Lab chimps used in medical studies are being retired to a forested sanctuary. But scientists and workers who care for the animals say some older chimps aren’t healthy enough to make the transition. Continue Reading Too Frail To Retire? Humans Ponder The Fate Of Research Chimps
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has elevated his national profile as a critic of President Donald Trump and fanned speculation about a 2020 presidential bid. A big part of Inslee’s role as DGA chair is to raise money to fuel political advertising and get-out-the-vote efforts. But critics say his constant travel may be interfering with his job as governor. Continue Reading As Jay Inslee Campaigns Nationally For Other Democrats, Critics Say He’s Forgetting Washington
Recently, several mayors in the Tri-Cities publicly called for Tunnel 2 to be filled in immediately. They’re worried a collapse of the tunnel could throw up a plume of dust exposing workers or the public. Continue Reading Meetings Seek Public Comment On Hanford Tunnel Filled With Radioactive Waste
More than 80 people gathered at the local affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. They were there for a forum organized by a fledgling group of moms whose severely mentally ill children have struggled to get the help they need in Washington state — sometimes with deadly consequences. Continue Reading A ‘Miserable Underworld.’ One Washington Mom’s Fight To Change The Mental Health System
McCain was shot down during the Vietnam War and was held captive and tortured for years. The ordeal helped fuel his political career. Continue Reading From A POW Prison, John McCain Emerged A ‘Maverick’
Two hazardous waste companies operating along the Columbia River are arguing over mercury pollution getting into the air. One company, TD*X, is accusing the other, Chemical Waste Management, of releasing mercury into the air. The report goes on to say regulators aren’t requiring strong pollution controls. Continue Reading A Dispute Is Brewing Over Mercury Air Pollution In Columbia River Gorge
While the study’s authors acknowledge moderate drinking may protect some people against heart disease, these potential benefits do not outweigh the risks of cancer and other diseases. Continue Reading No Amount Of Alcohol Is Good For Your Health, Global Study Says
Maria Gonzalez started at DeRuyter Brothers dairy in February 2015. At the time, she was the first and only woman working as a milker. For Maria, working there was a step up in career and pay. But it also meant facing sexual harassment from a male coworker. It ended with losing her job.
Continue Reading In MeToo Era, A Yakima Valley Dairy Worker Finds Her Voice
Washington state Rep. Matt Manweller “engaged in a pattern of unprofessional and inappropriate behavior” with current and former female students at Central Washington University (CWU) over a 13-year period, according to an 85-page investigative report released by the university on Wednesday. Continue Reading CWU Report Finds ‘Pattern Of Unprofessional Conduct’ From Rep. Matt Manweller In Firing Him
Climate change is advancing. Snowpack is decreasing, and summers are hotter and drier. A century’s worth of fire suppression is leaving forests overloaded with fuel. All of that is creating the conditions for wildfires to spread quickly and widely and burn huge trees along with the underbrush. Fire seasons are now 105 days longer in the western U.S. than they were in the 1970s. Continue Reading Wildfire Smoke Means Smaller Newborns And More ER Visits
In 2013, the U.S. Forest Service was looking for someone to reduce wildfire risk and rehabilitate a stand of overgrown trees on the Colville National Forest in northeastern Washington. Colville-based Vaagen Brothers Lumber submitted the one and only proposal to take on the ‘A to Z’ project. Its future awaits a federal court decision. Continue Reading Could A Washington Forest Restoration Project Privatize Land Management, Or Make It More Efficient?
Hot housing markets in major cities like Seattle and Portland have pushed the cities to regulate short-term rentals like Airbnb. But small Pacific Northwest towns popular with visitors are also struggling to balance the growth of Airbnb-type rentals with a tight housing supply. Continue Reading Northwest Coastal Towns Grapple With Growth Of Vacation Rentals
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