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TUESDAY, JUNE 20, 2017


2 tokes nearer Idaho state line 18 

SR colleague Scott Maben put together this analysis re: the states with legalized pot that touch Idaho's borders: "Idaho is an island of abstinence on the legal weed frontier. The state shares 77 percent of its border with pot-friendly states, made even friendlier Tuesday with victories for looser marijuana laws in Nevada and Montana."

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TUESDAY, FEB. 11, 2014

Washington Executions Put On Hold 12 

Washington will not execute anyone on death row while Jay Inslee is governor. Inslee, pictured, announced a moratorium today on capital punishment, saying he will issue a reprieve if any execution warrant comes to his desk. He’s not issuing a blanket commutation of sentences, and...

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WEDNESDAY, AUG. 28, 2013

Obama To Observe 'Dream' Speech

Barack Obama was 2 years old and growing up in Hawaii when Martin Luther King Jr. delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial. Fifty years later, the nation’s first black president will stand as the most high-profile example...

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FRIDAY, AUG. 2, 2013

Washington Obamacare: Costs Lower 18 

What will Obamacare cost, and who will it help? In Washington state, where final rates emerged this week, it will cost less, cover more people, and provide more comprehensive benefits than consumers get today. On Thursday, the office of state Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler announced...

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MONDAY, JULY 22, 2013

Costello: Evergreen, Gender Neutral 

Surely you will be as relieved as I was to learn that the term "manhole cover" survived the purge. Try as they might, the finest left-wing minds in the business could not concoct a suitable, gender neutral, non-oppressive replacement for those two words. Although I...

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THURSDAY, MAY 16, 2013

PM (5.16.13) -- Pot Logo Unveiled

A logo that will be used for labeling legal marijuana produced in Washington state is shown. Officials released a preliminary draft of regulations for growing and selling legalized marijuana today. Voters last November made Washington and Colorado the first states to legalize the sale of...

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Washington Most Bike Friendly State 

For the sixth year in a row, Washington has been named the nation's most bicycle friendly state. Colorado and Oregon came in second and third on the yearly list that gives national bragging rights and is closely followed by the cycling community. The rankings are...

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WEDNESDAY, NOV. 14, 2012

SR Blogs: McMorris Rodgers Wins Post 

"Traditional Thanksgiving dinner is hard enough – just making sure that everyone’s favorite dish is on the menu is enough to make even a seasoned cook’s head spin," writes Lori Hutson/Too Many Cooks. "Add a vegan or vegetarian to the guest list or someone with...

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TUESDAY, NOV. 6, 2012

Idaho, Washington Poor Bellwethers 

There was a time in the mid-20th century when, as Washington and Idaho went in presidential elections, so went the country. But voters in the two states have been imperfect bellwethers before and since. Spokane County voters have been a little better. They’ve voted for...

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FRIDAY, SEPT. 21, 2012

Washington To Wipe Out Wedge Pack 

One thing's for sure: Beef is not healthy for wolves. At a public meeting in Colville Thursday night, the Washington Fish and Wildlife Department announced intentions to eliminate the entire Wedge Pack of wolves that have killed or injured at least 15 cattle in northern...

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MONDAY, JUNE 25, 2012

Spokane Remains Washington's No. 2

Washington grew slowly — less than 1 percent — in the last year from a slight increase in people moving into the state, the Office of Financial Management said today. The annual estimate of state population said net migration, the difference between the number of...

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Romney Sweeps 3 Primaries 

Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum hugs a boy during his visit to Bob's Diner in Carnegie, Pa., Wednesday. Santorum's main opponent, Mitt Romney, won Wisconsin, Maryland and Washington, D.C., on Tuesday. Story here. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong) Question: Is it time for...

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Washington, Idaho Trim Jobless Time

Long-term unemployment benefits are being reduced sharply in Washington and Idaho. Later this month, most unemployed workers will be cut off after 73 weeks of long-term payments in Washington, the state announced today. That’s down from the 99 weeks now available – a reduction of...

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I'll Be w/You In Cherry Blossom Time 

A couple enjoys the blossoms in an area of the tidal basin containing some of the oldest cherry blossom trees in Washington. The pink and white cherry blossoms that color the U.S. capital and draw a million visitors each spring began with trees that have...

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MONDAY, MARCH 12, 2012

3 Airlifted From Quincy Bus Crash 

Multiple students were injured and at least three were airlifted from the scene after a Quincy School District bus rolled off the road on state Route 281 Monday morning just south of Quincy, Wash. Lt. Scott Martin of the Washington State Patrol says three students...

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WEDNESDAY, FEB. 22, 2012

PM/INW: Rebuilding The Empire

Dick Warwick, left, and Larry Arnold help set up the stage for a production of "Bus Stop" at the historic Empire Theater at Tekoa, Wash., on Monday. The restored Art Deco building opened in 1940 as a movie theater but is now used as a...

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MONDAY, FEB. 13, 2012

In Idaho, It's Still Man & Wife 12 

Jon Downing thinks maybe he'll get married in two decades. Not because the 29-year-old necessarily wants to wait. But that's when he suspects it will finally be legal for him to do so in Idaho. "I'm hoping two years out," said Downing, a Coeur d'Alene...

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THURSDAY, FEB. 9, 2012

NIdaho Almost Was In Washington 

A political rivalry between two would-be Idaho governors, a fight over where Washington's capital should be, gold strikes in the Idaho Panhandle and more played into the current-day shape of the state of Idaho, according to historic maps unveiled to the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee today...

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TUESDAY, FEB. 7, 2012

Washington, Oregon On Liberal List 

Earlier, I published a list of the 10 most conservative states, compiled by Fellowship of the Minds: Conservatives Who Love America (from Gallup polling). Above you can find a list of the 10 most liberal states. Question: Are you surprised that Oregon is No. 3...

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TUESDAY, JAN. 24, 2012

Washington Same-Sex Marriage Near 12 

As supporters and opponents packed hearing rooms Monday around the Capitol, Washington moved a step closer to legalizing same-sex marriage when the proposal gained its crucial 25th vote in the state Senate. State Sen. Mary Margaret Haugen, D-Camano Island, announced she would vote yes on...

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Idaho Unhealthy For Washington Wolf 13 

Many of the wolves in northeastern Washington moved in naturally from Idaho. But the Gem State is a dangerous place for the wolves to return. A radio-collared wolf from the Diamond Pack in east-central Pend Oreille County was killed Dec. 20 by a trapper in...

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TUESDAY, DEC. 27, 2011

Washington Minimum Wage To Hit $9 16 

Washington state’s minimum wage increases by 37 cents to $9.04 an hour starting on New Year’s Day. While the state’s current rate of $8.67 an hour is already the highest state minimum wage in the nation, a few cities, like San Francisco, have their own...

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MONDAY, NOV. 28, 2011

Capitol Xmas Tree Arrives In D.C. 

The 2011 Capitol Christmas Tree arrives in Washington on Monday, following a 20-day cross-country tour that started in the Stanislaus National Forest in northern California. The 65-foot white fir tree will be illuminated during a ceremony scheduled for Dec. 6. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite) Question:...

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D.F. Oliveria started Huckleberries Online on Feb. 16, 2004. Oliveria's Sunday print Huckleberries is a past winner of the national Herb Caen Memorial Column contest.