As drought has deepened across the West, much attention is paid to a colorful map that shows the hardest-hit areas. The scientists who update the map each week face enormous pressure to get it right. Continue Reading Across The West, Much Is At Stake For Farmers In The Weekly Drought Map
Colin O’Brady is a professional endurance athlete, a motivational speaker, a world record holder and, now, the first person in history to cross the continent of Antarctica alone and without wind assistance. He spoke with Oregon Public Broadcasting ahead of the finish. Continue Reading Oregon Adventurer Becomes 1st Known Person To Cross Antarctica Solo
A new study suggests that salmon will not be immune to the effects of ocean acidification. Scientists found that changes to ocean chemistry disrupt a fish’s ability to smell danger in the water. Continue Reading Study: Northwest Salmon Not Immune To Ocean Acidification
A controversial plan to reintroduce grizzly bears to Washington’s North Cascades will not be finished by the end of the year. Federal officials had pushed to bring grizzlies back to wilder parts of the state. Those efforts have stalled. Continue Reading As Ryan Zinke Departs Interior, Chances Dim For North Cascades Grizzly Reintroduction
National parks would be affected. The contingency plan for the National Park Service says to stop plowing roads. Given the current wintry weather, that would close Crater Lake and Mount Rainier National Parks in short order. Fort Clatsop would be likely to close too. Continue Reading Local Impacts From Partial Government Shutdown Shouldn’t Be Too Bad — For Now
Two Gonzaga University vice presidents have resigned amid fallout from the Catholic order of Jesuits shuffling priests accused of sexual abuse. The Jesuits, Frank Case and Pat Lee, served in leadership capacities at Gonzaga, and both previously led the Jesuit order in the Northwest, formerly called the Oregon Province. Continue Reading Two Gonzaga University Vice Presidents Resign After Investigation Into Jesuit Sex Abuse
Farmers who grow pulse crops — garbanzo beans, lentils and peas — are in a bind this winter. They have to decide very soon what they’re planting for next year, and contract their seed. Pulse crops are often an important rotation crop for Western wheat growers. But there are record amounts of garbanzo beans in dry storage, and little movement of that heavily-exported crop. That’s because of retaliatory Indian and Chinese tariffs. Continue Reading Pulse Of The Palouse: Trade Wars Hitting Northwest Farmers Who Grow Chickpeas, Lentils And Peas
For six years, Yakima County has been dealing with a complicated problem – nitrates in the groundwater. This month, after missing two other deadlines, a group of citizens tasked with finding a solution finally came up with a plan. For about 2,000 people, that’s good news because they’re closer to clean water. But some critics aren’t so sure. Continue Reading Six Years, Two Missed Deadlines, And Still Yakima Valley’s Water Needs Cleanup
From mid-December to February, hundreds upon hundreds of bald eagles flock to the Skagit River in northwest Washington to feast on spawning salmon. It’s one of the biggest seasonal concentrations of eagles in the Pacific Northwest, but this eagle watching hot spot is being affected by changing cycles of nature. Continue Reading Changing Climate, Water Flows Impact Bald Eagles’ Feasts On The Skagit River
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., says President Trump “will not sign” a Senate-approved plan to temporarily fund government agencies, increasing the chances the government will partially shut down on Friday night. Continue Reading President Trump Says He Won’t Sign Govt. Funding Bill, Raising Chances For Partial Shutdown
Gonzaga University President Thayne McCulloh said in a written statement to faculty, staff and students that he knew Jesuit priests accused of sexual abuse were living in a Jesuit residence on campus, but he had not been aware that any of them might be a threat to students. Continue Reading Gonzaga University President Responds To Investigation Into Abusive Jesuit Priests
A Washington state senator under investigation for alleged workplace misconduct involving his former legislative assistant acknowledged Tuesday that he had a “brief relationship” with the woman before he hired her in 2009. Continue Reading Washington Sen. Kevin Ranker Admits Relationship With Former Staffer Accusing Him Of Misconduct
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