Residents living on the West Coast don’t know when the next earthquake will hit. But a new expansion of the U.S. earthquake early warning system gives 50 million people in California, Oregon — and now Washington — seconds to quickly get to safety whenever the next one hits. Continue Reading West Coast Now Covered By Earthquake Early Warning System With Addition Of Washington
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday signed into law a new tax on capital gains aimed at the state’s wealthiest residents. But the future of the tax is uncertain. Continue Reading Governor Signs Washington Capital Gains Tax Into Law As Legal Challenges Loom
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Tuesday said all of the state’s counties will remain in their current phase of the state’s economic reopening plan and won’t face more restrictions because new COVID cases are levelling off after a recent spike. Continue Reading Governor Says All Washington Counties Will Stay In Their Current Reopening Phase…For Now
President Biden on Tuesday is set to announce new steps to reach rural Americans in the push to get as many people as possible vaccinated for the coronavirus, a White House official tells NPR. This emphasis comes as rural hospitals are raising alarms about the pace of vaccination — even among their own employees. Continue Reading Why Lagging COVID Vaccine Rate At Rural Hospitals ‘Needs To Be Fixed Now’
More people will be allowed at indoor and outdoor spectator events and indoor religious services if there are designated COVID-19 vaccination sections, under new guidance issued by Gov. Jay Inslee Monday. Continue Reading Washington Says Events Like Sports And Concerts Can Increase Capacity With Vaccinated Sections
If approved, a utility-scale solar farm would be the largest in renewable friendly Klickitat County and in Washington. But some residents say its potential location doesn’t take one important thing into account: environmental justice. Continue Reading Even In The Bright Of Day, Some Klickitat County Residents Have A Solar Energy ‘Nightmare’
Do transgender women and girls have a constitutional right to play on women’s sports teams? That question will be argued before the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday. Continue Reading Idaho’s Transgender Sports Ban, Basis For Other States’ Bans, Faces A Major Legal Hurdle
Last year, Wyoming and Montana — another major coal state — asked the Supreme Court to override a decision by Washington state to deny a permit to build a coal export dock on the Columbia River. The interstate lawsuit followed years of unsuccessful attempts by the dock’s developer, Utah-based Lighthouse Resources, to contest the permit denial in federal court. Continue Reading Wyoming Doubles Down On Coal With Threat To Sue Other Western States, Including Washington
Whether you recently adopted a pet during the pandemic or are a long-time pet owner, there are things you can do while out and about in the Northwest’s hiking season to prepare for warm-weather adventures with your pooch. Continue Reading Sit! Stay! Hike! Where To Go And How To Prep You And Your Pooch
Mary Big Bull-Lewis sees the way forward for Native people in Washington: ownership of the land and the stories attached to it. Continue Reading In Wenatchee, A Wenatchi Designer Has A Plan To Buy Back Native Lands
The Northeast Tri-County Health District on Friday announced that it has moved Ferry County back a step because of an outbreak, brought upon, at least in part, by two maskless parties at an Eagles’ Lodge in Republic in mid-April. Continue Reading Ferry County Moves Back To Phase 2 Due To COVID Outbreak After Maskless Parties At Eagles Club
The 2021 Idaho Legislature took its ugliest turn on its 108th day, when the House Ethics Committee weighed a sexual assault complaint against first-year Rep. Aaron von Ehlinger. Continue Reading Analysis: A Bad Week And A Rough Session For The Idaho Legislature (And The Facts)
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