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
Boeing is running out of space to park grounded 737 Max jets in the Puget Sound region and is now sending some of its Renton, Washington, factory output to Moses Lake’s spacious airport. Continue Reading Undeliverable Boeing 737 Max Planes Now Being Stored At Central Washington Airport
Work can go forward on a trail crossing private land that connects the popular tourist destinations of Redfish Lake and Stanley, a judge has ruled. U.S. Magistrate Judge Candy Dale late last week rejected a request by the owners of Sawtooth Mountain Ranch to halt construction of the 4.4-mile trail for pedestrians, cyclists, horseback riders and snowmobilers. Continue Reading Judge Says Work Can Begin On Contested Central Idaho Hiking-Biking Trail
If civilizations are remembered for what they leave behind, our time might be labeled the Plastic Age. Plastic can endure for centuries. It’s everywhere, even in our clothes, from polyester leisure suits to fleece jackets.
A Silicon Valley startup is trying to get the plastic out of clothing and put something else in: biopolymers. Continue Reading Replacing Plastic: Can Bacteria Help Us Break The Habit?
The Supreme Court is throwing out an Oregon court ruling against bakers who refused to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple.
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
“Very formidable. Very strong-willed. Very commanding figure. His nickname was el canillón — the big-wristed man,” Estela Reyes said. “I remember being a little kid — Papi just reaching down and lifting me up like I was tissue paper, this delicate little weightless thing.” Continue Reading ‘He’s In Our Soul’: Sisters Remember Their Dad’s Legacy On Father’s Day
School shootings have become a tragic reality of modern American life. How can school administrators prepare for the worst-case scenario? Continue Reading How Are Schools Securing Classrooms? Colorado Is A Model Based On Past Tragedies
Washington’s Sentencing Guidelines Commission, tasked with promoting accountability and equity in sentencing, has adopted a report to the state Legislature that urges lawmakers to consider two options for modernizing the grid with the twin goals of simplifying sentencing and increasing judicial discretion. Continue Reading Commission Recommends Major Overhaul Of Washington Sentencing Laws
On Friday, jurors heard about the mysterious final days of a young Canadian couple killed in 1987 — as well as the novel method authorities used to finally make an arrest three decades later. Continue Reading Trial Begins In 1987 Case Of Victoria, BC Couple Killed In Northwestern Washington
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