COVID-related aid and police reform will be two of the major issues before the Washington legislature when it convenes next month. But newly-reelected Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz hopes legislators will also consider dedicating more funding for wildfire and forest health projects. Continue Reading Washington Lands Commissioner Works To Engage Lawmakers On Fire Funding Ahead Of Session
Emily McCarty is a Yakima-based reporter for Crosscut/KCTS. Her mom, Mary, died in a Spokane hospital in November, four days after being diagnosed with COVID-19. McCarty wrote about her mom and her family’s personal experience in an essay titled “I lost my mom to COVID-19. Don’t let the holidays steal yours.”
Continue Reading Yakima Journalist Who Lost Her Mom To COVID: Don’t Let Gatherings This Season Take Yours
Scientists have learned a lot this year about the coronavirus and how it’s transmitted, and it turns out all that scrubbing and disinfecting might not be necessary. Continue Reading Still Disinfecting Surfaces Against Coronavirus? It Might Not Be Worth It
The Nez Perce Tribe is reclaiming an ancestral village site in the Eastern Oregon town of Joseph more than a century after being pushed out the area. This month, the tribe purchased 148 acres of an area known as “the place of boulders,” or Am’sáaxpa. Continue Reading Nez Perce Tribe Reclaims Nearly 150 Acres Of Ancestral Land In Northeastern Oregon
According to the rules approved by the commission last week, from July through September, commercial whale watching companies can view endangered Southern Resident orcas during two, two-hour periods daily, The Skagit Valley Herald reported. Continue Reading New Washington Whale-Watching Boat Rules To Help Struggling Orcas Take Effect In 2021
Native American civil rights advocate Hank Adams died at the age of 77 this week. Once referred to as the “most important Indian” by Native American rights advocate and author Vine Deloria Jr., Adams was central to the fight to uphold tribal treaty rights during the 1960s and 1970s. Continue Reading Hank Adams, Called The ‘Most Important Indian’ For Work On Northwest Treaty Rights, Dies At 77
Shortly after Thanksgiving, the boy from a secluded valley in Idaho became one of hundreds of children in the U.S. who have been diagnosed with a rare, extreme immune response to COVID-19 called multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children. Cooper Wuthrich’s fever spiked as his joints and organs became inflamed, including his heart, putting his life at risk, his father said. Continue Reading In Rural Idaho, Their Young Son Nearly Died From COVID Complications. Now They Urge Masks
With millions of Americans waiting for desperately needed economic aid, a massive relief package remains in limbo as President Trump weighs whether to sign it into law. Continue Reading ‘All Is Not Calm’: Congress Scrambles After President Trump Blasts COVID-19 Relief Package
Sure, you’re a good Northwesterner because you recycle your beer cans, cardboard boxes and plastic milk jugs. But what about that dust-collecting piano you have long wanted to unload? It doesn’t fit into the recycling bin. Creative upcycling might be the answer. Continue Reading Play Us A Memory, Piano Man…And Recycle This Old Instrument
“No legitimate organic grower would ever use Glyphosate or Diquat” says one farmer of a product that WA, OR and CA have said farmers should stop using. The company that makes “Agro Gold WS” says they’ll appeal. Continue Reading Popular Organic Farm Product ‘Agro Gold WS’ Banned In WA, OR, CA, Under Investigation In Idaho
Thousands of people are flocking to the Bavarian-themed town in central Washington. The mayor says nearly 70% of Leavenworth merchants’ income comes in these few holiday weeks. Dr. Malcolm Butler, health officer for Chelan and Douglas counties, says visitors are less likely to bring COVID-19 to Leavenworth than get it there. Continue Reading In Pandemic, The Northwest’s ‘Capital Of Christmas’ Draws Big Crowds To Leavenworth. Is It Safe?
When Spokane resident Evelyn Woods was a little girl in World War II Germany, she hid in an attic with her Jewish parents. In today’s StoryCorps Northwest, Evelyn’s step-daughter, Robin, asks her how that confinement compares to today’s COVID-19 restrictions. Evelyn, 82, discusses that and the Black Lives Matter movement in this segment of StoryCorps Northwest recorded virtually. Continue Reading StoryCorps Northwest: ‘Hardest Thing To Be Is A Black Person’ Says Jewish Woman Who Hid In Attic
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