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Fish trap operators can pick out the hatchery salmon for harvest and release the wild salmon so they can return to their spawning grounds. CREDIT: CASSANDRA PROFITA/OPB

Fisheries Managers Face Mixed Forecast For Northwest Salmon, Concerns Over Endangered Orca

About this time every year, the Pacific Northwest gets a report card from the natural world. It comes in the form of salmon run forecasts, and gives us an indication of how healthy the Pacific Ocean and our rivers and streams are.

The grades are in, and here’s what you need to know about our scores. Continue Reading Fisheries Managers Face Mixed Forecast For Northwest Salmon, Concerns Over Endangered Orca

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Seattle area sunset picture at the beach

Washington Lawmakers Vote For Year-Round Daylight Saving Time. But It’s Far From A Done Deal

The Washington House of Representatives voted 89 to 7 Saturday in favor of observing daylight saving time year-round. The state Senate is expected to vote in the coming days on the issue, which is gaining steam in statehouses across the West. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee has not yet signaled where he stands on the measures. Continue Reading Washington Lawmakers Vote For Year-Round Daylight Saving Time. But It’s Far From A Done Deal

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Damage from fallen bricks in Seattle's Pioneer Square district after the 2001 Nisqually Quake. CREDIT: KEVIN GALVIN / FEMA NEWS

Nearly 4,500 Older Brick Buildings In Washington Could Be Dangerous In Quake, New Report Says

The State of Washington has completed its first statewide inventory of buildings prone to crumble or collapse in an earthquake. The bottom line: There are an awful lot of unreinforced, old brick or stone buildings that could be dangerous — a similar number to estimates in Oregon. Continue Reading Nearly 4,500 Older Brick Buildings In Washington Could Be Dangerous In Quake, New Report Says

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Opponents to efforts to remove philosophical exemptions from school-vaccine requirements rally outside the Washington Capitol, in Olympia, Wash., Wednesday, Feb. 20,2019. Lawmakers are considering two measures, one that would remove the exemption from the combined measles, mumps and rubella vaccine, and another that would not allow personal or philosophical exemptions to be granted for any required school vaccinations. CREDIT: RACHEL LA CORTE/AP

Vaccine Coverage: NPR Public Editor Reviews How Newsroom Approaches A Controversial Topic

NPR’s public editor, who is independent of the newsroom, reviews concerns over vaccine coverage. The recent U.S. measles outbreak has offered a challenge to journalists who want to stay true to ethical principles while covering the story, a major aspect of which includes the contributing role of parents who don’t vaccinate their children. Continue Reading Vaccine Coverage: NPR Public Editor Reviews How Newsroom Approaches A Controversial Topic

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