Today we would recognize Harry Allen as trans. That term and concept did not exist in 1912, but there were many people in the past who had been assigned one sex at birth, but later in life transitioned to the sex that they more readily identified with. Continue Reading Past As Prologue: Harry Allen In The Northwest And The Slow History Of Trans Acceptance
Lawmakers in the Idaho state House on Thursday initiated a third attempt to pass legislation to trim the governor’s powers during an emergency such as a pandemic. Continue Reading Idaho Lawmakers Continue Pushing Bills Aimed At Curbing Governor’s Emergency Powers
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved disaster relief requests for nine eastern Washington counties and two Native tribes impacted by summer wildfires. That includes aid for the Whitman County towns of Malden and Pine City, which burned during a Labor Day wildfire that was fanned by high winds. Continue Reading President Biden Approves Federal Aid For Eastern Washington Fires Following Months Of Requests
Oregon Sens. Ron Wyden and Sen. Jeff Merkley and U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer joined with colleagues from Washington, California and Arizona Tuesday in sending a letter to the U.S. Department of Interior. In it, they requested an immediate federal review into the previous administration’s decision to remove 3.4 million acres of the Northern spotted owl’s critical habitat in Oregon, Washington and California. Continue Reading Western Members Of Congress Call For Investigation Into Slashed Spotted Owl Protections By Interior
News reports and social media feeds have been crowded lately with demands by teachers in Seattle and elsewhere around the state and the country to be vaccinated before they step from behind the computer screen and back into the classroom. Vaccine availability is something not even the governor can guarantee, but teachers are in one of the groups in line for vaccination in Washington state after the current groups — health care workers and everyone 65 and older. Continue Reading With Vaccine Questions Looming, Washington Schools Struggle With Reopening
Scientists estimate that somewhere between 70% and 85% of people need to be immune from the coronavirus before the disease will wane through a process known as herd immunity. Both natural immunity and vaccines can play a role in achieving that goal. But getting there won’t be easy. Continue Reading A Rocky Road On The Way To Herd Immunity For COVID-19
Leaders of seven Northwest tribes testified this week in favor of replacing a statue of Oregon Trail pioneer and missionary Marcus Whitman in the U.S. Capitol. A proposal pending in the Washington Legislature would install a statue of the late Native rights activist Billy Frank, Jr. in Whitman’s place of honor. Continue Reading Possible Statue Swap Of Billy Frank Jr. For Marcus Whitman Marks A Reckoning For Northwest History
The case of so-called modern-day cattle rustling in southeastern WA involving 200,000 fake cows and $225M is getting more complex by the day. Now, Easterday Ranches has filed for bankruptcy. Continue Reading Following Lawsuit, Washington’s Easterday Ranches Declares Bankruptcy; Suppliers Line Up For Pay
Idaho Gov. Brad Little says his state will move from Stage 2 to Stage 3 in its coronavirus reopening protocol. Little announced Tuesday that groups of up to 50 may now gather, as long as they take precautions with masks and physical distancing. Continue Reading Governor Advances Idaho Into Next Phase Of Reopening, Citing Declining COVID Case Rates
In recent months, many suicidal children have been showing up in hospital emergency departments, and more kids are needing in-patient care after serious suicide attempts. “Across the country, we’re hearing that there are increased numbers of serious suicidal attempts and suicidal deaths,” says Dr. Susan Duffy, a professor of pediatrics and emergency medicine at Brown University. Continue Reading Child Psychiatrists Warn That The Pandemic May Be Driving Up Kids’ Suicide Risk
Washington billionaires would pay a “wealth tax” under a proposal in the state House that will get a public hearing on Tuesday. The bill is sponsored by Democratic state Rep. Noel Frame, who chairs the House Finance Committee, and would impose a one percent tax on intangible financial property, such as stocks and bonds, futures contracts and publicly traded options. A billionaire’s first $1 billion in “taxable worldwide wealth” would be exempt. Continue Reading Tax A Billionaire, Raise Some Cash? It’s An Idea Washington State Democrats Are Floating
A data breach may have exposed the personal information of 1.6 million residents who filed for unemployment last year, as well as other information from state agencies and local governments, Washington state Auditor Pat McCarthy said Monday. Continue Reading State Auditor: Data Breach Compromised Info Of 1.6 Million Washingtonians Seeking Unemployment
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