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University of Idaho students attend a College of Natural Resources class outside during the first day of classes on Aug. 24, 2020. Courtesy of UI

University Of Idaho Reports 9.5% Enrollment Decline Over Last Fall

All told, the U of I reported fall enrollment of 10,791, a 9.5 percent decrease. But in a Tuesday news release, the university said the decrease was “reasonable,” given students’ reluctance to enroll or return to campus during the pandemic. The U of I reopened in August with a blend of face-to-face and online learning, and has continued face-to-face learning despite coronavirus outbreaks that appear linked to fraternity and sorority houses. Continue Reading University Of Idaho Reports 9.5% Enrollment Decline Over Last Fall

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One candidate embraces masks, the other shuns them. It's just one of the many differences between Washington's candidates for governor this year.

Mask Or No Mask? Washington Governor’s Race Is A Study In Stark Contrasts

If there was a meme for this race, it would be Jay Inslee wearing a face mask next to an image of Loren Culp without a mask. While Inslee has been evangelizing about masks, Culp has been holding mostly maskless outdoor rallies across the state. Those rallies are a symbol of the defiant nature of Culp’s campaign and his live-and-let-live political philosophy. Continue Reading Mask Or No Mask? Washington Governor’s Race Is A Study In Stark Contrasts

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University of Idaho sign and fountains

Idaho Colleges Look For Budget Help, Possible Enrollment Boost, During Pandemic Downturn

Like most colleges, the University of Idaho in Moscow is dealing with how to control rising coronavirus cases around campus. Recent cases connected to the University’s Greek system have made the school push for more testing. Unlike nearby Washington State University in Pullman, the UI has a hybrid in-person and virtual model this fall semester. Continue Reading Idaho Colleges Look For Budget Help, Possible Enrollment Boost, During Pandemic Downturn

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Voters wait in line as the polls open at Pierce Park Baptist Church in Boise, Idaho, Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018. CREDIT: Otto Kitsinger/AP

Poll: Most Voters Expect Some Intimidation, But They’re Voting In Record Numbers

A majority of Republicans, Democrats, Independents, men and women from across the country, of all ages and races, are expecting some or many attempts to block people from voting, according to the latest PBS NewsHour/NPR/Marist poll, conducted less than a month before Election Day. In November 2016, 57 percent of registered voters anticipated attempts to thwart voting; that number has grown to 67 percent. Continue Reading Poll: Most Voters Expect Some Intimidation, But They’re Voting In Record Numbers

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The Palmer Fire in Okanogan County, southwest of Oroville, seen from the Aeneas Mountain Lookout Tuesday evening, Aug. 18, 2020. Smoke from a fire in nearby British Columbia is also visible.

Eastern Washington Residents Praise Facebook Group For Connections During Trying Fire Seasons

At around 18,000 members, the Okanogan Highlands Fire Watch group continues to provide what members call valuable and lifesaving information. People post evacuation notices, fire maps and recovery resources throughout fire season. Daniel Pratt started the group in 2015 during another particularly bad fire season for Okanogan County. Continue Reading Eastern Washington Residents Praise Facebook Group For Connections During Trying Fire Seasons

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Professional initiative sponsor Tim Eyman, right, holds a photo from his first successful $30 car tabs initiative in 1999. Eyman says he has collected almost enough signatures to qualify a 2019 car tabs rollback initiative to the 2019 Legislature. CREDIT: AUSTIN JENKINS/N3

Washington Supreme Court Unanimously Strikes Down I-976, Tim Eyman’s $30 Car Tab Initiative

On Thursday, the state Supreme Court struck down Initiative 976, a measure Washington voters approved last November to reduce the cost of annual vehicle licensing fees. The measure has been on hold for nearly a year as legal challenges worked their way through the court system. Continue Reading Washington Supreme Court Unanimously Strikes Down I-976, Tim Eyman’s $30 Car Tab Initiative

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Police officials work at a scene where Michael Reinoehl, suspected of fatally shooting a supporter of a right-wing group in Portland, Oregon, last week was killed as investigators moved in to arrest him in Lacey, Wash., on Sept. 3, 2020. CREDIT: Ted Warren/AP

Eyewitnesses Give Insight Of Hunt For Portland Suspect That Ended With His Death Near Olympia

Reinoehl, 48, died in the street from gunshot wounds to his head and torso. The shots were fired by two Pierce County sheriff’s deputies, a Lakewood police officer and a Washington State Department of Corrections employee — all deputized by the U.S. Marshals Service and serving on a Tacoma-based fugitive task force, a common and standard procedure among local-federal partnerships. Continue Reading Eyewitnesses Give Insight Of Hunt For Portland Suspect That Ended With His Death Near Olympia

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