Military Training
5:01 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

NW Soldier Death in California Highlights Training Accidents

Private First Class Andrew Sass was killed in a training incident at Ft. Irwin, Calif.
Credit U.S. Army

The death of a Washington-based soldier over the weekend highlights the danger of training for war. Private Andrew Sass was killed Saturday in an incident at the National Training Center in California.

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Oil Train Regulation
4:58 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

BNSF Won’t Stop Release Of Oil Train Info By Seeking Injunction

Today is the deadline for railroads to try to stop Washington state from sharing oil train delivery information with the public.
Credit Raymond D. Woods Jr. / Flickr

The federal Department of Transportation has required railroads to notify states when they're shipping more than 1 million gallons of North Dakota crude oil by rail.

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Reimbursing Volunteer Drivers
11:19 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Why A Volunteer for DSHS Was Paid $10,000

Longtime foster youth Andre Fayette poses with his foster mother Mary-Jeanne Smith. For five years, a volunteer driver for the Washington Department of Social and Health Services shuttled Andre to visits with his biological sisters in Spokane.
Credit Photo courtesy: Mary-Jeanne Smith

Imagine driving your personal car for work so much that your boss cuts you a $10,000 mileage reimbursement check. That’s what happened recently at Washington’s Department of Social and Health Services. Only the person who got the check isn’t an employee. And she’s not the only one who’s logging high miles and collecting large reimbursements from DSHS. Who are these road warriors? Austin Jenkins finds out.

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Darrington
10:50 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Rodeo Helps Town And Cowgirl Heal From Landslide

Alexis Blakey of Oso helped rescue horses and search for survivors after the landslide earlier this year. She says running barrels with her horse, Tax, helps her hit the pause button on memories of the landslide for a few brief moments.
Credit Anna King

In the Darrington, the Timberbowl Rodeo saw some of its largest crowds ever this past weekend. Neighbors gathered at the event to hug, shake hands and heal up from this year's nearby terrible Oso landslide. One rodeo cowgirl, Alexis Blakey, knows nearly everyone here. She’s 20, and today is her hometown rodeo. She’s working on achieving her pro-rodeo status for barrel racing. And Alexis wants this win.
 

Announcer: “Ok, we’re ready to go with our first barrel racer … Alexis Blakey!”

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Rogue Wilderness
9:54 am
Mon June 23, 2014

Why Is It Taking So Long To Expand The Rogue Wilderness?

On the Rogue River politics seems far away. But if this wilderness is to expand it must overcome political hurdles.
Credit Bureau of Land Management / Wikicommons

On the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, the Rogue River in Southern Oregon welcomes a busy summer season of rafters, kayakers and fishers.

The Rogue is one of the West’s most iconic rivers. And many conservationists are calling for Congress to expand the wilderness area surrounding it.

Robyn Janssen is with Rogue Riverkeeper. She helped organize a recent trip down the Rogue to highlight the river’s environmental issues.

Janssen: “So we are just entering in the actual wilderness section of the wild and scenic Rogue Wilderness.”

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Snohomish County Mudslide
5:54 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

After The Landslide: Darrington Rodeo Starts Up Saturday

A bull ride from the 2012 Darrington Rodeo.
Credit S. Parker / Flickr

The town of Darrington, Wash., is hustling to get everything in place for the annual Timberbowl Rodeo this weekend. The community was pitched into chaos by the Oso landslide earlier this year. But major work on the community’s rodeo grounds is boosting the spirits of this tight-knit logging community.

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Northwest Agriculture
5:35 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Northwest Wheat Harvest Could Be Down This Summer

Northwest farmers are expected to harvest less wheat this summer.
Credit jayneandd / Flickr

Northwest farmers are expected to harvest less wheat this summer. The projections indicate a down year in Oregon, Idaho and Washington.

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Idaho Unemployment
5:12 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Idaho's Unemployment Rate Continues To Fall

From April to May, the state says Idaho's unemployment rate fell from 5 percent to 4.9 percent
Credit Andreas Klinke Johannsen / Flickr

From April to May, the state says Idaho's unemployment rate fell from 5 percent to 4.9 percent. It marks the first time in nearly six years the jobless rate has been that low. It's the ninth straight month total employment set a record.

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Idaho GOP
5:09 pm
Fri June 20, 2014

Does Idaho GOP’s Inner Turmoil Matter Outside Political Circles?

Members of Idaho’s Democratic Party are set to gather this weekend in Moscow.
Credit Idaho Republican Party

Members of Idaho’s Democratic Party gather this weekend in Moscow. It’s expected to be a much calmer event than the Republican convention the week before. That convention left Idaho Republicans still debating who the party chair is after their convention devolved in chaos. And they still don’t have a new platform.

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Idaho Marijuana Laws
7:29 am
Fri June 20, 2014

How One Young Girl Could Change Idaho’s Strict Marijuana Laws

Clare, Alexis and Micheal Carey.
Credit Adam Cotterell / Northwest News Network

Unlike Washington and Oregon, Idaho doesn’t have any form of legal marijuana. In fact in 2013 Idaho lawmakers passed a resolution saying they would never support legalizing marijuana for any reason. But one year later, during the 2014 legislative session many of those same lawmakers held closed door discussions about creating an exception to the state’s strict anti-pot laws. As Adam Cotterell reports it was because of a Boise girl and her mom.

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