Memorial Day weekend traditionally marks the beginning of the summer camping, vacation and recreation season. Last summer, Pacific Northwest public lands and trailheads were overrun by people seeking COVID-safe getaways in the fresh air. The pandemic may be winding down, but it doesn’t look like the crowds are abating. Continue Reading No Letup Expected This Summer In Crowding At Northwest Parks And Trailheads
Idaho Governor Overturns Mask Ban From His Own Lt. Governor, Calls It ‘Self-Serving Political Stunt’
Idaho Gov. Brad Little on Friday issued an executive order repealing a mask mandate prohibition put in place while he was out of the state by the lieutenant governor, describing her actions as a tyrannical abuse of power and an “irresponsible, self-serving political stunt.” Continue Reading Idaho Governor Overturns Mask Ban From His Own Lt. Governor, Calls It ‘Self-Serving Political Stunt’
In this Past as Prologue essay, WSU Professor Karen Phoenix explains the history of the shipping container and its Spokane ties. Continue Reading Past As Prologue: The Non-Coastal Inland Northwest’s Big Ties To The Ocean Shipping Industry
The university will offer a three-year revenue guarantee to Alaska Airlines, under a contract that could bring back flights between Boise and Pullman, Wash. Under the agreement, approved by the State Board of Education Thursday, the flights could resume as early as Aug. 8. Continue Reading University Of Idaho To Partner With Alaska Airlines To Bring Back Palouse-To-Boise Flights
The Washington state attorney general on Thursday charged two Tacoma police officers with murder and one with manslaughter in the death of Manuel Ellis, a Black man who died after repeatedly telling them he couldn’t breathe as he was being restrained. Continue Reading Murder Charges Filed Against Tacoma Police Officers In Death Of Manuel ‘Manny’ Ellis
While acting as governor in Gov. Brad Little’s absence on Thursday, Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin issued an executive order prohibiting mask mandates issued by the state or its “political subdivisions,” including public schools, counties, cities and public health districts. It also extends to state boards, commissions, departments and divisions. Continue Reading While Governor Is Away, Idaho Lt. Governor Issues Order Banning All Mask Mandates For Schools
Some stunted wheat fields won’t see the combine this summer. Cattle operators are severely cutting back their herds for lack of grass. Little moisture since February in wide swaths of the Northwest is to blame. And drought is deepening across the West, with federal drought maps showing massive and growing areas of red. Continue Reading ‘Somber Harvest’: Crops May Fail, Cattle Sold As The Northwest Descends Into Drought
A former sergeant in the Washington State Patrol was stripped of his state peace officer certification on Wednesday over allegations he carried out a sexual affair with a woman while on duty, including two encounters a state hearings panel deemed nonconsensual. Continue Reading Former Washington State Patrol Trooper Stripped Of Badge Following On-Duty ‘Official Misconduct’
Wildlife advocates are pressing the Biden administration to revive federal protections for gray wolves across the Northern Rockies after Republican lawmakers in Idaho and Montana made it much easier to kill the predators. Continue Reading A Push To Revive Federal Protections For Wolves After New State Laws Allow More Killing
The state’s new accountability laws might not have happened without the advocacy of people whose family members were killed by police. Continue Reading 3 Washington Families On How New Police Laws Could Have Helped Their Loved Ones
Some top agriculture groups are upset with Washington Gov. Inslee because farm workers were not covered in last week’s announcement that fully vaccinated employees do not have to wear a mask or socially distance at work. Continue Reading Some Washington Agriculture Groups Upset With Governor Over Farmworker Rules
The U.S. COVID-19 vaccination program has gone from zero to 50% in less than six months. As of Tuesday afternoon, the Biden administration said, half of the country’s adults are now fully vaccinated against the coronavirus. Continue Reading Half Of All U.S. Adults Are Now Fully Vaccinated Against COVID-19
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