State and federal agencies throughout the Northwest are starting to lift burn restrictions on some lands. The Wildfire Preparedness level for the region was downgraded to its lowest stage — Level 1 — this week. But the region is below normal for precipitation and has been so for the past two months. Continue Reading Agencies Downgrade Preparedness And Burn Bans, But Northwest Wildfire Risk Persists
Initiative 1639 is a sprawling, 30-page ballot measure that seeks to restrict access to semi-automatic rifles like the popular AR-15, which has become synonymous with mass shootings. But the initiative would also require the secure storage of firearms. Under the initiative, if a gun wasn’t safely stored and ended up in the wrong hands and someone was injured or killed, the gun’s owner could face felony community endangerment charges. Continue Reading A Crime Victim And A Grieving Grandmother Are On Opposite Sides Of Washington Gun Initiative
The U.S. House and Senate have passed differing versions of the massive farm bill and are having trouble agreeing on a compromise. Usually what happens in this situation is Congress passes a short-term extension to keep programs going, but that didn’t happen this time. Continue Reading Farm Bill Expiration Leaves Northwest Researchers And Farmers On Edge
Work began this week to fill a roughly 1.3-mile-long tunnel with grout at the Hanford Nuclear Site. The tunnel is filled with highly hazardous radioactive waste. Continue Reading Works Starts On Grouting 2nd Waste-Filled Hanford Tunnel, With Aim Of Preventing Another Collapse
The new trade agreement signed Sunday at midnight called the USMCA short for the U.S. Mexico, Canada Agreement by the Trump Administration, could change things on some Northwest farms. Farmers are hopeful this new agreement will lift their commodity prices — many of which are low right now. Continue Reading New U.S. – Mexico – Canada Trade Deal Helps Northwest Agriculture, With Much Uncertainty Remaining
Does the neighborhood you grow up in determine how far you move up the economic ladder? A new online data tool being made public Monday finds a strong correlation between where people are raised and their chances of achieving the American dream. Continue Reading The American Dream Is Harder To Find In Some Neighborhoods
Increasingly hot and dry summers in Oregon and Washington have started to affect some of our most impressive travelers – the songbirds that migrate thousands of miles to breed here each spring. Continue Reading Old Growth Could Be Key For Native Songbird Species To Beat Climate-Change Heat
A western Washington chapter of the Boy Scouts is preparing to welcome girls to scouting with a “boot camp” just for teenage girls this coming weekend, Oct. 5-7. It’s a first-of-its-kind event hosted by the Pacific Harbors Council. Continue Reading Boy Scout ‘Boot Camp’ For Girls Near Olympia Paves Trail For Coed Scouting
In the year since the 48-year-old was nearly killed in the worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history, Chris Gilman has had to get used to living with fear: She has nightmares about family members getting shot, she only sits in spots in restaurants where she can see the exits, and she has to mentally prepare herself for movies that might include rapid gunfire. Continue Reading Washington Couple Learning To Cope A Year After Near-Death At Las Vegas Concert Mass Shooting
The lean profile of the whale known as K25 is yet another sign of trouble for the region’s endangered orcas. Since last November, three members of the long-endangered population have died, most recently an emaciated young female known as J50. Continue Reading Another Puget Sound Orca Struggles, But 3 Others Are Pregnant
When a wildfire starts, whether by lightning or human hand, it is almost always smothered. Continue Reading Fire Ecologists Say More Fires Should Be Left To Burn. So Why Aren’t They?
Arizona GOP Sen. Jeff Flake provided the critical vote to move the nomination to the full Senate while at the same time proposing that his colleagues support a one-week FBI investigation. Continue Reading President Trump Orders Limited FBI Investigation To Supplement Kavanaugh Background Check
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