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Ailing US worker: Government needs to reactivate insurance

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — An ailing U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service worker in Oregon said she can’t learn why her federally paid insurance lapsed months ago or get it reinstated because of the partial government shutdown, leaving her scrambling to find a way to pay for nutrients that keep her alive. Jasmine Tool said she […]
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Mat-Su Borough’s emergency services director resigns

PALMER, Alaska (AP) — The top emergency official in the borough north of Alaska’s biggest city has resigned, claiming borough employees and assembly members undermined his actions. The Anchorage Daily News reports Otto Feather resigned earlier this month after serving as the director of the Matanuska-Susitna Borough emergency services department since January 2017. Borough Manager […]
Tags: News, Ap, Alaska, Northwest, Anchorage Daily News, Matanuska Susitna Borough, Palmer Alaska, Mat Su Borough, Otto Feather


Court allows sale of troubled Oregon dairy farm to proceed

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — A federal bankruptcy judge has allowed the proposed sale of the troubled Lost Valley Farm to proceed despite objections by Oregon agencies over who will clean up the dairy’s wastewater and manure. The Capital Press reports court-appointed trustee Randy Sugarman recently entered into an asset purchase agreement for Canyon Farm LLC […]
Tags: News, Oregon, Northwest, SALEM Ore AP, Capital Press, Lost Valley Farm, Randy Sugarman, Canyon Farm LLC


1 dead, 1 injured in NE Portland shooting

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Police say one person is dead and another is injured after a shooting at a Northeast Portland home. The Portland Police Bureau says officers responded to a report of gunfire Thursday afternoon. Police say officers found one person dead and one injured. The injured person was taken to a hospital for […]
Tags: News, Portland, Northwest, Northeast Portland, Portland Police Bureau, Ore AP


State auditors find systemic trauma at adult care facility

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — A state-run residential treatment center for people with severe disabilities and mental illness or other issues is rife with systemic problems leading to trauma for staffers and residents alike, Idaho’s state auditors have found. The report released Thursday from the Office of Performance Evaluations found that there is a “culture of […]
Tags: News, Idaho, Northwest, Boise, Office of Performance Evaluations, Idaho AP


Sammamish man killed parents, self because he didn’t want mother to sell family home, sheriff’s office says

Detectives believe Matthew Ficken killed himself just as sheriff's deputies were entering the family home on Tuesday to check on his parents, who he had killed five days earlier.
Tags: Crime, News, Local News, Northwest, Eastside, Sammamish, Matthew Ficken


Water legislation bill backed by House speaker advances

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Lawmakers have advanced legislation needed to end years of litigation and finalize an agreement involving water rights in heavily populated southwestern Idaho. The House Resources and Conservation Committee unanimously advanced the bill Thursday after Republican House Speaker Scott Bedke of Oakley spoke in its favor. The lawsuits involved canal companies, irrigation […]
Tags: News, Idaho, House, Northwest, Oakley, Boise, Scott Bedke, Republican House, Idaho AP, House Resources and Conservation Committee


Student removed from school after online comment about guns

NORTH BEND, Ore. (AP) — Police responded to North Bend High School and contacted a student in the cafeteria after receiving a report that the 14-year-old boy had responded to a discussion about cyberbullying with “I’ll bring the guns.” North Bend Police Chief Robert Kappelman said in a statement that no weapons were found and […]
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Food assistance benefits will arrive early for Washington residents due to government shutdown

People who receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits will receive their February benefits by Jan. 20 due to the federal government shutdown. It's not clear whether SNAP will be funded in March.
Tags: News, Washington, Nation, Local News, Northwest, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program


Alaska city offers free bus rides for federal workers

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The public transportation system in Alaska’s largest city is offering free bus rides for federal government workers during the ongoing government shutdown. Anchorage officials announced the offer Thursday, the 27th day of the federal government’s partial shutdown. About 800,000 federal workers across the country missed a paycheck last week because of […]
Tags: News, Ap, Alaska, Northwest, Anchorage, Anchorage Alaska


Deschutes County addresses wildfire risk with zoning changes

BEND, Ore. (AP) — Deschutes County has approved new zoning intended to reduce the chance that a major wildfire will hit Bend. Oregon Public Broadcasting reported on Thursday that the county will require new construction on Bend’s west side to be low density and fire-resistant. The idea is that this new zoning area will provide […]
Tags: News, Ap, Northwest, Deschutes County, Bend Oregon Public Broadcasting


