In 2005, when Gordon Hempton founded One Square Inch of Silence, he designated a spot, a few miles up the Hoh River Trail into the rain forest, the quietest place in the U.S. and marked it with a small, red stone. “In a place like this your auditory horizon isn’t just 1 or 2 miles,” he says. “You can hear everything that’s happening in this valley. Continue Reading Listening For The Sound Of Silence In Washington’s Hoh Rain Forest
A Portland-based organization has developed a digital tool called Wildbook that uses artificial intelligence and machine learning to expedite wildlife identification. Continue Reading How Conservationists Are Using AI And Big Data To Aid Wildlife
On Tuesday, Aug. 14, a water-scooping airplane crashed while working the Horns Mountain Fire in northeastern Washington. The pilot walked away with minor injuries.
Continue Reading Firefighting Airplane Crashes In Washington’s Colville National Forest, ‘But The Pilot’s OK’
Fires across the region have blanketed the Northwest in smoke. Blazes in California and British Columbia are also adding to the thick, reddish-gray haze.
Continue Reading Fires In Canada And California Add To Northwest’s Smoky Haze
Air quality east of the Cascade Mountains has deteriorated as wildfires burn across Washington and Oregon. In Southern Oregon, the air is hazardous. In Central Washington, air quality is unhealthy for everyone. Continue Reading Breathing Wildfire Smoke Every Summer Could Have Long-Term Health Consequences
Central Washington University fired Republican state Rep. Matt Manweller Tuesday, Aug. 14, from his position as a tenured professor of political science following a months-long investigation into his conduct toward students. Continue Reading Washington Rep. Matt Manweller Fired From Central Washington University, Plans To Sue
The Federal Communications Commission is considering a rule change for licenses normally reserved for education and public broadcasting. In Washington, the Confederated Tribes of the Colville are calling on the agency to prioritize tribal reservations for improved communication. Continue Reading Tribes Call On FCC To Prioritize Native Needs In Broadcast Licences
It was a wild weekend for wildfire in the Northwest. A cold front brought lightning and high winds — but no rain — to the region east of the Cascades already plagued by extremely dry conditions. Continue Reading ‘It Was Quite A Shock.’ Wild Weekend As Northwest Fires Claim Homes, Injure Firefighter
The latest on a plane stolen from Sea-Tac International Airport Friday, Aug. 10. Officials say the plane was empty except for the man who stole it, and it had crash landed on the small Ketron Island in south Puget Sound. Continue Reading UPDATES: Man Steals Horizon Air Plane From SeaTac Airport, Crashes On South Puget Sound Island
An Oregon-based group of shipwreck hunters wants to find the historic remains of the first steamship to provide service in the Puget Sound in the 1800’s. The shipwreck search was inspired by one Port Townsend, Wash., man’s obsession. Continue Reading A History Teacher, An Obsession With A Sunken Ship, And The Crew Searching For Its Wreck
The U.S. Drought Monitor says the entire state of Washington is abnormally dry. In Oregon, nearly 90 percent of the state is facing moderate to severe drought. Continue Reading The Entire Northwest Is Abnormally Dry, With Severe Drought In Parts Of Washington And Oregon
Washington Republicans are regrouping after a primary election pounding Tuesday that extended beyond swing districts to rock-ribbed GOP pockets of the state. Continue Reading ‘We’ve Got Some Work To Do.’ Republicans React To Washington Primary Results
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