Northwest News

For many refugees, employment difficult to find
6:27 am
Mon January 30, 2012

A Young Refugee Searches for a Place in Idaho’s Reshaped Economy

Most days, Nowela Virginie and her two young daughters are here, in her small apartment just off a busy thoroughfare on the outskirts of Boise.

Virginie is 23, and she arrived in Boise three years ago. She was born in Rwanda, but spent 16 years of her life in a refugee camp in Tanzania. She remembers the shock of finding herself in a new city, a place that looked nothing like anywhere she’d ever been. "When I coming USA, nobody can explain to me how USA is to look like, nobody can explain to me," she says.

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Advocates want E-Verify to remain optional
6:03 am
Fri January 27, 2012

Immigration Laws In Wash. Draws Hundreds To Olympia

Immigrant rights advocates rally at the Washington State House in Olympia.
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OLYMPIA, Wash. – Immigrant rights advocates are making their voice heard in Olympia. Hundreds gathered to sway legislators on state immigration laws. Azusa Uchikura reports on Thursday’s rally in Olympia.

Pramila Jayapal: “The immigrant voice in Washington state is proud and loud."

Those are immigrant rights advocates rallying on the steps of the Washington state house. They want to convince lawmakers in Olympia to keep E-verify optional for Washington employers.

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Congressmen hope to allow logging on public lands.
5:59 am
Fri January 27, 2012

DeFazio and Walden Appear in Grants Pass to Promote Timber Trust Bill

DeFazio and Walden want to allow for more logging in Oregon Cascade forests such as the Santiam State Fores, pictured here.
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GRANT'S PASS, Ore. – Oregon Congressmen Peter DeFazio and Greg Walden appeared together in Grants Pass Thursday. They were pushing their proposal to open up some public forests to logging. Amelia Templeton reports they were tight lipped about the details.

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Wolf advocates say grey wolves aren't killers
6:53 am
Thu January 26, 2012

Groups Boycott 'The Grey' For Portrayal Of Wolves

A new Liam Neeson action thriller opening Friday is receiving howls of protest from wolf advocates. They say “The Grey” wrongly portrays wolves as massive, bloodthirsty beasts. And as Jessica Robinson reports, some wildlife groups are organizing a boycott.

When a plane crash strands a scruffy bunch of guys in the wilds of Alaska, they find themselves going mano a mano against some very mean looking wolves.

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Unicare used unapproved methods to determine rates
6:43 am
Thu January 26, 2012

Insurer Fined For Charging Wash. Students Incorrect Rates

Washington State University students were among those charged incorrect rates by Unicare Life and Health Insurance.
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OLYMPIA, Wash. – The Washington state insurance commissioner has fined an Indiana company $100,000 for charging Washington college students the wrong rates.

Unicare Life and Health Insurance sold over 8,000 insurance policies, primarily to international students, between 2004 and 2009. Most were short-term policies costing an average of $80 a month. The problem is, the company used unapproved methods to determine those rates. Unicare also excluded people from coverage whom they shouldn’t have. Rich Roesler is a spokesperson for the state’s insurance office.

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DeFazio hopes to counter loss of timber money
6:35 am
Thu January 26, 2012

Oregon Congressman Hopes To Restore Funding To Rural Counties

Oregon Congressman Peter DeFazio
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EUGENE, Ore. - Oregon Congressman Peter DeFazio is hoping he'll soon be able to introduce legislation that will help fund rural counties who are bracing for the loss of federal timber payments.

Some counties face insolvency if the Secure Rural Schools Act is not renewed. Congressman DeFazio says he's working with fellow Democratic Representative Curt Schrader and Republican Representative Greg Walden for a temporary extension. They're also helping him with a long term plan.

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Convicts instead given life sentences
6:25 am
Thu January 26, 2012

Lawmakers Consider Abolishing Death Penalty To Save Money In Wash.

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Washington lawmakers are considering a plan to save money by abolishing the death penalty in the state. That idea got a hearing today in Olympia. Karil Klingbeil testified in support of the ban. Her sister, Candy Hemmig, was murdered 30 years ago in Olympia. The killer, Mitchell Rupe was dubbed “the man too fat to hang.” He initially got the death penalty, but after 20 years of appeals, received a life sentence instead. Klingbeil testified about the anger she used to feel.

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StoryCorps
10:45 am
Wed January 25, 2012

Giving Shelter to a Holocaust Survivor: Kerstin Ringdahl and Fran Lane Rasmus

Kerstin Ringdahl (L) and Fran Lane Rasmus (R)
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Holocaust Remembrance Day is January 27. During World War II, Sweden offered asylum to more than eight thousand Danish Jews. Holocaust Remembrance Day is January 27.  During World War II, Sweden offered asylum to more than eight thousand Danish Jews.  Kerstin Ringdahl, born in in Sweden in 1935, tells her friend Fran Lane Rasmus about her own family's experience taking in a Jewish refugee.
 

Northwest mining
6:15 am
Wed January 25, 2012

Miners’ Prospects Reverse Of Economic Downturn

The Lucky Friday Mine in North Idaho announced it will shut down for a year to comply with Federal safety orders. Despite the dangers, recent high school graduates apply for high paying mining jobs.
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SILVER VALLEY, Idaho - They say the days when you could go from high school to a high-paying, blue collar job are long gone. But there are places in the Northwest where those days still exist -- that is, if you’re willing to work a mile underground.

For gold and silver miners, it looks like boom times right now. Rising salaries, more job opportunities. Even a recent layoff in north Idaho doesn't look like other layoffs. Correspondent Jessica Robinson has this story on a job that's seeing the reverse side of the economic downturn.

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Women in American Roots
6:15 am
Wed January 25, 2012

Increasing Visibility of Female American Roots Musicians

American roots vocalist and guitarist Lauren Sheehan
Tom Banse N3

PORTLAND - Quick, think of any famous female musicians in the American roots genre. Sure, today there's Allison Krauss and Gillian Welch. But for the most part, history remembers a lot of men in old-time country, blues and folk music... names like Lead Belly, Muddy Waters or Doc Watson.

Not a lot of women in American roots music are getting their due. That's according to a folklorist from near Seattle. She and her husband have made it their mission to change that. The Library of Congress has taken notice. Correspondent Tom Banse reports.

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