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Sept. 9, 2014

Groups Plan To Sue Over Feds’ Wildlife-Killing Tactics In Idaho

Four environmental groups say they will sue the federal Wildlife Services program to stop what they call the unlawful killing of wildlife in Idaho.

Disease Kills More than 100 Deer In Southern Oregon

The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Department says tests confirm that deer in southern Oregon's Roseburg area are dying from a disease not previously seen in deer in that part of the state.

Sept. 8, 2014

Indoor Marijuana Growers Create Big Demand For Northwest Energy

Power planners are studying how much indoor marijuana growing could increase the demand for electricity in the Pacific Northwest.

Seattle Area Leaders Announce Plans To Merge Duwamish River Clean Up Efforts

Seattle-area officials say they're merging their plans to clean up the watershed of the Duwamish and Green rivers. It stretches 93 miles, from the Cascade Mountains to Elliott Bay in downtown Seattle.

Coal Export Backers Appeal Permit Denial For Columbia River Project

The developer of the proposed Morrow Pacific coal export project, as well as two project supporters, are appealing the state of Oregon's decision to deny a permit for a dock on the Columbia River.

Tribes Want EPA Involved In Washington Clean Water Rulemaking

An alliance of Washington tribes says it will ask the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to step in and come up with new water-quality rules for the state.

Sept. 5, 2014

Wolf Shot By State Was Alpha Female

The helicopter shooting of a wolf in northeastern Washington didn’t go as planned. A sharp shooter took out the livestock-killing pack’s alpha female. Officials worry that could lower the pack’s chances of survival.

The Last Dam on Whychus Creek Slated for Removal

The removal of the last remaining concrete dam on a Central Oregon creek is slated to get underway Monday. It's a part of a larger campaign to restore Whychus Creek, near Sisters, to a condition it hasn’t seen since the end of the 19th century.

Sept. 4, 2014

Conservation Groups Concerned Oil Spill Would Harm Wildlife

As more oil trains travel along the Columbia River and Puget Sound, conservation groups worry that cleanup plans could harm sensitive wildlife, like endangered salmon and shorebirds. that concern is prompting legal action.

Oregon Forestry Board Moves To Protect Cool Water

The Oregon Board of Forestry has voted unanimously to keep moving forward on developing rules to making sure logging sites leave enough trees standing along salmon streams to keep the water shaded and cool.