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Difference Makers

At the end of each year, The Spokesman-Review and its readers select area residents who have made a difference in the previous 12 months. In 2020, a year burdened with challenges, we looked to the people who helped keep us healthy, fed, educated and safe.

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A&E >  Food

Difference Maker: Chad White wants to help Save the 509

UPDATED: Wed., Dec. 30, 2020

What a difference four years makes. “When I opened Zona Blanca in 2016, I was on unemployment,” chef and restaurateur Chad White said Dec. 15 at the new location of his ceviche restaurant and oyster bar, which is set to open in mid-January in the downtown Holley-Mason Building after the recent COVID-19 shutdown delayed a December debut.
News >  Washington

Difference Maker: Twa-le Abrahamson-Swan is a ‘modern-day warrior’ who has coordinated wildfire, pandemic relief on reservations

UPDATED: Thu., Dec. 31, 2020

The last time Margo Hill saw Twa-le Abrahamson-Swan, she was weaving a basket with her mother. Abrahamson-Swan was doing, in other words, what she has spent her entire adult life doing: pulling different elements together to make something durable and useful; drawing from a deep well of tradition to create something able to withstand the demands of the modern moment.

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