Idaho, other states release food stamps early amid shutdown

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho has joined a growing number of states issuing February’s allotments of food stamps early because of the federal government shutdown. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare announced on Wednesday that people receiving benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will receive their February food stamps on Jan. 20. The […]
Tags: News, Idaho, Northwest, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, Boise, Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, Idaho AP


Alaska House signs on to back continued funding for staff

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The 39 current Alaska House members have signed a letter supporting continued funding for session staff until the House gets organized. The House lacks an organized majority and was warned by the Legislature’s human resources manager last week that a temporary staffing authorization was to expire the first day of session, […]
Tags: News, Ap, House, Northwest, Legislature, Juneau Alaska, Alaska House


Judge says suspect in Idaho mass stabbing unfit for trial

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — An Idaho judge says the suspect in a mass stabbing attack that injured 12 and killed a 3-year-old girl is unfit to stand trial. The ruling from 4th District Judge Nancy Baskin on Wednesday means that Timmy Kinner Jr. will be committed to a state mental health hospital where doctors will […]
Tags: News, Idaho, Northwest, Boise, Idaho AP, Nancy Baskin, Timmy Kinner Jr


Rams-Saints Preview Capsule

LOS ANGELES RAMS (14-3) at NEW ORLEANS (14-3) Sunday, 3:05 p.m. ET, Fox OPENING LINE — Saints by 3½ RECORD VS. SPREAD — Los Angeles 8-7-2, New Orleans 10-7 Most Read StoriesMicrosoft pledges $500 million to tackle housing crisis in Seattle, Eastside'Nonessential': The federal shutdown's most unusual victim is one of the Northwest's best-kept secrets […]
Tags: News, Sports, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Seattle, Northwest, Rams


Alaska Community Foundation announces $100 million endowment

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Community Foundation says a campaign to create an endowment to benefit nonprofit groups has raised more than $100 million. Anchorage television station KTVA reports the total includes a $40 million gift from an unnamed single donor. The foundation on Wednesday announced the $100 million threshold collected over five years. […]
Tags: News, Ap, Northwest, Anchorage Alaska, KTVA, Alaska Community Foundation


Dozens arrested in Oregon drug investigation

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — Authorities have arrested more the five dozen suspects in an aim to take down drug trafficking organizations in northeast Oregon. Pendleton police Chief Stuart Roberts, head of local anti-drug team’s board, told the East Oregonian the goal was to dismantle drug dealing operations in Umatilla, Morrow, Union, and Gilliam counties. The […]
Tags: News, Oregon, Northwest, Gilliam, PENDLETON Ore AP, Stuart Roberts, Oregon Pendleton, Umatilla Morrow Union


Patriots-Chiefs Preview Capsule

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — NEW ENGLAND (12-5) at KANSAS CITY (13-4) Sunday, 6:40 p.m. ET, CBS OPENING LINE — Chiefs by 3 RECORD VS. SPREAD — New England 10-7, Kansas City 10-6-1 Most Read Stories'Nonessential': The federal shutdown's most unusual victim is one of the Northwest's best-kept secrets | Danny WestneatMicrosoft pledges $500 million […]
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Lawyer who represented Saudi men who fled facing threats

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon attorney who represented Saudi nationals who fled the country after their government paid their bail has temporarily closed her law practice because of threats made since the cases were detailed by The Oregonian/OregonLive. Ginger Mooney, of Hood River, told the newspaper she has received dozens of terrifying emails and […]
Tags: News, Oregon, Ap, Portland, Northwest, Hood River, Mooney


Government shutdown taking toll on wildfire preparations

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Just two months after a wildfire wiped out Paradise, California, officials are gearing up for this year’s fire season and fear the government shutdown could make it even more difficult than one of the worst in history. The winter months are critical for wildfire managers who use the break from the […]
Tags: Science, News, Nation, Portland, Northwest, Paradise California


