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A hydrogen fuel cell electric bus on loan from SunLine Transit in Palm Springs was displayed at the Intercity Transit bus barn in Olympia on March 25, 2021. CREDIT: Tom Banse/N3

Interest In Hydrogen Fuel Grows Across The Northwest – And Tax Dollars Follow

More folks from Northwest government and industry are jumping on the hydrogen bandwagon to test if the alternative fuel could be a viable and green replacement for diesel and gasoline in some situations. The potential converts include more than half a dozen transit agencies from Everett to Eugene, state legislators and Boeing’s drone subsidiary in the Columbia River Gorge. Continue Reading Interest In Hydrogen Fuel Grows Across The Northwest – And Tax Dollars Follow

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Radioactive waste shipped to Idaho from a Midwestern nuclear weapons facility during the Cold War has been compacted and sent out of state for permanent disposal. A U.S. Department of Energy contractor on Wednesday said nearly 26,000 cubic yards of waste contaminated with plutonium-238 has been sent to a storage facility in New Mexico. CREDIT: KEITH RIDLER/AP

Federal Report Says Radioactive Cleanup Work At Idaho Nuclear Site Is Working

Ongoing Superfund cleanup work of radioactive and other contamination at the Idaho National Laboratory in eastern Idaho has been successful at protecting humans and the environment, U.S. and state officials say. The five-year review by the U.S. Department of Energy, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality also said that potential exposures in areas that aren’t yet cleaned up are being controlled. Continue Reading Federal Report Says Radioactive Cleanup Work At Idaho Nuclear Site Is Working

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outside shot of Pullman Regional Hospital

Whitman County Warns Residents To Reconsider Activity As COVID-19 Case Rates Climb

COVID-19 cases are going up in Whitman County. And that’s concerning for the public health department. Late Friday afternoon, Whitman County Public Health released a statement warning residents to reconsider social and other activities outside their homes that could increase their risk of exposure to COVID-19. Continue Reading Whitman County Warns Residents To Reconsider Activity As COVID-19 Case Rates Climb

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The paddlewheeler American Empress is one of several scheduled to resume Columbia River sailings in spring 2021. CREDIT: Tom Banse/N3

Small Ship Cruising Getting Ready To Resume In Pacific Northwest And Alaska

Small ship cruise lines are pressing ahead with plans to restart overnight cruises on the Columbia and Snake rivers, around Puget Sound and in Alaska. They aim to cast off in April and May while the big cruise ships remain laid up by a red light from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Continue Reading Small Ship Cruising Getting Ready To Resume In Pacific Northwest And Alaska

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File photo, Dec. 2020. State Rep. Tarra Simmons, D-Bremerton, holds blank voter registration forms as she poses for a photo at her home in Bremerton, Wash. Simmons was incarcerated herself before being released and becoming a lawyer, and then winning a state House seat in 2020. CREDIT: Ted S. Warren/AP

Washington Legislature Passes Bill Granting Voting Rights To Felony Parolees

Washington state lawmakers have voted to automatically restore voting rights to people who have been released from prison after committing felonies,
even if they’re still on parole. With the support of majority Democrats, the state Senate passed the measure 27-22 Wednesday night, following earlier approval by the House. It now heads to Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee, who is expected to sign it. Continue Reading Washington Legislature Passes Bill Granting Voting Rights To Felony Parolees

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