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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.

Oct. 24, 2014

UW Receives $8 Million From Navy To Develop Tidal, Wave Energy

There aren’t any tidal or wave energy projects in the Northwest right now, but researchers at the University of Washington are hoping to change that with an $8 million grant from the Navy.

National Parks Vandalism Cleanup On Hold During Investigation

The National Park Service says a vandal's paintings will stay while its investigation continues at 10 parks in the West, including Crater Lake. The images first came to light through social media.

BC Energy Minister Says US Has A Good Deal In Columbia River Treaty

A little-known fact about Columbia River dams is that a valuable chunk of the power generated on the U.S. side goes to Canada under an international treaty.

Oct. 22, 2014

Oregon Divers Find Hope In Thousands Of Baby Sea Stars

Divers at the Oregon Coast Aquarium say their discovery of thousands of juvenile sea stars offer new hope that sea stars will recover from the widespread wasting syndrome that's wiping them out.

Oct. 21, 2014

Ashland City Council Passes Fossil Fuel Divestment Resolution

The Southern Oregon city becomes the second in Oregon to vote in favor of divesting from fossil fuel industries. Councilors cite the need to take action on climate change, but it's a small step.

Baby Orca Missing In Puget Sound And Presumed Dead

Puget Sound's first resident orca calf born in two years has gone missing. Its mother has been spotted without her offspring, prompting scientists to presume the calf is dead.

Oct. 20, 2014

Coos Bay Shipyard Cleanup Project Resumes After 14 Years

It's been 14 years since Oregon ran out of money to complete a pollution cleanup at an old shipyard in Coos Bay. Now state money is available to sample the site's sediment and shellfish and determine if there's more work to be done.

Idaho Lawmaker Asks Obama To Wait On National Monument

Republican Rep. Mike Simpson of Idaho is asking President Barack Obama to hold off designating a rugged swath of central Idaho as a national monument.

Oct. 17, 2014

Environmental Groups Say Oregon Got It Wrong With Oil Terminal Permit

Local and national environmental groups filed a petition Friday claiming Oregon erred in granting an air quality permit to Oregon’s largest oil train terminal.