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Aerial photograph of adult female Southern Resident killer whale J16 with her calf J50 in 2015, when the calf was in its first year of life. CREDIT: JOHN DURBAN (NOAA FISHERIES), HOLLY FEARNBACH (SR3) AND LANCE BARRETT-LENNARD (VANCOUVER AQUARIUM), TAKEN BY AN UNMANNED HEXACOPTER DURING RESEARCH AUTHORIZED UNDER NMFS PERMIT #16163

Veterinarians Grapple With How To Save Puget Sound Orca: Salmon Laced With Meds Or Syringe?

An emaciated orca from the Pacific Northwest’s critically-endangered resident killer whale population could get a pole injection of medicine under the latest preferred option of an emergency response team. Officials with the lead federal agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, described the changing situation Monday morning. Continue Reading Veterinarians Grapple With How To Save Puget Sound Orca: Salmon Laced With Meds Or Syringe?

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In this May 23, 2017 photo provided by Chelan County Fire District 3, logs burn near Leavenworth, Wash. The wildfire prompted evacuation orders for homes and cabins at a popular Washington state hiking and skiing destination. CREDIT: BEN TORKELSON

When It Comes To Wildfire, Politics Lag Behind Science

A variety of forest experts say that one of the best ways to reduce the threat of these mega-blazes is to use fire itself. They say we need to increase the pace of prescribed fire and let some wildfires continue to burn when it’s safe to do so.

Of course, there’s not nearly as much political support for letting fires burn as there is for putting fires out. Continue Reading When It Comes To Wildfire, Politics Lag Behind Science

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This picture from July 21 shows shrinkage around orca J50's head from weight loss, aka "peanut head syndrome." CREDIT: KATY FOSTER/NOAA

Group Hatches Plan To Save Emaciated And Endangered Puget Sound Orca

An emaciated, four-year-old Puget Sound orca is drawing alarm. Whale scientists and the federal agency NOAA are weighing what it means to provide food and medicine to this endangered orca. The declining health of the orca has become apparent as it swims and feeds in the border waters between Washington and British Columbia. Continue Reading Group Hatches Plan To Save Emaciated And Endangered Puget Sound Orca

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Portland Police in riot gear stand between right-wing protesters and counter-protesters Saturday, Aug. 5, 2018. CREDIT: ERICKA CRUZ GUEVARRA/OPB

Hoping To Avoid ‘Another Charlottesville,’ Portland Cops Aim For Order, Make Arrests At Protests

Police arrested four people at dueling rallies between the right-wing group Patriot Prayer and counter-protesters in downtown Portland Saturday, Aug. 4. The charges include harassment, reckless endangerment, unlawful use of weapons, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and attempted assault of a public safety officer. Continue Reading Hoping To Avoid ‘Another Charlottesville,’ Portland Cops Aim For Order, Make Arrests At Protests

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