Colorado Wildfire Grows Into Largest in State History

Left vulnerable by dry conditions, more than 430,000 acres have burned so far in what has been one of the worst years ever for wildfires in the state.

#boulder-colo, #california, #colorado, #fires-and-firefighters, #oregon, #washington-state, #weather, #wildfires

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In My Mountain Town, We’re Preparing for Dark Times

As the contagion spreads, we look ahead to winter and wonder whom we can safely pull close.

#autumn-season, #seasons-and-months, #washington-state

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‘Straight to Gunshots’: How a U.S. Task Force Killed an Antifa Activist

New accounts from the scene raise questions about whether Michael Reinoehl, suspected of killing a far-right Trump supporter, pulled out a gun before officers fatally shot him.

#danielson-aaron-j-d-2020, #fugitives, #patriot-prayer, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #portland-ore, #reinoehl-michael-1972-2020, #united-states-marshals-service, #washington-state

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How a U.S. Task Force Killed an Antifa Activist in Portland

New accounts from the scene raise questions about whether Michael Reinoehl, suspected of killing a far-right Trump supporter, pulled out a gun before officers fatally shot him.

#danielson-aaron-j-d-2020, #fugitives, #patriot-prayer, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #portland-ore, #reinoehl-michael-1972-2020, #united-states-marshals-service, #washington-state

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Dogs Once Made Pretty Nice Wool Blankets, Too

Indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest once bred dogs in large numbers and sheared them for wool.

#archaeology-and-anthropology, #british-columbia-canada, #dogs, #fashion-and-apparel, #indigenous-people, #journal-of-anthropological-archaeology, #pacific-northwestern-states-us, #research, #textiles, #vancouver-island-british-columbia, #washington-state, #wool-and-woolen-goods, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

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Washington State Officials Hunt for Colony of ‘Murder Hornets’

The search has taken on particular urgency as the Asian giant hornets are about to enter their “slaughter phase,” during which they kill bees by decapitating them.

#agriculture-and-farming, #bees, #blaine-wash, #hornets-insects, #invasive-species, #washington-state

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A Coronavirus Infection Complicates Portland-Area Firefighting Efforts

A fire incident management team went into temporarily isolation this week in Washington State after a member of a resupply crew tested positive for the coronavirus.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #fires-and-firefighters, #forest-service, #quarantines, #washington-state, #wildfires

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A Governor Bestowed Apples on Wildfire Victims. The Maggots Were Unintended.

Gov. Jay Inslee apologized for transporting the pest to maggot-free counties in Washington, which produces about 70 percent of the nation’s apples. After the discovery, the hunt was on.

#agriculture-and-farming, #apples, #insects, #inslee-jay, #washington-state, #wildfires

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As Courts Back Broad Mail-In Voting, DeJoy Apologizes for Missteps

Postmaster General Louis DeJoy privately apologized to election officials for failing to consult about a postcard that was sent to educate voters on mail-in ballots.

#absentee-voting, #courts-and-the-judiciary, #dejoy-louis, #federal-state-relations-us, #pennsylvania, #postal-service-us, #postal-service-and-post-offices, #postcards, #presidential-election-of-2020, #states-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-and-voters, #washington-state

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Wildfires and Hurricane Sally: How to Help

With fires on the West Coast and floods on the Gulf Coast, relief organizations are providing meals and shelter to devastated communities. If you want to give aid, here are some research pointers.

#alabama, #american-red-cross, #california, #charity-navigator, #florida, #hurricanes-and-tropical-storms, #mississippi, #oregon, #philanthropy, #washington-state, #wildfires

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Wildfires Live Updates: Rain Could Offer Some Relief for Oregon and Washington

Gov. Jay Inslee expressed confidence that Washington State could contain its fires, and offered help to Oregon, but warned that the air was still at “historically polluted levels.”

#california, #deaths-fatalities, #fires-and-firefighters, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #inslee-jay, #oregon, #pacific-northwestern-states-us, #washington-state, #weather, #wildfires

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Foul Air From West Coast Wildfires Spreads Across the Continent

Smoke from the wildfires in the West was spotted high in the skies over Washington, D.C. Firefighters continued to battle blazes that were still spreading.

#california, #fires-and-firefighters, #oregon, #washington-state, #wildfires

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How China Brought Almost 200 Million Students Back

We’re also rounding up thought-provoking ideas about Covid-era education, and bringing you the latest local updates for K-12 and college.

