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Colville Tribal member Crystal Conant releases the final salmon into the upper Columbia River on Friday, Aug. 9, 2019. Conant said salmon’s reintroduction to the upper Columbia will help heal the tribe and the ecosystem. CREDIT: COURTNEY FLATT/NWPB

‘The Very Essence Of Our Being’: Northwest Tribes (And Politicians) Gather To Discuss Future Of Salmon

Tribes across the Northwest called for immediate action to remove the four Lower Snake River dams during a two-day Salmon and Orca summit in western Washington. The group called on President Biden and congressional members to “take bold action, now.” Continue Reading ‘The Very Essence Of Our Being’: Northwest Tribes (And Politicians) Gather To Discuss Future Of Salmon

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A sign on the side of trailer in Stevens County, Washington, near Chewelah off U.S. Highway 395 prompts people to report "dangerous wildlife" like cougars and wolves. CREDIT: Scott Leadingham/NWPB

A Wolf In Northeastern Washington Was Killed Illegally. Here’s Why It’s A Big Deal

Wolf poachers go mostly undiscovered — but that hasn’t stopped nonprofit organizations from putting up significant cash rewards for information about these incidents. While rewards generally don’t lead to convictions, Defenders of Wildlife’s Gwen Dobbs says reward offers in cases of wildlife poaching can help raise public awareness, “hopefully serving as a deterrent against potential future incidents, even if a reward does not directly lead to a conviction.” Continue Reading A Wolf In Northeastern Washington Was Killed Illegally. Here’s Why It’s A Big Deal

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Chemawa Indian School is the oldest continuously running off-reservation Indian boarding school. CREDIT: Rob Manning/OPB

Interior Department Initiative Means A Closer Look At Northwest Indigenous School Burial Sites

When Secretary of the Interior Deb Haaland announced a sweeping investigation into burial sites on current and former school sites that have historically served Native Americans, it was met with amazement, even among people who’ve been searching out Indigenous remains for years. Continue Reading Interior Department Initiative Means A Closer Look At Northwest Indigenous School Burial Sites

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The milking parlor at Jason Sheehan’s dairy operates nearly 24 hours a day. He ships around 20,000 gallons of milk each day. As a member of the groundwater advisory committee, he’s worked to show people the updates he’s made to reduce nitrates from his operation. He says nitrates also come from irrigated agriculture and septic tanks. CREDIT: COURTNEY FLATT/NWPB

Washington Court Rules In Favor Of Conservation Groups In Fight Over Cattle Lots And Groundwater

It’s back to the drawing board for state regulators, after the Washington Court of Appeals ordered the Department of Ecology to rework permits for confined animal feeding operations, known as CAFOs. A panel of judges ruled that current waste discharge permits don’t adequately protect groundwater and don’t take climate change into account. Continue Reading Washington Court Rules In Favor Of Conservation Groups In Fight Over Cattle Lots And Groundwater

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In need of workers, a Domino's franchise in Washington, D.C., is offering a sign-on bonus for all positions. CREDIT: Andrea Hsu/NPR

A $500 Sign-On Bonus To Deliver Pizzas? Here’s What To Know About Hiring Incentives

With a record 9.3 million jobs open in the U.S. as of April, and a workforce in no hurry to get back to work, a growing number of employers are looking to hiring bonuses to fill their ranks. Long a tradition on Wall Street, sign-on bonuses are rare in low-wage work such as fast food, warehousing and food delivery. Now, as the economy has picked up, hiring bonuses are everywhere. Continue Reading A $500 Sign-On Bonus To Deliver Pizzas? Here’s What To Know About Hiring Incentives

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Lt. Gov. Janice McGeachin’s task force on school indoctrination meets at the Statehouse on June 24. CREDIT: Nik Streng/Idaho Education News

Analysis: How Critical Race Theory Turned Into A Political ‘Bogeyman’ In Idaho And Across The U.S.

As education culture wars consumed the Statehouse this spring, the running joke was that Idaho educators were scrambling to Google to figure out what “critical race theory” is. Things aren’t much different now. So, think of this as summer school. Continue Reading Analysis: How Critical Race Theory Turned Into A Political ‘Bogeyman’ In Idaho And Across The U.S.

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Electioneers greet voters outside the Hamilton County Government Center

Poll: Two-Thirds Of Americans Believe Democracy Is Under Threat, But For Different Reasons

Ahead of the first Fourth of July since an attack on the Capitol, fueled by baseless claims of voter fraud, and as several GOP-led states work now to enact stricter voting rules, majorities of Democrats, Republicans and independents express worry about the health of democracy. Continue Reading Poll: Two-Thirds Of Americans Believe Democracy Is Under Threat, But For Different Reasons

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