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Aug. 1, 2014

Study Says Poor Planning Contributes To Wildfire Costs

Wildfires in the West are getting bigger, hotter and more costly. A new report says climate change is one major reason wildfires are getting worse -- and short-sighted development policies are a big reason they’re costing more.

Oregon Terminal Developer Gets Blessing For Natural Gas Exports

A proposed liquefied natural gas terminal near Astoria, Oregon, gets the U.S. Department of Energy’s blessing Thursday to export to all overseas markets. It's a big step but many hurdles remain.

3 West Coast Governors Oppose Offshore Drilling

The governors of California, Oregon and Washington sent a letter to Interior Secretary Sally Jewel on Thursday to stress that they don’t want the possibility of drilling off of the West Coast.

July 31, 2014

Oregon Wildlife Officials Suspect Spread Of Elk Hoof Disease

Wildlife veterinarians suspect a mysterious disease that's been causing elk hoof deformities in Southwest Washington has now crossed into Oregon.

How Drones Could Make Forest Restoration Easier

Drones could soon be the newest gadgets in forest conservation. A group of Washington college students recently built and tested a drone that will survey the health of the forest.

5 Safety Concerns With Shipping Oil By Water

While many officials are focused on the safety risks of shipping crude oil by rail, a new report raises safety concerns about another shipping method: oil by water.

Portland State Students Turn Pallets Into Pickathon Stage

Portland State University students are finishing construction of a new venue on the Pickathon music festival grounds built entirely out of pallets.

July 30, 2014

Dead Anchovies Swamp Coastal Oregon River

Thousands of dead anchovies are lining the banks of a coastal river in Oregon. It's the result of oxygen depletion -- a natural occurrence every few years when an unusually large school of anchovies moves from the ocean to the river.

Drought Takes A Toll On Salmon

Salmon deaths are up in the low-flow, warm waters of a watershed that spans Southern Oregon and Northern California. It's a measure of the impact of the West's drought.

Oregon Will Tap Catastrophic Insurance Policy To Cover Firefighting Costs

For the second year in a row, the Oregon Department of Forestry says it will draw on a catastrophic loss insurance policy to help cover the costs of fighting wildfires.