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 By Tom Banse    News    December 27, 2023

Regulating tires on state legislative list

By Tom Banse Washington State Standard The next time you go shopping for replacement tires, the state of Washington could have greater sway over what’s on the rack. That’s provided the Legislature agrees to a request from the state Department of... Full story

 By Tom Banse    News    March 1, 2023

Portland and Redmond going electric with first e-fire trucks in northwest

You probably no longer bat an eye when an electric car passes by on the road. More novel battery-powered vehicles are soon joining the parade to help operators achieve their sustainability goals....

 By Tom Banse    News    June 15, 2022

Planning hydrogen clean energy future in Centralia

NW News Network An Australian company is eying property next to the soon-to-close coal power plant in Centralia, Washington, to build a big hydrogen fuel production facility. Fortescue Future Industries went public with its plans during a hydrogen...

 By Tom Banse    News    March 23, 2022

In timely but unexpected vote, U.S. Senate goes for permanent daylight saving time

NW News Network An abrupt awakening in Congress is raising hopes on the West Coast that last weekend’s switch from standard time to daylight time might be the next to last time we go through the annoying clock change ritual. After sitting on the...

 By Tom Banse    News    January 19, 2022

Lawmakers propose year-round standard time

NW News Network OLYMPIA — Washington state senators are trying a new gambit to stop the twice-yearly ritual of changing our clocks from standard time to daylight time and back again. A previous effort to move the whole West Coast onto...

 By Tom Banse    News    November 10, 2021

‘Welcome Back Loonies:’ U.S. reopens border to Canadian leisure travelers

There was cheering, celebration and emotional reunions along the northern border on Monday as the U.S. reopened its land and sea crossings to Canadian leisure travelers for the first time in 19 months. The international ferry between Port Angeles and...

 By Tom Banse    News    February 17, 2021

Proposed statue swap of Billy Frank for Marcus Whitman signals changing of the guard

Northwest News Network Originally published Feb. 2, 2021 by Northwest News Network Leaders of seven Pacific Northwest tribes testified in January in favor of replacing a statue of Oregon Trail pioneer and missionary Marcus Whitman in the U.S....

 By Tom Banse    News    December 9, 2020

Migration to booming ‘Zoom towns’ sends home prices sky high

You can add a new term to your lexicon: “Zoom towns.” These are scenic places experiencing a surge of house hunters. Booming demand comes from workers freed by the pandemic to work from home long term. One such place where the pandemic has...

 By Tom Banse    News    October 7, 2020

Skagit deputies and crisis clinicians reimagine policing

SEATTLE — In a newly launched pilot project, civilian mental health crisis responders are riding alongside Skagit County sheriff’s deputies on 911 calls. It is the latest example of reimagining policing in the Pacific Northwest. Skagit...


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