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Spokane County Certifies Primary Election

Aug 22, 2018
Spokane County Elections

Election officials have certified the August 7 primary election in Spokane County, formalizing the matchups for the November general election.

In the two weeks since the first results were released, two races flipped — both in the Sixth Legislative District. Both of those will feature rematches in November.

In 2013, the U.S. Forest Service was looking for someone to reduce wildfire risk and rehabilitate a stand of overgrown trees on the Colville National Forest in northeastern Washington.

Colville-based Vaagen Brothers Lumber submitted the one and only proposal to take on the ‘A to Z’ project. It’s called A to Z because what the company accepted responsibility for was everything – from start to finish. That includes a lengthy and federally required environmental analysis, public comment and the actual work.

Hot housing markets in major cities like Seattle and Portland have pushed the cities to regulate short-term rentals like Airbnb. But small Pacific Northwest towns popular with visitors are also struggling to balance the growth of Airbnb-type rentals with a tight housing supply.

Newport, Oregon, is the latest to put those types of rentals in the crosshairs.

Tuesday Eastern Washington Fire Update

Aug 21, 2018
Northwest Interagency Incident Management Team 9

Winds have caused the Crescent Mountain Fire to cross Eagle Creek and head east. A new mandatory level 3 Evacuation has been issued for all persons living west of the Little Bridge Creek Intersection in the Twisp River Valley.

Hot housing markets in major cities like Seattle and Portland have pushed the cities to regulate short-term rentals like Airbnb. But small Pacific Northwest towns popular with visitors are also struggling to balance the growth of Airbnb-type rentals with a tight housing supply. 

Newport, Oregon, is the latest to put those types of rentals in the crosshairs.

Gary Robertson/Flickr Creative Commons

 

The smoke from area wildfires can pose a health threat to humans, but you may be surprised to learn that researchers are also trying to find out the negative impacts the smoke may have on birds.

A Republican state representative from eastern Washington is drawing attention after comments he made about the media at a pro-gun rally over the weekend. 

At the "Liberty or Death" event on Saturday in Spokane, Republican Matt Shea of Spokane Valley, who's currently seeking a sixth term in office, said "a lot of people in the media" are guilty of smear campaigns, innuendo and implication.

"And I want to tell you something about that," Shea told the crowd. "We can't become those dirty, godless, hateful people. We have to uphold free speech no matter what." 

Spokane Council Passes Renewable Energy Ordinance

Aug 20, 2018
Doug Nadvornick/City Cable 5

The Spokane City Council last night [Monday] approved an ordinance that sets a 100% renewable energy goal for the city. The measure was approved after more two hours of testimony.

The measure lists two major goals. One calls for the city of Spokane to run its operations exclusively using renewable electricity sources by the year 2020. The second sets a goal of getting the rest of the city to accomplish that by 2030.

Spokane Air Quality to Remain Poor Until Thursday

Aug 20, 2018
Jeremy Burnham/SPR

You know things are bad when you have to go inside to catch some fresh air. After about 48 hours of the cleanest air Spokane has seen this month, the county’s air quality declined all the way to hazardous on Sunday. That is the final category on the six-category scale.

Wildfire activity in the American West is likely to get worse in coming years. A new study out in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences points to the lack of precipitation in the summer as the major driving factor when it comes to increasing fire severity.

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