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Tribal canoeists on the Memorial Bridge in Lewiston, Idaho, on the Clearwater River just before the confluence with the Snake River. The group joined the larger Free the Snake "flotilla" demonstration, Sept. 7-8, 2018. CREDIT: MIKE BEISER

Idaho Congressman Proposes $33.5 Billion Plan For Breaching Snake River Dams In Washington

A $33.5 billion stimulus package would breach the four dams by 2031. Much of the funding would go toward solutions for what would be lost, including hydropower, less access to irrigation, grain transportation and economic development for Lewiston and the Tri-Cities. Continue Reading Idaho Congressman Proposes $33.5 Billion Plan For Breaching Snake River Dams In Washington

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The Chieftains mascot at Columbia River High School in Vancouver, Washington, is on the way out following a unanimous vote of the school board. CREDIT: Molly Solomon/OPB

Washington State Lawmakers Consider Banning Native-Themed Mascots In Schools

Public schools with Native American-themed mascots and logos would need to find new team names under a proposal that drew supportive testimony to the Washington Legislature on Friday. The pending phase-out bill hews closely to an earlier, hard-fought policy in Oregon to change names and mascots.
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Gov. Jay Inslee has recently found himself on the defensive in the face of criticism, even from some Democrats, over his approach to reopening regions of the state. CREDIT: TVW

Jay Inslee Defends Reopening Plan In Face Of Criticism, Including From Fellow Democrats

“Inconsistent.” “Disastrous.” “Senseless.” Those are just some of the words being used to describe Washington Gov. Jay Inslee’s plan for reopening the state – and they’re the words of his fellow Democrats. It’s a sign of rising frustration over the slow pace of getting restaurants, gyms and other businesses open again. Continue Reading Jay Inslee Defends Reopening Plan In Face Of Criticism, Including From Fellow Democrats

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Seniors and first responders try to snag one of 800 doses available at a vaccination site in Fort Myers, Fla. Octavio Jones/Getty Images

‘Just Cruel’: Digital Race For COVID-19 Vaccines Leaves Many Seniors Behind

With millions of older Americans eligible for COVID-19 vaccines and limited supplies, many continue to describe a frantic and frustrating search to secure a shot, beset by uncertainty and difficulty. The efforts to vaccinate people who are 65 and older have strained under the enormous demand that has overwhelmed cumbersome, inconsistent scheduling systems. Continue Reading ‘Just Cruel’: Digital Race For COVID-19 Vaccines Leaves Many Seniors Behind

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Hollie Jordan surveys her father's service station that was destroyed by a wildfire on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, in Malden, Wash. "This was filled with work and life and memories and it's all gone," Jordan said. CREDIT: Jed Conklin/AP

President Biden Approves Federal Aid For Eastern Washington Fires Following Months Of Requests

The Federal Emergency Management Agency has approved disaster relief requests for nine eastern Washington counties and two Native tribes impacted by summer wildfires. That includes aid for the Whitman County towns of Malden and Pine City, which burned during a Labor Day wildfire that was fanned by high winds. Continue Reading President Biden Approves Federal Aid For Eastern Washington Fires Following Months Of Requests

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A northern spotted owl. CREDIT: Todd Sonflieth/OPB

Western Members Of Congress Call For Investigation Into Slashed Spotted Owl Protections By Interior

Oregon Sens. Ron Wyden and Sen. Jeff Merkley and U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer joined with colleagues from Washington, California and Arizona Tuesday in sending a letter to the U.S. Department of Interior. In it, they requested an immediate federal review into the previous administration’s decision to remove 3.4 million acres of the Northern spotted owl’s critical habitat in Oregon, Washington and California. Continue Reading Western Members Of Congress Call For Investigation Into Slashed Spotted Owl Protections By Interior

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