After almost 10 months of waiting, residents of Joseph, Oregon, can feel more confident drinking their water and swimming in nearby Wallowa Lake, according to lab test results released Thursday. Continue Reading Lab Results Show Eastern Oregon’s Wallowa Lake Free Of Herbicide Barrel Contaminants
Night 1 of the first Democratic debate is over. The conversation was dominated by , and . As the candidates tussled, at least three of them showed off their Spanish-language ability. President Trump even weighed in — to mock NBC for and to “BORING.” Continue Reading 1st Democratic Presidential Debate Kicks Off, Jay Inslee Highlights Climate Message
It’s hard not to notice that cougars are making it into the news these days. It’s also hard to miss how they’re getting there: by entering neighborhoods and putting residents on edge. Continue Reading Are There More Cougars In Our Space Or More Of Us In Theirs?
Senate President Peter Courtney, D-Salem, says Oregon’s sweeping plan for addressing climate change this legislative session does not have the votes to pass. But it’s not clear whether that will be enough to bring Senate Republicans back to work. Continue Reading Oregon Senate President Says Cap-And-Trade Bill Is Dead Amid GOP Walkout
For the second time this legislative session, Oregon Senate Republicans prepared Thursday to stage a walkout, denying Democrats the ability to pass legislation. It’s the latest step in a standoff over sweeping climate change legislation. Continue Reading Oregon Senate Republicans Stage Walkout For 2nd Time This Year To Stop Vote On Climate Bill
Bee colony death continues to rise. According to the Bee Informed Partnership’s latest survey, released this week, U.S. beekeepers lost nearly 40% of their honey bee colonies last winter — the greatest reported winter hive loss since the partnership started its surveys 13 years ago. Continue Reading More Bad Buzz For Bees: Record Numbers Of Honey Bee Colonies Died Last Winter
The question of whether boat-based watching tours are really harmless has become more urgent in Washington state, where Southern Resident killer whales have been declining since the 1990s. Continue Reading Puget Sound Whale Watchers Accused Of Loving Endangered Orcas To Death
Of the 70,000 acres of mudflats in Willapa Bay, less than 10,000 acres are used for shellfish cultivation. Researchers estimate about a quarter of that farmable land has already been taken over by burrowing shrimp. But the battle over land between shellfish growers and the shrimp is not entirely new. Continue Reading Willapa Bay Oyster Farmers Struggle As Shrimp Population Booms
The Environmental Protection Agency has begun removing potentially contaminated barrels from Wallowa Lake. Despite initial fears, the barrels seem to have been full of lake water, though the EPA is waiting for test results to confirm that the water and barrels are indeed clean. Continue Reading EPA Begins Removing Herbicide Barrels From Eastern Oregon’s Wallowa Lake
Port of Kalama commissioners unanimously passed a lease amendment with a controversial methanol facility Wednesday night that prohibits the company from exporting its product for fuel. Continue Reading Southwestern Washington’s Port Of Kalama Says Methanol Refinery Can’t Export For Fuel
From Vancouver to Halifax, plastic plates, plastic bags and plastic straws may be on their way out. But a possible country-wide prohibition on certain single-use plastic products may not address the spread of the most insidious plastic litter, some scientists say. Continue Reading Canada Wants To Ban Single-Use Plastics. Would It Make A Difference?
Cormorants by the thousands have taken up residence under the landmark Astoria-Megler Bridge over the Columbia River. Their poop can corrode the bridge and that is unacceptable to the Oregon and Washington transportation departments. But what actions to take against the protected birds and whose responsibility that is are up in the air. Continue Reading In Astoria, Cormorant Birds Take Over Iconic Bridge, And Salmon Below Are On The Menu