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Oct. 31, 2014

Eight Western Parks Now Included In National Parks Vandalism Case

The National Park Service has identified the primary suspect in the case. Some of the images have already been removed, but cleanup efforts could be delayed at Crater Lake until next year.

Hundreds Turn Out For Olympia Oil Trains Hearing

More than 750 people turned out for a Thursday night public hearing in Olympia on the safety of oil train shipments through Washington. Most of the crowd was opposed to increased oil train traffic in the state.

Oct. 30, 2014

4 Things To Know About The Columbia Generating Station Lawsuit

Environmental groups say the Northwest’s only nuclear power plant is harming fish. The groups are suing a Washington state permitting agency because they say a permit it issued violates the Clean Water Act.

SolarWorld To Expand, Add 200 Jobs At Hillsboro Plant

Solar panel manufacturer SolarWorld announced Thursday it will be expanding its plant in Oregon, adding a new production line and around 200 jobs at its U.S. headquarters in Hillsboro.

Oct. 29, 2014

Transportation Officials Say 3,000 Rail Crossings In Washington Go Un-Inspected

Washington’s rail safety regulator says there are about 3,000 rail crossings in the state that inspectors have never looked at. That's because they're on private land.

Northwest Tribes Take Steps To Corral Growing Wild Horse Population

Growing populations of wild horses in the inland Northwest are creating headaches for federal land managers. Wild and feral horse herds overrun tribal lands in our region too.

Oct. 28, 2014

Portland Bike Share Company Moving To New York Under New Owners

Portland-based Alta Bicycle Share will be acquired by a New York company and will relocate to New York City to be run by a new CEO, under an agreement announced Tuesday.

Oct. 27, 2014

Legislation In Works For Oregon Herbicide Spraying

After talking about poor oversight of aerial herbicide spraying on Oregon forests, there’s a chance state lawmakers might actually do something about it.

Conservation Group Makes Huge Land Purchase Near Snoqualmie Pass

A conservation group has made the largest private land acquisition in Washington history, purchasing nearly 48,000 acres near the Cascade Mountains' Snoqualmie Pass east of Seattle.

Oct. 25, 2014

Billionaire’s Money Helps Enviros Spend Big On Northwest Races

Environmental groups have emerged as one of the biggest spenders in this year’s state elections in Washington and Oregon, pumping hundreds of thousands of dollars into campaigns to ensure Democratic statehouse control.