#atlantic-the-magazine, #axios-media-inc, #boston-mass, #boston-college, #california, #california-state-university, #children-and-childhood, #china, #colleges-and-universities, #communist-party-of-china, #connecticut, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #de-blasio-bill, #e-learning, #education, #education-k-12, #florida-state-university, #football-college, #georgia, #los-angeles-calif, #maine, #massachusetts, #michigan-state-university, #new-york-city, #oregon, #rochester-ny, #shutdowns-institutional, #university-of-kansas, #university-of-michigan, #university-of-texas-at-austin, #washington-state, #wuhan-china, #yglesias-matthew

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As Wildfires Burn Out of Control, the West Coast Faces the Unimaginable

Firefighters across California and Oregon are bracing for stronger winds that could partly clear the air — but also fan the flames of uncontrolled blazes.

#california, #fires-and-firefighters, #merkley-jeffrey-a-1956, #oregon, #paradise-calif, #washington-state, #wildfires

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17 Dead and Dozens Missing in Vast Western Wildfires

In Oregon, where more than 1 million acres have burned, fires have destroyed entire towns and forced 40,000 residents to evacuate.

#california, #disasters-and-emergencies, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #fires-and-firefighters, #oregon, #washington-state, #wildfires

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A Line of Fire South of Portland and a Yearslong Recovery Ahead

Firefighters continued to battle blazes along the West Coast that have now charred nearly five million acres. At least 15 people are dead, with dozens still missing.

#arson, #california, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #oregon, #washington-state, #wildfires

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Wildfires Live Updates: 500,000 Under Evacuation Orders in Oregon

The mayor of Portland declared a state of emergency as fires burned toward the city. California and Washington State are battling growing fires, too.

#california, #disasters-and-emergencies, #fires-and-firefighters, #oregon, #portland-ore, #washington-state, #wildfires

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Oregon, California and Washington State: Live Wildfires Updates

As wildfires raged up and down the West Coast, officials said one of the most damaging fires in Oregon may have been deliberately set.

#brown-kate-1960, #california, #deaths-fatalities, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #fires-and-firefighters, #inslee-jay, #oregon, #washington-state, #western-states-us, #wildfires

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Why California, Oregon and Washington State Are Searching for Help to Battle Fires

With millions of acres ablaze across the West Coast, states are having a tough time finding available fire crews. California resorted to calling in a team of firefighters from Israel.

#california, #fires-and-firefighters, #oregon, #states-us, #washington-state, #wildfires

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States Are in Desperate Search for Help Battling Record Wildfires

With millions of acres ablaze across the West Coast, states are having a tough time finding available fire crews. California resorted to calling in a team of firefighters from Israel.

#california, #fires-and-firefighters, #oregon, #states-us, #washington-state, #wildfires

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The Wildfires in Photos

Fires continued to blaze up and down the West Coast, destroying neighborhoods and forcing mass evacuations as firefighters struggled to contain them.

#california, #fires-and-firefighters, #oregon, #washington-state, #wildfires

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Wildfires Live Updates: Out-of-Control Blazes Add to Vast Destruction

Wildfires in California, Oregon and Washington State have killed seven people, with growing fears more have died in towns destroyed throughout the West.

#brown-kate-1960, #california, #deaths-fatalities, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #fires-and-firefighters, #inslee-jay, #oregon, #washington-state, #western-states-us, #wildfires

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Wildfires Are Worsening. The Way We Manage Them Isn’t Keeping Pace.

The blazes scorching the West highlight the urgency of rethinking fire management policies, as climate change threatens to make things worse.

#building-construction, #california, #colorado, #environment, #forests-and-forestry, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #land-use-policies, #oregon, #washington-state, #wildfires

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Wildfires Bring New Devastation Across the West

A record 2.5 million acres have burned in California, while entire communities in Oregon and Washington were largely wiped out.

#california, #deaths-fatalities, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #malden-wash, #oregon, #washington-state, #wildfires

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Orca That Carried Dead Calf for 17 Days Gives Birth Again

Researchers spotted the killer whale they call J35 alongside her “robust and lively” new calf on Saturday — a ray of hope for the endangered Southern Resident population off the Pacific Northwest.

#marine-biology, #strait-of-juan-de-fuca, #washington-state, #whales-and-whaling

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What We Know About the Death of Michael Forest Reinoehl, the Portland Shooting Suspect

The suspect, Michael Forest Reinoehl, 48, was killed by law enforcement agents just five days after the deadly shooting of a right-wing protester.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #blake-jacob-august-23-2020-shooting, #danielson-aaron-j-d-2020, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #portland-ore, #reinoehl-michael-forest-d-2020, #rittenhouse-kyle, #seattle-wash, #washington-state

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These Scientists Are Giving Themselves D.I.Y. Coronavirus Vaccines

Impatient for a coronavirus vaccine, dozens of scientists around the world are giving themselves — and sometimes, friends and family — their own unproven versions.

