Some Washington counties hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic are now looking toward the possibility of reopening schools for in-person classes. It’s thanks to metrics like hospital bed capacity and the virus incidence rate that continue to improve in Benton, Franklin and Yakima counties. Continue Reading Once Most Impacted Washington Counties, Yakima And Tri-Cities Look Toward Schools Reopening
After four years of study, the Record of Decision makes the federal agencies’ preferred option official. Managers and dam supporters say it will benefit salmon, reliable hydropower and the economy. Wild salmon advocates, tribal representatives and renewable energy advocates say this decision will hurt salmon and the orcas that depend on them for food. Continue Reading Federal Decision To Keep Snake River Dams In Place Is Now Official. Controversy Far From Over
The Yakama Nation seeks to stop gravel mining near a historic village and burial ground near Selah, Washington. The litigation could change the way tribal sites can be developed. Continue Reading Yakama Nation Case Could Set Precedent For Handling Sacred Tribal Sites In Washington
President Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden will debate each other for the first time Tuesday evening, Oct. 29, at 9 p.m. ET / 6 p.m. PT in the first of three presidential debates. Continue Reading Donald Trump And Joe Biden Meet Tuesday Night: How To Watch The Presidential Debate
Across the country as American schools struggle with whether to reopen or stay virtual, many rural districts are worried their students will fall even further behind than their city peers. Continue Reading In Internet Dead Zones, Rural Schools, Students And Families Struggle With Distanced Learning
The U.S. reported more than 55,000 infections Friday, pushing the total number of cases to more than 7 million. Some two dozen states saw new cases continue to rise this past week. Continue Reading COVID-19 Daily Cases On The Rise In Nearly Half Of U.S. States
The ruling blocks William Perry Pendley from continuing as the temporary head of the Bureau of Land Management, a post he has held for more than a year without being confirmed by the Senate. Continue Reading Judge Ousts Top Public Lands Official After More Than A Year In Office Without Senate Confirmation
A new distillery will soon begin making whiskey, vodka and gin on Chehalis tribal land in southwest Washington state. It’s the first legal, Native-owned distillery to open on tribal land in the nation. The Chehalis Tribe’s effort to diversify its economy by joining the craft spirits boom had to first overcome a nearly two century old prohibition on liquor production in Indian Country. Continue Reading Chehalis Tribe Opens Distillery, After Centuries-Old Nationwide Prohibition Overturned
The $49.4 million in Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act money will only go so far on Idaho’s college campuses. It won’t cover all of the schools’ COVID-related losses — or the revenue the schools have lost to the pandemic. Continue Reading ANALYSIS: Federal COVID Relief Money Helps Fill Some Idaho College Budget Holes, But Only Some
Faced with the threat of forced removal or worse, in 1855 leaders of the Warm Springs and Wasco Tribes forfeited their claim to roughly ten million acres, and moved to a reservation. In exchange for land to offer white settlers, brokers for the United States government made promises. Among those: Tribal members would not be stopped from traveling off the reservation to hunt, fish and forage, as they had done for millennia. Continue Reading Congress Formally Acknowledges 155-Year-Old Betrayal Of Warm Springs And Wasco Tribes
ICYMI: Stream the debate for Whitman County Commissioner between incumbent Dean Kinzer and challenger Tom Handy. Join the election-year social conversation using #NWPBVote2020 Continue Reading ICYMI: Watch The Whitman County Commissioner Debate Between Dean Kinzer And Tom Handy
Online classes and no fall college sports spell trouble for Washington college towns like Pullman, Ellensburg and Bellingham that lean on a higher education-fueled economy. Continue Reading From Pullman To Ellensburg To Bellingham, College Towns Feel The Coronavirus Economic Slump
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