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Donor Kaitlan Vasquez giving blood in Olympia on the third anniversary of the Amtrak 501 train wreck in December 2017. CREDIT: Tom Banse/N3

‘I Knew I Needed To Go Out,’ Says Blood Donor Marking 3rd Anniversary Of Deadly I-5 Amtrak Crash

Three years ago on December 18, a speeding Amtrak Cascades train bound for Portland derailed near DuPont, Washington, and tumbled onto Interstate 5. The crash killed three passengers and injured scores of others. An Olympia woman marked the anniversary Friday by going back to her local blood donation center to achieve a related, but happier milestone. Continue Reading ‘I Knew I Needed To Go Out,’ Says Blood Donor Marking 3rd Anniversary Of Deadly I-5 Amtrak Crash

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Deb Haaland poses for a picture with the Associated Press in New Mexico

In Historic Move, Rep. Deb Haaland Will Be Nominated As First Native American To Lead Interior

If confirmed by the Senate, Rep. Deb Haaland, a member of the Laguna Pueblo in New Mexico, would be the country’s first Native American Cabinet secretary. Fittingly, she’d do so as head of the agency responsible for not only managing the nation’s public lands but also honoring its treaties with the Indigenous people from whom those lands were taken. Continue Reading In Historic Move, Rep. Deb Haaland Will Be Nominated As First Native American To Lead Interior

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On Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020, Gov. Jay Inslee unveiled his budget proposals for the next two-year budget cycle. Among his proposals is a new tax on health insurance premiums to fund public health.

Governor Dusts Off Washington Capital Gains Tax Idea, Proposes Insurance Tax To Fund Public Health

The tax measures are contained in the governor’s two-year, $57.6 billion operating budget proposal released Thursday in advance of the 2021 Legislative session. Separately, the Democratic governor also released proposed capital construction and transportation budgets. Continue Reading Governor Dusts Off Washington Capital Gains Tax Idea, Proposes Insurance Tax To Fund Public Health

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A large crowd of onlookers and protesters, most not wearing masks, some open carrying firearms, gathered in the Idaho Capitol in Boise for the state's special legislative session that began Monday, Aug. 24, 2020. CREDIT: Sami Edge/Idaho Education News

Some Idaho Legislators Want 2021 Session Pushed Back. House Speaker Says That Takes A 2/3 Vote

Citing the coronavirus pandemic, Gov. Brad Little said last week legislators should seriously consider delaying the session or going remote, while House Minority Leader Ilana Rubel, D-Boise, said legislators should postpone the session until a vaccine is available, Idaho Education News first reported Thursday. Continue Reading Some Idaho Legislators Want 2021 Session Pushed Back. House Speaker Says That Takes A 2/3 Vote

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Washington Governor Jay Inslee is encouraging schools in low and moderate spread counties to send more students back to school. CREDIT: TVW screenshot

Jay Inslee Urges Washington Schools To Consider Bringing Back More Students

“There really is relatively small additional risk if you have good safety and health protocols,” the governor said Wednesday. “We see it as our task to make sure that when our students go back, when our educators go back that we follow these sound practices of health and safety protocols to keep people safe. When we do that, we now have both that scientific data I’ve just shown you and experience to give us high confidence.” Continue Reading Jay Inslee Urges Washington Schools To Consider Bringing Back More Students

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Orchards are shown in the foreground of the Wenatchee Valley on Monday, November 19, 2018, in Wenatchee. KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer CREDIT: KUOW PHOTO/MEGAN FARMER

Contaminated Former Orchards In Central Washington One Step Closer To Being Safer

Homes, schools, parks and daycares on Central Washington’s former orchards could soon be one step closer to sitting atop less contaminated ground. A workgroup is finalizing a report to help spread the word about pesticide contamination from more than a century ago – and to give advice on how to help clean it up. Continue Reading Contaminated Former Orchards In Central Washington One Step Closer To Being Safer

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Mother and daughter pose after sharing stories about the 1918 pandemic and Covid-19 pandemic.

StoryCorps Northwest: Family Hit By Loss During 1918 Pandemic Reflects On COVID-19

This year, you may have heard references to the 1918 pandemic, referred to as the Spanish flu. Peggy Ward of Moscow, Idaho, shares the story of her grandmother who died in the 1918 pandemic and how it affected her family and the community. She spoke with her daughter, Lynne Embrey, for StoryCorps Northwest, recorded virtually. Continue Reading StoryCorps Northwest: Family Hit By Loss During 1918 Pandemic Reflects On COVID-19

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Mock headstones outside the State Capitol mark the number of people who died by suicide in Washington in one year as part of an education event during the 2017 legislative session. Courtesy of Jo Arlow

Washington, Oregon Health Agencies Watching For Suicide Rise During Pandemic, But Not Seeing It

It stands to reason that all the stress, anxiety and isolation of the pandemic could lead more people to take their own lives. But newly obtained data for Washington and Oregon show this is one bad thing that 2020 has not delivered. Public health agencies and suicide prevention groups have been keeping an eye out since spring for a possible rise in suicides. Continue Reading Washington, Oregon Health Agencies Watching For Suicide Rise During Pandemic, But Not Seeing It

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Photo of Ted Tremper, a guest on Traverse Talks with Sueann Ramella

‘Traverse Talks’ Episode 9 – Part 1: Comedy Writer Ted Tremper On Finding Humor In Tragedy

In part one of this episode of “Traverse Talks with Sueann Ramella,” comedy writer Ted Tremper talks about growing up in the Northwest as the overweight-funny kid. He says his mom’s untimely death while he was in college shaped much of his outlook on life and his career. Tremper has written for “The Daily Show with Trevor Noah,”” I Love You, America” with Sarah Silverman, and has written his own episodic comedy called “Shrink.” Continue Reading ‘Traverse Talks’ Episode 9 – Part 1: Comedy Writer Ted Tremper On Finding Humor In Tragedy

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