#antibodies, #biotechnology-and-bioengineering, #church-george-m, #clinical-trials, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #do-it-yourself, #ethics-and-official-misconduct, #harvard-university, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #research, #science-and-technology, #suits-and-litigation-civil, #vaccination-and-immunization, #washington-state, #your-feed-healthcare

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Convicted of Sex Crimes, but With No Victims

An online sting operation to catch child predators snared hundreds of men. What were they really guilty of?

#child-abuse-and-neglect, #child-pornography, #crime-and-criminals, #human-trafficking, #operation-underground-railroad, #sex-crimes, #washington-state

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Washington Police Officer Charged With Murdering Man Outside Grocery Store

Officer Jeffrey Nelson of the Auburn Police Department was charged under a new state law that makes it easier to hold the police accountable for the unjustified use of deadly force, prosecutors said.

#king-county-wash, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #nelson-jeffrey, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #sarey-jesse, #satterberg-dan, #washington-state

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Saving Jobs by Sharing Them, With Government Help

Longstanding but little-used state programs, with a recent dose of federal aid, prevent layoffs by putting workers on part-time duty in a downturn.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #labor-and-jobs, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #michigan, #recession-and-depression, #shutdowns-institutional, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #united-states-economy, #wages-and-salaries, #washington-state

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The Scramble to Pluck 24 Billion Cherries in Eight Weeks

Every single one needs to be picked by hand — even in a pandemic. Seasonal workers say they may be essential, but they feel disposable.

#agriculture-and-farming, #cherries, #foreign-workers, #fruit, #labor-and-jobs, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #washington-state

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Lost Teenager Found After Spending 9 Days in Washington State Forest

After Gia Fuda, 18, ran out of gas in rural Washington, a search for her lasted more than a week in rugged mountains.

#fuda-gia, #missing-persons, #rescues, #washington-state

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Native Americans Feel Devastated by the Virus Yet Overlooked in the Data

Statistical gaps can make it difficult to properly allocate public resources to Native Americans. When that’s the case, one leader said, “tribal nations have an effective death sentence.”

#arizona, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #disease-rates, #native-americans, #race-and-ethnicity, #washington-state, #yakama-indian-reservation-wash

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States Issue Warnings About Seed Packets From China

Agriculture officials in Louisiana, Kansas, Virginia and Washington State are urging residents not to plant the seeds, which were mailed in pouches featuring Chinese characters.

#agriculture-and-farming, #agriculture-department, #animal-and-plant-health-inspection-service, #china, #kansas, #louisiana, #seeds, #virginia, #washington-state

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Seeing ‘Black Lives Matter’ Written in Chalk, One City Declares It a Crime

In a small Washington town where people of color say they have faced discrimination, activists ran into trouble for drawing “Black Lives Matter” in the streets. Then their white neighbors came to their defense.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #black-people, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #race-and-ethnicity, #washington-state

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Washington State Beat Back Covid-19. Now It’s Rising Again.

Washington was the initial epicenter of the nation’s coronavirus outbreak, and an early lockdown helped contain it. Six months later, cases are spiking again, and the future looks uncertain.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #disease-rates, #inslee-jay, #washington-state, #yakima-wash

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Frontier misled subscribers about Internet speeds and prices, AG finds

A Frontier Communications service van parked in a snowy area.

Enlarge / A Frontier Communications service van. (credit: Mike Mozart / Flickr)

Frontier Communications misled thousands of customers about the prices it charges and about the speeds its broadband network can provide, Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson’s office has found.

The state’s investigation of Frontier’s business practices found evidence of the telecom “failing to adequately disclose taxes and fees during sales of cable, Internet, and telephone services; failing to adequately disclose its Internet Infrastructure Surcharge fee in advertising; misleading consumers by implying that the Internet Infrastructure Surcharge and other fees are mandatory and/or government-related fees; and misleading consumers as to Internet speeds it could offer, and failing to deliver speeds and service as advertised.”

The findings are described in a settlement that will force Frontier Communications to pay a $900,000 fine and force the new owner of Frontier’s network in Washington state to change its business practices. Among other things, the settlement requires Frontier’s current owner in Washington to stop charging the $3.99-per-month Internet Infrastructure Surcharge. The company “neither admits nor denies the State’s findings.” The settlement still needs court approval before it can take effect.