House Republicans disavow attempt to swear in GOP member

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — House Republicans are disavowing an attempt by some of their members to swear in a new legislator. Gov. Mike Dunleavy appointed Sharon Jackson to replace Nancy Dahlstrom, who was elected in November to an Eagle River-area seat but became Dunleavy’s corrections commissioner before the session started. Jackson was not sworn in […]
Tags: News, Ap, Gop, House, Jackson, Northwest, Mike Dunleavy, Juneau Alaska, Eagle River, Dunleavy, Sharon Jackson, Nancy Dahlstrom


3 found dead in Sammamish a longtime Realtor, author, their son, relative says

Lorraine Ficken, 65, was an accomplished real estate agent. Robert "Bob" Ficken was a gifted historian who wrote books about Washington's early history. Their bodies were found Tuesday afternoon in their Sammamish home, along with the body of their son, 34-year-old Matthew Ficken.
Tags: Crime, News, Washington, Local News, Northwest, Eastside, Sammamish, Lorraine Ficken, Robert Bob Ficken


Washington state given a “C” grade for infrastructure

Dams in Washington state fell since 2013 from a B to a B-minus, still the top performing category. Roads and transit each improved from D+ to C-, the 2019 state report says.
Tags: News, Washington, Local News, Northwest, Traffic Lab


Police identify man killed by guard at Portland strip club

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — Police have identified a man who died after being shot by a security guard at a Southeast Portland strip club. The Oregonian/OregonLive reports 42-year-old Eugene Pharr Jr. died at a hospital after he was shot around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday in the parking lot of Dream On Saloon. Portland police haven’t named […]
Tags: News, Portland, Northwest, Southeast Portland, Ore AP, Eugene Pharr Jr, Saloon Portland


Woman killed near Bend, person of interest held

BEND, Ore. (AP) — Authorities say a woman is dead and a man is in custody following a report of shots fired north of Bend. KTVZ-TV reports Deschutes County deputies were called to a sparsely populated neighborhood at about 11 a.m. Wednesday. Deschutes County Sheriff Shane Nelson says a woman was found lying in the […]
Tags: News, Ap, Northwest, Deschutes County, KTVZ, Shane Nelson


Little cites collaborative efforts at environmental forum

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. Brad Little says the state’s collaborative efforts with federal agencies, conservation groups, industries and residents have put Idaho out front in tackling tough environmental problems involving forests, rangelands, water uses and other issues. Little told several hundred people at the Idaho Environmental Forum on Wednesday that he’s optimistic about […]
Tags: News, Idaho, Northwest, BOISE Idaho, Little, Brad Little, Idaho Environmental Forum


Resource chairman: Halt drilling permit work during shutdown

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The chairman of the U.S. House Natural Resources Committee is calling on the Interior Department to halt work on oil and gas development permits and leases in Alaska and elsewhere during the partial government shutdown. A letter from Rep. Raul Grijalva (gri-HAWL-vah) to Acting Interior Secretary David Bernhardt objects to the […]
Tags: Business, News, Ap, Nation, Alaska, Interior Department, Northwest, Anchorage Alaska, Raúl Grijalva, David Bernhardt, U S House Natural Resources Committee


Son suspected in mother’s death found hiding in woman’s home

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A man suspected of killing his mother and hiding in her home has been arrested in Alaska’s second-largest city. Fairbanks police announced Thursday that 34-year-old George Rosa is being held on suspicion of first-degree murder in the death of 70-year-old Molly Rosa. He was scheduled to be arraigned Thursday afternoon. Online […]
Tags: News, Alaska, Northwest, Anchorage, Alaska AP, George Rosa, Molly Rosa He


Idaho governor receives oil and gas chairman’s resignation

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho Gov. Brad Little has received Idaho Oil and Gas Conservation Commission Chairman Kevin Dickey’s resignation after a potential conflict of interest. Little said in a statement Tuesday to the Idaho Statesman that he “asked for and accepted” Dickey’s resignation, and that his office “will work to fill the vacancy on […]
Tags: News, Idaho, Northwest, BOISE Idaho, Little, Dickey, Idaho Oil and Gas Conservation Commission, Brad Little, Kevin Dickey


Alaska House hopes for staff workaround while unorganized

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska House members hope to find a workaround to keep staff on the job while they try to organize a majority. The Legislature’s human resources manager, Skiff Lobaugh, last week warned that House session staff would not be authorized to work beginning Wednesday if the House remained unorganized. He said a […]
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