The focus on windmills ignores the evident fact that — as Abbott acknowledged on local TV — every kind of power generation fell short in this storm. In fact, significantly more natural gas and coal went offline than renewables. But that doesn’t suggest fossil fuels were uniquely to blame either — they were responsible for more production, so it’s no surprise they were the source of more failures. Continue Reading No, Texas Blackouts Weren’t Caused By Wind And Solar Energy Failure. Here’s What Really Happened
Legislation to make permanent changes in Idaho’s absentee ballot counting procedure passed the Senate on Thursday and is headed to the House. The state Senate voted 35-0 to approve the bill intended to speed absentee vote counting. It was used in the last general election and spurred by the coronavirus pandemic. Continue Reading Idaho Lawmakers Unanimously Pass Bill To Make Permanent Absentee Ballot Counting Change
The Washington state Senate has overwhelmingly passed a bill to create a panel of arbitrators to review police discipline decisions and to better track law enforcement arbitration cases statewide. Continue Reading Washington State Senate Passes Police Arbitration Reform Bill With Wide Bipartisan Margin
The COVID-19 vaccines are here, but if it’s your turn to get vaccinated, how are you supposed to sign up? The answers vary by place, so NPR created a tool to help you understand how things work in your state and connect you with local resources. And we’re sharing guiding principles and advice for navigating the process below. Continue Reading Tips, FYI And What To Know: How To Sign Up For A COVID-19 Vaccine
Just how do you miss 200,000 phantom cattle over several years? That’s what some people in the Columbia Basin cattle-feeding industry are wondering in an ongoing saga between Tyson Fresh Meats and Easterday Ranches. Continue Reading Easterday-Tyson Saga Shows: Counting 200K Cattle Isn’t Easy, Especially When They Might Not Exist
The legislation stems from lawmaker dissatisfaction with a temporary lockdown and other restrictions that Republican Gov. Brad Little put in place last March to reduce coronavirus infections and deaths. The Republican-dominated Legislature had adjourned for the year by then and was powerless to do anything. Continue Reading Idaho Lawmakers Get Closer To Stripping Governor Of Some Emergency Powers
Fishing and hunting license sales jumped in 2020 across the Pacific Northwest as more people flocked to outdoor activities during the COVID-19 pandemic. Total license purchases rose even though part of last spring was crimped by stay-home orders and in some states by the suspension of non-resident permits. Continue Reading Gone Fishin’: Northwest States Catch Lots More Angling And Hunting License Sales During Pandemic
For many families, paying for college is one of the biggest financial decisions they’ll make. College tuition is the highest it’s ever been — and the financial aid process is anything but clear. American journalist Ron Lieber’s new book, The Price You Pay for College aims to take the black box of college financials and, “turn it lighter and lighter shades of gray.” Continue Reading 5 Things Every Family Should Know About Paying For College
Seattle’s technology billionaires are many things: innovators, visionaries, philanthropists and some less polite descriptors, depending on whom you ask. But thanks to some scrupulous digging by industry journal The Land Report, which tracks land ownership across the country, we now know that Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates has another feather in his multi hyphenated career cap: America’s Top Private Owner of Farmland. Continue Reading Why Bill Gates Is Investing Big Time In Farmland Across Washington And The Country
As majority Democrats in the Washington Legislature lay the groundwork for tax increases to fund the next two-year budget, minority Republicans are jumping out ahead by releasing their own tax-averse budget blueprints. Continue Reading How Would GOP Budget If They Controlled Olympia? A Pair Of Spending Blueprints Offers Clues
This is the first academic year when districts in Washington are required to teach a stand-alone civics education course, not just something embedded in existing social studies classes. It’s the result of a bill approved by legislators three years ago. Continue Reading Should Civics Have A More Prominent Place In Washington Schools?
This month, Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson of Idaho issued a bold plan that called for removing those same dams to save the salmon. In between those two acts were decades of litigation that show no sign of ending and $17 billion worth of improvements to the dams that did little to help fish. Continue Reading Idaho Congressman Hopes Politics Align In Proposal To Remove Snake River Dams In Washington
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