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Appellate judges say sale of land for controversial smelter near Newport was legal

The $325 million project remains on indefinite hold, however, after Pend Oreille County commissioners rejected a zoning change that would have allowed its construction late last year. The ruling affirms the rights of public utilities to dispose of land as they see fit, but may allow governments to “play fast and loose with the rules,” an attorney for the group challenging the sale said.

Newport smelter company quiet as Pend Oreille officials end agreement

The controversial silicon smelter project is tied up in multiple lawsuits and its parent company has been mum on its future plans with officials at the local and state level. That has led to speculation the project has been abandoned, but there’s been no official word yet.

Glen Nenema: Governor Inslee should revoke support for smelter project

A proposed smelter that threatens the health and natural resources of the Kalispel Tribe of Indians was named a project of “statewide significance” by Gov. Jay Inslee – an endorsement of the project and a signal to fast-track its approval. It was a surprising move from our climate-activist governor and it deserves a closer look.

In 7th District race, Sen. Shelly Short, Karen Hardy disagree on proposed Newport smelter

Voters will notice something familiar about the ballot for the 7th District Senate race – it features the same two women who faced each other in a special election last November. Democrat Karen Hardy is once again running against incumbent Republican Sen. Shelly Short, who was appointed to the position in early 2017 after serving in the House of Representatives since 2008. Short won the special election to keep her seat, taking nearly 68 percent of the vote. The race between the two may not have changed much since then; in the August primary, Short took 67 percent.

Company prepares to move on Newport smelter’s environmental study

A Canadian company that wants to build a controversial silicon smelter near Newport says it’s ready to start the environmental review process. Meanwhile, citizens groups have challenge the sale of public land for the smelter site, and the Kalispel Tribe is questioning $300,000 in state money awarded to the company.