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Easterday's "North Lot" is one of the largest concentrated cattle feeding operations in Washington. It was sold Jan. 22 to AB Livestock, a Tyson competitor. Courtesy of Franklin County, Wash.

‘Cattlegate’ Moves Forward: What About Those Cows As Easterdays, Tyson Battle Over Herd Of 54,000

In southeast Washington, the welfare of more than 50,000 head of cattle is worrying Tyson Fresh Meats. Can the herd continue to be fed and cared for while the company set up to guard over them, Easterday Ranches, files for federal bankruptcy? Continue Reading ‘Cattlegate’ Moves Forward: What About Those Cows As Easterdays, Tyson Battle Over Herd Of 54,000

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Deception Pass State Park, on the north end of Whidbey Island. CREDIT: Washington State Parks

Washington State Parks Commission Changes Plan On Navy Usage For SEAL Training

During a special meeting Thursday, the commission voted to let the state parks director decide if daylight restrictions can be lifted or modified after the Navy’s nine-month trial period is up, as long as the Navy complies with limits on when and where it will conduct training operations. Continue Reading Washington State Parks Commission Changes Plan On Navy Usage For SEAL Training

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Senate Republican floor leader Joe Fain, R-Auburn. CREDIT: TED WARREN

Assault Survivor Groups Denounce Former State Senator On Washington Redistricting Commission

Groups representing women and sexual assault survivors are denouncing the appointment of former state Sen. Joe Fain to the state redistricting commission, a body that will shape Washington state politics for the next decade. Fain, 40, narrowly lost his reelection bid in November 2018, after being accused of raping a woman years earlier. The former Republican state senator represented south King County’s 47th Legislative District for two terms. Continue Reading Assault Survivor Groups Denounce Former State Senator On Washington Redistricting Commission

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Ellensburg High School coach Jeff Hashimoto, in orange, leads masked cross-country team members on a long training run on February 8. CREDIT: Tom Banse/N3

School Sports Make A Comeback In The Northwest, With Mask Rules Adding Level Of Difficulty

Rescheduled fall sports seasons for high school athletes are kicking off this month in large parts of Washington state and Oregon. The general happiness this brought came with a dose of consternation among some coaches and families over strict COVID-19 safety guidelines set down by state health authorities. Continue Reading School Sports Make A Comeback In The Northwest, With Mask Rules Adding Level Of Difficulty

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Initiative sponsor Tim Eyman spoke outside the Washington State Supreme Court on Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019. CREDIT: Tom Banse/N3

Washington Initiative Promoter Tim Eyman Fined $2.6M, Barred From Political Committees In Lawsuit

Tim Eyman, the watch salesman-turned-antitax folk hero whose initiative campaigns have bedeviled state and local governments across Washington for decades, will no longer be allowed to have any financial control over political committees, under a judge’s ruling Wednesday that blasted him for using donor’s contributions to line his own pocket. Continue Reading Washington Initiative Promoter Tim Eyman Fined $2.6M, Barred From Political Committees In Lawsuit

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As new, more This illustration shows a woman wearing two facemasks, a cloth mask over a surgical mask, in Arlington, Virginia, on February 8, 2021. - As new, more transmissible variants of the coronavirus spread, experts say it's time to consider using a medical-grade respirator, or wearing a surgical and cloth mask together. Scientists have agreed for some time the main way the virus is spread is through the air, rather than surfaces, and there's growing evidence that small droplets from ordinary breathing and speech that can travel many meters (yards) are a common mode of transmission. (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY / AFP) (Photo by OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images)transmissible variants of the coronavirus spread, the CDC says wearing a cloth mask over a surgical mask offers increased protection against the virus. Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images

CDC Says Double-Masking Offers More Protection Against COVID-19

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released new research on Wednesday that found wearing a cloth mask over a surgical mask offers more protection against the coronavirus, as does tying knots on the ear loops of surgical masks. Those findings prompted new guidance on how to improve mask fit at a time of concern over fast-spreading variants of the virus. Continue Reading CDC Says Double-Masking Offers More Protection Against COVID-19

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Workers and patients at a pop-up COVID-19 vaccination site near downtown Seattle in January. "The vast majority who are coming in do appear to be meeting the eligibility criteria," says Dr. Jeff Duchin, King County's public health officer. Grant Hindsley/AFP via Getty Images

Washington State’s Vaccine Rollout Highlights Difficulty Of Enforcing Eligibility And Line-Jumping

The Washington state Department of Health told us they aren’t keeping track of who’s eligible and who’s not among those vaccinated, but anecdotal evidence suggests ineligible people are getting vaccines at many clinics across the state. This happens because each provider must come up with its own process for checking eligibility, and most rely on the honor system. Continue Reading Washington State’s Vaccine Rollout Highlights Difficulty Of Enforcing Eligibility And Line-Jumping

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Arianna Laureano outside of her boyfriend’s Seattle home on Feb. 3, 2021. Laureano has been relying on Washington’s eviction moratorium, which is set to end on March 31. CREDIT: Dorothy Edwards/Crosscut

Washington Scrambles To Avoid Mass Evictions As Moratorium Nears End

After Gov. Jay Inslee extended the moratorium multiple times, most lawmakers, lobbyists and advocates expect March 31 will mark its true end — at least at the state level. Then the question of what will happen to renters without the moratorium’s blunt relief will go from hypothetical to very much real. Continue Reading Washington Scrambles To Avoid Mass Evictions As Moratorium Nears End

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House impeachment managers, led by Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., seen leaving the Senate floor after delivering the article of impeachment on Capitol Hill on Jan. 25. They will deliver the case against former President Trump starting Tuesday, Feb. 9. CREDIT: Melina Mara-Pool/Getty Images

Trump’s 2nd Impeachment Trial Begins. Here’s What You Need To Know

President Trump made history when he became the first president to be impeached twice by the House of Representatives. Roughly a year ago, the Senate acquitted Trump on two articles — abuse of power and obstruction. This time he faces one article approved by the House arguing he incited an insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, the day that Congress was required by the Constitution to count and certify the electoral votes in the 2020 election. Continue Reading Trump’s 2nd Impeachment Trial Begins. Here’s What You Need To Know

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