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When the Columbia River treaty was signed back in 1964, Native American tribes were not consulted. Now, several tribal officials are asking that that they be included in negotiations to renew the treaty.

In a congressional food fight, champions of the humble white potato scored one for spuds. Idaho and Washington senators rarely agree on anything. But in deciding that white potatoes ought to be included in the special Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children - commonly called WIC - Idaho conservatives Mike Crapo and Jim Risch, and Washington liberals Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell all joined hands.

For the first time in five years, hopeful police officers will be able to complete their full training in eastern Washington. Police leaders announced last week that the Basic Law Enforcement Training Academy is to be reestablished in Spokane.

State Parks Fill Up; Coffers Don't

May 25, 2014

Now that the traditional Memorial Day rush to recreate in state-owned parks is over, the people who run, patrol and maintain those parks can catch a breather. But money woes persist. In the three-state Oregon, Idaho and Washington region, the Oregon park system is in the financial catbird seat.

New Coastal Bulk Terminals Bring New Spill Risks

May 25, 2014

Elected and civic leaders in Washington State are increasingly concerned about huge increases in the quantity of oil and coal being hauled across the state. A new study by the Puget Sound Partnership suggests they may have good reason to fret.

El Nino Awakening After Long Hiatus

May 23, 2014

Members of an obscure state agency - the Water Supply Availability Committee - thought their work was done last week after hearing about a late winter onslaught of snow, meaning normal snowpacks and good spring runoff. 

But wait a minute there. They reckoned without a revived El Nino.

If you're not a fan of Washington State's annual 30-dollar Discover Pass to get into state parks, there's a way to beat the fee. The Department of Natural Resources is willing to swap sweat equity for cash.

Clover Sprouts Causing Illness in Northwest

May 21, 2014
Paige Browning / Spokane Public Radio

Health officials have advised people not to eat clover sprouts until further notice because of a possible link to E. coli. 10 people have become ill from E. coli in Washington and Idaho since May 1st, and half of them were hospitalized. 

A well-organized and financed drive to create a national monument in Idaho's scenic Boulder-White Clouds backcountry is generating some push-back from a grassroots g roup. Patrick and Jenny Seefried live in MacKay Idaho on the eastern boundary of the proposed 570,000 acre national monument. They're opposed to any new protections for the rugged area.

Oregon Member of Congress Wants to Trash Reports

May 20, 2014

In the name of oversight, Congress demands thousands of reports each year from hundreds of federal agencies. But at least one Oregon member of Congress thinks it's silly to waste money on reports that are often never read, much less acted upon.