A pipeline explosion in British Columbia risks cutting off the flow of Canadian natural gas to Washington, and companies are urging customers to conserve. Continue Reading Washington Could See Gas Shortage After British Columbia Pipeline Explosion
Washington Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz is asking the state legislature to nearly double funding to manage and respond to wildfire. Continue Reading ‘Historic’ Wildfire Funding Request Goes To Washington Legislature
It’s the bear body-positive competition you didn’t know you needed. The results are in. And this year’s winner in Katmai National Park and Reserve’s annual “fattest bear” contest is 409 Beadnose. Continue Reading Alaska’s Katmai National Park Names ‘Fattest Bear’ (And It’s A Big One!)
If control of the U.S. House comes down to any of the competitive congressional races in Washington and California, the nation might have to wait days to learn the outcome. Continue Reading Want Election Results? On West Coast, Patience Is Required
Keeping the Columbia River safe is at the core of several public meetings scheduled for Seattle and Portland next week. It all has to do with decisions being made hundreds of miles away in the desert at Hanford. The question regulators are tacking: How do you keep a mostly-empty radioactive waste tank safe for hundreds, thousands even a million years? Continue Reading Officials Weigh Costs Of Filling In Hanford Tanks, With Eye On Columbia River Impact
In late September, the Martinez brothers moved about half of those 800 sheep from the mountainous terrain around Lake Wenatchee to the irrigated, emerald pastures of Connell, in Central Washington. They did it with the help of some highly skilled men: Peruvian “pastores” or sheepherders. All the way from South America, most of them have been with the Martinez family for decades. Continue Reading Meet The Flockers: Ups And Downs Of A Washington Sheepherding Legacy
No one knows just what bee species live in Oregon, which means we can’t even begin to track if they’re declining. A statewide project wants to change that. Continue Reading The Search Is On For Every Bee Species In Oregon
Not all wildfire is a force of destruction. Many of our favorite Northwest plants and animals have evolved to depend on it. Continue Reading Why Many Northwest Animals And Plants Need Wildfire
Fire consumed an abandoned building in the Olympia Brewery Complex in Tumwater early Monday, Oct. 8. The Olympia beer name is now owned by Pabst Brewing Company and brewed under contract by MillerCoors in California, but still distributed widely throughout the Northwest. Continue Reading It’s The Water … That Helped Extinguish Flames At Old Olympia Brewery In Tumwater
Construction begins soon in eastern Oregon for the first commercial-scale “torrefaction” facility in the country. If you don’t know what that word means, you’re in good company. But the process itself isn’t all that exotic. Think of how your coffee beans get crispy. Continue Reading Your Word Of The Day Is ‘Torrefaction.’ First-Of-Its Kind Plant To Open In Eastern Oregon
The Food and Drug Administration is banning the use of several synthetic flavoring compounds used to infuse flavors such as mint and cinnamon in foods. Environmental groups sued, citing cancer risks. Continue Reading FDA Bans Use Of 7 Synthetic Food Additives After Environmental And Safety Groups Sue
The jobless rate last month was the lowest since 1969, though the economy added a less-than-expected 134,000 jobs, the Bureau of Labor Statistics said. Wage growth slowed to a 2.8 percent rate. Continue Reading Unemployment Rate Drops To 3.7 Percent, Lowest In Nearly 50 Years
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