Native American Tribes
5:27 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Proposed Tribal Recognition Changes Hold Promise And Pitfalls

The U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs wants to rewrite the rules for when a native tribe is officially a tribe in the eyes of the federal government.
Credit Theodore Scott / Flickr

The U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs wants to rewrite the rules for when a native tribe is officially a tribe - in the eyes of the feds. This again raises hopes for status and federal benefits among some unrecognized tribes in the West. Those hopefuls still face a bumpy road.

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Firefighting Safety
4:43 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Report: Lack Of Maps, Leadership Put Firefighters In Harm’s Way

Fire crews working the Trinity Ridge Fire near Featherville, Idaho, in 2012.
Credit Boise National Forest

A scathing new report by a group of veteran wildfire experts says too little has been done to improve firefighter safety since an Arizona fire killed 19 firefighters a year ago. They're asking national wildfire managers to implement a series of changes aimed at putting safety above saving property.

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Washington Initiatives
4:43 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Washington Voters May Decide Class Size And Money In Politics Measures

Initiative promoter Tim Eyman (right) unloading boxes of petitions for a ballot measure.
Credit Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

This is the season for summer concert lineups. But there’s another lineup coming this fall - the one on your ballot. Thursday is the deadline for initiative sponsors in Washington and Oregon to submit their petitions to qualify for the November election. Pot legalization and GMO-labeling are among the issues likely to make the ballot in Oregon. In Washington, it’s guns, money and class-size.

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Wayne Yoshioka is an award-winning journalist who has worked in television, print and radio in Hawaii.  He also has been on both sides of politics as a state departmental appointee and political/government reporter.   He covered Hurricane Iwa (1982) as a TV reporter; was the State Department of Defense/Civil Defense spokesperson for Hurricane Iniki (1992); and, commanded a public affairs detachment in Afghanistan (2006).  He has a master's degree in Communication from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and is a decorated combat veteran (Legion of Merit, Bronze Star and 22 other commendation/service medals).  He resides in Honolulu.

Music + Culture
7:32 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Independence Day Celebrations Across The Northwest

There are many July 4th celebrations across the northwest: everything from parades and classic car shows to beer and fireworks. Here are a few you can find on the NWPR Events Calendar.

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Klamath Basin Water
7:18 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Could An Alliance Of Tribes And Farmers Solve Klamath’s Water Woes?

The Klamath Basin spans northern California and southern Oregon and has seen frequent water crises between the farming, ranching, tribal and environmental communities.
Credit Devan Schwartz / EarthFix

Much of the West is entering a second straight summer of drought. In Southern Oregon’s Klamath Basin, ranchers are once again watching their pastureland go dry for a lack of water. That has them preparing to sell their livestock earlier – and for lower prices – than they’d like.

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Student Testing
7:11 am
Tue July 1, 2014

Schools Grapple With Linking Student Test Scores To Teacher Evaluations

Jan LeBlanc, a teacher at Cherry Park Elementary, helps one of her students.
Credit Michael Clapp / OPB

It's summer vacation for students - and teachers - across the country. Administrators often use the summer to take a bigger look at how schools are doing, and that can mean a critical look at teachers. Oregon Public Broadcasting's Rob Manning looks at evaluations for current teachers - and the role of student test scores in those evaluations.

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Public Sector Workers
5:53 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Oregon Unions Looking Closely At Home Care Workers Ruling

Oregon's unions are taking a close look today at the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on public sector workers.
Credit David / Flickr

Oregon's unions are taking a close look today at the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling on public sector workers.

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Firearm Background Checks
5:46 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Oregon To Investigate Failed Firearm Background Checks

Oregon state troopers are now being dispatched when a person tries to buy a gun but fails the background check.
Credit Quagmar / Flickr

Oregon state troopers are now being dispatched when a person tries to buy a gun but fails the background check. It comes after critics complained that state laws that ban certain categories of people from buying guns were not being enforced.

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Drone Regulations
5:31 pm
Mon June 30, 2014

Task Force Starts Work On New State Drone Regulations in Wash.

A Washington state task force convened for the first time Monday to develop privacy rules for drones.
Credit Chris Lehman / Northwest News Network

Imagine looking out your window to see a drone hovering outside. That happened earlier this month to a partially-dressed Seattle woman who was startled and outraged. That incident came up Monday as a Washington state task force convened for the first time to develop privacy rules for drones – something Oregon and Idaho have already done. The Washington task force quickly narrowed its focus.

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