Sequester http://nwpr.org en Contractors Say Hanford Layoffs Due To 'Budget Uncertainty' http://nwpr.org/post/contractors-say-hanford-layoffs-due-budget-uncertainty <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/11/112113AK_Hanfordlayoff_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Three federal contractors at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation say they’ll lay off 450 workers over the next year.<p> Fri, 22 Nov 2013 00:18:22 +0000 Anna King 37681 at http://nwpr.org Contractors Say Hanford Layoffs Due To 'Budget Uncertainty' Forest Service Cuts Maintenance Projects In Sequester Response http://nwpr.org/post/forest-service-cuts-maintenance-projects-sequester-response <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/08/082713TB_Clawback_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Remember the "sequester" cuts? The dust is finally settling and the consequences becoming real for a program in the U.S. Forest Service that sends money to timber counties.<p>At the beginning of sequestration, the Forest Service demanded that rural counties pay back some of the timber payments they'd already received and spent. Tue, 27 Aug 2013 23:04:33 +0000 Tom Banse 33243 at http://nwpr.org Forest Service Cuts Maintenance Projects In Sequester Response Senator Murray Pleads With Republicans To Compromise, End Sequester Cuts http://nwpr.org/post/senator-murray-pleads-republicans-compromise-end-sequester-cuts <p>Several months into federal sequestration budget cuts, some of the most severe reductions are just now taking effect.</p><p> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 23:28:52 +0000 Lisa Brooks 30812 at http://nwpr.org Senator Murray Pleads With Republicans To Compromise, End Sequester Cuts Mandatory Furloughs Tough On Employees And Patients At Madigan Army Medical Center http://nwpr.org/post/mandatory-furloughs-tough-employees-and-patients-madigan-army-medical-center <p>More than 2,600 civilian employees at <a href="http://www.mamc.amedd.army.mil/">Madigan Army Medical Center </a>in Tacoma will begin mandatory one-day-a-week furloughs Monday.&nbsp;The furloughs are a result of the federal spending cuts known as sequestration.</p><p> Mon, 08 Jul 2013 23:30:19 +0000 Patricia Murphy 30619 at http://nwpr.org Mandatory Furloughs Tough On Employees And Patients At Madigan Army Medical Center Federal Sequester Turns Employment Workers Into Job Seekers http://nwpr.org/post/federal-sequester-turns-employment-workers-job-seekers <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/05/051413JR_Unemployed_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>In the next couple of months, many employment office workers in the Northwest will join the unemployed. State labor agencies are having to make cutbacks in staffing. It's due to a combination of the economy getting better and federal budget cuts known as the “sequester” setting in.<p>Staffing at the local employment office usually moves in the exact opposite direction as the rest of the economy. Wed, 15 May 2013 00:58:09 +0000 Jessica Robinson 27541 at http://nwpr.org Federal Sequester Turns Employment Workers Into Job Seekers Budget Cuts, High Fire Potential Could Mean Tough Wildfire Season In the West http://nwpr.org/post/budget-cuts-high-fire-potential-could-mean-tough-wildfire-season-west <p>Federal budget cuts and above normal fire potential could mean a tough wildfire season in the West. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack got a look at the fire picture Monday at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise. Predictions indicate that Idaho, Oregon, California, Arizona, and New Mexico will have an above average fire season this summer. Tue, 14 May 2013 00:21:31 +0000 Samantha Wright 27470 at http://nwpr.org Budget Cuts, High Fire Potential Could Mean Tough Wildfire Season In the West Sequestration Brings Reduction of Some WA Unemployment Benefits http://nwpr.org/post/sequestration-brings-reduction-some-wa-unemployment-benefits <p>Some Washington residents who receive unemployment benefits will soon get significantly less money from the government.</p> Wed, 08 May 2013 23:52:58 +0000 Sara Lerner 27204 at http://nwpr.org Air Force Says New Air Refueling Tanker Program On Track http://nwpr.org/post/air-force-says-new-air-refueling-tanker-program-track <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/05/050613TB_FairchildTanker_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Fairchild Air Force Base near Spokane is planning a public memorial service for three of its airmen killed in a mid-air explosion over central Asia. The cause of the air refueling tanker accident last Friday remains under investigation. The crash renews attention on a Boeing Company contract to replace the Air Force's aging tanker fleet.<p>The doomed Fairchild Air Force Base crewmates were flying a KC-135 Stratotanker built by Boeing in the early 1960s. Mon, 06 May 2013 23:08:39 +0000 Tom Banse 27075 at http://nwpr.org Air Force Says New Air Refueling Tanker Program On Track Control Towers At Smaller Northwest Airports Likely To Get Reprieve http://nwpr.org/post/control-towers-smaller-northwest-airports-likely-get-reprieve <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2013/04/042613TB_Towers_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The White House says President Obama will sign a fast-tracked Congressional bill to end the furloughs of air traffic controllers. Operators of smaller Northwest airports hope the measure also stops the planned closure of their control towers.<p>As of now, more than a dozen of the less busy airport control towers in Oregon, Washington and Idaho remain on a list to be deactivated in early June. Fri, 26 Apr 2013 22:54:26 +0000 Tom Banse 26554 at http://nwpr.org Control Towers At Smaller Northwest Airports Likely To Get Reprieve Some Northwest Cities Explore Ways To Keep Airport Control Towers Open http://nwpr.org/post/some-northwest-cities-explore-ways-keep-airport-control-towers-open <p></p><p style="margin-bottom: 15px; padding: 0px; border: 0px; font-size: 15px; vertical-align: baseline; color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; line-height: 22px;">Some Northwest cities and counties are exploring whether to use local or private money to keep their airport control towers open. By mid-June, the federal government plans to close the control towers at 13 small to medium sized airports across the region.</p><p> Mon, 08 Apr 2013 23:29:24 +0000 Tom Banse 25556 at http://nwpr.org Some Northwest Cities Explore Ways To Keep Airport Control Towers Open