Much of the Northwest’s high country is still deep in good snowpack but short on rain this spring. That has dryland wheat farmers and cattle ranchers fretting. Cold, wind and dust are even wreaking havoc with produce farmers in the region. Continue Reading Northwest Snowpack Is Good, But Dry, Cold, Windy Spring Wreaking Havoc With Crops
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
The Billy Frank Jr. statue would replace one of Oregon Trail pioneer Marcus Whitman. The larger-than-life bronze of Whitman has stood in the U.S. Capitol’s Statuary Hall for nearly 70 years. Continue Reading It’s Official: Statue Honoring Billy Frank Jr. To Replace Marcus Whitman At U.S. Capitol
Days after the demise of a higher education budget, University of Idaho President C. Scott Green is looking for backup from alumni and business leaders. Continue Reading University Of Idaho President Says ‘Misinformation And Half-Truths’ Threaten Higher Ed Funding
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
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the blood clots are extremely rare but that it is reviewing the cases. The agency says it expects this pause to last for “a matter of days.” Continue Reading What You Need To Know: 6 Reported Blood Clot Cases In 7 Million From Johnson & Johnson Vaccine
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
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
The Washington Legislature has approved a measure to ban the use of Native American names, symbols and images as school mascots, logos and team names at most public schools in Washington. Continue Reading Washington Lawmakers Approve Ban On Native American Mascots With Some Exceptions
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
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
The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation are opening a two-day mass vaccination event to any resident age 16 and above who resides in the 11 counties that span the tribes’ ceded territory. The offer is open to anyone, not just tribal members. Continue Reading Confederated Tribes Of The Umatilla Reservation Open Vaccines To Anyone In 11 Counties
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