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Ice Harbor Dam on the lower Snake River. Dam breaching on the lower Snake River to recover salmon and steelhead runs in the Columbia basin has been a divisive issue for the last 30 years, pitting farming, power, and transportation interests against fisheries and conservation interests.

Gov. Inslee, Washington’s U.S. senators reject GOP congressman’s pitch on Lower Snake River dam removal

Ice Harbor Dam on the lower Snake River. Dam breaching on the lower Snake River to recover salmon and steelhead runs in the Columbia basin has been a divisive issue for the last 30 years, pitting farming, power, and transportation interests against fisheries and conservation interests.

May 14, 2021, 7:58am Latest News

Washington state’s U.S. senators and its governor have joined forces against a proposal from U.S. Rep. Mike Simpson, R-Idaho, to remove four hydroelectric dams on the Lower Snake River and replace their benefits as part of a multitrillion dollar infrastructure bill being crafted by the Biden administration. Read story

Juneteenth to be a state holiday in Washington state in 2022

May 13, 2021, 6:34pm Northwest

OLYMPIA — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday signed a measure making Juneteenth a legal state paid holiday, starting in 2022. Read story

Mask mandate lifted for fully vaccinated Oregonians in most public spaces

May 13, 2021, 6:32pm Northwest

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Gov. Kate Brown has announced that the state will immediately follow guidance from the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention which ease indoor mask-wearing and social distancing for fully vaccinated people. Read story

Judge rules pretrial release OK for man accused in Capitol riot

May 13, 2021, 6:31pm Northwest

PORTLAND — A judge has ruled that one of two Oregon brothers accused in the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol will be released from custody Friday to a third-party guardian, where he will be on home detention and GPS monitoring pending his trial. Read story

Gov. Jay Inslee's Vancouver stops on Friday included the Grant House, where he promoted outdoor gatherings to combat the spread of COVID-19.

Washington governor: State on track to fully reopen June 30

Gov. Jay Inslee's Vancouver stops on Friday included the Grant House, where he promoted outdoor gatherings to combat the spread of COVID-19.

May 13, 2021, 3:50pm Editor's Choice

OLYMPIA — Washington is on track to fully reopen its economy by June 30, and a full reopening could happen even sooner if 70% or more of residents ages 16 and older have gotten at least one dose of vaccine by then, Gov. Jay Inslee said Thursday. Read story

New Washington law makes drug possession a misdemeanor

May 13, 2021, 3:40pm Latest News

OLYMPIA — Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday signed a measure overhauling the state’s approach to drug possession, after the Washington Supreme Court struck down its previous law as unconstitutional. Read story

FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2021, file photo, hand sanitizer, wipes, and surgical masks rest on a desk in a fourth-grade classroom at Elk Ridge Elementary School in Buckley, Wash. Washington State authorities said Thursday, May 13, 2021, all schools in the state must provide full-time, in-person education for students for the 2021-22 school year and that students and staff will still be required to wear masks as a COVID-19 mitigation effort. (AP Photo/Ted S.

Washington schools to open full time in fall, masks required

FILE - In this Feb. 2, 2021, file photo, hand sanitizer, wipes, and surgical masks rest on a desk in a fourth-grade classroom at Elk Ridge Elementary School in Buckley, Wash. Washington State authorities said Thursday, May 13, 2021, all schools in the state must provide full-time, in-person education for students for the 2021-22 school year and that students and staff will still be required to wear masks as a COVID-19 mitigation effort. (AP Photo/Ted S.

May 13, 2021, 2:39pm Latest News

OLYMPIA — Washington authorities said Thursday all schools in the state must provide full-time, in-person education for students for the 2021-22 school year and that students and staff will still be required to wear masks. Read story

In this Saturday, July 27, 2019 photo, flames rage next to Interstate 5 south of Canyonville, Ore., during the Milepost 97 Fire. Interstate 5 drivers should expect delays Tuesday, July 30, 2019, in both directions as fire crews remove hazardous trees south of Canyonville in southwestern Oregon. The Oregon Department of Transportation says traffic will be slowed in both directions between mileposts 88 and 101 from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Oregon’s Milepost 97 fire is believed to have started Wednesday because of an illegal campfire.

Fire officials aim to squelch blazes fast, avoid megafires

In this Saturday, July 27, 2019 photo, flames rage next to Interstate 5 south of Canyonville, Ore., during the Milepost 97 Fire. Interstate 5 drivers should expect delays Tuesday, July 30, 2019, in both directions as fire crews remove hazardous trees south of Canyonville in southwestern Oregon. The Oregon Department of Transportation says traffic will be slowed in both directions between mileposts 88 and 101 from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Oregon’s Milepost 97 fire is believed to have started Wednesday because of an illegal campfire.

May 13, 2021, 9:38am Latest News

BILLINGS, Mont. (AP) — U.S. officials said Thursday that they will try to stamp out wildfires as quickly as possible this year as severe drought tightens its grip across the West and sets the stage for another destructive summer of blazes. Read story

Man killed in N.E. Portland shooting, police say

May 13, 2021, 8:01am Northwest

PORTLAND — A man was shot and killed Wednesday in Portland’s Parkrose neighborhood, marking the latest fatality in an ongoing spate of gun violence. Read story

Engine fire in state ferry Wenatchee will reduce capacity across Puget Sound

May 13, 2021, 7:57am Northwest

SEATTLE — People traveling across Puget Sound can expect delays this summer, because last month’s fire aboard the ferry Wenatchee has forced the state to use smaller vessels than normal on several routes. Read story