While acting as governor in Gov. Brad Little’s absence on Thursday, Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin issued an executive order prohibiting mask mandates issued by the state or its “political subdivisions,” including public schools, counties, cities and public health districts. It also extends to state boards, commissions, departments and divisions. Continue Reading While Governor Is Away, Idaho Lt. Governor Issues Order Banning All Mask Mandates For Schools
Some stunted wheat fields won’t see the combine this summer. Cattle operators are severely cutting back their herds for lack of grass. Little moisture since February in wide swaths of the Northwest is to blame. And drought is deepening across the West, with federal drought maps showing massive and growing areas of red. Continue Reading ‘Somber Harvest’: Crops May Fail, Cattle Sold As The Northwest Descends Into Drought
A former sergeant in the Washington State Patrol was stripped of his state peace officer certification on Wednesday over allegations he carried out a sexual affair with a woman while on duty, including two encounters a state hearings panel deemed nonconsensual. Continue Reading Former Washington State Patrol Trooper Stripped Of Badge Following On-Duty ‘Official Misconduct’
Wildlife advocates are pressing the Biden administration to revive federal protections for gray wolves across the Northern Rockies after Republican lawmakers in Idaho and Montana made it much easier to kill the predators. Continue Reading A Push To Revive Federal Protections For Wolves After New State Laws Allow More Killing
The state’s new accountability laws might not have happened without the advocacy of people whose family members were killed by police. Continue Reading 3 Washington Families On How New Police Laws Could Have Helped Their Loved Ones
Some top agriculture groups are upset with Washington Gov. Inslee because farm workers were not covered in last week’s announcement that fully vaccinated employees do not have to wear a mask or socially distance at work. Continue Reading Some Washington Agriculture Groups Upset With Governor Over Farmworker Rules
The U.S. COVID-19 vaccination program has gone from zero to 50% in less than six months. As of Tuesday afternoon, the Biden administration said, half of the country’s adults are now fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. Continue Reading Half Of All U.S. Adults Are Now Fully Vaccinated Against COVID-19
In this episode of “Traverse Talks with Sueann Ramella,” author Ryka Aoki shares how growing up in the U.S., she had a hard time seeing what happens on a societal level, but still wants it to be better, as well as her personal experiences as a transgender woman. Continue Reading ‘Traverse Talks’ Episode 10: Ryka Aoki On Culture, Transphobia And Giving It Your Best
The Washington State Patrol (WSP) is remembering Thomas’ May 24, 1985 death this week as part of its Centennial Commemoration. Beginning last September, the agency launched a year-long effort to honor all 31 officers who have died in the line of duty since the agency was founded in 1921. Continue Reading Killed In The Line Of Duty, Washington State Patrol Remembers Glenda Thomas 36 Years Later
Hesitancy to get vaccinated against the coronavirus has justifiably drawn considerable attention because some counties and neighborhoods are lagging far behind in the campaign to stamp out COVID-19. Less often do you hear about the COVID-19 vaccination overachievers. In recent weeks, pockets of the Pacific Northwest have exceeded the threshold for community immunity. Continue Reading Community Immunity Is In Reach For Some Northwest Cities And Counties, Further Away For Others
Help for Washington renters and homeowners is on the way as the state’s eviction moratorium is set to expire June 30. Continue Reading With New State Laws Passed, More Help Is On The Way For Washington Renters And Homeowners
Anti-government activist Ammon Bundy is running to be Idaho’s next governor, according to documents filed Friday with the Secretary of State’s office. Continue Reading Ammon Bundy, Leader In Anti-Government Movement, Running For Idaho Governor In GOP Primary
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