Congress has agreed to make it easier to kill sea lions threatening fragile runs of salmon in the Northwest. A bill approved by the House this week changes the Marine Mammal Protection Act to lift some of the restrictions on killing sea lions to protect salmon and steelhead in the Columbia River and its tributaries. Continue Reading Bill To Allow Killing Columbia River Sea Lions To Help Salmon Heads To President Trump’s Desk
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is taking the first step toward a plan to help house and treat psychiatric patients who have been involved in the criminal justice system: a new, 500-bed state mental hospital. Continue Reading Inside Jay Inslee’s Proposed Budget: A New, 500-Bed Mental Hospital To Replace Western State
Lawmakers unveiled the much-anticipated farm bill compromise Monday night, ending the months-long impasse over whether a critical piece of legislation that provides subsidies to farmers and helps needy Americans buy groceries could pass before the lame-duck session concludes at the end of the year. Continue Reading Farm Bill Compromise Reached With SNAP Changes Out, Industrial Hemp In
Journalist Leah Sottile covered the 2016 Malheur Wildlife Refuge occupation and its aftermath with the Bundy family. This year she released a deeply reported podcast about the Bundys – called ‘Bundyville,’ a collaboration between Longreads and Oregon Public Broadcasting.
Continue Reading ‘Bundyville’ Tells A Story Of Anti-Government Extremism Set In The Rural West, Says Podcast Host
Ranchers and farmers living in the Mountain West are vulnerable to all kinds of things—drought, fluctuating crop prices, trade wars—and in part because of those things – depression and suicide. But there’s some help out there, from an unlikely source: Twitter. Continue Reading Mountain West Farmers Turn To Twitter To Discuss Depression Amid Concern For Their Well Being
At a major climate meeting in Poland, nearly 200 countries are trying to reach a deal on dramatically reducing carbon emissions. But a recent U.N. report found that may not be enough to avoid dangerous impacts from the warming climate. In fact, the world is falling so far short of what’s needed, it said, that it might be necessary to pull massive amounts of carbon dioxide out of the air. Continue Reading Taking Carbon Out Of The Air And Reusing It: Company Aims To Address Climate
Following eight months of meetings, a workgroup on the prevention of sexual harassment in the Washington state House is recommending an independent office where victims could report misconduct. The recommendation is part of a package of suggested reforms. Continue Reading Olympia Harassment: Workgroup Recommends New Office To Investigate Misconduct In Legislature
Fishing groups in California and Oregon joined the legal fray by filing suit against 30 companies, mainly oil producers. The Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations, the plaintiff, contends that the fossil fuel industry is at fault for recent warming-related damages to the West Coast’s prized Dungeness crab fishery. Continue Reading West Coast Fishing And Crabbing Groups Sue Fossil Fuel Companies For Role In Climate Change
Anthony Akers, who was wanted for failure to comply with the terms of his probation, became an Internet sensation after exchanging a series of Facebook posts with police in Washington state. Continue Reading A Match Made In Jail: Fugitive Sees Wanted Poster, Makes ‘Date’ To Turn Self In To Richland Police
A suspicious fire early Friday morning destroyed the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Lacey, Washington. If confirmed as arson, this would be the sixth attack on the faith in Thurston County this year. Continue Reading Arson And Hate Crime Suspected In Latest Attack On Jehovah’s Witnesses Near Olympia
The rule will give administrators more leeway in serving up white breads, biscuits, tortillas and white pastas by requiring that only half of the grains served in school meals each week be whole-grain rich. Continue Reading More Salt, Fewer Whole Grains: Federal Government Eases School Lunch Nutrition Rules
This weekend and into next week the Northwest is set to get several blasts of winter weather. That’s welcome news for Washington and Oregon’s water experts. Both states are well below normal for snowpack for this time of year. Continue Reading So Far, Not So Good For Northwest’s Winter Snowpack As Reservoirs Are Already Low
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