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Timber companies filed a lawsuit Monday against the federal government. They claim there is no legal reason to suspend logging during the partial government shutdown.

Shutdown Halts Logging On Northwest's National Forests

Oct 11, 2013
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Loggers are packing up and leaving timber sales uncut across the Northwest. It's another effect of the partial government shutdown. Timber companies say even if a deal is reached soon at the nation's capitol, the effects from the logging hiatus could be felt all the way into next spring.

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An Oregon State University research vessel is continuing its federally funded mission even though the federal government is shutdown.

The governors of Washington, Oregon and Idaho say they have no plans to reopen national parks and monuments using state dollars. President Obama has given states that option as the federal government shutdown stretches into day 11 and beyond.

Utah immediately took the president up on his offer.  A $1.6 million check to the federal treasury allows the Beehive State to reopen several economically important national parks and monuments.

The federal government may be in a partial shutdown but some people are still working. KUOW’s Patricia Murphy reports.

For months hikers have been traversing the Pacific Crest Trail. The trail passes through desert and mountain landscapes from Mexico to Canada. Now, these long distance hikers are facing a trip cut short as they near the end of their journey. And it’s because of the government shutdown.

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Immigration activists in the Northwest are pushing for Congress to get beyond the government shutdown fight and return to the issue of undocumented workers. Immigrant rights groups rallied in Yakima, Washington Saturday as part of a national protest.

Governor Jay Inslee says if the federal government shutdown doesn’t end soon, some of Washington’s biggest employers will be forced to lay off workers. Inslee made the remarks Sunday at a news conference in Seattle.

Oregon Military Department Affected By Shutdown

Oct 4, 2013
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Approximately 1,000 full-time personnel in the Oregon Military Department are being furloughed due to the government shutdown.

  The partial government shutdown is highlighting all the different ways our lives intersect with the federal government. One category of affected people you might not think of is hunters.

The National Park Service Thursday tried to sort out confusion among motorists about the extent of the partial government shutdown: State highways crossing federal land remain open to thru traffic.

The effects of the partial federal government shutdown are rippling across the Northwest.

Closed national parks will be one of the first visible effects of the partial government shutdown expected to begin Tuesday. National forest and BLM campgrounds will also close.

The likelihood of a partial federal government shutdown has state budget gurus scrambling to figure out whether programs the states run with federal funding can continue.

Since taking office in January, Washington Governor Jay Inslee has raised the salaries for several cabinet level positions. In total, those raises add up to nearly $100,000 over the course of a year. The boost in salaries comes even as the state continues to recover financially.

The biggest pay hike went for the position of director of Department of Licensing. That’s the agency that handles driver licenses and license plates among other duties. The new director – Pat Kohler – earns $141,000 per year. That’s a 17 percent increase over her predecessor.

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Fire managers expect the Government Flats Complex will be 90 percent contained by Thursday. But for the city of The Dalles, those fires have created problems for the city's water supply that could last for years. 

Wildfires Outside The Dalles Destroy Two Homes

Aug 20, 2013

Large wildfires burning outside of the Dalles have destroyed 2 homes. That's according to the Office of the Oregon State Fire Marshall. It's not clear if the homes were being lived in.

Wildfires Threatening Dozens Of Homes Near The Dalles

Aug 19, 2013

The Wasco County Sheriff’s Office is telling residents of about 70 homes to be ready to evacuate. That's as a series of wildfires continues to burn in the rolling hills southwest of the Dalles. The Government Flat Complex began after lightning moved through the area late last week. 

Dan Balz, one of the nation's most respected political reporters, has written his review of the last presidential election — what happened and why.

It's called Collision 2012: Obama vs. Romney and the Future of Elections in America.

The chief correspondent for The Washington Post, Balz is the author of several books, including one on President Obama's first election — The Battle for America 2008: The Story of an Extraordinary Election — written with Haynes Johnson.

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Washington Governor Jay Inslee can claim some significant legislative wins, along with several losses now that the legislature has finally adjourned. The Democrat’s first dance with lawmakers was made more difficult when Republicans and two breakaway Democrats took control of the state senate. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins has this look at the governor’s record.

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The Washington legislature adjourned over the weekend. And late Sunday Governor Jay Inslee signed into law a new state budget. It officially averted a government shutdown Monday. The Democratic governor offered this list of what he considers highlights in the budget.

A spokesperson for Washington Governor Jay Inslee said Tuesday lawmakers have agreed to large components of a new state budget and are working through smaller details. They’re running out of time to agree on a two-year budget deal before the existing budget expires this Sunday.

  Meanwhile, 34 state agencies are preparing to close Monday if there’s no deal by then. Virginia Painter with the state parks department says this would be just in time for their busiest week of the year, surrounding the Fourth of July.

Leaders and representatives of Oregon’s nine federally recognized tribes gathered at Oregon’s State Capitol in Salem this week for tribal nation’s day.

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For some of us public land in the west is a place to camp and recreate. For all of us, these lands are a source of water and the air we breath. That’s especially true in Idaho - where more than half of the land is federally owned and managed.

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  Three Oregon congressmen have asked Sen. Ron Wyden to hold hearings about the financial problems faced by southern Oregon counties.

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Hundreds of gun rights supporters rallied in support of their cause outside the state capitol buildings in Salem and Olympia Friday. They were there to express opposition to attempts by federal and state lawmakers to restrict the use of some weapons.

Lane County May Put Jail Levy On May Ballot

Feb 6, 2013

The Lane County Board of Commissioners will make a final decision next week on a property tax levy to fund jail beds.

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Wednesday hundreds of immigrants and advocates plan to gather in Olympia to lay out their priorities for lawmakers. One top issue is called the Washington Dream Act. State Senator Ed Murray introduced the bill Tuesday. Under the measure, undocumented college students would become eligible for state financial aid.

Northwest Immigrants Take The Oath Of Citizenship

Feb 5, 2013

SPOKANE, Wash. - As Congress prepares for a debate over immigration reform, one group of immigrants in the Northwest quietly completed their paths to citizenship Tuesday. Fourteen people became U.S. citizens at a ceremony in Spokane, Wash.

One of them was Mukti Ryan. She wanted to be able to travel more easily with her American husband and daughter, even though she had to give up her Indian citizenship.

“India doesn't allow dual citizenship, so I can't call myself an Indian citizen anymore," Ryan says. "It's a bittersweet feeling.”

The new Republican-dominated majority in the Washington state Senate has approved a series of controversial measures that deal with injured workers. The votes Monday were a key test of the Majority Coalition’s one vote advantage. The most controversial of the proposed laws would lower the age when permanently injured workers are eligible to choose a lump sum insurance payout.

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