Tens of thousands of public school students in Washington state returned to classes this month in school buildings judged to be at risk of collapse in a strong earthquake. A new report to the state Legislature prepared by state geologists and a structural engineering firm gave the lowest possible seismic safety rating to more than 90 percent of the school buildings assessed in a selective statewide survey. Continue Reading Hundreds Of Washington Schools Start Academic Year With Failing Grade On Quake Safety
The Washington Federation of State Employees announced a tentative deal with Gov. Jay Inslee early Saturday morning. Continue Reading Largest State Employee Union Strikes Tentative Deal Over Inslee’s Vaccine Mandate
The number of ferruginous hawks in Washington continues to decline. The birds face multiple threats, including wildfires, urban sprawl and loss of prey. Continue Reading Ferruginous Hawks In Washington Deemed Endangered
It’s a problem nationally and in the Northwest. Pet owners are having trouble getting access to veterinary services. It’s another example of the fallout from the ongoing pandemic. Continue Reading Desperate Times For Pet Owners And Vets As Clinics, Hospitals Are Overwhelmed
Fire officials hope to avoid another Labor Day weekend marked by extreme fires. Continue Reading Fire Officials Ask You Not To Make A ‘Tougher Season’ Tougher This Labor Day Weekend
Wildlife advocates sued Klickitat County Sheriff Bob Songer after he deputized hound handlers to track and kill cougars. Continue Reading Judge Rules Klickitat County Sheriff’s ‘Dangerous Wildlife Policy’ Isn’t Illegal
Long-term care insurance companies have temporarily halted sales in Washington. The move follows a frenzy of interest in the costly insurance policies prompted by a November 1 deadline to opt out of a new state-run long-term care program. Continue Reading Want To Opt-Out Of Washington’s New Long-Term Care Tax? Good Luck Getting A Private Policy In Time
As wildfires have burned throughout the Northwest this summer, some forest stands have fared better than others. Managers say that’s thanks, in part, to thinning and prescribed burns, which have made the stands more resilient in the face of wildfire. Continue Reading In North Central Washington, Forest Thinning, Controlled Burns Help Slow Wildfire
Photo of author Jess Walter | Courtesy of Jess Walter. In this episode of Traverse Talks with Sueann Ramella, author Jess Walter talks about humility and… Continue Reading ‘Traverse Talks’ Episode 23: Jess Walter On The Crossroads Between Humility And Confidence
Whoosh Innovations said its fish passage system could transport salmon quickly over the Snake River dams – and generate $60 million over 10 years by diverting water from fish ladders to hydropower turbines. Continue Reading Could A New Fish Passage System Help Snake River Salmon?
All school employees in Washington state must get a Covid-19 vaccine, or risk losing their job. Also, masks will once again be required in most indoor settings starting Monday, August 23, according to the latest mandates from Gov. Jay Inslee. Continue Reading Washington Issues Vaccine Mandate For K-12 School Employees And Statewide Mask Mandate
The saga of the troubled Easterday ag empire is spreading to rural Idaho. At issue: The fate of an Easterday ranch centered on a beautiful meadow that contributes water to the Spokane region. Continue Reading Easterday Idaho: What’s To Become Of A Water-Rich Northwest Ranch
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