Sequester

Hanford Furloughs
4:11 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Song About Hanford Furloughs Picks Up Viewers On YouTube

Strickling Family

Originally published on Thu March 28, 2013 3:08 pm

RICHLAND, Wash. -- Jason Strickling and his wife Lana of Pasco, Wash. are planning some extra time with the kids this summer. That’s because she works for a Hanford Nuclear Reservation contractor in southeast Washington and her employer is requiring her to take about five weeks of unpaid leave before September.

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Tuition Assistance
4:27 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Sequester Suspends Tuition Assistance For Troops

Command Sgt. Maj. John Troxell
Credit Tom Banse / Northwest News Network

JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. - The Defense Department has suspended a workplace benefit cherished by many soldiers, airmen and Coast Guardsmen. The agency has put tuition assistance on indefinite hold because of the automatic federal budget cuts known as the "sequester."

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Hanford Spending Cuts
5:49 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Sequester To Result In 4,800 Hanford Layoffs, Furloughs

Tobin Fricke Wikimedia

Originally published on Tue March 5, 2013 5:40 pm

RICHLAND, Wash. – As many as 4,800 workers could be furloughed or laid off at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington. It’s the result of the federal spending cuts known as the sequester. Hanford will need to cut $182 million in cleanup work according to a federal letter to Washington Governor Jay Inslee released Tuesday.

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Airline Control Towers
4:41 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Regional Airlines Intend To Keep Flying If Control Towers Close

Beth Redfield

Originally published on Fri March 1, 2013 5:10 pm


According to an airport industry association, control towers at 14 small to medium sized airports around the Northwest will close on April 1 in response to automatic federal budget cuts: Four in Idaho and five each in Oregon and Washington. But regional airlines intend to keep flying to those cities they now serve.

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University Research Funding
5:07 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Universities Say Research Funding Cuts May Bring Job Cuts

Jimmy Emerson Flickr

Originally published on Mon February 25, 2013 4:59 pm

The Northwest's public universities pull in massive amounts of federal research dollars. It totaled $1 billion last year at the University of Washington. Oregon State University won close to $200 million in federal research funds. The University of Idaho is counting on $100 million this year. So it's no surprise that university administrators are hanging on every scrap of news about imminent automatic federal budget cuts.

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Federal Spending Cuts
4:43 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Oregon's Rural Counties Will Lose Federal Money Under Sequester

Oregon's financially beleaguered rural counties will suffer even more if the deep federal spending cuts known as "the sequester" are enacted. A program that provides money for counties with large tracts of federal land will be impacted.

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Sequester Cuts
6:02 am
Mon February 25, 2013

Local Effects Of Automatic Federal Budget Cuts Hazy

Adm. Samuel J. Locklear addresses officers at Joint Base Lewis-McChord Friday.
Credit Photo courtesy I Corps, U.S. Army

Northwest military bases, universities, national labs and parks await guidance for how to implement automatic federal budget cuts. The so-called "sequester" is scheduled to take effect at the end of this week. Not much else is certain beyond that including who in the region could feel the pain immediately, if anyone. Correspondent Tom Banse reports.

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Defense Cuts
5:13 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Boeing Plans More Defense Side Cuts

Across-the-board spending cuts known as the sequester are set to take place next Friday if Congress doesn’t reach a deal.

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Hanford Budget Cuts
5:32 pm
Wed February 20, 2013

Hanford Cleanup Would Likely Fall Behind With 'Sequester'

Department of Energy

Originally published on Wed February 20, 2013 5:28 pm

RICHLAND, Wash. – Major portions of the cleanup work at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation could stall if budget cuts known as the sequester start in March. The impasse comes just as two tanks at the southeast Washington site may be leaking.

A report by the Democrats on the House Appropriations Committee estimates that the budget cuts beginning in March would furlough more than 1,000 workers at Hanford for about six weeks. The document also says that pumping radioactive tank waste out of suspect underground tanks to newer vessels would be delayed.

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Sequester Cuts
6:24 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Sequester Could Take Bite Out of Final Aid Payment To Oregon Timber Counties

The federal government’s across-the-board spending cuts could hit soon in western Oregon. Congressman Greg Walden says the feds plan to apply the so called sequester cut this week to a program for timber dependent counties. Amelia Templeton of EarthFix reports.

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