Since being listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, grizzly bear populations in northwest Montana and the Greater Yellowstone Area have more than tripled in size. That tolerance, scientists and wildlife officials say, is key to the grizzly bears’ future as the effects of climate change harden, the West gets more crowded, and bears spreads into areas they haven’t been in more than 100 years. Continue Reading As Grizzlies Come Back Across The West, Frustration Builds Over Continued Protections
Nearly three years after the state of Illinois agreed in a court settlement to revamp mental health care in prisons and provide better treatment, a judge says the care remains “grossly insufficient.” Continue Reading Most Inmates With Mental Illness Still Wait For Decent Care
By law, only you and the U.S. Postal Service are allowed to put things in your mailbox. But what if companies like FedEx and UPS could do it too? That could happen under a new federal recommendation. Continue Reading To Help The Struggling U.S. Postal Service, Your Mailbox Could Be Opened Up To Private Carriers
In 2002, Grant County, Oregon banned the United Nations by citizen initiative. The referendum wasn’t close: 58 percent of voters said to keep the United Nations out of Eastern Oregon. The sponsors asserted the United Nations sought to impose “world taxation,” take away guns and private property and bring about “one world controlled education.” Continue Reading Oregon’s Grant County Keeps Its United Nations Ban. Leaders Have Other Ideas Against Big Government
Former Washington state Sen. Kevin Ranker, an Orcas Island Democrat, violated Senate harassment policy in his treatment of a female subordinate during the 2010 legislative session, according to an investigative report released Friday. Continue Reading Former Washington Legislator Kevin Ranker Violated Harassment Policy, Report Finds
The future of Idaho’s Medicaid expansion is now in the hands of the state Supreme Court. The libertarian-leaning Idaho Freedom Foundation quickly filed suit after more than 60 percent of voters signed off on expanding Medicaid in November. Continue Reading Idaho Supreme Court To Decide Fate Of Voter-Approved Medicaid Expansion
Younger girls have been able to join Cub Scouts for nearly a year, and more than 77,000 joined. Now, older girls 11-17 have a path to earn the organization’s highest rank. Continue Reading Welcoming Girls, Boy Scouts Program Is Now Scouts BSA
As the number of cases and geographic reach expands in Southwest Washington’s measles crisis, state lawmakers are looking to revisit who can opt out of vaccinations. Continue Reading Amid Measles Outbreak, Washington Lawmakers Look To Change Who Can Opt Out Of Vaccines
The federal government recently doled out two “green findings” to the Northwest’s only commercial nuclear reactor. The Columbia Generating Station, near Richland, is run by the utility Energy Northwest. Green findings are the lowest infractions for the nuclear industry, but it’s not the only time the plant’s been in trouble. Continue Reading The Northwest’s Only Nuclear Plant Racks Up Two ‘Green Findings’ From Federal Safety Regulator
The consumer-advocacy organization Consumer Reports tested 45 fruit juices, including apple, grape and juice blends, and found that 21 of them had “concerning levels” of cadmium, arsenic and/or lead, according to a new report. Juice samples came from 24 national and private-label brands. Continue Reading There’s Arsenic And Lead In Many Brands Of Fruit Juice. Should You Be Concerned?
In an effort to help imperiled salmon, Washington officials are proposing more water be spilled at dams during fish migration. The hope is that this would also increase the amount of food for orcas in Puget Sound. Continue Reading To Help Orcas Catch More Salmon, Washington Plans To Increase Spill At Dams
A proposal to remove the larger-than-life statues of pioneer missionary Marcus Whitman from the Washington state capitol and the U.S. Capitol drew angry responses during an initial legislative hearing in Olympia. Continue Reading Proposal To Replace Statues Of Northwest Pioneer Marcus Whitman Stokes Backlash In Olympia
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