Uncertainty reigns about what federal public lands will be open if the congressional budget standoff leads to a partial government shutdown. Closed national parks and forest campgrounds were among the most visible effects the last time the federal government partially shut down in October 2013. Continue Reading How Will A Government Shutdown Affect Public Lands?
After huge cracks appeared on Rattlesnake Ridge last year, geologists expect a landslide is coming at the mountain near Yakima. But they’re having a hard time nailing down just when it will go. Continue Reading When Will Rattlesnake Ridge Slide Near Yakima ‘Go’? Geologists Say It’s Hard To Predict
If you’re considering buying an electric car in Oregon or Washington, you might want to pay attention to possible changes in tax policy. There’s uncertainty about the tax incentives meant to spur electric car sales. Continue Reading Electric Car Tax Incentive Expires Soon In Washington, Just Starting In Oregon
Every winter, hundreds of bald eagles migrate through Idaho’s panhandle. This year, eagles numbers are at a record high. Migrating eagles start to arrive in mid-November, just as the blue-backed kokanee salmon return to the lake. Continue Reading Record Bald Eagle Numbers In North Idaho (And Biologists Don’t Know Why)
A new study claims government killing of wolves can increase the risk to nearby farms, providing further evidence for the ineffectiveness of the so-called “lethal control” policy approach. The report also casts doubt on an earlier research paper, which government agencies often use to support the practice. Continue Reading Killing Wolves Might Protect One Farm’s Livestock At Expense Of Others
It took the threat of a lawsuit, but a federal agency is no longer killing the Beaver State’s beavers. Environmental groups had challenged the practice in Oregon because, they said, it’s a threat to more than just the state animal. Like much in the Northwest, it touches on salmon. Continue Reading Federal Agency Will Stop Killing Beaver State’s Beavers To Help Salmon
For more than 10 years, Seattle leaders have said the city will lead the nation in fighting climate change. But the lofty words have been matched by continuing clouds of carbon emissions. Seattle dumps as much carbon dioxide into the sky as it did 25 years ago. Continue Reading ‘Climate Leader’ Seattle: Lots Of Promises, Lots Of Pollution
Oregon Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden is calling for an investigation into Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s use of wildfire preparedness funds after news reports revealed Zinke used the funds for unrelated travel. Continue Reading Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden Wants Audit Of Ryan Zinke’s Use Of Wildfire Funds
Researchers had long suspected salmon have lost huge amounts genetic diversity over the years. But they’d never tested the hypothesis — until now. Continue Reading Big (And Fishy) Problem: Salmon Losing Their Genetic Diversity
A federal judge has approved a plan to spill more water through dams in the Columbia River Basin this spring. Continue Reading Salmon Plan Approved Allowing More Water Over Columbia River Dams
A federal judge has ordered Malheur occupation leader Ryan Payne back into custody in Oregon. A day earlier, Payne and members of the Bundy family were handed a stunning legal victory in Las Vegas in a separate case.
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee is making another push for a state carbon tax. He unveiled his latest proposal Tuesday during his State of the State address Continue Reading Jay Inslee Proposes New Version Of Carbon Tax