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Physicist Corey Gray and his mother, Sharon Yellowfly, are pictured at one of the two massive detectors that make up the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory. One facility, where Gray works, is in Hanford, Wash., and the other is in Louisiana. Courtesy of Russell Barber

How A Cosmic Collision Detected At Hanford Sparked A Native Language Translator’s Labor Of Love

On April 1, scientists will officially restart their search for gravitational waves after a year spent making improvements to massive twin detectors. Discoveries should soon start rolling in, and when they do, there’s a good chance the news will be translated into a Native American language called Blackfoot, or Siksika. Continue Reading How A Cosmic Collision Detected At Hanford Sparked A Native Language Translator’s Labor Of Love

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Like most American ski areas, Mammoth Mountain Ski Area operates on U.S. Forest Service land thanks to a federal lease. Shrinking federal budgets to maintain recreational access to public lands mean locals have to be creative to keep trails open and safe. CREDIT: Kirk Siegler/NPR

On Public Lands, Visitors Surge While Federal Management Funds Decline

Across the western U.S., towns surrounded by public lands are facing an increasing bind: They’re seeing a huge surge in visitors coming to play in the forests and mountains surrounding them, which is leading to an economic boom. But, at the same time, federal funding to manage these lands has been drying up. Continue Reading On Public Lands, Visitors Surge While Federal Management Funds Decline

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Carolyn DeFord poses with her mother and daughter in La Grande, Oregon in their last photograph together before Leona disappeared in 1999. Courtesy of Carolyn DeFord

StoryCorps Northwest: Puyallap Tribe Member Remembers Mother’s Disappearance 20 Years Later

It’s been 20 years since Carolyn DeFord, a member of the Puyallup tribe, last saw her mother, Leona Kinsey in La Grande, Ore. DeFord was raised by Kinsey in La Grande. She remembers her mother as independent and self-sufficient, working odd jobs to scrape by. Continue Reading StoryCorps Northwest: Puyallap Tribe Member Remembers Mother’s Disappearance 20 Years Later

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Washington State Sen. Manka Dhingra speaks to reporters during a briefing on the Senate Democratic budget on Friday. AUSTIN JENKINS / N3

Washington Senate Democrats Propose New Taxes On Capital Gains, Support For Wildfire Funding

Washington Senate Democrats on Friday proposed a capital gains tax that would fund a suite of tax reductions for low-income families, small businesses and senior citizen homeowners. The tax proposal was rolled out in conjunction with the Senate Democrats’ unveiling of a $52 billion two-year state spending plan, which followed a House Democratic budget presentation earlier in the week. Continue Reading Washington Senate Democrats Propose New Taxes On Capital Gains, Support For Wildfire Funding

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Samples of hemp sit on a table in the conference room at Andrew Ross' office in Denver on Friday, March 22, 2019. Ross, a Marine who served in Afghanistan and Iraq, is facing 18 years to life in Oklahoma if he is convicted after he was arrested in January while providing security for a load of state-certified hemp from Kentucky. Federal legalization for hemp has created a quandary for police as authorities lack the technology to distinguish marijuana from agricultural hemp at a roadside stop. CREDIT: THOMAS PEIPERT/AP

Federal Legalization Of Hemp Creates Confusion For State And Local Police

Federal legalization of hemp arrived in the U.S. late last year and expanded an industry already booming because of the skyrocketing popularity of CBDs, a compound in hemp that many see as a health aid. But now, just a few months after Congress placed the marijuana look-alike squarely in safe legal territory, the hemp industry has been unsettled by an unexpected development. Continue Reading Federal Legalization Of Hemp Creates Confusion For State And Local Police

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Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has reported raising $112,000 for a federal PAC that will allow him to explore running for president. CREDIT: OFFICE OF GOV. JAY INSLEE

Jay Inslee On ‘Fox and Friends’ Announces Tax Return Release, Calls On President To Do The Same

Washington’s Gov. Jay Inslee is releasing 12 years of his tax returns and calling on President Donald Trump to do the same. Inslee, who’s running for president, made his announcement Friday morning on the TV show ‘Fox and Friends’ on the Fox News Network. Continue Reading Jay Inslee On ‘Fox and Friends’ Announces Tax Return Release, Calls On President To Do The Same

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