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After nearly two decades of work, contractors at Hanford have finished cleaning out the first of 177 radioactive waste tanks. CREDIT: U.S. DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY

Officials Weigh Costs Of Filling In Hanford Tanks, With Eye On Columbia River Impact

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

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Geronimo DeLaCruz Lozano is one of the eight, H-2A workers who came from Peru to work with the Martinez family. He’ll spend most of his time alone with his dogs, walking across grasslands and mountains grazing thousands of sheep at a time. CREDIT: ESMY JIMENEZ

Meet The Flockers: Ups And Downs Of A Washington Sheepherding Legacy

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

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Tumwater firefighters responded to a three-alarm fire at the old Olympia Brewery complex Monday, Oct. 8. CREDIT: AUSTIN JENKINS/N3

It’s The Water … That Helped Extinguish Flames At Old Olympia Brewery In Tumwater

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

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Biomass Operations Specialist John Rowell stands next to a boiler that awaits installation pending permits. TOM BANSE / NW NEWS NETWORK

Your Word Of The Day Is ‘Torrefaction.’ First-Of-Its Kind Plant To Open In Eastern Oregon

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

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