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Teens explore natural resource careers in summer program

Jessica Wong
Bryana Ratliff works on a raised garden bed at Stedman Elementary School’s community garden. She’s one of four teens participating in the Petersburg Indian Association’s Natural Resource Management Career Paths Program. (Photo by Katie Anastas)

For many teenagers, a summer job provides more than just some extra spending money. It’s also a glimpse into the workforce and what life could be like after high school.

The Petersburg Indian Association runs a six-week paid program for a select group of students. They job-shadow and volunteer for various organizations in Petersburg. As Katie Anastas reports, the goal is to teach teens about

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Taste of freedom: a Kurdish winemaker’s journey from Manus Island to the Yarra Valley | Wine

Jessica Wong

On his first day as a free man, Farhad Bandesh poured himself a glass of wine. It was 11 December 2020, his 40th birthday, and after seven-and-a-half years spent in detention between Christmas Island, Manus Island and the Mantra Hotel in Melbourne, he was ready to try Australian shiraz for the first time.

It was softer than the reds he drank in Iran. This taste confirmed a long held dream – he wanted to establish himself in Australia’s wine world.

Bandesh was no stranger to winemaking. At the age of 22 he had started producing wine for home consumption,

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Massena village trustees approve $8,000 contribution to two-year ‘Explore Massena’ contract | Arts and Entertainment

Jessica Wong

MASSENA — Village trustees have approved allocating $8,000 toward the $24,000 cost of a two-year contract to continue promoting the “Explore Massena” branding effort.

Deputy Mayor Matthew J. LeBire told trustees this week that the contract between the town of Massena and H3 Designs also benefits the village.

“The contract is actually up, so they are looking to do another two-year contract. The total contract cost is the same, $24,000. The last time this contract came around, we put in for a portion of that. I would wholeheartedly recommend that the village continue to support this in some manner. There

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Canada extends US Covid-19 travel restrictions

Jessica Wong

By Amanda Watts, CNN

Canada has extended its Covid-19 restrictions on non-essential international and US travel until July 21.

Bill Blair, Canada’s minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, announced the decision Friday on Twitter.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau acknowledged that the extension of the travel restrictions may be “frustrating” for many people when he addressed the media after the announcement. He said the pandemic is not over and his goal is to keep Canadians safe. Trudeau himself is quarantining after foreign travel for the G7 summit.

“I get it, it is frustrating for a whole bunch of people

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From NSA to NSO: New York Filmmakers Explore the Circle of Surveillance | Entertainment

Jessica Wong
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