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High gas prices are not slowing down Memorial Day travel, early voting starts tomorrow in Nevada, and Oregon activists seek accountability for dioxin contamination in low-income Eugene.

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Education Secretary Cardona calls for action after the Texas massacre, Republicans block a domestic terrorism vote, and Secretary of State Blinken calls China the greatest challenger to U.S. and its allies.

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High-speed internet is being used to entice remote workers to rural communities, Georgia is offering Black women participation in a guaranteed income initiative, and under-resourced students in Montana get a boost toward graduation.

There are more than a dozen species of otters around the world. (David Ledig/Bureau of Land Management)
There are more than a dozen species of otters around the world. (David Ledig/Bureau of Land Management)

Friday, May 27, 2022
This week, in honor of World Otter Day, conservation groups are looking to raise awareness about efforts to restore sea otters along more areas of …

A bill to phase out plastic packaging has passed several committees and is expected to go to the full California State Assembly for a vote by Friday. (Oceana)
A bill to phase out plastic packaging has passed several committees and is expected to go to the full California State Assembly for a vote by Friday. (Oceana)

Wednesday, May 25, 2022
The California State Assembly is expected to vote this week on a bill that would phase out some of the plastics used in online shipping because they …

The Food4All Campaign is a coalition of more than 50 groups fighting to eliminate hunger in California. (Haylee Burgess/CIPC)
The Food4All Campaign is a coalition of more than 50 groups fighting to eliminate hunger in California. (Haylee Burgess/CIPC)

Tuesday, May 24, 2022
The Food4All campaign is calling on Gov. Gavin Newsom to expand access to food assistance to all undocumented Californians when he submits his final …

The spike in gas prices means many people are likely to modify their summer vacations this year. (Dragana Gordic/Adobe Stock)
The spike in gas prices means many people are likely to modify their summer vacations this year. (Dragana Gordic/Adobe Stock)

Thursday, May 26, 2022
The busy summer travel season is kicking off this weekend, and a few tips can help ensure hitting the road is as painless as possible. Matthew Conde…

Activities like hikes can help improve Idaho kids' mental health. (Brocreative/Adobe Stock)
Activities like hikes can help improve Idaho kids' mental health. (Brocreative/Adobe Stock)

May is mental health awareness month. As part of that, groups in Idaho are using HOPE Week to help kids in crisis and reduce the state's worrying …

The deadline to vote in Idaho's Primary election is 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 17. (Krakenimages.com/Adobe Stock)
The deadline to vote in Idaho's Primary election is 8 p.m. on Tuesday, May 17. (Krakenimages.com/Adobe Stock)

Voting can be hard for non-English speakers in Idaho, but a newly launched resource is helping Spanish-speaking Idahoans answer essential questions …

Gas prices are higher on average in western Montana than they are in eastern Montana. (Vinícius Bacarin/Adobe Stock)
Gas prices are higher on average in western Montana than they are in eastern Montana. (Vinícius Bacarin/Adobe Stock)

Friday, May 27, 2022
The cost of heading out of town this Memorial Day weekend will be higher than past years, with higher gas prices and inflation hitting travelers…

A new policy initiative to help Montana students graduate will provide support through 2024. (Jos/Adobe Stock)
A new policy initiative to help Montana students graduate will provide support through 2024. (Jos/Adobe Stock)

Montana's effort to increase college graduation numbers is getting a boost from a new grant. The nonprofit Complete College America has chosen the …

Four meat companies - Cargill, Tyson Foods, JBS and National Beef Packing - control about 70% of the beef market in the United States. (agnormark/Adobe Stock)
Four meat companies - Cargill, Tyson Foods, JBS and National Beef Packing - control about 70% of the beef market in the United States. (agnormark/Adobe Stock)

Small Montana meat processors are on the front lines against the large companies that control the industry. Funding from the American Rescue Plan is …

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Early voting locations will be open across Nevada for several weeks, from May 28 through June 10. (Jlmcanally/Adobe Stock)
Early voting locations will be open across Nevada for several weeks, from May 28 through June 10. (Jlmcanally/Adobe Stock)

Friday, May 27, 2022
The Nevada primary election is June 14, and early voting starts tomorrow and runs through June 10. Mail balloting is now permanent, so every active …

A UNLV study found Nevada has only one mental health professional for every 460 residents, and the shortage of pediatric providers is particularly severe. (Zinkevych/Adobe Stock)
A UNLV study found Nevada has only one mental health professional for every 460 residents, and the shortage of pediatric providers is particularly severe. (Zinkevych/Adobe Stock)

