Federal agencies and Northern California’s Yurok Tribe have released a plan to reintroduce critically endangered California condors to the Pacific Northwest. Continue Reading New Plan Would Return California Condors To Northwest Skies
Some psychiatric patients are spending not just hours in the emergency room, but days or a week. They’re living there in the ER because there is nowhere else to send them. Northwest policymakers are now making it a priority to create more treatment capacity for people in mental health and addiction crises. Continue Reading Those Experiencing Mental Health Crisis Find Themselves Stuck In ER, With Nowhere Else To Go
There’s a new wolf pack on the western side of Washington’s Cascade Mountains. Wildlife officials say it’s the first time they’ve documented a pack there since wolves were wiped out decades ago. Continue Reading Western Washington Has A New Wolf Pack, First In Decades
In a rebuke to the Idaho legislature, Gov. Brad Little has “reluctantly” vetoed a bill that some say would’ve made it nearly impossible to get an initiative on the ballot. Little also plans to veto a second, similar bill that would’ve loosened some of the original proposal’s restrictions. Continue Reading Idaho Gov. Brad Little Vetoes Bill That Would Have Made Ballot Initiatives Tougher
The hotel chain Motel 6 has agreed to pay $12 million to settle a lawsuit filed by the state of Washington after several locations gave information on thousands of guests to Immigration and Customs Enforcement without warrants. Continue Reading Motel 6 To Pay $12 Million After Improperly Giving Washington Guest Lists To Immigration Agents
The Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office began a coroner’s inquest Wednesday into the deaths of the Southwest Washington family who plunged off of a California cliff last year. Continue Reading New Details Emerge With Inquest Of Washington Family Killed In Crash Off California Cliff
A proposal out Thursday by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration would allow the Makah Tribe to hunt between 1-3 gray whales annually in their historic hunting range. The tribe last held a hunt 20 years ago. Continue Reading Makah Tribe Could Again Hunt Whales Off Washington Coast
Over the past decade, at least 122 people have died by suicide in county jails across Oregon and Washington. Suicide, specifically hanging, is by far the leading single cause of deaths in the region’s jails. It accounts for nearly half of all cases with a known cause of death. Continue Reading Booked And Buried: Suicide Is The Leading Cause Of Death In Northwest Jails
An Oregon wood products company challenged the expansion of the Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument, arguing that President Barack Obama didn’t have the power to give monument protections to Oregon and California Railroad Lands in 2017, just days before leaving office. Continue Reading Federal Judge Upholds Obama-Era Expansion Of Cascade-Siskiyou National Monument
Two people who allegedly placed online ads to sell elephant ivory carvings are the first to be charged under wildlife trafficking laws passed Northwest voters a few years ago. Continue Reading Two Accused Of Selling Ivory Are First Charged Under Washington Wildlife Trafficking Law
Across Oregon and Washington, at least 70 percent of the inmates who died since 2008 were awaiting trial, rather than serving time. Civil liberties advocates have long expressed concern over jailing people on low-level crimes that have root causes of mental illness, drug addiction or lack of stable employment. Continue Reading 70 Percent Of Jail Deaths In Washington And Oregon Involve People Innocent By Law
A former Navy landing ship commissioned during World War II could come to the rescue when a big Cascadia earthquake hits someday. A group based in Astoria, Oregon, envisions a new role in disaster relief for the storied vessel Salvage Chief. Continue Reading This Old Ship Could Help Clear The Way For Relief After A Cascadia Megaquake
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