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TUESDAY, FEB. 2, 2016

Deal boosts effort to remove 4 Klamath River dams

SAN FRANCISCO – An agreement by California, Oregon and the federal government on Tuesday boosted efforts to remove four dams in the Pacific Northwest despite opposition in Congress. Officials from those two states and the federal government committed in the ...

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MONDAY, FEB. 1, 2016

Deal protects huge swath of central B.C. coast from logging

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – British Columbia’s Great Bear Rainforest has been largely protected from logging in a landmark agreement among aboriginals, forest companies, environmental groups and the government. Premier Christy Clark announced the agreement Monday. The land-sharing deal, 20 years in the making, will protect 85 percent of the world’s largest intact temperate rainforest, located about 435 miles northwest of Vancouver.

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SUNDAY, JAN. 31, 2016

A makeshift roadside memorial for rancher LaVoy Finicum stands on a highway north of Burns, Ore., Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016. (Nick K. Geranios / Associated Press)

Occupation has polarized rural Oregon community 155 

BURNS, Ore. – The occupation of a federal wildlife refuge near here has been a searing experience for Harney County’s top elected leader. He’s endured anonymous death threats delivered by phone and email, and at one point looked out the courthouse door to find armed men standing vigil by the street. But one of the most painful blows was a phone call last week from a man he considered an old friend.

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SATURDAY, JAN. 30, 2016

Pierce County Prosecutor Mark Lindquist stands outside Tacoma’s Stadium High School, a local landmark where scenes for the 1999 teen comedy “10 Things I Hate About You” were filmed. (Maria L. La Ganga/Los Angeles Times / Maria L. La Ganga Los Angeles Times)

An alligator in a meth lab? Crime is often stranger than fiction in Washington county 

TACOMA – Mark Lindquist needed just 66 seconds. That was all it took to persuade a judge to sentence William Grisso to prison for the next 31 years. Grisso, 43, “had a complicated love life – a wife, a fiancé and a girlfriend,” the prosecutor told the court. “He could have unraveled that web any number of lawful ways. Instead, he chose murder ... This was not a crime of passion, but a crime of impatience.”

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Healthplanfinder system has unscheduled outage

OLYMPIA – On the eve of a crucial deadline, Washington state’s Healthplanfinder system had an unscheduled outage that impacted customers’ ability to select a health plan. Officials with the Washington Health Benefit Exchange say the Department of Social and Health ...

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4.1 earthquake recorded in western Montana

HELENA – The U.S. Geological Survey reports a preliminary 4.1 magnitude earthquake in western Montana. The quake occurred at 7 a.m. Saturday in a sparsely populated area about 15 miles east of the small community of Lincoln or 28 miles ...

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In this May 13, 2015 file photo, Chai, left, and Bamboo, right, two Asian elephants from Seattle, check out their new enclosure at the Oklahoma City Zoo. (Sue Ogrocki / AP)

Former Seattle zoo elephant found dead 

SEATTLE – One of the two elephants that were at the center of a controversial move from Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo to Oklahoma City last year has died. KIRO-TV reported the Oklahoma City Zoo announced Saturday morning over Twitter that ...

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FRIDAY, JAN. 29, 2016


Super Bowl Weekend Wild Card

On Sunday, Mrs. O & I will host our first Super Bowl party in quite awhile. Usually, we're the invitee rather than the invited. Two of the guests are recent ...

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