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Meet InvestigateWest’s new development director

InvestigateWest is thrilled to announce a new addition to our growing team: Lynnie McIlvain will…
Education

How did Moms for Liberty end up on WA’s approved list of groups training teachers?

There are few rules guiding required professional development credits for public school teachers in the…
Government

Washington AG’s office joins forces with local police to intensify search for missing Indigenous teen

Teen’s disappearance — highlighted in recent InvestigateWest report — among the first cases taken by…

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As ‘empowered’ cities ban them from public spaces, homeless people in WA scatter in search of refuge

Attorneys say bans could become more common following U.S. Supreme Court decision in June By…
Government

Oregon Secretary of State probing staff complaints about racism, mismanagement at early learning department

Auditors are exploring issues revealed in InvestigateWest reporting as possible risks to the department “getting…
Health

Staff at Providence Center for Medically Fragile Children sound alarm over shrinking space, families turned away

Oregon families of medically fragile children grapple with uncertain future of longtime Providence center By…

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Health

Idaho youth treatment home exposed in InvestigateWest investigation closes down

Advocates express relief but push for greater oversight of facilities statewide By Wilson Criscione /…
The Cruelest Lie

Idaho investigators repeatedly found kids in danger. Youth treatment programs faced few consequences 

An InvestigateWest analysis reveals a lack of disciplinary action against troubled programs By Wilson Criscione…
The Cruelest Lie

Public records show 10 years of child abuse, neglect allegations at Idaho’s troubled teen facilities

The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare currently oversees 28 children’s residential care facilities. These…
Democracy & Extremism

Secret recording shows how a right-wing Idaho lobbyist tried to keep a legislator in lockstep

Freedom Caucus Network power broker Maria Nate blasted controversial state Rep. Heather Scott for support…
Democracy & Extremism

Idaho State Police warned InvestigateWest that publishing story about secret recording might violate Idaho law

We wrote about it anyway By Daniel Walters / InvestigateWest More than a week before…
Democracy & Extremism

Idaho House puts bill to redefine ‘terrorism’ on ice 

Previous InvestigateWest reporting revealed Bundy ranch militant was instrumental in crafting the bill  By Daniel…
Climate

Oregon begins rewriting landmark climate program derailed by gas lawsuit

During the next year, the Department of Environmental Quality will work on a new program…
Environment

Idaho residents still seeing impacts of decades-old nuclear test fallout

‘The fight isn’t over’: Idaho downwinders persist after Congress cuts compensation for them. By Mia…
Environment

In an era of climate change, Alaska’s predators fall prey to politics

With Alaska's wildlife numbers declining, agencies are blaming — and culling — predators. The true…
Investigative Reports

Why many judges in WA won’t order abusers to turn in guns

State and federal court decisions threaten to override Washington’s firearm surrender law By Kelsey Turner…
Investigative Reports

In Eastern Washington, victims seeking protection steer clear of a judge accused of domestic violence himself

Attorneys say there’s little accountability for judges who may show bias against victims By Wilson…
Investigative Reports

Low-income domestic violence survivors face uphill battle in obtaining court-ordered protections 

Advocates urge more funding for housing, shelters and legal services as well as consistent policy…
Government

Washington AG’s office joins forces with local police to intensify search for missing Indigenous teen

Teen’s disappearance — highlighted in recent InvestigateWest report — among the first cases taken by…
Government

Oregon woman endures fear and despair in illegal imprisonment in Coffee Creek prison

Terri Lee Brown was released from Coffee Creek Correctional Facility after the Oregon Supreme Court…
Government

Oregon Secretary of State probing staff complaints about racism, mismanagement at early learning department

Auditors are exploring issues revealed in InvestigateWest reporting as possible risks to the department “getting…
Environment

Amid heavy smoke, wildfire crews work without practical respirators

'There are times where you just don’t breathe, because you can’t.' By Hannah Weinberger /…
Climate

What WA’s new wildfire smoke rules might mean for outdoor workers

Washington could be the second state to impose permanent safety regulations, but employers and workplace…
Climate

An Oregon town is buying surrounding forests to confront wildfires

A logger, forester and former mayor have joined forces to help Butte Falls protect its…
Indian Country

Tribes raise alarm as Supreme Court’s conservative justices signal they could undercut Native child welfare law

Law designed to protect Native American families By Orion Donovan-Smith / Spokesman-Review WASHINGTON – The…
Indian Country

On an Ancient Road, Tribal Elders Wage a Relentless Battle

The government bulldozed an Indigenous religious site along a busy Oregon highway, but tribal elders…
Indian Country

One tribe’s efforts to revive the native camas plant, and the ecosystems, knowledge, and sovereignty that once flourished around it.

By Claire Elise Thompson / Grist This story was originally published by Fix, Grist’s solutions lab.…