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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

As Wildfire Seasons Worsen, Scientists Point To Summer Precipitation As Major Driving Factor

Wildfire activity in the American West is likely to get worse in coming years. A new study out in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences points to the lack of precipitation in the summer as the major driving factor when it comes to increasing fire severity. Continue Reading As Wildfire Seasons Worsen, Scientists Point To Summer Precipitation As Major Driving Factor

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An OSU team salvaged the bones from this blue whale in late 2015. CREDIT: OREGON STATE UNIVERSITY

Scientists Sunk A Rare Blue Whale Skeleton. Now They Need Money To Bring It Back Up

There’s a set of massive whale bones resting on the bottom of the bay in Newport, Oregon. Scientists from Oregon State University put them there with a plan for a future display on shore. But they’re having trouble finding the money to retrieve the rare blue whale skeleton from beneath the waves. Continue Reading Scientists Sunk A Rare Blue Whale Skeleton. Now They Need Money To Bring It Back Up

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In March, Governor Jay Inslee announced Dale Peinecke's resignation as commissioner of the Employment Security Department following a workplace conduct investigation. But Peinecke ended up running the agency remotely for two more months after that. CREDIT: WASHINGTON EMPLOYMENT SECURITY DEPT.

Jay Inslee Let Cabinet Official Stay On The Job Two Months After Resignation

Last March, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced the resignation of one of his longest-serving cabinet members, Employment Security Department head Dale Peinecke. But as it turned out, Peinecke continued to run his agency while working remotely for two more months. He then took paid leave until the end of June when he turned 65—and could retire. Continue Reading Jay Inslee Let Cabinet Official Stay On The Job Two Months After Resignation

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Smoky skies in Central Washington this week have made it hard to see distant mountains, and harder for some farmworkers to breathe clean air. CREDIT: ESMY JIMENEZ/NWPB

Smoke Makes Washington Farmworkers Cover Up, But No Regulations Require Provided Masks

You’ve probably seen and felt it this week: a blanket of grey haze over large parts of the region. Smoke from wildfires in Washington, Oregon, British Columbia and California has led to poor air quality, causing health experts to caution: minimize your exposure. So how do people who work outdoors fare?
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Matt Mikkelsen carries "Fritz," his microphone system, to the path in the Hoh Rain Forest that leads to One Square Inch of Silence in Washington's Olympic National Park. CREDIT: SAMIR S. PATEL

Listening For The Sound Of Silence In Washington’s Hoh Rain Forest

In 2005, when Gordon Hempton founded One Square Inch of Silence, he designated a spot, a few miles up the Hoh River Trail into the rain forest, the quietest place in the U.S. and marked it with a small, red stone. “In a place like this your auditory horizon isn’t just 1 or 2 miles,” he says. “You can hear everything that’s happening in this valley. Continue Reading Listening For The Sound Of Silence In Washington’s Hoh Rain Forest

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