Grazing restrictions on public lands may have unintended consequences for greater sage grouse, according to a recent study. The imperiled birds depend on habitat on both public and private lands, and much of that habitat can be lost when ranching operations go under. Continue Reading Public Lands Grazing Helps Ranchers, Sage Grouse, Study Says
With a month before the next election, you don’t have much time left to register if you want to vote November 6th in Washington, Oregon or Idaho. Continue Reading Washington, Oregon, Idaho Residents: Hurry Up And Register If You Want To Vote Nov. 6
As the Northwest’s killer whales have gained worldwide attention, more calls are being made to bolster the population of salmon they eat. One big way to do that, supporters say, is by removing Lower Snake River dams. But the federal government isn’t so sure that’s the answer. Continue Reading Orcas Need Salmon. Dams Hinder Salmon. Remove Snake River Dams? Feds Say It’s Not So Simple
On Thursday, a U.S. District Court Judge in Spokane gave the green light to a controversial forest restoration project on Washington’s Colville National Forest. Continue Reading Federal Judge Greenlights Controversial Forest Restoration Project In Northeastern Washington
A flock of 800 sheep calmly sleeps in the chilly September morning. They’re surrounded by stately firs and pines of the Okanogan-Wenatchee National Forest. Mist hangs low on the mountains, creating a scene that feels like it’s from another time. And that’s because it is.
Continue Reading PHOTOS: Follow A Last-Of-Its-Kind Sheepherding Operation In Washington
Oregon’s sanctuary law for immigration is simple on paper. It says no law enforcement agency can use its money, equipment or personnel for the purpose of detecting or apprehending people whose only violation is being in the country unlawfully. Continue Reading Oregon Voters To Decide The Fate Of State’s Sanctuary Law
A Washington state senator who says he’s heard from “literally hundreds of parents” of adult children who are struggling with mental illness or addiction wants to allow families to petition for temporary guardianship. Continue Reading Does Washington Need New Guardianship Rules For Adults With Severe Mental Illness Or Addiction?
State and federal agencies throughout the Northwest are starting to lift burn restrictions on some lands. The Wildfire Preparedness level for the region was downgraded to its lowest stage — Level 1 — this week. But the region is below normal for precipitation and has been so for the past two months. Continue Reading Agencies Downgrade Preparedness And Burn Bans, But Northwest Wildfire Risk Persists
Initiative 1639 is a sprawling, 30-page ballot measure that seeks to restrict access to semi-automatic rifles like the popular AR-15, which has become synonymous with mass shootings. But the initiative would also require the secure storage of firearms. Under the initiative, if a gun wasn’t safely stored and ended up in the wrong hands and someone was injured or killed, the gun’s owner could face felony community endangerment charges. Continue Reading A Crime Victim And A Grieving Grandmother Are On Opposite Sides Of Washington Gun Initiative
The U.S. House and Senate have passed differing versions of the massive farm bill and are having trouble agreeing on a compromise. Usually what happens in this situation is Congress passes a short-term extension to keep programs going, but that didn’t happen this time. Continue Reading Farm Bill Expiration Leaves Northwest Researchers And Farmers On Edge
Work began this week to fill a roughly 1.3-mile-long tunnel with grout at the Hanford Nuclear Site. The tunnel is filled with highly hazardous radioactive waste. Continue Reading Works Starts On Grouting 2nd Waste-Filled Hanford Tunnel, With Aim Of Preventing Another Collapse
The new trade agreement signed Sunday at midnight called the USMCA short for the U.S. Mexico, Canada Agreement by the Trump Administration, could change things on some Northwest farms. Farmers are hopeful this new agreement will lift their commodity prices — many of which are low right now. Continue Reading New U.S. – Mexico – Canada Trade Deal Helps Northwest Agriculture, With Much Uncertainty Remaining
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