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50 Years Ago, An Election For The Colville Ushered In A New Era For U.S. Tribes

Fifty years ago this week the federal government’s experiment with termination was crushed at the ballot box on the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation in Washington. Termination was a policy that was designed to end the United State government’s role in Indian affairs. It would have abrogated treaties, eliminated federal funding, and “freed the Indians” from the Bureau of Indian Affairs. And as a bonus, the wealth generated by millions of acres of land and the reward from rich natural resources would be up for grabs. Continue Reading 50 Years Ago, An Election For The Colville Ushered In A New Era For U.S. Tribes

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Suicide Warning Signs Missed At Washington Prisons, Investigation Finds

For the second time in less than a year, Washington’s Corrections Ombuds (OCO) is warning that the state’s prison system needs to do more to prevent inmate suicides. In a 15-page investigation released Monday, the OCO found that two inmates died by suicide in 2020 after prison staff failed to recognize signs of mental distress and didn’t follow suicide prevention policies. Continue Reading Suicide Warning Signs Missed At Washington Prisons, Investigation Finds

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During a March 2020 hearing, Senate State Affairs Committee chairwoman Patti Anne Lodge eyes a line of activists against gun violence ready to testify against a guns-in-schools bill. CREDIT: Sami Edge/Idaho EdNews

Idaho Bills Expanding Guns In Schools Stall Following Shooting By 6th Grader In Rigby

Two competing guns-in-schools bills will not get a hearing in the waning days of Idaho’s 2021 legislative session. They’ve been in the Legislature for months, but the timing ran out following a shooting this week in Rigby, Idaho, where a sixth grade student shot two other students and a school staff member. Continue Reading Idaho Bills Expanding Guns In Schools Stall Following Shooting By 6th Grader In Rigby

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Meteorite hunter Robert Ward with a SpaceX rocket tank that survived fiery reentry. He found it at the edge of a farm field near Beverly in central Washington. Courtesy of Robert Ward

Rocket Fireball Over The Northwest Provides Lasting Value Sleuths Tracking Where Space Junk Lands

Stargazers across the Pacific Northwest were treated to quite a light show in late March when the errant reentry of a spent rocket sent fireballs streaking high overhead. The uncontrolled disintegration of the rocket rained debris onto eastern Washington. While the search for mangled rocket parts goes on, the event also provided a great learning opportunity for researchers that could foreshadow a space junk warning system. Continue Reading Rocket Fireball Over The Northwest Provides Lasting Value Sleuths Tracking Where Space Junk Lands

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Goose Gap Farm is one of several large swaths of farmland that are up for sale in a major auction in the bankruptcy of Easterday Farms and Easterday Ranches. CREDIT: Anna King/N3

As Easterday Family Property Is Auctioned, Big-Time Buyers Attracted To Water-Rich Deal

Easterday Ranches and Easterday Farms has provided beef, potatoes, onions and produce to dinner tables for more than three generations. Now in bankruptcy, many of the family’s key properties will be sold to repay debts. It’s one of the largest sales of prime water-rich agricultural lands in the Columbia Basin in recent history. Continue Reading As Easterday Family Property Is Auctioned, Big-Time Buyers Attracted To Water-Rich Deal

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Tim Killian, a spokesman for Life Care Center in Kirkland, Wash., prepares to give a daily briefing to reporters on Wednesday. CREDIT: Ted S. Warren/AP

New UW Study Estimates More Than 900,000 People Have Died Of COVID-19 In U.S.

The analysis comes from researchers at the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, who looked at excess mortality from March 2020 through May 3, 2021, compared it with what would be expected in a typical non-pandemic year, then adjusted those figures to account for a handful of other pandemic-related factors. Continue Reading New UW Study Estimates More Than 900,000 People Have Died Of COVID-19 In U.S.

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The Washington State Capitol Building and Campus in Olympia has little activity on Inauguration Day on Jan. 20, 2021. CREDIT: Dorothy Edwards/Crosscut

Washington Lawmakers Try To Thread The Needle On Drug Possession, To Mixed Reviews

In the middle of this year’s legislative session, the Washington Supreme Court dropped its Blake decision, declaring the law criminalizing drug possession in the state to be unconstitutional. What followed was a sprint by lawmakers to answer the justices’ enormous ruling — a balancing act between conservatives eager to make drug possession a felony again and progressives who wanted to make decriminalization permanent. Continue Reading Washington Lawmakers Try To Thread The Needle On Drug Possession, To Mixed Reviews

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