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July 7, 2014

Euthanized Cougar In Portland Reawakens Regional Debate

A decision by state officials to euthanize a cougar in east Portland last week is drawing criticism from some wildlife experts – and raising questions on how concerned residents should be.

Cougar Killed After Capture In Portland Backyard

Oregon wildlife officials have euthanized a cougar that was captured in the backyard of a Portland home.

Most Northwest Residents Say They Want Labeling For Genetically Modified Food

Oregon voters will likely decide in November whether the state should require the labeling of genetically engineered foods.

July 3, 2014

3 Oil Trains Travel Through Oregon Each Week

Newly released documents show that three trains are hauling oil from North Dakota each week to a Columbia River shipping terminal in northwestern Oregon.

A Northwest Utility Steps Back From Coal, Pivots To Natural Gas

Well before the Obama administration’s latest push to curb coal plant emissions, some utility companies were turning from coal to natural gas. Exhibit A: Portland General Electric is building a natural gas plant next to a coal plant that will soon shut down.

July 2, 2014

Lawsuit Over Air Pollution Permits Targets Oregon Oil Terminal

The operator of an oil-shipping terminal near Clatskanie in Northwest Oregon is being sued by environmental groups that say the facility lacks the proper permits and is doing environmental harm to local communities.

Rail Workers Raise Doubts About Safety Culture As Oil Trains Roll On

BNSF Railway now hauls nearly 20 trains per week of crude oil through the Pacific Northwest. Railroad workers and industry experts say that while railroads have gotten safer over the years, a culture remains that silences whistleblowers and prioritizes speed over safety.

July 1, 2014

EarthFix Conversation: Is There Hope For Salmon In Northwest Cities?

EarthFix reporter Cassandra Profita talks with author Alan Yeakley about why cities are such a problem for salmon and steelhead in the Northwest and what urban-dwellers can do about it.

June 30, 2014

Obama Signs Northwest Lawmaker’s Bill For Toxic Algae Research

A Northwest lawmaker's battle against toxic algae blooms wins the support of President Barack Obama, who signs into law a bill aimed at controlling such outbreaks.

June 27, 2014

Could An Alliance Of Tribes And Farmers Solve Klamath’s Water Woes?

A second straight year of water shutoffs in the arid Klamath Basin is drying up ranchland and forcing many ranchers to sell their cattle early. But the water woes have created an unlikely alliance that could lead to a historic solution.