Outdoor retailer REI is planning a major expansion of rentals and used gear sales this year to sustain growth. The Washington-based co-op’s vast membership may also get the opportunity to sell second-hand gear back to the company for REI credit as it seeks ways to maintain relevance and loyalty in an evolving retail marketplace. Continue Reading Don’t Want To Buy New Skis Or Tent? REI Set To Expand Rentals And Used Gear Sales
Idaho will ask the federal government for permission to implement mandatory work requirements for those covered under the state’s Medicaid plan. Gov. Brad Little signed the bill despite concerns about the constitutionality of such requirements that were repeatedly brought up during public testimony and debates. Continue Reading Idaho Gov. Brad Little Signs Medicaid Expansion Bill With Work Requirements
The state legislature is considering a bill that aims to help southern resident killer whales by protecting shoreline salmon habitat. But soon it might be more difficult to build a seawall on Puget Sound. Continue Reading Tougher Rules Aim To Save Salmon Habitat For The Good Of Puget Sound Orcas
A study in Nature Neuroscience demonstrates a link between mismatched brain rhythms and declines in working memory in older adults and shows that a precise form of electrical stimulation applied to the scalp can coax these brain areas back into sync. Continue Reading Scientists Test Whether Brain Stimulation Could Help Sharpen Aging Memory
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
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