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Gov. Jay Inslee, shown here at the Federal Detention Center in SeaTac in June, has traveled on behalf of the Democratic Governors Association more than a dozen times in 2018. CREDIT: ELLEN M. BANNER

As Jay Inslee Campaigns Nationally For Other Democrats, Critics Say He’s Forgetting Washington

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

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Jerri Clark of Vancouver, Washington started the group Mothers of the Mentally Ill after her son struggled to get the help he needed after he was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. CREDIT: AUSTIN JENKINS

A ‘Miserable Underworld.’ One Washington Mom’s Fight To Change The Mental Health System

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

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A view of the Columbia River Gorge. CREDIT: GORD MCKENNA/FLICKR-CREATIVE COMMONS

A Dispute Is Brewing Over Mercury Air Pollution In Columbia River Gorge

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

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Washington 13th District GOP Rep. Matt Manweller CREDIT: WASHINGTON LEGISLATURE/2014

CWU Report Finds ‘Pattern Of Unprofessional Conduct’ From Rep. Matt Manweller In Firing Him

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

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A hazy sky over the Columbia River in Eastern Washington. Fire seasons are now 105 days longer in the western U.S. than they were in the 1970s. That’s one reason smoky skies are more common during wildfire season than in the past. CREDIT: EILIS O'NEILL

Wildfire Smoke Means Smaller Newborns And More ER Visits

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

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The Vaagen Brothers Lumber mill in Colville, Washington is surrounded by the Selkirk Mountain foothills, and the potential 'A-Z Project' timber. Courtesy Josh Anderson/Vaagen Bros.

Could A Washington Forest Restoration Project Privatize Land Management, Or Make It More Efficient?

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?

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