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Plans for long-sought Tribal Early Learning Hub collapse three years after Oregon lawmakers mandated its creation 

Tribal representatives bank on an early learning success plan to increase services By Kaylee Tornay…
Democracy & Extremism

Bundy Ranch militant Eric Parker says he’s the driving force behind Idaho bill to narrow definition of ‘terrorism’

Critics argue the legislation “essentially guts” Idaho’s Terrorist Control Act By Daniel Walters / InvestigateWest…
Indian Country

An Indigenous teen in Washington disappeared amid clear signs of danger. It took more than a year before police started investigating 

School, police and state CPS officials all received warnings that teen was unsafe By Kelsey…

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Idaho youth treatment home exposed in InvestigateWest investigation closes down

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

Oregon’s labor regulators ask for lawmakers’ help to tackle backlogs

The bottleneck of civil rights and wage claims has decreased, but workers still face long…
Government

WA lawmakers introduce bill requiring clergy to report child abuse, one year after similar bill died over Catholic opposition 

Lawmakers hope a compromise will get Catholic lobbyists on board By Wilson Criscione / InvestigateWest…

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Democracy & Extremism

How local Idaho prosecutors lost the case against Patriot Front’s white nationalist leader

Caught with a “little army” and plans to provoke confrontation at a gay pride event,…
Democracy & Extremism

Influential Idaho Freedom Foundation quietly hired alt-right propagandist to help shape messaging

Right-wing Idaho legislators stay silent on the group’s affiliation with Dave Reilly By Daniel Walters…
Democracy & Extremism

Washington Three Percenters want to escape the ‘extremist’ label — but experts remain wary

Three Percenters elsewhere were among most indicted members of January 6 attack By Daniel Walters…
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…
Environment

Washington Law Attempts to Fill the Void in Federal Regulation of Hazardous Chemicals

With a years-long backlog in the U.S. government’s risk assessments of thousands of potentially hazardous…
Environment

NW states, tribes reach ‘historic’ deal with feds over Columbia River Basin fish and dams

Settlement agreement calls for a 10-year pause in legal fighting over salmon restoration efforts that…
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…
Health

Patients stuck in Washington hospitals pose quandary for state lawmakers

Health officials and hospital operators want to see further action to help patients with conditions…
Health

A WA worker’s death reveals the limits of safety enforcement

A fatal trench collapse in 2016 set precedent for holding employers criminally liable, but officials…
Government

WA’s new drug law could help needle exchanges — or restrict them

The possession bill passed this year includes $63M for treatment centers. But it also gives…
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

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.…
Indian Country

Federal Official Announces Funding for Upgrades to Columbia River Treaty Fishing Sites

Bryan Newland, the Interior’s Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs, says the money will help begin…