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File photo, March 2, 2020: Farmer Ben DuVal with his wife, Erika, and their daughters, Hannah, third from left, and Helena, fourth from left, stand near a canal for collecting run-off water near their property in Tulelake, Calif. Federal officials announced in April 2021 that farmers who rely on a massive irrigation project spanning the Oregon-California border will get 8% of the deliveries they need amid a severe drought. CREDIT: Gillian Flaccus/AP

Epic Drought Means Water Crisis For Parts Of The West Coast, Though Much Of Northwest Is OK

Hundreds of farmers who rely on a massive irrigation project that spans the Oregon-California border learned Wednesday they will get a tiny fraction of the water they need amid the worst drought in decades, as federal regulators attempt to balance the needs of agriculture against federally threatened and endangered fish species that are central to the heritage of several tribes. Continue Reading Epic Drought Means Water Crisis For Parts Of The West Coast, Though Much Of Northwest Is OK

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This photo shows a sign at the headquarters for Washington state's Employment Security Department Tuesday, May 26, 2020, at the Capitol in Olympia.

Washington Auditor Says State Unemployment Fraud Likely Much Higher Than $647 Million

The amount of fraudulent payments of unemployment benefits distributed in Washington state during the height of the coronavirus pandemic was likely higher than the $647 million identified by the Washington state Employment Security Department, according to a new set of reports released by the state auditor’s office Tuesday. Continue Reading Washington Auditor Says State Unemployment Fraud Likely Much Higher Than $647 Million

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Galen Rupp of Portland qualified for his fourth Olympics by winning the U.S. Olympic Marathon Team Trials last year. Here he is at the 2016 Olympic Track and Field Team Trials. CREDIT: Tom Banse/N3

100-Day Countdown To Tokyo Olympics Begins, And Northwest Athletes Are Ready To Go

The 100-day countdown to the opening ceremony of the rescheduled 2020 Tokyo Olympics begins Wednesday. Yes, the summer games are proceeding amid an ongoing global pandemic. Olympic hopefuls and Pacific Northwest athletes already picked for Team USA invariably said they are eager to go. Continue Reading 100-Day Countdown To Tokyo Olympics Begins, And Northwest Athletes Are Ready To Go

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Rep. Matthew Bundy, a school teacher and Mountain Home Republican, debates for the teacher salary bill Tuesday, April 13, 2021. CREDIT: Idaho Education News/screenshot

Idaho Budget For Teacher Salaries Stalls After Pushback Over Social Justice And Race Theory Education

The state’s K-12 teacher salaries budget fell Tuesday on a 34-34 tie vote after more than an hour of volatile debate — ranging from anecdotes about good teachers and “bad actors” to accusations that educators are being forced to include critical race theory in their coursework. Stories from teacher-lawmakers on both sides of the issue focused on the content’s presence — or lack thereof — in elementary, middle and high schools. Continue Reading Idaho Budget For Teacher Salaries Stalls After Pushback Over Social Justice And Race Theory Education

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have recommended a pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, shown here in a hospital in Denver. CREDIT: David Zalubowski/AP

U.S. Recommends Pausing Use Of Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Over Blood Clot Concerns

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday they are recommending a “pause” in the use of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine out of an “abundance of caution” while a review of reports of rare, potentially dangerous blood clots is conducted. Continue Reading U.S. Recommends Pausing Use Of Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Over Blood Clot Concerns

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Map of proposed boundaries of Greater Idaho. The northern California portion is on the back burner for now.

Idaho Legislature Lends A Sympathetic Ear To Oregon Group That Wants To Redraw State Lines

Idaho legislators gave a sympathetic ear Monday to an Oregon group that wants to redraw state lines so that conservative eastern and southern Oregon would become part of the expanded state of “Greater Idaho.” A separate group formed by Washington state farmers is pursuing the same idea for eastern Washington. Continue Reading Idaho Legislature Lends A Sympathetic Ear To Oregon Group That Wants To Redraw State Lines

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