The National Guard is gearing up to help fight wildfire in central and eastern Washington, and Governor Jay Inslee has declared a state-wide emergency. Continue Reading Wildfire Risk Prompts State Of Emergency Declaration For Washington
The West is in the midst of another intense fire season. Fires in California and Oregon have claimed lives and homes and burned up farmland. As part of EarthFix’s ongoing series on wildfire, reporter Tony Schick spoke with interim Forest Service Chief Vicki Christiansen about what her agency is doing to reform fire management and reverse the fire problem. Continue Reading Forest Service Chief Talks Need For New Fire Management, Fuel Treatments
For the third year in a row, a military reconnaissance aircraft is joining the battle against Pacific Northwest wildfires. This specialized plane can locate new fires from many miles away. Continue Reading Military Reconnaissance Plane Enlisted In Northwest Wildfire Fight
The race for U.S. House in eastern Washington has taken a negative turn. Despite criticism, 5th District Republican Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers has doubled down on a controversial ad campaign attacking her Democratic opponent, Lisa Brown, using information proven to be misleading and false. Continue Reading Washington 5th District Race Draws Criticism For McMorris Rodgers Ads
The craft brewing industry in the Northwest is starting to feel pain from the Trump administration’s steel and aluminum tariffs. Those metals are made into beer cans, kegs and fermentation tanks. Continue Reading Bitter Brew: Northwest Craft Beer Industry Feeling Bite From Metals Tariffs
An initiative that would ban state funding for abortion is heading to the November ballot in Oregon, setting up an election battle over abortion in what has been regarded as one of the most pro-choice states in the country. Continue Reading Measure To Ban State Funding For Abortion Qualifies For Oregon Ballot
The two biggest blood networks in the Northwest say the region’s blood supply is suffering a critical shortage.The American Red Cross calls it a blood “emergency.” Bloodworks Northwest said its supply of some blood types has dwindled to a critical low of less than one days’ worth. Continue Reading ‘Critical’ Shortage Of Blood At Northwest Blood Banks
The West is way behind on reducing the buildup of hazardous fuels we created. And much of the work we do to reduce those fuels is missing the key ingredient: fire. Continue Reading Efforts To Reduce Wildfire Risk Fall Short, Buck Science
Northwesterners are hearing a lot about mountain lions lately. Since May, an extremely rare fatal attack in the Washington Cascades, a Willamette Valley pool party interrupted by a wandering cat and a viral Facebook video of a mountain lion lounging in a southern Oregon woman’s living room have made headlines across the region.
Are the Northwest’s mountain lions acting out of character this summer? Continue Reading Cougars In The News: Shift In Range Brings More Reported Encounters
U.S. Customs and Border Protection has finalized shorter hours for several border crossings in northeastern Washington state, effective this fall. The reduction in operating hours in one case was modified based on protests from the local community. Continue Reading Border Crossing Hours To Be Shortened In Northeast Washington (But Not As Much As Proposed)
The U.S. and Canadian governments have scheduled a second and third round of negotiations to modernize the Columbia River Treaty. The 54-year-old treaty provides flood protection to Portland and smoothes out Northwest hydropower production. Continue Reading Columbia River Treaty Negotiators Ask For Patience Ahead Of Further Talks
The Grant County, Washington, Sheriff’s Office is asking for help from anyone who witnessed a pair of alleged assaults at the Gorge Amphitheater last weekend. Continue Reading Two Men Assaulted With Rocks At Gorge Amphitheater, Grant County Sheriff Asks For Help
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