Washington’s improving fiscal picture isn’t an anomaly. A recent New York Times analysis shows that nearly half of states saw their revenues increase from April to December of last year. And many more experienced only slight declines. A key factor was federal aid that allowed even laid off workers to keep spending. Now, more federal money is headed to states from the latest stimulus package. Continue Reading Washington Revenue Picture Improves, Setting Up A Looming Battle Over State Budget
The company that makes Aplets and Cotlets, the famous jellied fruit candy from central Washington, is calling it quits this June. Served up for Christmas and family reunions alike, the gelatinous apple and apricot treat studded with walnuts was famous far beyond Washington’s borders. Continue Reading Aplets And Cotlets No More: 101-Year-Old Central Washington Candy Maker Calls It Quits
Cattle rustling is as old as the West. And a recent $225 million alleged cattle heist involving Easterday Ranches and Tyson Fresh Meats in Washington is one of the largest cases in U.S. history. And that case, like others nowadays, happened on paper, not on the range. Continue Reading Cattlegate: Alleged Massive-Scale Easterday Heist Is The New Brand Of Cattle Rustling
This coming Sunday, March 21, will mark one year since the U.S. and Canada closed their shared border to nonessential crossings due to the pandemic. It’s anybody’s guess when the border might reopen for discretionary trips. In the meantime, every weekend rain or shine, Peace Arch State Park in Blaine, Washington, becomes a happening meetup point for couples and families separated by the northern border. Continue Reading Couples And Families Separated By U.S.-Canada Border Closure Find Oasis At Peace Arch Park
Wildlife officials in Washington have said British Columbia and U.S. federal and state agencies will work together to track, trap and eradicate Asian giant hornets in the Pacific Northwest. Continue Reading Agriculture Agencies In Washington, British Columbia Work Together On Trapping Giant Hornets
The Idaho House State Affairs Committee voted 10-2 along party lines with both Democratic representatives opposed to advance the measure that’s a reworked version of previous legislation that banned mask mandates at medical facilities. The new bill allows hospitals and other healthcare facilities to require masks. Continue Reading Idaho Lawmakers Continue Push To Ban Local Governments From Imposing Mask Mandates
The Senate voted 51-40 Monday to confirm the Democratic Congresswoman to lead the Interior Department, an agency that will play a crucial role in the Biden administration’s ambitious efforts to combat climate change and conserve nature. Continue Reading Deb Haaland Confirmed As U.S. Interior Secretary, First Native American In Any Cabinet Post
This month marks one year since the coronavirus pandemic swiftly upended daily life in the United States. In 2020, March brought about emergency declarations and indefinite school closures, followed by record unemployment claims and dozens of stay-at-home orders. By the end of the month, millions of people were either told to stay inside under lockdown or continue carrying out work deemed essential to keep society running. Continue Reading 4 Ways Our Understanding Of The Coronavirus Has Changed A Year Into The Pandemic
For advocates of drug policy reform and those in the world of criminal defense, the ruling “was a much-needed nail in the coffin on the war on drugs,” said Ali Hohman, director of legal services at the Washington Defender Association. Meanwhile, many prosecutors, law enforcement officials and lawmakers are nervous about its implications. Continue Reading How Washington Supreme Court’s Drug Ruling Upends State’s Criminal Justice System
Smaller, faster-melting snowpack could deplete water supplies, increase wildfire risk and invite invasive species. The Cascades might reach that point earlier. Continue Reading Cascade Snowpack More Vulnerable To Climate Change Than Inland Neighbors, Study Suggests
All public schools in Washington will be required to offer students an in-person learning option starting next month — with school districts having to meet an average of at least 30% weekly in-class instruction by April 19 — under an emergency proclamation Gov. Jay Inslee said he will sign next week. Continue Reading All Washington K-12 Students To Soon Have In-Class, Hybrid Option, Inslee Says
Salmon survive best when the water is cooler along the coast and warmer farther out. Colder La Niña conditions have also led to higher salmon counts. Right now, that’s exactly what’s happening. But things will likely change over the summer. Continue Reading A Mixed Bag: Northwest’s Iconic Salmon Face Tough Conditions During Ocean Journey
Connect With Us
Northwest Public Broadcasting strives to bring programs of the Northwest by the Northwest and for the Northwest that engage, enlighten and entertain.
Northwest Public Broadcasting embraces the ideals of the Society of Professional Journalists’ Code of Ethics.
In all things we do, we strive to seek truth and report it; minimize harm; act independently and fairly; and be accountable and transparent to the public.
Additionally, we seek to inform, engage, enlighten and entertain the public while keeping in mind the highest standards outlined by the NPR ethics handbook.