It’s the news many have been waiting for. Starting March 22, all 39 Washington counties will advance to Phase 3 under a revised COVID-19 reopening plan Gov. Jay Inslee unveiled on Thursday. Continue Reading Jay Inslee Announces Plan To Move All Washington Counties To Phase 3 Starting March 22
This year, state legislators have introduced 35 bills restricting transgender girls and women — that is, girls and women who were not assigned as female at birth — from playing on girls’ and women’s sports teams, according to LGBTQ advocacy group Freedom for All Americans. That’s up from 29 bills last year and only 2 in 2019. Continue Reading What Started In Idaho Is Now A National Political Dispute Over Transgender Rights And Youth Sports
Jeannie Eylar says Pullman Regional Hospital began vaccinating its more than 500 employees around Christmas. Eylar is the hospital’s chief nursing officer. By mid-January, she says about 50% had received their shots. She and her colleagues set a goal of inoculating 75% by March 1. Continue Reading Pullman Hospital Devises Strategy To Address COVID Vaccine Hesitancy Among Employees
Deepening polarization is eroding faith in the electoral and democratic process on which our democracy depends. What can we do to cultivate mutual respect, repair damaged relationships, and reweave a civic fabric frayed from years of growing division? Continue Reading We’re Working On ‘Re:building Democracy’ In This Statewide Initiative. Here’s How To Watch And Join
Washington’s 105-day legislative session has crossed the halfway point and a key deadline for policy (non-budget) bills to clear their chamber of origin has passed. Majority Democrats are moving swiftly to enact a pandemic-era agenda focused on issues like tax reform, police accountability, racial equity and global climate change. Minority Republicans, meanwhile, are seeing a few of their bills advance while also objecting to much of what Democrats are pushing forward. So, what’s moving and what’s not? Continue Reading It’s Pedal To The Metal As Washington State Lawmakers Push Ahead With Pandemic-Era Agenda
Idaho lawmakers fearing foreign participation in the Powerball lottery killed legislation on Wednesday that would have allowed the game with huge jackpots to continue in the state after a run of more than 30 years. Continue Reading Idaho Powerball Fans Out Of Luck As State Ends Game Over Distaste For Foreign Participation
The Interior Department rescinded a controversial Trump-era legal opinion Monday that limited the scope of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act. It also said it will soon propose a rule to replace one enacted at the end of the Trump administration that did the same. Continue Reading Interior Department Moves To Make It Illegal (Again) To Accidentally Kill Migratory Birds
Trees have a little secret you might not know about. Yes, they produce oxygen. Yes, they take in carbon dioxide, a heat-trapping greenhouse gas. But, they also emit methane. Methane is a greenhouse gas that can be significantly more potent than carbon dioxide. Continue Reading The Secret Life Of Trees: Researchers Probe Methane In Washington’s Coastal Forests
Lawrence Wasden, who was elected Idaho’s top lawyer in 2003, has called some legislation from conservative lawmakers unconstitutional. The state has paid over $3 million in legal fees since 1995 — some of it after ignoring his advice and losing court challenges. Continue Reading Idaho Lawmakers Look To Cancel Funding Of Their Fellow Republican: The State’s Attorney General
A public utility in north-central Washington broke ground Monday for a hydrogen production facility. It’s one of several related actions in the Northwest that reflect renewed interest in hydrogen as a clean alternative fuel. Continue Reading Wenatchee-Area Hydrogen Production Plant Signals Renewed Interest In Alternative Fuel
An Idaho House panel approved legislation Monday making it more difficult to get initiatives or referendums on ballots in what is widely seen as a rural vs. urban issue. Continue Reading Idaho Lawmakers Move Closer To Making It Harder To Get Initiatives On The Ballot
The new guidance is specific to freedoms that vaccinated people can resume in their own homes, but the agency warns that everyone – even those who are vaccinated – should continue to follow recommended guidelines in public settings, including masking. Continue Reading CDC Says It’s Safe For Vaccinated People To Do These Activities, Should Continue Masking In Public
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