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Meteorite hunter Robert Ward with a SpaceX rocket tank that survived fiery reentry. He found it at the edge of a farm field near Beverly in central Washington. Courtesy of Robert Ward

Rocket Fireball Over The Northwest Provides Lasting Value Sleuths Tracking Where Space Junk Lands

Stargazers across the Pacific Northwest were treated to quite a light show in late March when the errant reentry of a spent rocket sent fireballs streaking high overhead. The uncontrolled disintegration of the rocket rained debris onto eastern Washington. While the search for mangled rocket parts goes on, the event also provided a great learning opportunity for researchers that could foreshadow a space junk warning system. Continue Reading Rocket Fireball Over The Northwest Provides Lasting Value Sleuths Tracking Where Space Junk Lands

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Goose Gap Farm is one of several large swaths of farmland that are up for sale in a major auction in the bankruptcy of Easterday Farms and Easterday Ranches. CREDIT: Anna King/N3

As Easterday Family Property Is Auctioned, Big-Time Buyers Attracted To Water-Rich Deal

Easterday Ranches and Easterday Farms has provided beef, potatoes, onions and produce to dinner tables for more than three generations. Now in bankruptcy, many of the family’s key properties will be sold to repay debts. It’s one of the largest sales of prime water-rich agricultural lands in the Columbia Basin in recent history. Continue Reading As Easterday Family Property Is Auctioned, Big-Time Buyers Attracted To Water-Rich Deal

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Tim Killian, a spokesman for Life Care Center in Kirkland, Wash., prepares to give a daily briefing to reporters on Wednesday. CREDIT: Ted S. Warren/AP

New UW Study Estimates More Than 900,000 People Have Died Of COVID-19 In U.S.

The analysis comes from researchers at the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, who looked at excess mortality from March 2020 through May 3, 2021, compared it with what would be expected in a typical non-pandemic year, then adjusted those figures to account for a handful of other pandemic-related factors. Continue Reading New UW Study Estimates More Than 900,000 People Have Died Of COVID-19 In U.S.

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The Washington State Capitol Building and Campus in Olympia has little activity on Inauguration Day on Jan. 20, 2021. CREDIT: Dorothy Edwards/Crosscut

Washington Lawmakers Try To Thread The Needle On Drug Possession, To Mixed Reviews

In the middle of this year’s legislative session, the Washington Supreme Court dropped its Blake decision, declaring the law criminalizing drug possession in the state to be unconstitutional. What followed was a sprint by lawmakers to answer the justices’ enormous ruling — a balancing act between conservatives eager to make drug possession a felony again and progressives who wanted to make decriminalization permanent. Continue Reading Washington Lawmakers Try To Thread The Needle On Drug Possession, To Mixed Reviews

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A mobile phone customer in Los Angeles looks at an earthquake warning application on an iPhone. An earthquake early warning system operated by the U.S. Geological Survey has been activated in Oregon, California and now Washington. Richard Vogel/AP

West Coast Now Covered By Earthquake Early Warning System With Addition Of Washington

Residents living on the West Coast don’t know when the next earthquake will hit. But a new expansion of the U.S. earthquake early warning system gives 50 million people in California, Oregon — and now Washington — seconds to quickly get to safety whenever the next one hits. Continue Reading West Coast Now Covered By Earthquake Early Warning System With Addition Of Washington

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Medical workers with Delta Health Center prepare to vaccinate people in Leland, Miss., last week. In some places, rural hospital workers have been slow to get the vaccine themselves. Spencer Platt/Getty Images

Why Lagging COVID Vaccine Rate At Rural Hospitals ‘Needs To Be Fixed Now’

President Biden on Tuesday is set to announce new steps to reach rural Americans in the push to get as many people as possible vaccinated for the coronavirus, a White House official tells NPR. This emphasis comes as rural hospitals are raising alarms about the pace of vaccination — even among their own employees. Continue Reading Why Lagging COVID Vaccine Rate At Rural Hospitals ‘Needs To Be Fixed Now’

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