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A young resident killer whale chasing a Chinook salmon near Vancouver Island. Image obtained from a small drone that was flown more than 100 feet above the whales for research under NMFS permit #19091.

Orcas Need Salmon. Dams Hinder Salmon. Remove Snake River Dams? Feds Say It’s Not So Simple

As the Northwest’s killer whales have gained worldwide attention, more calls are being made to bolster the population of salmon they eat. One big way to do that, supporters say, is by removing Lower Snake River dams. But the federal government isn’t so sure that’s the answer. Continue Reading Orcas Need Salmon. Dams Hinder Salmon. Remove Snake River Dams? Feds Say It’s Not So Simple

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Washington fire managers responded to nearly 70 new fire starts August 11, 2018, including the Grass Valley Fire that threatened the Grand Coulee Dam area and forced hundreds of evacuations. CREDIT: INCIWEB

Agencies Downgrade Preparedness And Burn Bans, But Northwest Wildfire Risk Persists

State and federal agencies throughout the Northwest are starting to lift burn restrictions on some lands. The Wildfire Preparedness level for the region was downgraded to its lowest stage — Level 1 — this week. But the region is below normal for precipitation and has been so for the past two months. Continue Reading Agencies Downgrade Preparedness And Burn Bans, But Northwest Wildfire Risk Persists

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Carla Tolle's 13-year-old grandson Edgar Vazquez of Kelso, Washington was killed in an accidental shooting involving an unsecured shotgun. She is now campaigning for I-1639. CREDIT: AUSTIN JENKINS / NW NEWS NETWORK

A Crime Victim And A Grieving Grandmother Are On Opposite Sides Of Washington Gun Initiative

Initiative 1639 is a sprawling, 30-page ballot measure that seeks to restrict access to semi-automatic rifles like the popular AR-15, which has become synonymous with mass shootings. But the initiative would also require the secure storage of firearms. Under the initiative, if a gun wasn’t safely stored and ended up in the wrong hands and someone was injured or killed, the gun’s owner could face felony community endangerment charges. Continue Reading A Crime Victim And A Grieving Grandmother Are On Opposite Sides Of Washington Gun Initiative

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Winter wheat is harvested in a field farmed by Dalton and Carson North near McCracken, Kansas. CREDIT: CHARLIE RIEDEL/AP PHOTO

New U.S. – Mexico – Canada Trade Deal Helps Northwest Agriculture, With Much Uncertainty Remaining

The new trade agreement signed Sunday at midnight called the USMCA short for the U.S. Mexico, Canada Agreement by the Trump Administration, could change things on some Northwest farms. Farmers are hopeful this new agreement will lift their commodity prices — many of which are low right now. Continue Reading New U.S. – Mexico – Canada Trade Deal Helps Northwest Agriculture, With Much Uncertainty Remaining

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