Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Regional News

What's happening in the region? Here's a roundup of news from Spokane, Montana and other regional areas.

Updated 16 hours, 3 minutes ago

California, a liberal bastion, may give Donald Trump an unlikely boost in 2024

In what would be an ironic twist, the state where the former president is widely loathed outside his conservativ...

Updated 1 day, 7 hours ago
Oregon's top court asked to decide if GOP senators who boycotted Legislature can be reelected

There were nine Oregon Republicans and an independent who clocked at least 10 absences during this year's legislative session in order to block Democratic bi...

Updated 4 days, 12 hours ago
Lahaina residents brace for what they'll find as they return to devastated properties in burn zone

Those returning will be provided water, shade, washing stations, portable toilets, medical and mental health care, and transportation assistance if needed

Updated 5 days, 13 hours ago
A grandmother seeks justice for Native Americans after thousands of unsolved deaths, disappearances

Members of several victims' families joined Fraser recently to dedicate a billboard honoring victims along Interstate 90 just outside the town of Hardin wher...

Updated 6 days, 13 hours ago
Amazon unveils a "smarter and more conversational" Alexa amid AI race among tech companies

The company says its also working on a “speech-to-speech” model that will, for example, allow Alexa to exhibit human-like attributes, such as laughter and ph...

Updated 1 week, 1 day ago
Hawaii officials say DNA tests drop Maui fire death count to 97

Byrd said the initial death tally was too high for several reasons, adding that the lower tally now was the “normal and natural” progression of the long-term...

Updated 1 week, 4 days ago
Thousands sign up to experience magic mushrooms as Oregon's novel psilocybin experiment takes off

No prescription or referral is needed, but proponents hope Oregon's legalization will spark a revolution in mental health care.

Updated 1 week, 5 days ago
Former firearms executive Busse seeks Democratic nomination for Montana governor

During a 25-year career in the firearms industry, Busse said, he directed the sale of almost 3 million guns from the manufacturer Kimber America

Updated 1 week, 6 days ago
Utah GOP Sen. Mitt Romney, former presidential candidate and governor, won't seek reelection in 2024

Romney noted that he would be in his mid-80s at the end of another six-year Senate term

Updated 2 weeks ago
Montana man who was mauled by a grizzly bear is doing well but has long recovery ahead, family says

One of the two hunters shot at the bear and it left the area, said Morgan Jacobsen, a spokesperson for Montana's wildlife department

Updated 2 weeks, 5 days ago
Phoenix on track to set another heat record, this time for most daily highs at or above 110 degrees

The desert city set a record in July with a 31-day streak of highs at or above 110 degrees. The previous record was 18 straight days, set in 1974

Updated 3 weeks, 6 days ago
Amazon CEO says 'it’s probably not going to work out' for employees who defy return-to-office policy

In July, Amazon also rolled out a policy that requires some workers in smaller offices to move to main offices located in bigger cities, according to multipl...

Updated 4 weeks, 1 day ago
Workers exposed to extreme heat have no consistent protection in the US

Arizona Gov. Katie Hobbs recently announced new regulations through the heat emphasis program

Updated 1 month ago
North American grassland birds in peril, spurring all-out effort to save birds and their habitat

Sprague’s pipit, a songbird that’s lost more than 75% of its population since 1970 and breeds only in portions of Montana, North Dakota and small patches of ...

Updated 1 month ago
Petroleum asphalt remains in Yellowstone River, even after cleanup from train derailment

Almost half of the estimated 48,000 gallons (180,000 liters) of molten petroleum asphalt that spilled has not been recovered, officials said