Washington

Child Safety
8:19 am
Thu September 4, 2014

Report: Northwest States Show Mixed Results For Child Safety

A recent report shows that Washington schools are prepared for a disaster, but not all Northwest states are.
Credit Matt Katzenberger / Flickr

A report out this week shows mixed results for Northwest states when it comes to how well they're prepared to protect children at school or day care from disasters. Oregon Public Broadcasting's Conrad Wilson reports.

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Government and Politics
6:16 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Washington Justices Weigh Contempt, Sanctions Following Hearing

Following a contempt hearing, members of the McCleary family, who sued the state of Washington over school funding, answer questions from the media on the steps of the Washington Supreme Court.
Credit Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

Wednesday in a historic hearing that could result in sanctions against the state legislature.


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PAC Money
7:22 am
Thu August 28, 2014

Big Checks From Special Interests Flow To Legislative Caucus PACs In Washington

Longtime state Senator Tim Sheldon is a political target this year after the maverick Democrat joined with Republicans to help them take control of the Washington Senate.
Credit Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

This November’s election will decide who controls the Washington state Senate. Democrats are desperate to win back the majority while a mostly-Republican coalition, that took power last year, is determined to hold on.

In the meantime, big money interests on both sides are trying to influence the outcome. They’re pouring unlimited contributions into political action committees controlled by the legislative caucuses.

Targeting a 'maverick' senator

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First Cut
8:06 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Safety First: Are Security Requirements For Legal Pot Grows Enough?

Even though the grow area at Black Dog Acres in Goldendale, Washington, is in the middle of a 20-acre lot, regulations mandated that the fence and all the other security protocols be followed.
Credit Joe Barrentine / The News Tribune

Washington state’s new pot grow operations have state-required alarm systems, dozens of cameras and tall fences. But some growers said they aren’t worried about theft and violence.

Should they be?

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Snag Canyon Fire
6:37 am
Mon August 4, 2014

Wildfire Near Ellensburg, Wash., Grows

The Snag Canyon Fire is sending plumes of smoke mixing with storm clouds above tinder-dry hillsides just outside of Ellensburg, Wash.
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

Firefighters are battling a lightning-strike wildfire that’s grown quite large just north of Ellensburg. It’s called the Snag Canyon Fire. It’s burned about 3,600 acres and is challenging firefighters who are trying to secure lines closest to town.

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Wildfire Planning
6:29 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Study Says Poor Planning Contributes To Wildfire Costs

An Oregon Army National Guardsman looks for spot fires around the Government Flats Complex fire from a Blackhawk helicopter, near The Dalles, Aug. 21, 2013.
Credit Oregon Military Department

Wildfires in the West are getting bigger, hotter – and more costly. A new report from a national science advocacy group says climate change is one major reason wildfires are getting worse.

And short-sighted development policies are a big reason they’re costing more. Jefferson Public Radio’s Liam Moriarty explains.

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Washington State Primary
6:22 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Washington Primary Will Winnow Crowded Fields

Credit Joe Shlabotnik / Flickr

Washington voters have until 8 p.m. Tuesday to turn in their primary ballots. Secretary of State Kim Wyman projects turnout of about 40 percent. Among others, the primary will winnow the crowded fields for an open central Washington Congressional seat and a Seattle-area state Senate position. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins has details.

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Pioneer Park Aviary
6:23 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Why Walla Walla’s Pioneer Park Aviary Could Close By End Of August

A Mandarin Duck at the Pioneer Park Aviary. Ducks like these sometimes live inside the damaged enclosure.
Credit Joanna Lanning / Friends of Pioneer Park Aviary

Walla Walla’s Pioneer Park is known not for its trees or pond, but for its birds - dozens of them in cages or in large pond enclosures. For more than 30 years, it’s held a collection of peacocks, ducks, pheasants, and more. Now there’s a chance it could close at the end of August.

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Izzy The Camel
12:15 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

A Camel Walks Into A Liquor Store And... (No, It's Not A Joke)

Izzy the Camel enters a liquor store...funny enough, this isn't the start of a joke. Izzy walks through downtown Waitsburg regularly.
Credit Mickey Richards / https://www.facebook.com/pages/Izzy-The-Camel/175301045832391?ref=ts&fref=ts

When you think of camels, pictures of hot, sandy deserts come to mind. What doesn’t come to mind is the lush farmland of inland Washington. But that’s precisely where you will find one.

Izzy is the resident camel of Waitsburg, a town roughly thirty minutes outside of Walla Walla. For owner Mickey Richards, Izzy is a blessing. “He just makes people smile. It’s kind of an honor to be a part of that,” Richards says.

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Firefighting Funding
6:46 am
Fri July 25, 2014

Northwest Wildfires Boost Call For Funding Reform

Credit National Interagency Fire Center

Fires continue to rage through tinder-dry wildlands in Oregon, Washington and California. Nearly a million acres have burned so far, destroying more than 200 homes.

With the nation’s eyes turned toward the Northwest, Oregon Senator Ron Wyden and the Obama Administration have taken the opportunity to renew their efforts to change how the federal government pays to fight -- and prevent – wildfires. From Jefferson Public Radio, Liam Moriarty explains.

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