Tuesday, May 24, 2022
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and advocates in the Silver State said drastic changes are needed to improve access to services. The latest …

The Supreme Court, following in the footsteps of the Citizen's United decision, has weakened campaign finance laws in the name of free speech. (Lost in the Midwest/Adobestock)
The Supreme Court, following in the footsteps of the Citizen's United decision, has weakened campaign finance laws in the name of free speech. (Lost in the Midwest/Adobestock)

Good-government groups are criticizing the Supreme Court's decision Monday eliminating rules on how much a candidate can spend to pay back loans he or…

A recent study ranked Oregon as having the highest prevalence of mental illness in the country. (sewcream/Adobe Stock)
A recent study ranked Oregon as having the highest prevalence of mental illness in the country. (sewcream/Adobe Stock)

Thursday, May 26, 2022
May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and there are many stressors for people right now, from the pandemic to the economy. There is a high …

Dioxins are called persistent organic pollutants (POPs), meaning they take a long time to break down once they are in the environment, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. (Adobe Stock)
Dioxins are called persistent organic pollutants (POPs), meaning they take a long time to break down once they are in the environment, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. (Adobe Stock)

Thursday, May 26, 2022
As a West Eugene wood-treatment facility continues the process of reducing operations, activists are seeking accountability for contamination that …

A recent survey finds 84% of Asian Oregonians did not report race-based incidents or crimes after they happened. (Xavier Lorenzo/Adobe Stock)
A recent survey finds 84% of Asian Oregonians did not report race-based incidents or crimes after they happened. (Xavier Lorenzo/Adobe Stock)

Tuesday, May 24, 2022
There has been an alarming rise in racist incidents against Asian residents in Oregon, and it is changing how community members behave. The Oregon …

More than 1,100 species of plants live in Olympic National Park. (paulacobleigh/Adobe Stock)
More than 1,100 species of plants live in Olympic National Park. (paulacobleigh/Adobe Stock)

State lawmakers from around the country are calling on the Biden administration to develop a plan to protect the country's dwindling diversity of anim…

Recognizing a stroke early can save a person's life and prevent disabilities. (elenabsl/Adobe Stock)
Recognizing a stroke early can save a person's life and prevent disabilities. (elenabsl/Adobe Stock)

May is stroke awareness month. People need to act quickly to avoid lasting damage when they happen - and remember the acronym "BE FAST." 'B' stands …

The totem pole made about a dozen stops in Idaho, Oregon and Washington over the past three weeks. (House of Tears Carvers)
The totem pole made about a dozen stops in Idaho, Oregon and Washington over the past three weeks. (House of Tears Carvers)

A totem pole from Washington state promoting a free-flowing Snake River has nearly completed its 2,500-mile journey around the Northwest. The Spirit …

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The Biden administration approved more drilling permits in 2021 than President Donald Trump did in the first year of his presidency, <a href="https://biologicaldiversity.org/w/news/press-releases/new-data-biden-slays-trumps-first-year-drilling-permitting-by-34-2022-01-21/#:~:text=New%20Data:%20Biden's%20First%20Year,34%25%20-%20Center%20for%20Biological%20Diversity&text=WASHINGTON%E2%80%94%20New%20federal%20data%20shows,first-year%20total%20of%202,658." target="_blank">according to federal data analyzed by
The Biden administration approved more drilling permits in 2021 than President Donald Trump did in the first year of his presidency, according to federal data analyzed by

Fifteen conservation groups from Wyoming and across the nation have filed administrative protests challenging the Biden administration's plans to resu…

In fiscal year 2021, the Wyoming Food Bank distributed more than 13 million pounds of food, a 12% increase over 2020. (Adobe Stock)
In fiscal year 2021, the Wyoming Food Bank distributed more than 13 million pounds of food, a 12% increase over 2020. (Adobe Stock)

Water is a precious commodity in Wyoming and across the Mountain West, and the Wyoming Food Bank is headed to replenish supplies for Rawlins …

Communities from across Wyoming are offering tours, pamphlets, hands-on workshops, clean-up days and more to help raise awareness of preservation efforts in local communities.<br />(Adobe Stock)
Communities from across Wyoming are offering tours, pamphlets, hands-on workshops, clean-up days and more to help raise awareness of preservation efforts in local communities.
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On Thursday, Wyoming Gov. Mark Gordon is expected to sign a proclamation declaring May of 2022 Historic Preservation Month, part of a national …

 

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