The tally of dead gray whales washing up on Pacific Northwest beaches during this year’s northbound migration keeps going up. That’s prompting an unusual request for volunteers from a federal agency. Continue Reading Mind If We Drop Off A Dead Whale On Your Beach? Asking For A friend.
Former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Kamala Harris, Sen. Bernie Sanders, Mayor Pete Buttigieg will all be on the debate stage together on June 27. Washington Gov. Jay Inlee will be in the June 26 group. Scott Eisen; Kimberly White; Mark Makela; Scott Olson/Getty Images Continue Reading Jay Inslee Makes The Cut: Slate Announced For June 26 – 27 Democratic Debates
Oregon State University has established what it considers to be the nation’s largest hemp research center. This comes amid a surge of farmer interest in the Northwest to grow the non-psychoactive cousin of marijuana. Continue Reading Oregon State University Gets Hemp Research Center Amid Surge In Farmer Interest
From Vancouver to Halifax, plastic plates, plastic bags and plastic straws may be on their way out. But a possible country-wide prohibition on certain single-use plastic products may not address the spread of the most insidious plastic litter, some scientists say. Continue Reading Canada Wants To Ban Single-Use Plastics. Would It Make A Difference?
Cormorants by the thousands have taken up residence under the landmark Astoria-Megler Bridge over the Columbia River. Their poop can corrode the bridge and that is unacceptable to the Oregon and Washington transportation departments. But what actions to take against the protected birds and whose responsibility that is are up in the air. Continue Reading In Astoria, Cormorant Birds Take Over Iconic Bridge, And Salmon Below Are On The Menu
Federal land managers have proposed sweeping rule changes to a landmark environmental law that would allow them to fast-track certain forest management projects, including logging and prescribed burning. Continue Reading U.S. Forest Service Seeks To Overhaul Timber Management Rules
A renewable energy project planned off the coast of Newport is taking a step forward. Oregon State University has submitted a final license application for a wave energy testing facility with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission. If built, it would be the largest of its kind in the U.S. Continue Reading Oregon Wave Energy Testing Project Moves Forward
Having good access to transportation — or not — has a huge impact on the health of people living in rural parts of the country. Without that transportation — or ready access to other basics like healthy food or good housing — people can get into a vicious cycle. That cycle of poor health and poverty hits people with disabilities particularly hard. Continue Reading Rural Health: Financial Insecurity Plagues Many Who Live With Disability
A team of researchers presented their findings on Tuesday to the Northwest Power and Conservation Council. In short, they said, salmon can survive in the upper reaches of the Columbia Basin, and fish passage needs to happen above Chief Joseph and Grand Coulee dams. Continue Reading Tribes Say Fish Passage Above Grand Coulee Dam Is Possible
When states legalize pot for all adults, long-standing medical marijuana programs take a big hit, in some cases losing more than half their registered patients in just a few years, according to a data analysis by The Associated Press. Continue Reading Legal Marijuana For All Takes A Toll On Medical Users, Analysis Shows
A federal judge is set to hear arguments Portland this week from mental health advocates who say the state is failing dozens of criminal defendants in need of treatment. Continue Reading Federal Judge To Hear Arguments Over Admission Delays At Oregon State Psychiatric Hospital
At their peak, grizzly bears numbered more than 50,000 in the Lower 48. Facing threats from habitat loss, hunting and conflicts with people and livestock, their numbers dwindled to fewer than 1,000 in the lower 48 by the time the Endangered Species Act was implemented in 1975. Here’s a timeline of the management actions, court cases and notable events that have shaped grizzly bear recovery since their ESA listing through today. Continue Reading Timeline: A History Of Grizzly Bear Recovery In The Lower 48 States
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