It’s been more than a year since the state Department of Social and Health Services took the unprecedented step of shutting down a major in-home care provider for developmentally disabled adults. Now, 16 months after the provider’s sister company, Aacres Washington, took over care of many of those vulnerable adults, the cycle is repeating itself. Continue Reading Troubles Resurface For Washington In-Home Care Provider After ‘Unusual And Troubling’ Death
After his arrest Tuesday on suspicion of official misconduct, the case against former Wapato mayor and city administrator Juan Orozco was thrown out of the Yakima County Superior Court in a preliminary hearing. Continue Reading Former Wapato Mayor Arrested, But Judge Throws Out Case
A year ago, Washington state had 82 hard-to-place foster youths, mostly teenagers, living in facilities in states as far away as South Carolina, prompting calls to bring them home. As of Aug. 1, that number had been reduced by more than half to 38, according to the Department of Children Youth and Families. Continue Reading Washington Reduces Number Of Foster Youth Out Of State, But In-State Beds Still Lacking
To secure enough votes in 1994, the ban’s sponsors in Congress accepted a “sunset provision” — meaning it would last 10 years but need to be reauthorized. Politics in the U.S. changed. Continue Reading The U.S. Once Had A Ban On Assault Weapons — Why Did It Expire?
Residents of Washougal, Washington, say a controversial rock-mining operation is disrupting their neighborhood’s peace and quiet and violating the Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area Act. Continue Reading Residents Say A Columbia River Gorge Mine In Washington Violates Federal Law
A whale expert is reporting a rare sighting of blue whales off the Washington state coast. The largest animals on the planet have also been sighted in unusual numbers offshore of Oregon this summer. Continue Reading Whale-Come To Washington! Biggest Animal On Earth Spotted Off Northwest Coast
In a move that critics say will hurt plants, animals and other species as they face mounting threats, the Trump administration is making major changes to how the Endangered Species Act is implemented. Continue Reading Trump Administration Makes Major Changes To Endangered Species Protections
Prescribed fires are credited with making forests healthier and stopping or slowing the advance of some blazes. Despite those successes, there are plenty of reasons they are not set as often as officials would like, ranging from poor conditions to safely burn to bureaucratic snags and public opposition. Continue Reading Across The West, Land Managers Face Hurdles In Fighting Fire With Fire
Salmon are now swimming in the upper Columbia River for the first time in decades. For regional Native tribes, Friday’s ceremonial fish release is a big step toward catching fish in traditional waters. Cheers erupted from the crowd as the first salmon was released since 1955 into the Columbia River above Chief Joseph Dam. Continue Reading Tribes Release 1st Salmon Into Upper Columbia Since Dam Construction
The longest-running public service campaign is tied to a reduction in wildfires, but in some ways Smokey’s message may have worked too well. Here’s how he’s changed. Continue Reading Careful With Those Birthday Candles, Smokey: Beloved Wildfire-Prevention Bear Turns 75
A badly entangled whale is swimming free again after a dramatic rescue off the Washington coast on Thursday evening. The 35-foot long humpback whale calmly allowed responders to cut it free of fishing gear, according to witnesses. Continue Reading Rescuers Free Humpback Whale ‘Hogtied’ In Fishing Gear Off Northwest Washington Coast
The city administrator in the Yakima Valley town of Wapato stepped down last month after a lawsuit from the state Attorney General’s office alleged he used his influence to enrich himself. And now other city leaders are being pushed out. Continue Reading Wapato Mayor Fires Police Chief, But Likely Won’t Be Mayor Much Longer
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