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No Letup Expected This Summer In Crowding At Northwest Parks And Trailheads

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

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File photo. Idaho Gov. Brad Little puts on a face mask before a public meeting earlier this year. So far he has resisted calls for a statewide mandate. On Sunday, Nov. 8, the governor of Utah, Idaho's southern neighbor, imposed a mask mandate. CREDIT: Idaho Education News

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’

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The Pullman-Moscow Regional Airport terminal is shown in Pullman, Wash.,

University Of Idaho To Partner With Alaska Airlines To Bring Back Palouse-To-Boise Flights

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

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Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin speaks at a Boise rally on Wednesday, May 19, 2021, when she announced her run for Idaho Gov. CREDIT: Sami Edge/Idaho EdNews

While Governor Is Away, Idaho Lt. Governor Issues Order Banning All Mask Mandates For Schools

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

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Wheat at the farm of Nicole Berg in Washington's Horse Heaven Hills shows signs of a drought so far in 2021, with a damaged curled head.

‘Somber Harvest’: Crops May Fail, Cattle Sold As The Northwest Descends Into Drought

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

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Former Sgt. Sean Carr resigned from the Washington State Patrol after admitting to on-duty sex. He has a hearing this week as the state tries to strip him of his law enforcement commission.

Former Washington State Patrol Trooper Stripped Of Badge Following On-Duty ‘Official Misconduct’

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’

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