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AstroTurf seen in the Puyallup River during work done in late July 2020 by Electron Hydro.
Courtesy of the Puyallup Tribe

Federal court: Puyallup River dam needs permits under Endangered Species Act before it can restart

In another blow to the operators of the Electron Dam on the Puyallup River, a judge in federal District Court has barred its parent company from diverting any water to generate power until it gets permits under the Endangered Species Act.

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Many levels of government, private foundations and charities are handing out economic recovery grants these days. A Native-led nonprofit serving the Pacific Northwest is carving out a niche by offering grants specifically to help Indigenous communities and artists rebound from the uneven effects of the pandemic.

Three Seattle Storm players named to U.S. Olympic women's basketball team

Jun 21, 2021
Sue Bird plays as part of the USA women’s team during an exhibition game in July 2016 in Bridgeport, Conn.
Jessica Hill / The Associated Press file

Sue Bird and Diana Taurasi will try and become the first five-time Olympic gold medalists in basketball as they lead the U.S women's team at the Tokyo Games.

Updated June 21, 2021 at 5:45 PM ET

Faced with the prospect of reshaping college athletics, the U.S. Supreme Court issued a narrow but potentially transformative ruling Monday in a case that pitted college athletes against the National Collegiate Athletic Association.

At issue in the case were NCAA rules that limit educational benefits for college players as part of their scholarships.

Parker Miles Blohm / KNKX

The lifting of most pandemic restrictions in Washington state is just days away, set for June 30. Ahead of it, KNKX has been talking with people in the health-care community about how they feel. Today, we focus on what reopening means for people who are unsheltered.

Josh Armstrong Photography, Origin CD

Veteran regional jazz stars are featured on this week's Jazz Northwest. Included is the late saxophonist Don Lanphere playing with his quintet at Tula's in 2000, and selections from a new studio recording by trumpeter Fred Radke and pianist Primo Kim. Vancouver BC guitarist Oliver Gannon fronts his quartet and Portland singer Nancy King sings with Randy Porter's Trio.

Jazz Northwest is recorded and produced by host Jim Wilke and airs Sundays at 2 p.m. Listeners may also subscribe to the podcast at KNKX, NPR, Apple, or Google.

On a recent afternoon in Lacey, Washington police were dispatched to a report of a domestic assault that had occurred on the street in public view. Passersby reported that a man had pushed a woman to the ground and kicked her.

When the first officer arrived, he ordered the man, who was holding a glass bottle, to his knees.

Instead, the man turned toward the officer and started yelling, according to a police report of the incident. At that point, the officer pulled out his Taser and called for back-up.

Joel Gardiner, left, embraces Mandi Gardiner after the two married June 8, 2021, at the arch separating the U.S. from Canada in Blaine. Gardiner, of Canada, walked across the border at the park into the U.S. to wed his American sweetheart.
Elaine Thompson / The Associated Press


The U.S.-Canada border will remain closed to all non-essential traffic until July 21. And this time the extension of the closure is a little different.

Protesters are trying to prevent the unloading of a ship at Harbor Island operated by an Israeli company. Ten protesters were arrested Thursday.
Guy Oron

Protests attempting to stop the unloading of a cargo ship operated by an Israeli company have been happening for about a week at the Port of Seattle.


Verdant fields dot the basalt benches above the Columbia River near Goose Gap Farm, an Easterday property that's about to be auctioned off in a bankruptcy stemming from a swindle of 225,000 cattle.
Anna King / Northwest News Network

The agricultural arm of The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-day Saints — Farmland Reserve, Inc. — has agreed to pay about $210 million for a major swath of southeastern Washington farm ground.

A cyclist pedals in traffic near Pike Place Market as snow falls Monday, Feb. 11, 2019.
Ted S. Warren / The Associated Press file

Nearly half of citations by Seattle police under King County’s bike helmet law went to people struggling with homelessness. And Black people were four times more likely than white people to be ticketed for not wearing a helmet.


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