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4:54 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Start A Wildfire? Expect A Bill

File photo of 2013's Little Queens Fire near the town of Atlanta, Idaho.

Whether it’s due to negligence or arson, thousands of wildfires each year are caused by humans. And the person or business who starts a fire can expect a bill.

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4:08 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Bill Would Transfer 31 Acres Of Public Land To Idaho County For Gun Range

Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador introduced a bill Wednesday that would allow a parcel of Bureau of Land Management land to be transferred to Idaho County for use as a gun range.

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6:58 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Amid Fanfare, Pot Stores Open Around Washington State

Taunya Harris, is a "cannabis coach" for Altitude pot store in Prosser, Washington. She showed of a container that customers can sniff and see the buds to choose their favorite strain.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Washington’s recreational marijuana market is open for business. From Seattle to Bellingham to Prosser, marijuana stores opened for business Tuesday to excited customers who lined up, dressed up and celebrated the end of pot prohibition.

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3:40 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Poll Finds Idahoans Would Consider Higher Taxes If It Means Better Roads

A road in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

A new poll finds Idahoans might not be so tax-averse when it comes to funding improvements to the state's roads and bridges. About 54 percent say the economic benefit is a compelling reason to increase revenue for transportation infrastructure.

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2:58 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

'Altitude' Legal Pot Store Opens In Eastern Washington Farming Town

Jacob Nichols, of Pasco, says he's excited to buy legal weed for the first time at the Altitude store in Prosser, Washington.

Legal marijuana stores opened Tuesday morning in Washington state. One of the earliest locations to open was in the rural Eastern Washington farming community of Prosser.

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2:14 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Washington Pot Shops Open Doors, A Moment 2 Years In The Making

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 3:13 pm

Washington state's first recreational pot shops open for business Tuesday. Voters there legalized the sale of marijuana for non-medical use back in 2012. The Northwest News Network's Austin Jenkins reports on the lengthy process from that vote to the day's store openings.

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7:48 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Idaho Cops Worry About Cross-Border Pot Shopping Trips

File photo of 106 pounds of pot.

Recreational marijuana goes on sale Tuesday in Washington state, but police across the border in Idaho and Oregon say that doesn't mean the pot will stay there.

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5:32 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Coastal County Tries Tax Gambit To Stop Recreation Fees

File photo showing vandalism on Weyerhaeuser's St. Helens Tree Farm.

Originally published on Mon July 7, 2014 6:48 pm

Grays Harbor County, Washington, is the first county in the Northwest to strike back against pricey recreation permits now being required by some large timber companies. The county's commission voted unanimously Monday to take a tax deferral away from private timberland owners that charge for public access.

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5:05 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Would-Be Customers Eagerly Await Pot Store Openings

Rick Stevens stopped by 420 Carpenter, a marijuana retail location in Lacey, Washington, to see if it was open yet. The retired TSA worker is looking forward to making some homemade edibles and listening to Pink Floyd.

The first legal marijuana stores in Washington are scheduled to open Tuesday. The Liquor Control Board issued the first 24 retail licenses early Monday.

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4:02 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Not Much Pot, But So What? Washington Kicks Off Marijuana Sales

Originally published on Tue July 8, 2014 2:48 pm

In another significant milestone in Washington’s experiment with legal, recreational marijuana, the first 24 pot retailers in Washington now have their licenses in hand.

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