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Dec. 17, 2014

Stiff Tariffs Imposed To Help U.S. Solar Panel Makers Compete

The Obama administration delivers a trade war victory to the U.S. solar industry. The move is seen as a boost to an Oregon manufacturer.

Yakima Valley Dairies Pledge To Reduce Nitrate Pollution

After a more than a year of testing, dairies in Washington’s Lower Yakima Valley are trying to reduce pollution from manure. The EPA is presenting its findings at a meeting in Granger, Washington, Thursday.

Inslee Reveals Plan For Curbing Washington’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee rolls out his plan to reduce carbon emissions and energy consumption and expand production of clean, renewable energy. He acknowledges that opposition awaits.

Inslee: ‘Our Worst Polluters Will Step Up And Pay’

The Washington governor wants to charge the state's major polluters to help pay for a transportation plan that includes safety projects and congestion relief.

Scientists Report Rare Sightings Of Tropical Species Off West Coast

Scientists surveying whales and dolphins on the West Coast have discovered unusual species of birds and marine mammals far north of their normal ranges.

Dec. 16, 2014

Washington Court Rules Against Landowners In Skagit Water Rights Case

A Washington judge says landowners have no case in their challenge against a state rule that's stopping them from drilling a well at the expense of spawning salmon in the Skagit River.

Oso Report Assigns No Blame, Calls For Better Public Safety

A new report from Washington's landslide commission makes recommendations for improving public safety in a state that is dotted with landslide-prone slopes.

Dec. 15, 2014

Congress Approves Nuclear History Park At Hanford

Congress has approved a new national park in Washington state that commemorates the Manhattan Project at Hanford.

Prison Inmates Enlisted To Aid Threatened Northwest Plants And Animals

The work of rearing threatened plants and animals for restoration to the wild takes time and patience and it is labor intensive. In Oregon and Washington, a growing population doing that work is inmates.

Court Case Is The Latest Battle In Water Wars Of The Skagit River

When Richard and Marnie Fox applied for a permit to build their dream retirement home near the Skagit River, they didn’t realize the hornets' nest of water rights history they’d stir up.