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April 3, 2014

Timber Company Says It Will Clearcut If It Buys Public Forestland

A prominent timber family’s bid to purchase state forest land in Oregon hits a nerve with environmentalists who say it could lead to logging on the habitat of species protected by state and federal laws.

Greenhouse Gases, More To Be Weighed In Vancouver Oil Terminal Review

The Washington state board reviewing what would be the Northwest’s largest oil-by-rail terminal will undertake a sweeping analysis of the facility’s environmental effects — from the extraction of the oil to its ultimate consumption.

Northwest Researchers Document New Breath-Hold Record For Whales

Northwest-based whale researchers have documented a new breath-hold record among mammals. They timed a dive by a beaked whale that lasted 2 hours and 17 minutes.

Living In The Shadow Of Landslide Risk

Landslides have wiped out the only access road to one rural community along the Skykomish River in Washington's Cascade Mountains three times since December. Living with landslide risk is a choice for some in the Northwest, but not all.

April 2, 2014

Wash. Puts Release Of Hatchery Steelhead On Hold

State fish managers are halting their plans to release juvenile steelhead into Puget Sound rivers this spring. This decision comes in response to a lawsuit filed by wild fish advocates.

Elected Officials Ask Oregon Governor To Deny Coal Export Permit

Dozens of elected officials from across the region are asking Oregon Gov. John Kitzhaber and a state agency director to deny a key permit for a coal export project on the Columbia River.

Popular Wristbands Could Record Chemical Exposure

Oregon State University scientists have found that silicone bracelets could be a useful tool for monitoring human exposure to chemicals. An initial study revealed subjects wearing the bracelets for 30 days were exposed to everything from pesticides to fire retardants.

Ag Industry Rallies to Defeat Oregon Anti-GMO Measure

Jackson County voters are headed to the polls in May to vote on the future of GMO crops there. But it's a measure that's attracting national attention — and money.

Washington DNR Investigates Out-Of-Bounds Clear-Cut, Other Possible Factors In Oso Landslide

Rain was a contributing factor to the deadly landslide near Oso, Wash. But geologists are also taking a closer look at nearby clear cutting to determine if it also contributed to the slide.

Proposed Coal Terminal Receives Seventh Permit Extension

Ambre Energy requested another deadline extension — its seventh — from the Oregon Department of State Lands before the agency decides whether to issue a “remove-fill” permit as part of the Morrow Pacific coal export terminal.