Some Oregon State Parks workers are now tending to federal recreation lands as the partial U.S. government shutdown continues with no end in sight. People are still visiting trailheads, day-use parking lots and boat ramps on federal lands, but U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of Land Management rangers aren’t on duty. Continue Reading State Parks Workers To Clean Overflowing Garbage, Restrooms On Federal Land During Shutdown
The Environmental Health Disparities Map ranks neighborhoods from 1 to 10. Ten is coded in red, meaning a higher environmental risk while 1, being the lowest, is coded in blue. On that map, Yakima County is a big, red blemish. Continue Reading New Map Shows Hotspots Of Environmental Health Hazards For Washington Neighborhoods
Jill Rorem, like many Americans, had made some special plans for the holidays. The Chicago native was finally going to get to see the nation’s capital with her arts-obsessed kids.
Then, the federal government partially shut down. Continue Reading As Shutdown Crawls On, Artists And Nonprofits Fear For Their ‘Fragile Industry’
The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has started killing sea lions below Willamette Falls to protect a fragile run of winter steelhead. Continue Reading Oregon Starts Killing Sea Lions At Willamette Falls
A commercial crabbing boat capsized in rough waters off the Oregon coast, killing the three men aboard and sending a shock wave through a seafaring community already struggling from a monthlong delay to the annual crabbing season. Continue Reading 3 Dead After Commercial Fishing Boat Capsizes Off Central Oregon Coast
President Trump used his first prime-time address from the Oval Office to make the case for his controversial border wall. The president’s demand for $5.7 billion in wall funding — and Democrats’ opposition — has led to a partial shutdown of the federal government. Here we check some of the arguments made by the president and top Democrats in their response. Continue Reading FACT CHECK: President Trump’s Pitch For A Border Wall And Democratic Response
Washington state’s attorney general wants to know if emergency response was delayed to anyone during a nearly statewide 911 outage late last month. The accounts of victims, if there are any, could figure into a penalty against call network manager CenturyLink. Continue Reading Affected By The December 911 Outage? Washington’s Attorney General Wants To Know
A new federal report shows the amount of coal burned for power has fallen to its lowest point in almost 40 years. That’s because natural gas is cheap, renewable energy is growing and coal plants are shutting down. Continue Reading Northwest Utilities Plan For Future As Regional Coal-Power Plants Are Phased Out
Washington State Ferries has come up with a plan to replace more than half of its fleet with new, electric-powered ferries. But the new plan faces hurdles from a cost standpoint and limited shipyard capacity. Continue Reading Washington State Ferries Unveils Plan For Younger, Greener (And A Bit Larger) Fleet By 2040
The White House says, tax refund checks will be sent out, even though the IRS, part of the Treasury Department, is for the most part shuttered. Continue Reading Despite 70,000 Furloughed IRS Workers, White House Vows Tax Refunds Will Be Issued
Environmental groups have withdrawn from an effort to update Oregon’s plan for managing gray wolves days before a final meeting of stakeholders, throwing the future of negotiations over wolf management and protections into question. Continue Reading Environmental Groups Withdraw From Negotiations To Update Oregon Wolf Management Plan
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