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Washington State Senate Democrats Unveil Budget Proposal: Big Boost In Spending, Capital Gains Tax

A new state capital gains tax. An expanded and fully funded tax credit for lower-income families. Fresh investments in disaster preparation and foundational public health. And significant new spending in early learning and child care. Those are among the elements of a proposed $59.2 billion, two-year budget Washington Senate Democrats unveiled on Thursday. Continue Reading Washington State Senate Democrats Unveil Budget Proposal: Big Boost In Spending, Capital Gains Tax

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A mass stranding of Velella velella at Fort Stevens State Park, Oregon, in 2015.

‘Blue Tides’ Of Sailor Jellies On Northwest Coast Correlate With Warmer Seas In Winter

New research out of the University of Washington finds a correlation between warmer ocean waters and mass strandings of By-the-wind sailor jellyfish over the past two decades. The brief, widespread beachings of “gazillions” of purplish-blue jellies along the Pacific Northwest coast create a memorable sight for those who chance to be in the right place at the right time. Continue Reading ‘Blue Tides’ Of Sailor Jellies On Northwest Coast Correlate With Warmer Seas In Winter

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People toasting the sunset with wine glasses outside in Washington state

Spring Release: If You’re Headed To Northwest Wine Country, You May Need An Appointment

When wineries release their new vintages to the public it’s often called “Spring release.” Those bottlings have been cooped up all winter aging. So have winter-weary patrons. Those who are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 are stepping out to wineries and meeting in small groups both outdoors and in. Continue Reading Spring Release: If You’re Headed To Northwest Wine Country, You May Need An Appointment

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In this May 8, 2003, a northern spotted owl sits on a tree branch in the Deschutes National Forest near Camp Sherman, Ore. CREDIT: Don Ryan/AP

Timber Wars Continued: Conservationists Sue To Save Spotted Owl Logging Protections

Environmental groups have filed a lawsuit seeking to preserve protections for 3.4 million acres of northern spotted owl habitat from the US-Canada border to northern California, the latest salvo in a legal battle over logging in federal old-growth forests that are key nesting grounds for the imperiled species. Continue Reading Timber Wars Continued: Conservationists Sue To Save Spotted Owl Logging Protections

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After an hours-long wait, drivers pull up under a vaccination tent to get their first dose of the Moderna COVID vaccine on Thursday, Jan. 14, 2021. CREDIT: Tom Banse/N3

Central Washington Ramps Up As Agricultural Workers Eligible For Vaccine; FEMA To Help In Yakima

Yakima County will soon get a boost to its existing vaccine distribution at an existing site set up at county fairgrounds. But unlike other sites around the state managed directly through the state, including in the Tri-Cities, Wenatchee and Spokane, the Yakima site will have the support of the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Continue Reading Central Washington Ramps Up As Agricultural Workers Eligible For Vaccine; FEMA To Help In Yakima

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Lawmakers in the Idaho House of Representative debate a bill on Wednesday, March 17, 2021. They approved a massive income tax cut backers say provides much-needed relief but that opponents say is a giveaway to the rich that will result in long-lasting harm. CREDIT: Keith Ridler/AP

Idaho’s Coronavirus Trendline: Legislature Shuts Down As Parts Of State Lead Nation In New Cases

On Friday morning, the Idaho Legislature recessed until April 6, following a week in which at least six House members tested positive for coronavirus. “We need to emphasize that none of the things will be left undone, it just presses pause,” House Speaker Scott Bedke said Friday morning, minutes after the House voted to go on recess. Continue Reading Idaho’s Coronavirus Trendline: Legislature Shuts Down As Parts Of State Lead Nation In New Cases

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Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Wash., speaks as the House of Representatives debates the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019. CREDIT: House TV-AP

After Dan Newhouse Voted To Impeach Trump, Conservatism In Central Washington Is Being Redefined

When Rep. Dan Newhouse broke with his party to vote to impeach President Trump, critics started to question his Conservative credentials. The state GOP condemned the impeachment vote, and Republican Party chairs in Grant, Benton, Franklin, Yakima, Adams, and Douglas counties demanded his resignation. Continue Reading After Dan Newhouse Voted To Impeach Trump, Conservatism In Central Washington Is Being Redefined

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The Nez Perce tribe's vice chairman Casey Mitchell proudly wears a bead necklace sewn by his mother as a college graduation present that depicts Chief Joseph. CREDIT: Kirk Siegler/NPR

For Nez Perce Tribe, And Across The West, Deb Haaland Faces A Long To-Do List At Interior

Deb Haaland, the former Democratic congresswoman, made history Monday by becoming the first indigenous interior secretary. She’s promising to begin repairing a legacy of broken treaties and abuses committed by the federal government toward tribes. It’s one pillar of a long and ambitious to-do list of reforms the administration is planning at the sprawling agency that is the federal government’s most direct contact with the nation’s 574 federally recognized — and sovereign — tribes. Continue Reading For Nez Perce Tribe, And Across The West, Deb Haaland Faces A Long To-Do List At Interior

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