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
A train carrying crude oil derailed and caught fire in Whatcom County Tuesday morning, prompting officials to evacuate all nearby residents and businesses for several hours. Continue Reading Train Carrying Crude Oil Derails, Catches Fire In Whatcom County Near Canadian Border
Western state governors and state health officials are now reviewing a finalized recommendation from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention for how to prioritize future vaccination phases. The initial deliveries of COVID-19 vaccines to Oregon, Washington state and Idaho are spoken for — at least well into next month. High-risk health care workers, EMT/paramedics and nursing homes have top priority to get the vaccine jab. But then who? Continue Reading Across The Northwest, Teachers, Grocery Workers, Older Adults May Be Next For COVID Vaccine
In part two of this episode of “Traverse Talks with Sueann Ramella,” comedy writer Ted Tremper talks about how jokes impact thoughts and beliefs in an accessible way. And he discusses how he implements rules from his mother and advice from his father in his daily life. Continue Reading ‘Traverse Talks’ Episode 9 – Part 2: Ted Tremper On Finding Humor And Accepting Failure
The Senate acted swiftly Monday night, in a 91-7 vote, to approve more than $900 billion for coronavirus assistance, shortly after the House of Representatives passed the package. The aid comes after months of partisan sniping over what elements should be in a relief measure that virtually all lawmakers on Capitol Hill argued was long overdue. Continue Reading Congress Passes $900 Billion Coronavirus Relief Bill, Ending Months-Long Stalemate
In a one-day special legislative session called to address a number of pandemic-related crises, lawmakers also voted to protect schools from lawsuits related to COVID-19 and to bolster bars and restaurants by allowing cocktail sales to go. Those proposals all passed relatively speedily. The real tumult was happening outside. Continue Reading Oregon Lawmakers Offer Relief For Renters, Protesters Vandalize Capitol During Special Session
Idaho’s colleges and universities logged more than 5,400 coronavirus cases during a turbulent fall semester. All 11 public and private colleges and universities managed to maintain some form of face-to-face learning during the semester — but not without problems: Continue Reading Idaho Colleges Stayed Largely In-Person This Fall. Here’s How The COVID Case Numbers Looked
The group of Western scientists that reviews Covid vaccine decisions made by the Food and Drug Administration has approved the new Moderna vaccine. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced Sunday the Western States Scientific Safety Review Workgroup has voted unanimously to put this second vaccine on the market. Continue Reading Moderna Vaccine On Its Way To Washington; WSU Helps With Cold Storage Of Pfizer Vaccine
Congress plans to pass on Monday a bipartisan $900 billion COVID-19 relief bill after intense negotiations over its final details. Leaders of both parties are lauding the agreement, claiming victory for provisions they were able to get in — and keep out. The measure includes up to a $600 relief check for many Americans as well as an assortment of aid for small businesses and money to purchase and distribute vaccines. Continue Reading Here Is What’s In Congress’ COVID-19 Relief Package
Fans of rapper Eminem, whose movie “8 Mile” featured his hit song “Lose Yourself” might note, as the song’s lyrics do, “You only get one shot, do not miss your chance to blow. This opportunity comes once in a lifetime.” Now, the public has an opportunity to comment on the environmental review of the aging Eightmile Dam in central Washington’s Alpine Lakes Wilderness. Continue Reading Don’t ‘Lose Yourself’ Or Miss Your ‘One Shot’ To Comment On Review Of Washington’s Eightmile Dam
Tens of thousands of health care workers in cities and states all over the country got their first doses of the new Pfizer coronavirus vaccine this past week — a monumental undertaking both scientifically and logistically — and more than seven million doses of the Pfizer and newly-authorized Moderna vaccine are being shipped out this coming week. Continue Reading ‘This Is An Exciting Thing.’ For Frontline Workers, Vaccine Comes As A Massive Relief
Case numbers have shot up lately in rural America, which skews older and tends to have huge inequality gaps in health care. But there’s still resistance in places such as Bruneau, Idaho, which has a population of 500. Here, there’s also a pervasive sense in the community that kids need to be physically in classrooms for their education and well-being yet stiff opposition to rules intended to slow the spread such as mask-wearing. The school board declined to require masks be worn indoors by students and staff. Continue Reading Rural Idaho District Under Pressure To Stay Open, But School Board Refuses To Mandate Masks
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