The plan includes $26 million toward the establishment of a proposed new office to conduct investigations of police use of excessive force and $2.5 million for the state Equity Office that was created by the Legislature earlier this year. The equity office — created after voters last year reaffirmed a ban on affirmative action — will help state agencies develop and implement diversity plans across state government. Continue Reading Jay Inslee Unveils Equity Proposals As Part Of Washington State Budget Plan
Hospitals in Washington and Idaho began to receive shipments of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine on Monday, with distribution to certain groups of health care workers and long-term care residents expected to begin Tuesday. Continue Reading Washington And Idaho Hospitals Receive COVID Vaccine, Prepare To Administer Shots
Since early in the pandemic, rapid contact tracing has been considered one of the keys to controlling the spread of the coronavirus. But in recent weeks, an overwhelming surge in new cases has let thousands of COVID-positive people and their close contacts fall through the cracks. Continue Reading Contract Tracing Efforts Are Buckling Under The Heavy Northwest Coronavirus Caseload
The first doses of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine should start arriving in Washington on Monday, with the first vaccinations of front line health care workers beginning as early as Tuesday. An upbeat Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced that timeline at a rare Sunday news conference. Continue Reading Declaring He’s ‘Joyous,’ Jay Inslee Says Vaccine Distribution Begins This Week In Washington
Bringing salmon back to the Upper Columbia has been a goal since the habitat was blocked by the Chief Joseph and Grand Coulee dams more than eight decades ago. Tribal members held a Ceremony of Tears 80 years ago when the final run of salmon returned. Continue Reading Some Good 2020 News: Salmon Spawning In Upper Columbia River After 80 Years
For the second Saturday in a row, a gun was fired as groups of protesters from opposing ends of the political spectrum clashed in Olympia. The shooting happened Saturday afternoon at the Capitol visitor’s parking lot, which is located on the edge of a residential neighborhood. Continue Reading One Person Shot In Olympia During Clashes Between Opposing Political Groups At State Capitol
A portion of the first coronavirus vaccines have been designated to go to Indian Country, but some tribes are skeptical about the federal government’s ability to deliver and distribute the vaccines. Continue Reading ‘Hold Their Feet To the Fire’: Getting A COVID-19 Vaccine To Hard-Hit Native Communities
Rural America has been the site COVID hotspots this year: prisons, nursing homes and meat packers. But there are few doctors, ICU beds and little backup when health care workers also get sick. Ken Roberts died Nov. 29, just one person among many who died in an outbreak of COVID-19 at North Valley Extended Care in the Okanogan County town of Tonasket — population about 1,000. So far, at least 16 people at the facility have died since Thanksgiving. Continue Reading He ‘Left This World In Such Agony’: Rural Health Systems Challenged By COVID Surge
Northwesterners watching the new indie film will immediately recognize the towering grain elevators, undulating blankets of hills that stretch to the horizon and vast and vibrant sunsets of the Palouse. Continue Reading New Indie Wrestling Film ‘The Last Champion’ Offers Familiar Inland Northwest Sights
“I don’t know that there’s been anyone who’s a bigger advocate for changing behavior,” Gov. Brad Little said Thursday. “What I want is compliance. And we’re just having an issue (with compliance).” Continue Reading Unlike Washington, Idaho Governor Keeps Asking, But Not Mandating, People Follow COVID Measures
In a 17-4 vote, an expert committee concluded that the scientific evidence supports the authorization of the COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer and BioNTech for emergency use during the pandemic. Continue Reading FDA Panel Recommends COVID-19 Vaccine For Emergency Use
Two-thirds of Americans say the federal government has not done enough to ease the economic hardships brought on by the coronavirus pandemic, according to the latest PBS NewsHour/NPR/Marist poll. Continue Reading Americans Want More COVID Economic Relief. Most Think Congress Should Compromise
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