government

Government Shutdown
6:58 am
Fri October 11, 2013

Thru-Hikers Reach An Impasse From Government Shutdown

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 Reform Rally
6:44 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Central Washington Pastors Rally For Immigration Reform

Immigration activists in the Northwest are pushing for Congress to get beyond the government shutdown fight and return to the issue of undocumented workers.
Credit Matt Martin

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.

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Government Shutdown
6:35 am
Mon October 7, 2013

Inslee Says Washington Business Could Feel Shutdown Pain Soon

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.

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Government Shutdown
5:06 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Oregon Military Department Affected By Shutdown

The shutdown will affect training activities, equipment maintenance, and efficiency at military bases.
Credit oregonmildep / Flickr

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

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Government Shutdown
6:26 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Federal Shutdown Could Foul Up Waterfowl Season Opener

groxie Flickr

Originally published on Thu October 3, 2013 6:12 pm

  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.

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Government Shutdown
3:56 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

Government Shutdown Sows Confusion Among Motorists And Workers

Robert Ashworth Wikimedia

Originally published on Thu October 3, 2013 3:15 pm

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.

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Government Shutdown
5:11 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Shutting National Parks No Fun For Rangers Or Visitors

Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue October 1, 2013 5:01 pm

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

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Potential Government Shutdown
5:41 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Partial Government Shutdown Fouls Up Park Visits

Jimmy Emerson Flickr

Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 5:38 pm

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.

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Potential Government Shutdown
5:23 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

States Scramble To Assess Effect Of Federal Shutdown On Joint Programs

Bill Koplitz FEMA

Originally published on Mon September 30, 2013 4:54 pm

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.

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Gov. Cabinet Level Raises
5:51 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Washington Governor Boosts Salaries For Several Cabinet Positions

Cacophony Wikimedia

Originally published on Wed September 11, 2013 5:46 pm

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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