The 100-day countdown to the opening ceremony of the rescheduled 2020 Tokyo Olympics begins Wednesday. Yes, the summer games are proceeding amid an ongoing global pandemic. Olympic hopefuls and Pacific Northwest athletes already picked for Team USA invariably said they are eager to go. Continue Reading 100-Day Countdown To Tokyo Olympics Begins, And Northwest Athletes Are Ready To Go
Idaho Budget For Teacher Salaries Stalls After Pushback Over Social Justice And Race Theory Education
The state’s K-12 teacher salaries budget fell Tuesday on a 34-34 tie vote after more than an hour of volatile debate — ranging from anecdotes about good teachers and “bad actors” to accusations that educators are being forced to include critical race theory in their coursework. Stories from teacher-lawmakers on both sides of the issue focused on the content’s presence — or lack thereof — in elementary, middle and high schools. Continue Reading Idaho Budget For Teacher Salaries Stalls After Pushback Over Social Justice And Race Theory Education
The Washington Legislature has approved a measure to ban the use of Native American names, symbols and images as school mascots, logos and team names at most public schools in Washington. Continue Reading Washington Lawmakers Approve Ban On Native American Mascots With Some Exceptions
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration said Tuesday they are recommending a “pause” in the use of the single-dose Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine out of an “abundance of caution” while a review of reports of rare, potentially dangerous blood clots is conducted. Continue Reading U.S. Recommends Pausing Use Of Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Over Blood Clot Concerns
Idaho legislators gave a sympathetic ear Monday to an Oregon group that wants to redraw state lines so that conservative eastern and southern Oregon would become part of the expanded state of “Greater Idaho.” A separate group formed by Washington state farmers is pursuing the same idea for eastern Washington. Continue Reading Idaho Legislature Lends A Sympathetic Ear To Oregon Group That Wants To Redraw State Lines
The Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation are opening a two-day mass vaccination event to any resident age 16 and above who resides in the 11 counties that span the tribes’ ceded territory. The offer is open to anyone, not just tribal members. Continue Reading Confederated Tribes Of The Umatilla Reservation Open Vaccines To Anyone In 11 Counties
Gov. Jay Inslee announced Monday that Whitman, Pierce and Cowlitz counties would be affected. It comes after Inslee changed the criteria last Friday, saying counties had to fail two key metrics in order to revert backward. Continue Reading Whitman, Pierce, Cowlitz Counties Moved Back To Phase 2 In Washington’s COVID Reopening Plan
The son-in-law of the Washington State Patrol chief resigned as a trooper after investigations into allegations of on-the-job sex and sexual assault. He is now fighting to keep his badge, testing the state’s narrow law for decertifying police. Continue Reading A Washington State Patrol Trooper Accused Of Sexual Assault On Duty Is Fighting To Keep His Badge
Some infrastructure concerns go far less discussed than others including, notably, the issue of wastewater and sanitation. According to the American Society of Civil Engineers, the country’s wastewater treatment plants are functioning at an average of “81 percent of their design capacities,” and 15 percent have “reached or exceeded” that capacity. Drinking water service disruptions and flooding from sewer backups and other infrastructure failures cost U.S. households $2 billion in 2019. Continue Reading Wastewater Is The Infrastructure Crisis ‘People Don’t Want To Talk About’
Peter Lancaster has always had a love for rabbits. But when he first saw a pygmy rabbit – perhaps what would become the most influential animal throughout his life – he didn’t know what it was. That began years of work to try and save the species, now endangered in Washington. Continue Reading Hoping For Hopping: How A Tiny Rabbit United Friends And Conservation In Central Washington
The space agency NASA has chosen a small Tillamook-based aerospace company to design and test robotic balloons for future scientific exploration of Venus. Near Space Corporation is working on the Venus project with some of the same NASA team members currently managing an historic helicopter drone flight on Mars. Continue Reading Robotic Balloons To Explore Venus? This Northwest Company Is Working On It
This hour-long special of StoryCorps Northwest highlights some of the moving and inspiring stories from friends and neighbors in the Inland Northwest. Continue Reading Collecting Stories Together, In A Year Spent Apart: A StoryCorps Northwest Special
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