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 By Mike Clifford    News    June 20, 2012

WA Sportsmen, Native Americans Denounce House-Passed Border Bill

SEATTLE - The U.S. House of Representatives late Tuesday voted to ease rules for Border Patrol agents, and the measure is causing concern among sportsmen, Native Americans and other advocates for public land. Supporters say the measure will protect...

 
 By Mike Clifford    News    November 21, 2011

Climate Change in WA: Could Equal More Fast Moving Wildfires

SEATTLE - The planet is seeing more climate extremes, according to a new report - and in Washington that could mean more fast-moving wildfires. The message is clear here and around the nation, says retired wildland firefighter Bill Moody of Twisp,...

 
 By Mike Clifford    News    November 21, 2011

Tax Breaks Versus Budget Cuts as Special Session Approaches

SEATTLE - Just as most Washington families are finishing off the Thanksgiving leftovers, state lawmakers will be headed into a special session to trim as much as $2 billion from the state budget. The special session starts a week from today. Most of...

 
 By Mike Clifford    News    November 15, 2011

Special Session Casts Shadow on National Education Week

SEATTLE - You might call it a shadow looming over National Education Week in Washington State, with a special session just around the corner and the threat of another $166 million in education cuts. The president of the American Federation of...

 
 By Mike Clifford    News    November 30, 2010

Almost Three Thousand WA Kids Need “Forever Family”

SEATTLE - With this week's observance of National Adoption Day, thousands of Washington State children have an early holiday wish: They want a family. Nearly 3,000 Evergreen State children are lingering in the foster care system waiting for what...

 
 By Mike Clifford    News    November 29, 2010

Congress May be Next to Say, “Go Outside and Play”

SEATTLE, Wash. - Seven hours in front of electronic entertainment and seven minutes outdoors. That's what constitutes "play" for most kids. This lack of outdoor activity is being cited as one reason for the increase in childhood obesity,...

 
 By Mike Clifford    News    November 29, 2010

Almost Three Thousand WA Kids Need “Forever Family”

SEATTLE - With this week's observance of National Adoption Day, thousands of Washington State children have an early holiday wish: They want a family. Nearly 3,000 Evergreen State children are lingering in the foster care system waiting for what...

 
 By Mike Clifford    News    November 8, 2010

“The Greatest Migration” Gives WA New View of Endangered Salmon

SEATTLE - You don't have to live along the Columbia or Snake Rivers to know some species of native Northwest salmon are endangered. Still, you may not know the whole story, and a new film aims to provide a closer perspective. Filmmaker Andy Maser...

 
 By Mike Clifford    News    November 2, 2010

Group Shines a Light on Money in Politics

SEATTLE - It's Election Day, and by now you've probably been bombarded with radio and television ads either touting one politician or bashing another. With money flowing like rivers into campaigns, it's been tough for Washington voters to know where...

 
 By Mike Clifford, Washington News Service    News    November 1, 2010

Washington State Voters to Decide Fate of Worker’s Comp

SEATTLE - One of the decisions facing Washington State voters on Tuesday is a ballot initiative that would allow private companies to offer Workers Compensation Insurance. Proponents of Initiative 10-82 contend competition from private companies...

 
 By Mike Clifford    News    September 15, 2010

Report Gives Thumbs-Up to Pacific NW Legacy Roads Program

SEATTLE - A new federal report says the U.S. Forest Service's Legacy Roads Program is getting the job done in the Pacific Northwest when it comes to forest restoration and protecting water resources, and now there is a call to expand the program to...

 
 By Mike Clifford    News    April 22, 2010

Earth Day Urges WA Kids Outside on 40th Anniversary

SEATTLE - Washington State celebrates the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day today with an eye to getting young people to be active in the outdoors. Martin LeBlanc is the national youth education coordinator for the Sierra Club and he is based in...

 
 By Mike Clifford    News    April 21, 2010

Tips for WA Consumers to Avoid “Impulse” Spending

SEATTLE - If you're like most Washington residents, you're coping with the recession by doing your best to watch almost every penny. However, a new survey from AARP finds that sense of watchfulness can break down when shoppers find themselves making...

