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Sept. 23, 2014

Parked Oil Trains Block Access To Everett Beach

Long trains usually hauling coal or oil have been parked for hours on a spur near the Port of Everett, blocking what has been easy access to Pigeon Creek Beach.

Simpson Lumber Company Offered For Sale

Simpson Lumber Co. says it has hired a consultant to explore a sale.

Portland Wins International Climate Leadership Award

The city of Portland is one of nine cities worldwide to receive an international City Climate Leadership Award.

Sept. 22, 2014

Ocean Winds Responsible For Climate Change In The Northwest, Study Says

The vast majority of scientific literature suggests that human activity is to blame for climate change. But a controversial new study challenges that science – in the Northwest anyway.

Biologists Try To Figure Out Large Fall Chinook Runs

This year’s fall chinook migration is expected to be one of the largest in recent years. Researchers aren’t sure exactly why fall chinook have made such a big comeback.

Sept. 19, 2014

Train Spills 2,000 Gallons Of Diesel In Washington

A rock punctured a BNSF train engine near Pasco, Washington, causing about 2,000 gallons of diesel to spill along the tracks. The engine held about 3,000 gallons of diesel.

BNSF Gives Safety Assurances After Seattle Leaders Raise Oil Train Concerns

BNSF Railway commits to several safety measures After Seattle leaders raise concerns over increased movement of volatile crude oil through Seattle.

Sept. 18, 2014

Oil Train Protesters Block Tracks To Oregon Shipping Terminal

Protesters have set up a human-occupied tripod over tracks along a route that follows the Columbia River to a train-to-barge crude oil facility near Clatskanie, Oregon.

Dying Starfish Could Get Help From Congress

The proposed Marine Disease Emergency Act would speed up the process for dedicating federal dollars to the study of sea star wasting syndrome and other marine disease outbreaks.

Shellfish Tell Puget Sound’s Polluted Tale

Scientists used shellfish to conduct the broadest study of pollution levels along the shore of Puget Sound, ever. And in some places, it's pretty contaminated.