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As Congress moves forward with immigration reform, we take a look at how this issue connects to culture, business and families in the Northwest.Our region is home to a unique blend of immigrants who work in all parts of our economy — from high-tech to agriculture. This population already has a deeply-rooted history here. And its ranks are expanding rapidly.Proposals for comprehensive immigration reform address border security, employment verification, guest-worker programs and pathway to citizenship for an estimated 11 million unauthorized immigrants in the US.

KUOW Team Just Happened Upon This Moose In Alaska

A moose browses along a bicycle path in the Anchorage, Alaska, area this week.
Seattle Globalist Photo/Alex Stonehill
A moose browses along a bicycle path in the Anchorage, Alaska, area this week.

Reporting in Alaska comes with special challenges: There are the vast distances, the fickle weather, the moose on the bicycle path …

The moose on the what?

That’s what a team reporting for KUOW and the Seattle Globalist found in Anchorage on the first day of a trip to document the experience of African immigrants doing grueling and sometimes dangerous work in canneries and on commercial fishing vessels in Alaska.

From Anchorage, the team is traveling to Cordova and Dutch Harbor to produce radio, text and video reports about changes in the fisheries workforce – the people who bring salmon and other fish to your plate. The radio and Web series is coming this fall.

In the meantime, in addition to the moose above, you can see the result of other collaborations between KUOW and the Seattle Globalist here:

The Seattle Nurse Who Risked Everything To Smuggle AIDS Drugs

‘Waiting For Better Days’: Seattle’s Greek Americans Watch Homeland’s Turmoil

No More Money Transfers From Washington State To Somalia

Year started with KUOW: 2015