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In this May 5, 2016, a Boeing 747-400 Global SuperTanker drops half a load of its 19,400-gallon capacity during a ceremony at Colorado Springs, Colo. The world’s largest firefighting plane has been shut down just as Western states prepare for a wildfire season that fire officials fear could be worse than the average year. CREDIT: Christian Murdock/The Gazette via AP

World’s Largest Firefighting Plane May Be Sold For COVID-19 Response, As Wildfire Season Heats Up

As the company weighs its options, two Washington state legislators sent a letter Tuesday to U.S. Congress members in Western states, urging them to find a solution to continue the SuperTanker’s operations, which they described as the “biggest and one of the best weapons in battling the catastrophic fires.” Continue Reading World’s Largest Firefighting Plane May Be Sold For COVID-19 Response, As Wildfire Season Heats Up

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People walking in a park some wearing masks

CDC Says If You’re Fully Vaccinated, You Don’t Need To Mask Outdoors (Unless You’re In A Crowd)

The CDC says people who are fully vaccinated do not need to wear a mask when they’re outdoors, unless they’re in a crowd, such as attending a live performance, sporting event or parade. People are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after receiving the second dose of the Pfizer or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after the single dose Johnson & Johnson shot. Continue Reading CDC Says If You’re Fully Vaccinated, You Don’t Need To Mask Outdoors (Unless You’re In A Crowd)

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A new state law will further prod the Spokane school district to find a new mascot for North Central High School, now the home of the Indians. CREDIT: Rebecca White/Spokane Public Radio

Governor Signs Law Banning Native-Themed High School Mascots, With Some Exceptions

Washington public schools with Native American-themed team names or mascots have a decision to make now that Gov. Jay Inslee has signed into law a ban on such symbols. The schools have until year’s end to find a new mascot or try to win the blessing of a nearby tribe for continued use under an exception. Continue Reading Governor Signs Law Banning Native-Themed High School Mascots, With Some Exceptions

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A male greater sage grouse struts its stuff on Bureau of Land Management land in this April 21, 2012, photo. Bureau of Land Management

‘It Sometimes Is Depressing’: Conservation Moves Forward, And Uphill, For Washington’s Sage Grouse

Sage grouse in the Columbia Basin are cut off from others in Oregon and southern Idaho, making them unique in their recovery. In 1998, Washington listed its sage grouse as threatened. They now occupy around 8 percent of their historic range in the state. Continue Reading ‘It Sometimes Is Depressing’: Conservation Moves Forward, And Uphill, For Washington’s Sage Grouse

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Vanessa Delgado, of Irvine, Calif., recently got her COVID-19 vaccine. She also helped her farmworker father of Benton County, Wash., get his shot.

It’s Complicated: Why Some Northwest Latinx Residents And Farmworkers Hesitate On COVID Vaccine

Across the Northwest, many Latinx families are facing similar barriers to getting vaccinated and other issues. Adding to the complexity is powerful misinformation on social media and by word-of-mouth, the recent health concerns over the Johnson & Johnson vaccine and religious reasons for vaccine hesitancy. Continue Reading It’s Complicated: Why Some Northwest Latinx Residents And Farmworkers Hesitate On COVID Vaccine

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Olav Ulland, Gustav Raaum, Alf Engen, and Kjell Stordalen perform a four-person simultaneous ski jump at Sun Valley, Idaho, in December 1948. Courtesy of National Nordic Museum

The Northwest Was A Ski-Jumping Hotbed. A New Book And Museum Exhibit Share The History

Few among us have tried our luck at competitive ski jumping, and there is no shame in that considering these skiers can reach speeds around 60 mph before they take flight. But there’s something riveting about the daring sport even for casual onlookers. The Northwest was once a “hotbed” for Nordic jumping as detailed in a new book and a parallel museum exhibit. Continue Reading The Northwest Was A Ski-Jumping Hotbed. A New Book And Museum Exhibit Share The History

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