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Galen Rupp of Portland qualified for his fourth Olympics by winning the U.S. Olympic Marathon Team Trials last year. Here he is at the 2016 Olympic Track and Field Team Trials. CREDIT: Tom Banse/N3

100-Day Countdown To Tokyo Olympics Begins, And Northwest Athletes Are Ready To Go

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

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Rep. Matthew Bundy, a school teacher and Mountain Home Republican, debates for the teacher salary bill Tuesday, April 13, 2021. CREDIT: Idaho Education News/screenshot

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

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have recommended a pause in the use of the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine, shown here in a hospital in Denver. CREDIT: David Zalubowski/AP

U.S. Recommends Pausing Use Of Johnson & Johnson Vaccine Over Blood Clot Concerns

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

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Map of proposed boundaries of Greater Idaho. The northern California portion is on the back burner for now.

Idaho Legislature Lends A Sympathetic Ear To Oregon Group That Wants To Redraw State Lines

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

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Environmental justice activist and 2020 MacArthur Fellow Catherine Coleman Flowers speaks at a "Fire Drill Fridays" event, part of a movement that seeks to draw attention to the global "climate emergency." Courtesy of Catherine Coleman Flowers

Wastewater Is The Infrastructure Crisis ‘People Don’t Want To Talk About’

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’

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Pygmy rabbits – the smallest rabbit in North America – are endangered in Washington. After a devastating fire season in 2020, biologists have found new burrows that give them hope for the species.

Hoping For Hopping: How A Tiny Rabbit United Friends And Conservation In Central Washington

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

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Artist rendering from 2018 of a robotic balloon that could be part of a return to Venus.

Robotic Balloons To Explore Venus? This Northwest Company Is Working On It

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

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