Steve Jackson en Tribal Group Approves Anti-Pot Resolution <p>The Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians has passed a resolution that rejects marijuana use and legalization efforts in the region.</p><p>The resolution, drawn up at the groups recent Winter Convention, points out that Native Tribes have higher rates of marijuana and drug use than other ethnicities in the U.S., and the negative impacts of marijuana use can cause many health related problems.</p><p> Wed, 05 Mar 2014 23:29:11 +0000 Steve Jackson 14489 at Tribal Group Approves Anti-Pot Resolution Tribal Leader To Challenge McMorris Rodgers For Congressional Seat <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A Native American is the newest challenger in the race for the Congressional seat currently held by Cathy </span>McMorris<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Rodgers.</span></p><p>Joe Pakootas, CEO for the Colville Federal Tribal Corporation and former tribal chairman, has announced his intention to run as a Democrat in the race against Republican Rep. Rodgers.</p><p> Fri, 28 Feb 2014 19:38:52 +0000 Steve Jackson 14274 at Senator Chides High Court For 'Overreach,' Sponsors Bill To Reduce Court Size <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Washington lawmakers may be tired of the state Supreme Court telling them how to do their job. At least one bill targeting the court is in front of lawmakers this session.&nbsp;</span></p><p>The Legislature is under mandate by the State Supreme Court to increase state funding for education. Last year, the court told lawmakers to spend more, and lawmakers responded by upping education funding by $1 billion. Then a month ago, the court gave them even more specifics where the spending should go.</p><p> Wed, 29 Jan 2014 21:18:10 +0000 Steve Jackson 13012 at Senator Chides High Court For 'Overreach,' Sponsors Bill To Reduce Court Size State Liquor Board Seeking Formal Opinion On Whether Pot Moratoriums Are Legal <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Legal marijuana is expected to go on sale by this spring in Washington cities like Seattle and Spokane.</span></p><p>Some municipalities, including Federal Way, have put moratoriums in place to give officials more time to determine how to implement the new law in their community. But in some cases, the moratoriums are more severe.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 09 Jan 2014 21:13:59 +0000 Steve Jackson 12429 at State Liquor Board Seeking Formal Opinion On Whether Pot Moratoriums Are Legal Researchers See Evidence Of Earthquake Fault In Spokane <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Scientists who have been studying a swarm of small earthquakes that shook Spokane in 2001 say they may have evidence of a new fault in the area.&nbsp;</span></p><p>On Friday, scientists from the U.S. Geological Survey announced an airborne survey of the Spokane area revealed clues that look to be connected to a so-called swarm of small earthquakes that struck in 2001.</p><p>The swarm was actually several small quakes, the largest of which registered a 4.0-magnitude quake on Nov. 11 of that year.</p> Fri, 03 Jan 2014 21:14:52 +0000 Steve Jackson 12257 at Westboro Church Members Threaten to Attend Foley Funeral <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The funeral for Former House Speaker Tom Foley in Spokane Friday may get disrupted by a well-known group of publicity seekers.&nbsp;</span></p><p>The Westboro Baptist Church, long known for protesting military funerals, has posted information on its website that members plan to attend the service.&nbsp;</p><p> Thu, 31 Oct 2013 21:15:06 +0000 Steve Jackson 10758 at Yakama Nation Won't Recognize Wash. State's New Pot Law <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Washington state’s new law allowing for personal marijuana use by adults won’t be recognized on the </span>Yakama<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> tribal reservation.&nbsp;</span></p><p>The Yakama Nation has decided that despite the wish of state residents in voting to allow for marijuana use, they will not allow cannabis to be consumed or grown on the reservation.</p><p>Tribal attorney George Colby says in part, it is an issue of tribal sovereignty.</p> Mon, 28 Oct 2013 20:13:51 +0000 Steve Jackson 10682 at Yakama Nation Won't Recognize Wash. State's New Pot Law Battery may prove way to store wind energy <p>Researchers are testing a new battery power storage system that may provide some long-term solutions to storing power from the electrical grid.&nbsp;</p><p>The tests are being conducted at a wind farm near the Tri-Cities. Currently, &nbsp;wind power—and hydropower—must be used as it is produced.&nbsp;</p><p>“Electric in general is difficult to store, or to save for later; you have to use it,” said John Steigers of Energy Northwest, a public power consortium. “The whole system in the country is based on the premise that what is being produced has to be used.”</p> Fri, 05 Jul 2013 22:01:00 +0000 Steve Jackson 9260 at Debate over GMO food labeling initiative heating up <p>With voters to decide on the fate of Initiative 522 in November, the debate over the labeling of genetically-modified foods is heating up.</p><p>Genetically-modified foods use a genetic piece of another plant or animal to modify the quality of the food, or make it easier for a grower to produce. But there are some who worry about the possible ill health effects such products may have.</p><p> Mon, 01 Jul 2013 18:45:53 +0000 Steve Jackson 9222 at Debate over GMO food labeling initiative heating up State voters to decide on GMO-labeling initiative <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State voters will decide on the fate of an initiative that would require labeling of genetically modified food products.&nbsp;</span></p><p>Initiative 522 would require food products to bear a label informing the consumer if they contain any genetically modified organisms, or GMOs.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The public signature-gathering campaign for the bill was successful, and while it allowed the Washington state Legislature an opportunity to decide its fate, its language mandated that if lawmakers took no action, the initiative would automatically move to a public vote in November.</span></p><p> Tue, 18 Jun 2013 18:02:12 +0000 Steve Jackson 9089 at State voters to decide on GMO-labeling initiative Fairchild loses bid to house new Air Force tanker <p></p><p>Spokane’s Fairchild Air Force Base has lost out on a bid to be the first to house the Air Force's newest refueling tanker aircraft.&nbsp;</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">While Spokane and Washington state leaders have spent the last few years touting Fairchild Air Force Base as the leading contender to take the first new Boeing KC </span>46A<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> tanker planes, the Pentagon Wednesday decided that McConnell Air Force base in Wichita, Kansas is its choice. McConnell will receive the first batch of 36 planes in 2016.&nbsp;</span></p> Wed, 22 May 2013 22:00:18 +0000 Steve Jackson & Austin Jenkins 8866 at When is a driver stoned? Pot groups fight over levels <p>An initiative to allow for personal marijuana use in Washington State will be on the ballot this November. And, while that initiative is getting support from many lawmakers &ndash; and even the Seattle bar association &ndash; pro-marijuana groups are battling over how much THC impairs a driver.</p><p> Mon, 26 Mar 2012 20:25:16 +0000 Steve Jackson 4562 at When is a driver stoned? Pot groups fight over levels