Tag Archives: State of Washington

Washington’s Oyster Industry Threatened By A Booming Shrimp Population

The booming population of a native species of Northwest shrimp threatens the oyster beds of Washington’s Willapa Bay and a coastal way of life. On an early spring morning at low tide, Kathleen Nisbet-Moncy hops out of the small boat as it nears a tide flat near the mouth of Cedar River in Washington’s Willapa […]
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Drought grows ‘severe’ in Western Washington

A drought covering all or parts of nine Western Washington counties worsened in the past week from “moderate” to “severe,” the U.S. Drought Monitor reported Thursday. The downgrade comes after the fifth warmest May on record in Washington’s coastal region between the Olympic Peninsula and Oregon. Severe drought prevails over 11% of the state, while […]
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I-82 bridge to reopen by end of June

Work won’t be complete on the Interstate 82 bridge at Umatilla by Hermiston High School’s graduation, but it is expected to be done in time for Fourth of July traffic. The Washington Department of Transportation has been working to replace the deck of the bridge leading into Oregon for the past two years, moving all […]
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Washington State Failed To Pass A Clean Fuels Standard This Year. Here’s What Proponents Plan To Do Next

Plans for a low carbon fuel standard in Washington didn’t work out this legislative session. Now, advocates are figuring out what to do next to reduce gasoline and diesel emissions in the Evergreen State. Cars and trucks that burn gas and diesel are Washington’s biggest source of heat-trapping pollutants. That’s caused a lot of debate among […]
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Oregon gets a head start on summer wildfires

Officials plan to work with neighboring states for firefighting response. Fire has no respect for boundaries created by humans. It doesn’t care if the drought-damaged ponderosa pine it is consuming is in Deschutes or Klamath county, Oregon or California, the United States or Canada. The jigsaw puzzle of land responsibilities — U.S. Forest Service, Bureau […]
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Success of Oregon’s smoking age hike to 21 is noteworthy

It’s a good sign for the Washington state Legislature’s recent decision to raise the age to 21 to buy tobacco products. Earlier this year Washington state lawmakers took the bold step raise the age to legally purchase cigarettes, vaping cartridges and other tobacco products from 18 to 21. In doing so, Washington joins Oregon and […]
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Washington joins Oregon, California in West Coast bloc of sanctuary states

Washington has become the latest West Coast state to enact broad sanctuary protections that restrict all local authorities from asking about people’s immigration status. Gov. Jay Inslee signed the measure Tuesday implementing the new rules, which rank among the strongest statewide mandates in the nation. California and Oregon have similar laws. Source: Washington joins Oregon, […]
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Washington joins rush to plant hemp, still far behind Oregon

Washington farmers have signed up to plant more than 6,000 acres of hemp this year, joining a national rush just as federal regulators ramp up scrutiny of health claims about Source: Washington joins rush to plant hemp, still far behind Oregon | Agriculture | capitalpress.com

Inslee signs sales tax bill; Vancouver business owners worry about effects

People with Oregon IDs must pay Washington sales tax starting July 1. With Clark County business advocacy groups and more than three dozen Republican legislators arrayed in opposition, Don Thompson held out hope. Thompson, founder and owner of longtime furniture seller America The Beautiful Dreamer, had hoped Gov. Jay Inslee might announce Tuesday his own […]
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Oregon Shoppers Will Have To Work Harder To Escape Washington Sales Tax

The days are numbered for Oregon shoppers who’ve enjoyed an automatic sales tax exemption across the Columbia River. Source: Oregon Shoppers Will Have To Work Harder To Escape Washington Sales Tax