Deaths from COVID-19 have jumped nearly 40% this week, and hospitals around the country are straining under their patient load. Here’s what happened in the first week after Thanksgiving. Continue Reading ‘Biggest Stress Test Of American Health Care In History’: Takeaways From The Pandemic This Week
“Despite ‘Leave No Trace’ ethics, there are so many white fingerprints on public lands that it’s like a setting for a CSI episode. Ebey’s Landing, a national historic reserve, is no exception,” Claudia Lawrence writes in this opinion piece first published by Crosscut. Continue Reading Opinion: A Magical Hike On Whidbey Island At Ebey’s Landing Whitewashes Native History
An online survey conducted out of Whitman College found more than half of Washingtonians say they have delayed medical visits this year. The findings underscore widespread concerns about disruptions to health care during the pandemic. Continue Reading More Than Half Of Washingtonians Surveyed Say They’ve Delayed Getting Health Care This Year
U.S. employers added just 245,000 jobs last month as the runaway pandemic continued to weigh on hiring. The unemployment rate fell to 6.7% from 6.9% in October. Continue Reading ‘Warning Signs Flashing’: Job Growth Slows Sharply As Pandemic Takes Toll On Economy
Whether you’re looking for coverage online or through a broker, be sure to note the difference between a comprehensive health plan and a “junk” plan with limited benefits and coverage restrictions. Continue Reading Think Your Health Care Costs Are Covered? Beware The ‘Junk’ Insurance Plan
You can add a new term to your lexicon: “Zoom towns.” These are scenic places experiencing a surge of house hunters. Booming demand comes from workers freed by the pandemic to work from home long term. Continue Reading Migration To Booming Northwest ‘Zoom Towns’ Sends Home Prices Into Overdrive
It was a little-noticed constitutional amendment to allow for the investment of long-term care trust fund dollars in private stocks. Voters soundly defeated the measure 54 to 46 percent. Now comes the surprise cost of that under-the-radar vote: an estimated $15 billion. Continue Reading Washington Voters Said ‘No’ To A Constitutional Amendment. Now There’s A $15 Billion Problem
Here’s a quick game: When you hear, “spotted owl,” what do you think of? If you were in the Northwest in the 1980s and 1990s, you may think of logging and a fight over endangered species versus jobs and lumber towns surviving. But there’s much more background in that fight than you may remember. Continue Reading Much More Than A Spotted Owl Fight: Northwest ‘Timber Wars’ Of 30 Years Ago Revisited In Podcast
Data from the COVID Tracking Project show 100,226 people were hospitalized Wednesday, while Johns Hopkins reports a new one-day death toll record. Continue Reading U.S. Hits 100,000 COVID-19 Hospitalizations, Breaks Daily Death Record
Washington state lawmakers and activists are setting an ambitious agenda for police reform in the upcoming legislative session, saying they hope to make it easier to decertify officers for misconduct, to bar the use of police dogs to make arrests, and to create an independent statewide agency to investigate police killings. Continue Reading Washington Lawmakers And Activists Craft Police Reform Bills Ahead Of 2021 Legislative Session
Catherine Perusse is a counselor in Sandpoint, Idaho, who knows first-hand about the devastation of suicide: Two of her sons died of self-inflected death six years apart. In this episode of StoryCorps Northwest, Catherine and her daughter, Ali Bretthauer of Moscow, Idaho, share how the deaths changed their lives. Continue Reading StoryCorps Northwest: She Became A Counselor After Two Sons Died By Suicide
Bighorn sheep in central Washington could be in danger if domestic sheep continue to graze nearby. That’s the concern from two groups suing the U.S. Forest Service. Domestic sheep or goats can pass a deadly bacteria to bighorns. Continue Reading Northwest Bighorn Sheep Could Be In Big Danger — From Close Contact And Respiratory Infection
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