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#biz-it, #bob-ferguson, #frontier, #internet-speeds, #policy, #washington-state

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Driver Charged With Vehicular Homicide in Death of Seattle Protester

The driver, Dawit Kelete, 27, struck two protesters with his car early Saturday, one of whom later died, prosecutors said.

#black-lives-matter-movement, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #love-diaz, #seattle-wash, #taylor-summer-d-2020, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #washington-state

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Supreme Court Rules States May Curb ‘Faithless Electors’ in Electoral College

The court said states may require members of the Electoral College to vote for the presidential candidates they had promised to support.

#clinton-hillary-rodham, #colorado, #constitution-us, #decisions-and-verdicts, #electoral-college, #presidential-election-of-2016, #presidential-election-of-2020, #states-us, #supreme-court-us, #trump-donald-j, #united-states-politics-and-government, #washington-state

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Actual Coronavirus Infections Vastly Undercounted, C.D.C. Data Shows

The prevalence of infections is more than 10 times higher than the counted number of cases in six regions of the United States.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #disease-rates, #florida, #missouri, #new-york-city, #research, #utah, #washington-state, #your-feed-science

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The Facts About Mail-In Voting and Voter Fraud

President Trump has been baselessly warning that mail voting will lead to a “rigged election.” Here’s how states running mail elections track misconduct.

#absentee-voting, #presidential-election-of-2020, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voter-fraud-election-fraud, #voter-registration-and-requirements, #washington-state

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When Antifa Hysteria Sweeps America

The panic is a measure of how deluded public discourse has become.

#antifa-movement-us, #computers-and-the-internet, #demonstrations-protests-and-riots, #fox-news-channel, #fringe-groups-and-movements, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #oregon, #race-and-ethnicity, #social-media, #television, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #washington-state, #whites

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Amazon Said to Be Under Scrutiny in 2 States for Abuse of Power

Inquiries in California and Washington are a sign that the scrutiny of the tech giant continues to intensify.

#amazon-com-inc, #antitrust-laws-and-competition-issues, #attorneys-general, #bezos-jeffrey-p, #california, #federal-trade-commission, #washington-state

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Before the Death of Manuel Ellis, a Witness Told the Police: ‘Stop Hitting Him’

The mayor of Tacoma, Wash., called for the firing and prosecution of officers involved in the arrest of Mr. Ellis after video clips of the encounter emerged.

#black-people, #ellis-manuel-d-2020, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #tacoma-wash, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #washington-state

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Coronavirus Epidemics Began Later Than Believed, Study Concludes

In Washington State and Italy, the first confirmed cases were not linked to the outbreaks that followed, the analysis found. The epidemics were seeded later.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #epidemics, #europe, #genetics-and-heredity, #hutchinson-fred-cancer-research-center, #italy, #seattle-tacoma-international-airport, #snohomish-county-wash, #university-of-arizona, #university-of-washington, #washington-state, #worobey-michael-g-1970, #your-feed-science

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The Giant ‘Murder Hornet’ Resurfaces in British Columbia

The large invasive insect, sometimes known as the “murder hornet,” has reappeared in British Columbia, miles away from traps placed to contain it.

#asian-giant-hornet, #british-columbia-canada, #hornets-insects, #invasive-species, #washington-state

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The Mount St. Helens Eruption Was the Volcanic Warning We Needed

It’s been 40 years since the sideways explosion that changed volcanology forever.

#geology, #mount-st-helens-wash, #volcanoes, #washington-state, #your-feed-science

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Feds Suspect Vast Fraud Network Is Targeting U.S. Unemployment Systems

Investigators detected a sophisticated international attack they said could siphon hundreds of millions of dollars that were intended for the unemployed.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #frauds-and-swindling, #labor-and-jobs, #layoffs-and-job-reductions, #nigeria, #secret-service, #states-us, #unemployment, #unemployment-insurance, #washington-state

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Remote and Ready to Fight Coronavirus’s Next Wave

An island community in Washington State has developed a testing and tracing strategy it hopes will as a model for rural and tribal communities.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #lower-elwha-klallam-tribe, #native-americans, #quinault-indian-nation, #rural-areas, #tests-medical, #vashon-island-wash, #volunteers-and-community-service, #washington-state, #your-feed-health, #your-feed-healthcare, #your-feed-science

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F.D.A. Halts Coronavirus Testing Program Backed by Bill Gates

The program allows people in the Seattle area to easily take a coronavirus test at home. Researchers say such testing is essential for future monitoring of the virus.

#centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #food-and-drug-administration, #gates-bill, #king-county-wash, #research, #seattle-wash, #tests-medical, #washington-state

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