Lets just, uh, move the wolves somewhere else!
Let's just, uh, move the wolves somewhere else! Byrdyak/Getty Images

It’s those goddamn dams: If you could ask a Chinook salmon what it hates, you better believe river dams would be on that list. The dams block salmon progress swimming upstream, but perhaps more importantly they create relatively stagnant water that heats up many degrees higher than normal. The state Department of Ecology is implementing (and now actually enforcing) a rule that all state waters have to be 68 degrees Fahrenheit or less, even at state and federal dams. This is a step in the right direction, but people on both sides of the issue are skeptical it will be much help or if it can actually be enforced.

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Roosevelt High School paper prints racist cover: But parents, educators, and administrators aren’t going to punish the paper, they see it more as a teaching opportunity. The newspaper cover (shown below) is no doubt problematic, showing a black man in a beanie and scarf buying drugs from a yuppie Patrick Bateman-looking guy. Coincidentally, Roosevelt already had a weeklong Black Lives Matter series of events and speakers planned for next week focusing on racial justice, so you can bet what they’ll be talking about.


Wolf sanctuary on Bainbridge Island? Wolf ecology policy is a tricky business. Ranchers often hate the wolves because they kill livestock once in a while, and environmentalists abhor the thought of state-sanctioned wolf cullings. Representative Sherry Appleton, a Democrat from Bainbridge, recently introduced a bill that would make killing wolves illegal and instead force their relocation. Representative Joel Kretz, a Republican rancher, introduced a legislative clapback in a bill proposing a wolf sanctuary on Bainbridge Island. I will admit that’s objectively funny. But still, fuck that. Don’t kill wolves.

Fill ’er up with vegetable oil: Washington State legislators seem poised to pass some pretty revolutionary measures to increase the use and access to biodiesels. California and Oregon already have progressive policies that make biodiesel—low-emission fuel made from things like used cooking oil and animal fat waste—more attractive to consumers and lower emissions statewide.

Have you ever seen the rain? By the end of my time at Slog AM, I will have used every musical rain reference known to man. But anyway, rain is coming today! If that makes you sad, just think about our poor neighbors in the Midwest freezing their asses off. I was going to bring you a super cute picture of my dog (Hobie) in his cute little coat in Chicago, but someone (my sister) wouldn’t go outside. So blame her. In her defense, though, my dog wouldn’t go outside, either.


Dumb parents fight smart policy: You remember the new bill I told you about yesterday that would ban personal objections to measles, mumps, and rubella vaccines for kids to attend school? Well, as you might have guessed, the anti-vaxxers are sick with fury. They’re fighting back against the bill with unabashed pseudoscience, even as we're in the midst of a measles outbreak among kids, with at least 40 confirmed cases. But even some doctors who have to deal with vaccine-wary parents all the time feel this policy might go too far and inflame the community (which it very much has).

More than 300 arrested in sex-trafficking sting: California’s Pasadena area near Los Angeles is known to be a hotbed of sex trafficking and prostitution, so undercover police went after johns (guys that pay for sex) and pimps (guys who collect money from prostitutes). They arrested 339 people and freed 50 sex workers, many of whom were trafficked and more than a dozen of whom were children. They wanted to make it very clear they are not prosecuting the sex workers, they are working with them to go after pimps and people higher up in the trafficking world.

TSA is back at work, but now the airport is on fire: Can you imagine that airport announcement? “To the owner of a black Toyota Carolla, you left your lights on. Oh, and also your car is engulfed in flames.”


About 2,000 troops heading to the southern border: They’ll join the almost 2,500 troops already there building and reinforcing concertina wire. They’re not allowed by law to assist in border security enforcement, so when they’re not building, there’s not much else to do.

In other dumb Trump news: The man has tweeted 13 times already today. It’s 11 a.m. in DC, and this man has been exercising his Twitter fingers all morning. I personally love his revolutionary and liberal usage of capital letters and his refusal to subtweet himself. He needs to write a style book. Look out AP style! Here’s a few of my favorites:






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Tonight's best Seattle entertainment options include: A reading with the founder of the Seattle Chapter of the Black Panther Party, Aaron Dixon; a chance to see the local artist group show Escapism from LA; and a night of punk rock with Steal Shit Do Drugs, Pushy, and Dommengang.