Uncertainty reigns about what federal public lands will be open if the congressional budget standoff leads to a partial government shutdown. Closed national parks and forest campgrounds were among the most visible effects the last time the federal government partially shut down in October 2013. Continue Reading How Will A Government Shutdown Affect Public Lands?
After huge cracks appeared on Rattlesnake Ridge last year, geologists expect a landslide is coming at the mountain near Yakima. But they’re having a hard time nailing down just when it will go. Continue Reading When Will Rattlesnake Ridge Slide Near Yakima ‘Go’? Geologists Say It’s Hard To Predict
A coalition of news outlets have won a partial victory in a public records lawsuit against the Washington Legislature. A judge in Thurston County said lawmakers are subject to the state’s public disclosure law. Continue Reading News Outlets Sue, Judge Agrees: Washington Lawmaker Records Open To Public
A quartet of companies from the Seattle area have raised tens of millions of dollars by tapping into a hot tech trend: virtual currency and digital coins. These token sales are largely unregulated and are sparking increasingly frequent government warnings. Continue Reading Northwest Companies Raise Big Dough With Virtual Currencies Amid Security Warnings
After a months-long standoff, Washington lawmakers say they’ve reached a bipartisan deal on a thorny water rights issue that will pave the way for quick passage of a $4.5 billion capital construction budget that’s been held up since last spring. Continue Reading Washington Lawmakers Reach Deal On $4.5 Billion Construction Budget (At Long Last)
The discovery of high levels of radon gas has forced more than 100 workers at Hanford to move their offices. This follows a series of radioactive contamination issues at that same demolition project on the southeast Washington nuclear site. Continue Reading Radon Gas Forces More Than 100 Hanford Workers To Move
While Washington lawmakers have vowed to protect net neutrality, thousands of people in rural communities still lack access to high speed internet. That may change if a big budget proposal goes through this year. Continue Reading Washington Lawmakers Propose $300 Million For Rural Broadband Access
Law enforcement officers from across the state and as far as Canada are remembering a fallen Pierce County sheriff’s deputy. They gathered at Pacific Lutheran University to honor Daniel McCartney. He was shot and killed last week while chasing two burglary suspects near Frederickson. Continue Reading Fallen Pierce County Sheriff’s Deputy Memorialized In Tacoma Procession
The Rattlesnake Ridge landslide in Central Washington is moving at 1.6 feet per week. The area south of Yakima is on private land and next to Anderson Quarry where Columbia Asphalt operates. If it continues on its expected path, the slide threatens Interstate 82, a mobile home park, and possibly the Yakima River. Continue Reading Yakima County Braces For Landslide, Prepares Emergency Notifications
Washington State University quarterback Tyler Hilinski has died. He was 21. Police in Pullman, Washington, confirmed they were called to an apartment Tuesday afternoon where they found Hilinski.
Continue Reading WSU Quarterback Tyler Hilinski Dies, Remembered As Team Leader
John Spellman, a former Washington governor and the first King County executive, has died. He was elected as governor in 1980 and served one term. He’s also the last Republican to hold the state’s top office.
Continue Reading Former Washington Governor John Spellman Dies At Age 91
The opioid crisis is front and center at the Washington Legislature this week. On Monday, lawmakers heard testimony on three bills aimed at preventing and treating opioid addiction and reducing overdose deaths. Continue Reading Washington Lawmakers Tackle Opioid Epidemic, But Much Work Remains
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