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Fish advocates say sending water through spill bays is the best way to ensure fish survival through dams in the Columbia and Snake rivers. CREDIT: CASSANDRA PROFITA

Agreement On Dams Aims To Help More Salmon Survive Columbia And Snake River Journey

A new agreement aims to help more young salmon make their way past dams along the Columbia and Snake rivers. The agreement, reached this week, spells out new strategies for spilling more water over the dams — and sending less water through power-generating turbines — each spring. Continue Reading Agreement On Dams Aims To Help More Salmon Survive Columbia And Snake River Journey

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No passengers were injured Monday when an Amtrak Cascades train derailed while slowly backing into the station in Vancouver, Canada. CREDIT: FILE PHOTO BY ERICVNTR / WIKIMEDIA COMMONS TINYURL.COM/Y9ULXW5W

Another Amtrak Cascades Train Derailed Almost Exactly One Year After I-5 Wreck, No Injuries

An Amtrak Cascades train arriving in Vancouver, B.C., from Seattle derailed at low speed Monday. Nobody was hurt, but the timing was unfortunate: The derailment occurred almost exactly one year after last December’s deadly derailment south of Tacoma, which killed three people and injured dozens more. Continue Reading Another Amtrak Cascades Train Derailed Almost Exactly One Year After I-5 Wreck, No Injuries

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The Cardinal Bea House sits on the campus of on Gonzaga University. It played host to at least 20 Jesuit priests accused of sexual abuse. CREDIT: EMILY SCHWING/N3

After Years Of Sexual Abuse In Native Communities, Jesuits Sent Many To Retire On Gonzaga’s Campus

A 20-month investigation shows the extent the Catholic Church’s order of Jesuits, aka Society of Jesus, used Northwest Native reservations and Alaska Native communities to shuffle clergy with credible accusations of sex abuse. Instead of being prosecuted or removed from ministry, many were sent to other remote assignments, and housed in a retirement community on the Gonzaga University campus in Spokane. Continue Reading After Years Of Sexual Abuse In Native Communities, Jesuits Sent Many To Retire On Gonzaga’s Campus

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Groundfish trawlers will soon be allowed to catch more fish as depleted populations recover from overfishing. CREDIT: MICHAEL BENDIXEN/OPB

West Coast Fishery Rebounds After Years Of Conservation Efforts

Federal fishery managers are increasing the catch limits for several West Coast species that were overfished and severely restricted for years. Surveys show depleted populations of yellow eye and bocaccio rockfish, cow cod and ocean perch — all classified as groundfish — are rebounding decades ahead of schedule. Continue Reading West Coast Fishery Rebounds After Years Of Conservation Efforts

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Ryan Zinke at a May 2018 Senate Appropriates subcommittee meeting. CREDIT: Jacquelyn Martin/AP

Ryan Zinke Stepping Down As Interior Secretary Amid Ethics Investigations

Ryan Zinke is out as secretary of the Interior. Zinke will be leaving the Trump administration at the end of the year; his successor is expected to be announced next week. Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers was considered a top candidate for the job before Zinke was named in 2017. Continue Reading Ryan Zinke Stepping Down As Interior Secretary Amid Ethics Investigations

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Cars from an Amtrak train lie spilled onto Interstate 5 below alongside smashed vehicles as some train cars remain on the tracks in DuPont, Washington. CREDIT: ELAINE THOMPSON/AP

Survivors Still Healing, Seeking Accountability One Year After Deadly Amtrak Derailment Over I-5

It’s been almost one year since an Amtrak Cascades train derailed near DuPont, Washington. The crash killed three passengers and injured more than 60, including drivers on adjacent Interstate 5. One year later, some of the seriously injured are still healing. The courts are just beginning to deal with the lawsuits stemming from the crash. Continue Reading Survivors Still Healing, Seeking Accountability One Year After Deadly Amtrak Derailment Over I-5

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Cristina Campos removes damaged apples from the flume, the front end of the packing line, on Tuesday November, 20, 2018, at Gilbert Orchards in Yakima. CREDIT: KUOW PHOTO/MEGAN FARMER

This Pesticide Poisons, But It’s Still Sprayed On Washington Orchards — Including Christmas Trees

The chemical’s especially dangerous for babies and small children because it can have lasting neurological effects. Chlorpyrifos can blow from orchards into nearby houses; parents who work in orchards can transport the chemical home on their clothes and in their cars; and chlorpyrifos can make its way into developing fetuses through umbilical cord blood. Continue Reading This Pesticide Poisons, But It’s Still Sprayed On Washington Orchards — Including Christmas Trees

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