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
Idaho Gov. Brad Little has signed into law a measure that could lead to killing 90% of the state’s 1,500 wolves in a move that was backed by hunters and the state’s powerful ranching sector but heavily criticized by environmental advocates. Continue Reading Governor Signs Bill Allowing For Killing Of Up To 90% Of Wolves In Idaho
Washington State University graduated its first-ever medical school class during a virtual ceremony Thursday, part of a three-day university-wide festival of commencements. Continue Reading WSU Sends First Medical School Graduates Out Into The World
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
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.
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
The Upper Columbia United Tribes are working together to prove salmon can be reintroduced – and can survive – in the waters above Grand Coulee. Continue Reading Tribes Team With Northwest Researchers To Show Viability Of Salmon Above Upper Columbia Dams
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
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday signed into law a new tax on capital gains aimed at the state’s wealthiest residents. But the future of the tax is uncertain. Continue Reading Governor Signs Washington Capital Gains Tax Into Law As Legal Challenges Loom
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday said all of the state’s counties will remain in their current phase of the state’s economic reopening plan and won’t face more restrictions because new COVID cases are levelling off after a recent spike. Continue Reading Governor Says All Washington Counties Will Stay In Their Current Reopening Phase…For 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’
More people will be allowed at indoor and outdoor spectator events and indoor religious services if there are designated COVID-19 vaccination sections, under new guidance issued by Gov. Jay Inslee Monday. Continue Reading Washington Says Events Like Sports And Concerts Can Increase Capacity With Vaccinated Sections
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