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The Ice Harbor Dam on the Snake River. CREDIT: BONNEVILLE POWER ADMINISTRATION

Public Invited To Clarkston-Pasco-Vancouver Workshops On Question Of Snake River Dams

Upcoming public workshops will examine a draft report that gauges how people in Washington want to deal with the fate of the dams. At the workshops, officials will present the report’s findings, followed by a panel discussion. People can submit written and online comments on the draft report through Jan. 24. Continue Reading Public Invited To Clarkston-Pasco-Vancouver Workshops On Question Of Snake River Dams

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Chief Joseph Dam is on the Columbia River in eastern Washington at Bridgeport. CREDIT: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

New Energy Storage Project On Upper Columbia Brings Jobs — And Concerns From Colville Tribes

A new energy storage project is in the works near eastern Washington’s Chief Joseph Dam on the Columbia River. The project is expected to bring construction jobs to the region. But the nearby Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation worry it would harm important cultural areas. Continue Reading New Energy Storage Project On Upper Columbia Brings Jobs — And Concerns From Colville Tribes

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Trucks pass along a border wall as they get into position to cross into the United States at the border in Tijuana, Mexico, on Friday. Companies had been rushing to ship as many goods as possible out of Mexico to get ahead of possible tariffs threatened by President Trump. Hans-Maximo Musielik/APv

After Impeachment, U.S. House Gives President A Victory In New U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Deal

One day after its historic impeachment votes, the Democratic-led House gave President Donald Trump an overwhelming bipartisan victory Thursday on a renegotiated trade agreement with Canada and Mexico. By a 385-41 vote, the House approved a bill that puts in place terms of the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. Continue Reading After Impeachment, U.S. House Gives President A Victory In New U.S.-Mexico-Canada Trade Deal

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Sarbanand Farms farmworkers demonstrate after coworker's death in August 2017.

U.S. House Passes Bipartisan Bill For Relief To Undocumented Farmworkers, Farmers Short On Labor

The possible impeachment of President Donald Trump is not the only thing moving through the U.S. House of Representatives. On Wednesday, the House passed a bipartisan bill that could give undocumented farmworkers a path to legal residence and relief to farmers short on labor. Continue Reading U.S. House Passes Bipartisan Bill For Relief To Undocumented Farmworkers, Farmers Short On Labor

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Victor Duran, a co-manager of a sports apparel store at the Southcenter mall, south of Seattle. Duran is one employee who could benefit from new overtime rules in Washington, which will allow hundreds of thousands of workers who have been exempt to begin collecting when they work more than 40 hours per week. CREDIT: Elaine Thompson/AP

If You’re A Salaried Worker In Washington, You May Soon Be Eligible For Overtime With New Rules

The Department of Labor and Industries finalized the rules Wednesday and will phase them in by 2028. By that time, salaried workers making up to about $83,400 a year will be entitled to time-and-a-half pay if they work more than 40 hours per week. Continue Reading If You’re A Salaried Worker In Washington, You May Soon Be Eligible For Overtime With New Rules

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Find the locally-grown spice online and at farmers markets in Seattle and Portland. CREDIT: Cyrus Saffron

3 Unusual Gifts From Northwest Businesses For The Person Who Has Everything Else

In this season of holiday shopping, now is about the time when many of us get stuck and don’t know what to get for someone on our gift list. There are at least three Pacific Northwest companies who may come to your rescue with ideas for unconventional presents. A hint: they involve used dolls, a precious, exotic spice and a different kind of gift card. Continue Reading 3 Unusual Gifts From Northwest Businesses For The Person Who Has Everything Else

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The proposed site at the Port of Kalama where NW Innovation Works is proposing a 90-acre methanol plant. CREDIT: NW INNOVATION WORKS

Lower Columbia River Methanol Refinery Halted By Washington Regulators For Environmental Review

A $2 billion methanol project proposed for the Lower Columbia River town of Kalama, Washington, hit a new roadblock Friday, when the Washington Department of Ecology said the environmental review did not adequately assess its greenhouse gas emissions and contributions to climate change. Continue Reading Lower Columbia River Methanol Refinery Halted By Washington Regulators For Environmental Review

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