place your final bids in the 2021 Auction for the Parks to support Mount Rainier, North Cascades and Olympic National Parks (Online)

Tomorrow

🌳Celebrate Earth Day by volunteering to help restore the Washington Arboretum, you'll need to pre-register for free (Montlake)

💡 Bid it to win it at Seattle Choruses 25th annual auction; Love You in the Light(Online)

💙Join us for this inclusive, family-friendly celebration of World Autism Acceptance Month which will feature sensory-friendly, fun activities, musical performances and more for children, adolescents, and adults(Online)

Sunday

🍻Stop by the Spring Nordic Market at Skål Beer Hall where they'll have Nordic and Viking merchants selling their goods plus live music (Ballard)

🥚Children's Concert: see the premiere of "The Goose Egg"(Online)

Tuesday

🌊Learn the Secrets of Seattle’s Historical Shoreline with David B. Williams(Online)

Wednesday

🎨Explore your creativity through light & shadow in a workshop led by two local artists(Online)

 💼Learn how to tell effective and authentic stories about your work in this free webinar on the "Importance of Storytelling and Personal Branding" with Aleenah Ansari (Online)

Thursday

🎉Party Popper Join with others working to create healthy & thriving communities for children, youth and families at the Best Starts for Kids Annual Summit(Online)

Friday, April 30

🍝It’s Seattle Restaurant Week! From now until April 30th, come dine with us – showing support has never been more delicious!(Various)

✊Join YWCA & Ijeoma Oluo at the virtual 10th annual Stand Against Racism(Online)

One more thing …

In case you’re a planner — Seafair will look a little different again this year and this article breaks down exactly what has been canceled, moved online, or adjusted for in-person. Virtual events will start officially on June 18. 

That’s all we’ve got for you this week. We’ll see ya right back here on Tuesday!

– Grace at The Evergrey

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