The U.S. Postal Service has suffered from financial problems for years, but Louis DeJoy, a Republican fundraiser, chose this summer to cut some overtime, withdraw sorting machines and impose other operational changes that have effectively reduced the system’s throughput. Continue Reading In Senate Hearing, Controversial Postmaster General Vows USPS Can Handle Mail-In Ballots
A 2017 analysis that looked at historic versus recent distributing areas of the species and found that the populations have declined by almost 50% of its historic range and it has been accelerating in recent years. Continue Reading Endangered Species Act Protection Sought For A Northwest Freshwater Mussel
In June, the Yakima Health District was reporting as many as 200 new COVID-19 cases per day. Now, daily cases are in the 20s since Sunday, Aug. 16. Gov. Jay Inslee says the county’s early masking directive is the likely cause. Continue Reading Once The Center Of Pandemic In Washington, Yakima Shows ‘Significant Decline’ In Cases
Firefighters are working to contain a large fire in north-central Washington. So far, the Palmer Fire has burned at least 6,000 acres and forced evacuations as winds pushed flames forward. It’s expected to grow, pushing north toward the Canadian border, in the coming days. Continue Reading Crews Attack Fast-Moving Palmer Fire In Okanogan County, Eyeing Northward Growth Toward Border
The air quality around the Northwest is gradually worsening with the increasing number of wildfires burning this week. Health and air quality officials are urging people to be prepared in case the smoke becomes more prominent. Continue Reading Wildfires Are Picking Up In Northwest. So Is Possibility Of Smoke Inundating The Region
The months-long closure of the U.S.-Canada border to non-essential crossings has been extended again. The border crossing restrictions will last at least until late September, probably longer, due to the pandemic. The outlook is leading people who used to cross regularly to make major life changes. Continue Reading U.S. – Canada Border Restrictions Extended, Forcing Big Changes To Lives In Washington And B.C.
Okanogan County Fire Grows; Inslee Declares Emergency Exactly 5 Years After Twisp Firefighters Killed
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee declared a statewide emergency Wednesday to help with fires burning in on the Olympic Peninsula and in central and eastern Washington. Continue Reading Okanogan County Fire Grows; Inslee Declares Emergency Exactly 5 Years After Twisp Firefighters Killed
Former U.S. Sen. Slade Gorton of Washington, a three-term Republican and 9/11 commissioner, has died at the age of 92. Thomas Slade Gorton III was born in Chicago in 1928. He was a descendant of the Gorton Seafood family of Massachusetts. But it was politics that attracted him from a young age. Continue Reading Former Washington U.S. Senator Slade Gorton Dies At 92
One hundred years ago, both chambers of Congress passed the 19th Amendment, which guaranteed American women the right to vote. The landmark amendment was ratified into the U.S. Constitution the following year, in August of 1920. Continue Reading 5 Things You Might Not Know About The 19th Amendment, Passed 100 Years Ago
For some people, there are advantages to living in an unprotected area. For one, they don’t have to pay taxes into a fire district or timber taxes to the state. Residents in Moses Coulee area of Douglas County want to act as an initial attack team for their small area, helping douse the flames until official fire crews arrive. Continue Reading ‘Hanging Out To Dry’ In Rural Washington As Residents Push For Their Own Fire Protection Group
Louis DeJoy, an ally of President Trump, has come under fire in recent weeks for what’s viewed as directives to slow down USPS in order to suppress absentee or mail-in votes. Continue Reading Postmaster General Suspends Controversial USPS Changes Until After Election
A federal judge has put Idaho’s controversial transgender athletics ban on hold. The injunction will allow Chief U.S. District Judge David C. Nye to review the myriad constitutional questions surrounding the law, which bans transgender women and girls from participating in women’s and girls’ sports. Continue Reading Federal Judge Puts Temporary Hold On Idaho Law Barring Transgender Athletes In Women’s Sports
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