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Thermometer reading 130 degrees F in Death Valley National Park

The Record Temperatures Enveloping The West Are Not Your Average Heat Wave

It might be tempting to shrug at the scorching weather across large swaths of the West. This just in: It gets hot in the summer. But this record-setting heat wave’s remarkable power, size and unusually early appearance is giving meteorologists and climate experts yet more cause for concern about the routinization of extreme weather in an era of climate change. Continue Reading The Record Temperatures Enveloping The West Are Not Your Average Heat Wave

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In the face of rising unemployment and shriveling tax revenues, Gov. Brad Little cut state spending by $40 million Friday. “We know this number is going to be necessary.” CREDIT: Sami Edge/Idaho EdNews

Analysis: In Idaho, A Big Budget Surplus Could Generate A Surplus Of Ideas

Idaho’s ever-growing budget surplus is trending toward a record-shattering and mind-boggling $800 million. The big reason: Individual income tax collections are ahead of forecasts by a whopping $452.2 million. We’ll know the exact surplus sometime after June 30, when the state closes the books on the 2020-21 budget year. Continue Reading Analysis: In Idaho, A Big Budget Surplus Could Generate A Surplus Of Ideas

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Washington high school students won't get the chance to get job skills in outdoor litter crews this summer. But the Dept. of Ecology will hire adults for the crews. CREDIT: Washington DOE

Washington Steps Up Patrols For Litter And Debris, After The Pandemic Year Left Roadsides Trashed

We’ve all probably seen it: a vehicle driving down the highway with boxes and tools and furniture jammed into the back of bed. A chunk of something might fly out at any moment. It hasn’t been properly tied down. Washington State Patrol is conducting emphasis patrols to educate drivers on how to properly secure their loads. Continue Reading Washington Steps Up Patrols For Litter And Debris, After The Pandemic Year Left Roadsides Trashed

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Donavan Brazier breaks the tape in an 800 meter tune-up race in Portland on May 29, ahead of the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Team Trials, which begin later this week.

Big Names In Northwest Running Bow Out Of Olympic Team Trials, Creating Room For New Stars

Some of the biggest names in American running have bowed out of the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Team Trials as the 10-day competition moves into the starting blocks in Eugene. The scratches open a lane for a new generation of stars to earn spots in the delayed Tokyo Olympics. Continue Reading Big Names In Northwest Running Bow Out Of Olympic Team Trials, Creating Room For New Stars

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing listing Mount Rainier white-tailed ptarmigan as threatened because climate change will greatly disrupt its alpine habitat. CREDIT: Jamie Hanson/USFWS

Mt. Rainier Ptarmigans Are ‘Cute, Funny Little Birds.’ And They May Get More Federal Protection

If you’ve ever been hiking in the Cascades, high up in the alpine meadows, and were spooked by a streak of a bird, a plume of feathers that darted right in front of your face, you may have come across the Mount Rainier white-tailed ptarmigan. Continue Reading Mt. Rainier Ptarmigans Are ‘Cute, Funny Little Birds.’ And They May Get More Federal Protection

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