As reports emerge across the country of health facilities throwing out unused and spoiled COVID-19 vaccines, some state governments are failing to track the wastage as required by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, leaving officials coordinating immunization efforts blind to exactly how many of the precious, limited doses are going into the trash and why. Continue Reading How Many Vaccine Shots Go To Waste? Several States Aren’t Counting
The U.S. Postal Service has an answer at the very top of its official tracking page. A disclaimer there notes the system is “experiencing unprecedented volume increases and limited employee availability due to the impacts of COVID-19.” That combination is making it tough on those at the other end of the mailbox. Continue Reading ‘There’s No End In Sight’: Mail Delivery Delays Continue Across The Country
The plan includes $618 million to boost vaccination efforts and contact tracing. It also includes $668 million for school assistance, $365 million to aid renters and landlords and $240 million for grants to businesses. Continue Reading Washington Legislators Unveil $2.2 Billion COVID-19 Financial Relief Package
Washington’s U.S. senators say they’ve asked President Joe Biden to approve a major disaster declaration for eastern Washington towns that were burned by wildfires last fall. Those include the Whitman County town of Malden, which lost about 80% of its homes. Continue Reading Lawmakers Ask President Biden To Act On Washington Wildfire Relief After Trump Refused
A potato processing plant in the central WA town of Warden burned down in a dramatic overnight fire Thursday. It’s a hit to the already struggling NW potato industry. Continue Reading Potato Plant Down: Fire At Central Washington Facility Hurts Already Struggling Industry
Washington state plans to roll out mass doses of the COVID-19 vaccine at regional hubs starting Monday, Jan. 25. But some local officials say they received little notice and that they’re far from ready. Continue Reading Washington Plans Mass Vaccination Sites, But Says Please Register…And Don’t Show Up Yet
With at least 11 pieces of legislation already in the pipeline — all addressing some aspect of Little’s coronavirus response, and the Legislature’s role during an emergency — this issue is a long way from settled. And it could be a fascinating, defining debate of the 2021 session. Separation of powers, once the stuff of a “Schoolhouse Rock” segment, is all a bit more real to many Idahoans. Continue Reading Analysis: The Showdown Between Idaho Lawmakers And Governor That Could Define 2021 Session
While another surge remains possible, especially with new, more infectious variants on the horizon, the number of new daily infections in the current wave appears to have hit a high in the past week or two and has been steadily declining in most states since, the researchers say. Continue Reading Current, Deadly U.S. Coronavirus Surge Has Peaked, Researchers Say
The U.S. Bureau of Land Management on Tuesday issued a grazing permit and privilege to two eastern Oregon ranchers whose imprisonment sparked the armed takeover of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in 2016. Continue Reading Hammond Family, Previously Pardoned By Trump, Get Back Grazing Rights On Last Day Of Presidency
Observers say the votes to impeach from U.S. Reps. Jaime Herrera Beutler and Dan Newhouse signal a ‘civil war’ playing out within the GOP nationwide. Continue Reading What’s Next For Dan Newhouse And Jaime Herrera Beutler After They Voted To Impeach Trump?
The U.S. officially withdrew from the accord to limit climate-warming greenhouse gas emissions late last year, after President Donald Trump began the process in 2017. It is the only country of the nearly 200 signatories that has withdrawn. Biden vowed to sign on Inauguration Day the documents needed to rejoin the agreement. Continue Reading In One Of His First Acts, President Biden Moves To Have U.S. Join Paris Climate Agreement
Washington National Guard troops were on site to guard against any repeat of the violence and disruption seen Jan. 6. While security forces were less visible than they have been in recent days, a spokesperson for the Washington State Patrol said they were still there protecting the seat of the Washington state government. He declined to share more information, but said the force was not small. Continue Reading With Worries Of Armed Protests, Inauguration Day At Washington State Capitol Was Quiet
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