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Sea lions have been eating steelhead and other fish at Willamette Falls in ever greater numbers.Photo courtesy of ODFW

Bill To Allow Killing Columbia River Sea Lions To Help Salmon Heads To President Trump’s Desk

Congress has agreed to make it easier to kill sea lions threatening fragile runs of salmon in the Northwest. A bill approved by the House this week changes the Marine Mammal Protection Act to lift some of the restrictions on killing sea lions to protect salmon and steelhead in the Columbia River and its tributaries. Continue Reading Bill To Allow Killing Columbia River Sea Lions To Help Salmon Heads To President Trump’s Desk

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'Bundyville' is a seven-part podcast from Longreads and Oregon Public Boradcasting, hosted by Leah Sottile. CREDIT: Illustration by Zoë van Dijk for Longreads

‘Bundyville’ Tells A Story Of Anti-Government Extremism Set In The Rural West, Says Podcast Host

Journalist Leah Sottile covered the 2016 Malheur Wildlife Refuge occupation and its aftermath with the Bundy family. This year she released a deeply reported podcast about the Bundys – called ‘Bundyville,’ a collaboration between Longreads and Oregon Public Broadcasting.
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Larry McMillan drives a combine as he harvests barley Friday, Aug. 24, 2007, near Moscow, Idaho. The region's warm and dry weather has provided optimal conditions for the continued harvest season. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Mountain West Farmers Turn To Twitter To Discuss Depression Amid Concern For Their Well Being

Ranchers and farmers living in the Mountain West are vulnerable to all kinds of things—drought, fluctuating crop prices, trade wars—and in part because of those things – depression and suicide. But there’s some help out there, from an unlikely source: Twitter. Continue Reading Mountain West Farmers Turn To Twitter To Discuss Depression Amid Concern For Their Well Being

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Carbon Engineering CEO Steve Oldham stands in front of the company's Squamish, British Columbia, pilot plant. It uses a chemical process to extract carbon dioxide from the air and turn it into a fuel similar to crude oil. CREDIT: JEFF BRADY/NPR

Taking Carbon Out Of The Air And Reusing It: Company Aims To Address Climate

At a major climate meeting in Poland, nearly 200 countries are trying to reach a deal on dramatically reducing carbon emissions. But a recent U.N. report found that may not be enough to avoid dangerous impacts from the warming climate. In fact, the world is falling so far short of what’s needed, it said, that it might be necessary to pull massive amounts of carbon dioxide out of the air. Continue Reading Taking Carbon Out Of The Air And Reusing It: Company Aims To Address Climate

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washnigton state capitol CREDIT: BRIANHE / WIKIMEDIA - TINYURL.COM/ZMPZ86K

Olympia Harassment: Workgroup Recommends New Office To Investigate Misconduct In Legislature

Following eight months of meetings, a workgroup on the prevention of sexual harassment in the Washington state House is recommending an independent office where victims could report misconduct. The recommendation is part of a package of suggested reforms. Continue Reading Olympia Harassment: Workgroup Recommends New Office To Investigate Misconduct In Legislature

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Dungeness crab like these, caught off the coast of Alaska, have been affected by the neurotoxin domoic acid because of algae blooms in recent years, which makes them unsafe to eat. CREDIT: Michael Melford/Getty Images

West Coast Fishing And Crabbing Groups Sue Fossil Fuel Companies For Role In Climate Change

Fishing groups in California and Oregon joined the legal fray by filing suit against 30 companies, mainly oil producers. The Pacific Coast Federation of Fishermen’s Associations, the plaintiff, contends that the fossil fuel industry is at fault for recent warming-related damages to the West Coast’s prized Dungeness crab fishery. Continue Reading West Coast Fishing And Crabbing Groups Sue Fossil Fuel Companies For Role In Climate Change

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