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| With Crosscut
An October Washington Supreme Court decision found that many counties had over-allocated their available water. Now thousands of rural homeowners are stuck in limbo as counties grapple with implementing the decision and turn to the Legislature for help.
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This month, I offer a behind-the-scenes look at a very snowy ride with Officer Kevin Allen of the Portland Police Bureau. As luck would have it, it was Jan. 10 when the bureau set me up for a ride-along with Officer Allen. The Portland native ended up being my tour guide during one of the biggest snowstorms the city has seen in two decades.
As we’ve done for the last two years, InvestigateWest is again crowdfunding to support our 2017 Washington Statehouse Environmental News Project, offering in-depth coverage of the most critical environmental issues facing the Washington Legislature. If you donate today your gift will be doubled or tripled. Unlike Congress, our state legislature is debating environmental policies that may actually become law. Energy and a carbon tax. Toxics.
Month’s of reporting on Washington State’s foster care program by InvestigateWest has shed light on a system under strain and in disarray; there is a major problem in Washington State’s foster care system. What actions should we take to fix the problem? Where should the conversation start? Take a listen as panelists Snohomish County Prosecutor Adam Cornell, Representative Ruth Kagi (D-Seattle), former Department of Social and Health Services employee Dee Wilson, advocacy lead and Washington State Parent Ally Committee/Children’s Home Society of Washington staffer Alise Hegle, and Foster Parents Association of Washington State Executive Director Mike Canfield chat with moderator and Town Hall Program Director Katy Sewall. Plus, we hear about promising fixes and solutions that are being considered to redress them.
The initial issues before the Public Records Law Reform Task Force were the sweeping old ones: too many exemptions, too many fees, too much time between public record requests and their actual release.
| With Eugene Weekly
Few safe gaurds leaves forest landowners with little protection when unscrupulous loggers purchase timberland or logging rights.
Spotlight reminds us how far journalism has come and continues to evolve. “Journalist” was dead last in a ranking of the top 200 jobs in 2015, citing the continued squeeze on newsrooms that stems from the lost advertising revenue that once funded them.
| With XRAY.fm
Hear Carl Wolfson and Lee van der Voo chat on XRAY.fm about transparency reform in Oregon.
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