As the 2022 midterm elections loom, a partisan battle over access to the ballot box continues to be fought in Congress and in state legislatures across the country. Red states are passing new restrictions, while many blue states are making voting more accessible. That includes Washington. Continue Reading As Red States Impose New Restrictions On Voting, Blue Washington Presses Ahead With Expansions
A complex deal is taking shape to revive the Pacific Northwest’s last remaining aluminum smelter. Alcoa idled its Intalco Works smelter near Ferndale, Washington, a year-and-a-half ago and laid off virtually all the workers there. The plan to bring this industry back involves a new owner, cash from taxpayers and an uncertain new contract for cut-rate wholesale power. Continue Reading Green Aluminum? Complex Deal Seeks To Restart The Last Aluminum Smelter In The NW And Cut Pollution
Political signs are everywhere during campaign season, but in some cases they stick around long past their advertised races. Continue Reading Political Billboards Seem To Be Here To Stay
Idaho reached record levels of COVID-19 testing positivity at 38.8% last week, said Christine Hahn, state epidemiologist at a press briefing Tuesday. Continue Reading Idaho hits record for COVID-19 positivity
Gangs of wild elk are attacking farmers’ haystacks in Washington and Oregon. They’re hungry, after a long drought and record mountain snow this winter has driven animals down to the lowlands. Climate scientists say things may only get worse in the future. Continue Reading Gangs Of Elk Are Feasting On Farmers’ Haystacks Across The Northwest
The January 15 volcanic eruption near Tonga was a stark reminder of the threats posed by tsunamis. That’s long been a concern in the Pacific Northwest, where thousands of students go to school within reach of a large tsunami. Continue Reading Earthquake Safety Of Schools On Ballot On Washington Coast Feb. 8, Possibly Statewide In November
Wildfires, invasive species and climate change are seriously threatening the Hanford Reach National Monument, and with it, a rare plant that grows only in one place in the world. Continue Reading New Hope For A Rare Plant At Hanford Reach
Washington’s COVID-19 state of emergency is approaching its two-year anniversary. Under current law, the governor has broad emergency powers. But the Legislature is considering new restrictions on that authority. Continue Reading A Torrent Of Support For Curbing Inslee’s Emergency Powers As Lawmakers Take Public Testimony
Kittitas Valley Healthcare-KVH will no longer offer free COVID testing to Kittitas County. According to the Public Hospital website, “sudden and extreme supply chain shortages” force the changes starting Jan. 28. Continue Reading Covid Test Shortage In Kittitas Valley Healthcare
New homes built in Central Washington could be constructed on top of old orchards, where soils might contain the remnants of pesticides from the early 1900s. Continue Reading Pilot Project Aims To Clean Up Some Central Washington Soil Contamination
Washington State Patrol, Criticized For Lack Of Diversity, Removes Psychologist From Hiring Decisions
The Washington State Patrol permanently stripped its staff psychologist of his power to approve or reject trooper candidates, a role that for nearly 30 years shaped the agency’s ranks. Continue Reading Washington State Patrol, Criticized For Lack Of Diversity, Removes Psychologist From Hiring Decisions
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday signed into law a bill that delays the start of a controversial long-term care benefit program known as WA Cares for 18 months. A second measure signed by Inslee will allow certain workers to opt out of the first-in-the-nation program. Continue Reading With His Signature, Inslee Pauses WA Cares Program For 18 Months
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