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Nov. 26, 2014

Barges Running Aground At Lewiston As Dredging Controversy Drags On

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and local port officials describe dredging as an urgent need at Idaho's only seaport. Critics call it a boondoggle and a setback to salmon and lamprey recovery.

BLM Reverses Decision To Permit Wolf And Coyote Hunting Derby In Idaho

Federal land managers are rescinding a permit that would have allowed a competition to hunt wolves and coyotes in Idaho.

Nov. 25, 2014

Oregon, Washington Prison Inmates Enlisted To Help Endangered Plants & Animals

In a growing number of Northwest prisons, inmates are tending to endangered plants, butterflies, turtles and frogs for release in the wild.

Nov. 24, 2014

From Macklemore To Chief Seattle’s Descendant, Many Are Eager For Duwamish River Cleanup

The EPA will soon announce a final plan for spending hundreds of millions of dollars to clean up Seattle’s polluted Duwamish River. How clean is clean? That question is at the crux of the debate over spending and strategy.

Nov. 21, 2014

Oil Interests Fund ‘Astroturf’ Groups In Washington, Oregon

A document obtained by public radio shows the oil industry is at the center of more than a dozen Astroturf groups in Washington, Oregon and California.

Hanford Watchdogs, Union Intend To Sue Feds Over Tank Vapors

Three groups with ties to the Hanford Nuclear Reservation announce that they intend to sue the U.S. Department of Energy and its contractor.

Oregon’s Food Labeling Measure Appears Headed For Recount

It appears Oregon is headed for its first statewide ballot measure recount in more than six years, now that the margin has shrunk to 1,500 votes on Measure 92, which would require labeling of genetically engineered food.

Nov. 20, 2014

Protecting Northwest Forests As Bigger Wildfires Burn Longer

This summer, the Carlton Complex wildfire swept through central Washington’s Methow Valley, consuming more acres than any other fire in the state’s history. Now, ecologists are trying to prevent these large-scale fires.

Nov. 19, 2014

3 Ways Northwest Companies Are Turning Food Waste Into Energy

A pile of food waste can make rich compost for the garden. But some Northwest companies are going beyond composting and turning it into energy to power homes, race cars and city buses. Part three in our series: What A Waste.

Nov. 18, 2014

No One Said Curbside Composting Would Be Easy

Seattle and Portland are working to reduce the environmental impacts of food waste. The cities have faced challenges from foul odors, lack of participation and plastic contamination. Part Two in our series: What A Waste.