 
 By Mike Clifford    News    April 19, 2010

Poll Says Financial Reform Is Crucial

SEATTLE - Financial reform now being debated in Congress is hugely important to people in Washington State and around the nation, and vital to bolstering confidence in the economy, according to a poll released by the Pew Charitable Trusts. Gordon...

 
 By Mike Clifford    News    April 14, 2010

AARP National Spelling Bee: Mental Fitness Challenge for Washington State

SEATTLE - Old dogs really can learn new tricks, and how to train grown-up brains is going to be part of the discussion at this year's AARP National Spelling Bee in June, in which spellers from Washington and around the country will compete. Organizer...

 
 By Mike Clifford    News    April 12, 2010

Scientists and Obama Administration at Odds over Spill & Salmon

SEATTLE - Keep spilling Snake River water over the dams to protect young salmon. That's the bottom line in a new report by the Northwest Power and Conservation Council Independent Scientific Advisory Board (ISAB), and it comes on the heels of a...

 
 By Mike Clifford    News    April 9, 2010

WA Kids Urged To Shelve Remotes in Favor of Sneakers

TACOMA, Wash. - Many of Washington State's children will have no excuse to be couch potatoes today as free fun awaits them. Aimed at getting youngsters more active, the first annual Community Health Carnival in Tacoma will promote healthier family...

 
 By Mike Clifford    News    April 8, 2010

Push for Paid Sick Days in Tacoma: For Public Health and Business

TACOMA, Wash. - A citizens coalition is working to push the City of Tacoma to become the fourth in the nation to adopt a paid sick day law. The Healthy Tacoma Coalition will hold a roundtable meeting today to hear from the community and to discuss...

 
 By Mike Clifford    News    April 5, 2010

"Start Walking" Challenge Issued for Washington

SEATTLE - Washingtonians across the state will pack a pair of walking shoes in the workbag for National Start! Walking Day on Wednesday, April 7. The annual American Heart Association (AHA) program aims to get people walking for 30 minutes a day,...

 
 By Mike Clifford    News    April 2, 2010

Court Set to Decide WA Livestock Water Dispute

SEATTLE - Superior Court today will consider whether limits should be placed on the amount of water industrial "stock watering" feedlots may draw from Washington state aquifers in Franklin County. The large operations are opposed by smaller family...

 
 By Mike Clifford    News    March 31, 2010

Trend Continues in Extending Domestic Violence Protection Orders To Pets

SEATTLE, Wash. - West Virginia just joined Washington as one of more than a dozen states that include pets in domestic violence protection orders. Advocates say the new protective order for pets will help women get out of abusive situations. Tracy...

 
 By Mike Clifford    News    March 29, 2010

Human Rights Activists Take Reverse Approach to Teabaggers

SEATTLE - March is Women's History Month and some Washington human rights advocates say it's the right time to remind the Obama administration that women still have not reached equality. Roslyn Solomon, chair of the Seattle Human Rights Commission,...

 
 By Mike Clifford    News    March 26, 2010

Ending Tax Loophole Considered For Largest Polluter in WA

OLYMPIA, Wash. - As lawmakers continue their efforts to close Washington State's multi-billion dollar budget gap, environmentalists are urging them to close a tax loophole for the state's largest polluter. Washington State could save $5 million per...

 
 By Mike Clifford    News    March 26, 2010

Health Reform Plan – What's the Immediate WA Impact?

SEATTLE - President Obama spent Thursday promoting the benefits of the nation's new health care reform plan as Congress worked on the final details of reconciliation. For almost 200,000 people in Washington State, the new plan will mean help paying...

 
 By Mike Clifford    News    March 25, 2010

WA Supporters Hope Next Year is Charm for Public Financing

SEATTLE - A measure that would have, for the first time, allowed candidates for the State Supreme Court to accept public campaign funding made it all the way to the Senate floor this session, but fell short of the votes needed to become law. Opponent...

 

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