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Oct. 1, 2014

Washington Governor Wants More Done To Ensure Oil Train Safety

Gov. Jay Inslee says more needs to be done to prevent and respond to oil spills, as trains increasingly move volatile shipments of crude oil through Washington state.

Oil Spill Task Force Braces For More Crude By Rail

A regional oil spill task force met in Portland Wednesday to discuss the risks of crude oil traveling by rail.

Elliott State Forest Management Decisions Near

When Oregon decided last spring to sell part of the Elliott State Forest to timber companies, conservation groups mobilized in opposition. Now people will have an opportunity to speak to the decision-makers.

Starfish Nearly Vanished From Popular Destination On Oregon Coast

An epidemic of sea star wasting disease has wiped out most of the sea stars at Haystack Rock -- one of the Oregon Coast's more popular destinations for beachcombers.

Sept. 30, 2014

Proposed Oregon Nickel Mine Fails To Secure Key Permit

Oregon regulators have denied one of the many permits required before a UK-based mining company can move ahead with its planned nickel mine in southern Oregon.

Landslide Safety All Over The Map In Washington

Washington's Snohomish County took criticism last spring for allowing homes beneath the Oso landslide hazard. Would the state's other counties have done it differently? A KUOW-EarthFix investigation finds that local rules leave some communities with much smaller safety margins than others.

Tidal Power Project In Puget Sound Abandoned By Utility

A long-awaited tidal energy project in Puget Sound has come to halt. The project was set to generate electricity and connect it to the grid. But it got too expensive.

Idaho Attorney General Says Transferring Public Land Faces Many Hurdles

Some people want the federal government's vast public land holdings in Idaho transferred to state control. Idaho's attorney general says he's sympathetic but making a legal argument to transfer the land faces significant hurdles.

Biologists Identify Pot Gardens As Salmon Threat

Federal biologists say the marijuana industry in the Emerald Triangle of Northern California and southern Oregon is a key threat to salmon in danger of extinction.

Report: Sagebrush Habitat Fuels $1B In Recreation Spending

Advocates of protecting sage grouse habitat across the West say new research shows visitors to federal rangelands pumped more than $1 billion into the economy last year.