Washington is on track to fully reopen its economy by June 30, and a full reopening could happen even sooner if 70% or more of residents ages 16 and older have gotten at least one dose of vaccine by then, Gov. Jay Inslee said Thursday. Continue Reading Governor Says Washington Is On Track To Fully Reopen By June 30, Mask Requirements Change
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that fully vaccinated adults can safely resume activities indoors or outdoors without masks or distancing, in gatherings large or small. The announcement marks a major milestone in the effort to emerge from the coronavirus pandemic in the United States. Continue Reading CDC: Fully Vaccinated People Can Stop Wearing Masks Indoors And Outdoors, With Some Exceptions
The longest ever Idaho legislative session has been filled with unusual events and ended in uncharted ground shortly before midnight Wednesday. The Idaho Senate voted to officially adjourn while the House voted to recess up to Dec. 31. Continue Reading Unusual Idaho Legislative Session Ends – Kind Of – In Unchartered Territory
Openly carrying guns and other weapons are now prohibited at the Washington state Capitol and public protests statewide, under a measure signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Jay Inslee. Continue Reading Governor Signs Bill To Ban Open Carry Of Guns On Capitol Grounds And Public Protests Statewide
The company Gameloft tackled the redesign of Oregon Trail for Apple Arcade just in time for the increase in worldwide play because of the pandemic. Its target audience: the now-40-year-olds and their kids. And more Native American players. Continue Reading Remaking Oregon Trail Video Game With An Eye Toward More Accurate Native American Depictions
Similar to the national trends, the patients being hospitalized in Washington are now overwhelmingly young and middle-aged adults — not older Americans who are mostly vaccinated at this point. Continue Reading 4th Wave Of COVID Hospitalizations Hits Washington, With Rural Areas A Focus For Vaccines
Under Washington’s new Mental Health Sentencing Alternative, judges will have the option to sentence a person to community supervision and treatment in lieu of prison. Continue Reading Alternative To Prison Will Be Allowed In Washington For Some People With Mental Illness
Fifty years ago this week the federal government’s experiment with termination was crushed at the ballot box on the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation in Washington. Termination was a policy that was designed to end the United State government’s role in Indian affairs. It would have abrogated treaties, eliminated federal funding, and “freed the Indians” from the Bureau of Indian Affairs. And as a bonus, the wealth generated by millions of acres of land and the reward from rich natural resources would be up for grabs. Continue Reading 50 Years Ago, An Election For The Colville Ushered In A New Era For U.S. Tribes
The Food and Drug Administration said Monday that children 12 to 15 years old are now eligible to receive a key COVID-19 vaccine as the agency expanded its emergency use authorization for the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. Continue Reading FDA Approves Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine For 12-15 Age Group
For the second time in less than a year, Washington’s Corrections Ombuds (OCO) is warning that the state’s prison system needs to do more to prevent inmate suicides. In a 15-page investigation released Monday, the OCO found that two inmates died by suicide in 2020 after prison staff failed to recognize signs of mental distress and didn’t follow suicide prevention policies. Continue Reading Suicide Warning Signs Missed At Washington Prisons, Investigation Finds
Washington has a new law that bans schools from using Native American imagery without a tribe’s consent. The Spokane Tribe says it won’t be endorsing any such proposals. Continue Reading After New State Law, Spokane Tribe Says No To Permission For Native American Mascots
Two competing guns-in-schools bills will not get a hearing in the waning days of Idaho’s 2021 legislative session. They’ve been in the Legislature for months, but the timing ran out following a shooting this week in Rigby, Idaho, where a sixth grade student shot two other students and a school staff member. Continue Reading Idaho Bills Expanding Guns In Schools Stall Following Shooting By 6th Grader In Rigby
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