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  • Idaho wants to allow weekend, holiday field burning

    Idaho officials want to modify a ban that prohibits farmers from burning their fields on weekends and holidays. They also recommend allowing burning when ozone readings are higher than current …


  • Solar storm headed toward Earth may disrupt power

    WASHINGTON — An impressive solar flare is heading toward Earth and could disrupt power grids, GPS and airplane flights.


  • Field reports: Changes in fishing regulations for 2012-14

    FISHING – The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission approved fishing regulations for the 2012-2014 fishing seasons during its meeting last weekend in Olympia. Changes the panel made include:


  • Thousands of birds crash land at Wal-Mart, elsewhere

    Thousands of migratory birds died on impact after apparently mistaking a Wal-Mart parking lot and other areas of southern Utah for bodies of water and plummeting to the ground in …


  • Property owners tangle with EPA over wetland

    BOISE – An Environmental Protection Agency dispute with a North Idaho man over whether he illegally destroyed a wetland has attracted the attention of Gov. Butch Otter and U.S. Rep. …


  • Do Your Part: Make a difference, a small step at a time

    Who wants to be lectured about the environment or made to feel guilty about the damage we do to it every day? Instead, what we want is to feel empowered, …


  • Clark: Soapy sales help cleanse dirty dilemma

    By now just about everyone is familiar with the Internet’s many pitfalls. The hateful speech from no-name cowards. The shocking websites and scam letters.


  • Mike Chappell, environmental law expert, dead at 44

    Michael Chappell, who founded Gonzaga University’s Environmental Law Clinic, died unexpectedly Sunday while he was golfing with friends.


  • Sustainable September set to start

    For a third year, Spokane area residents are being asked to take a month to consider how to make their community more environmentally and economically healthy. Sustainable September, a project …


  • Idaho wants to manage federal land, help counties

    Idaho’s rural counties want Washington, D.C., to let the state manage federal land as a way to boost their finances amid threats to a program that has propped up local …


  • Federal judge rejects latest salmon protection plan

    A federal judge in Oregon ruled Tuesday the Obama administration’s attempt to make federal hydroelectric dams in the Northwest safer for protected salmon once again violates the Endangered Species Act. …


  • Babbitt blasts ‘radical’ GOP bill on public lands

    Former Interior Secretary Bruce Babbitt is blasting as “radical” a Republican proposal to open up more than 50 million acres of public lands to logging and other development. Babbitt, who …


  • Do Your Part: Consider environment before firing up grill

    Summer is here and the grillin’ is easy – and energy-efficient. Whether you’re an expert grill master or just beginning to barbecue, here are five ways you can do your …


  • 100-degree heat grips the South, Midwest

    The temperature setting is stuck on broil across a swath of the Midwest and South, with Dallas and Oklahoma City sweltering through 100-degree heat for at least 10 days in …


  • BP wants to end future Gulf oil spill payouts

    BP is arguing that victims of last year’s Gulf oil spill should not be paid any more claims for future losses because the areas affected by the spill have recovered …


  • New NW spotted owl plan out; rival bird targeted

    After two decades on the list of endangered plants and animals, the northern spotted owl is losing ground faster than previously thought, federal agency managers said Thursday. The owl has …


  • Stream stewardship 101

    Fly-fishing is one of Debbie Stempf’s favorite pastimes, and that’s why she appreciates the pristine water quality in Shoshone Creek. Even on hot days, the tributary creek delivers cold, clear …


  • Hecla agrees to Superfund settlement

    The largest mining company in Idaho’s Silver Valley will pay $263.4 million plus interest to settle one of the nation’s largest Superfund lawsuits — one of the top 10 such …


  • Lawyers argue salmon numbers

    PORTLAND – In what is likely the final major hearing before a federal judge decides what must be done to make Columbia River dams safe for salmon, lawyers argued Monday …


  • Caldwell: Water disputes need local solutions

    Two rivers run through the Rathdrum Prairie and Spokane Valley: one spilling from Lake Coeur d’Alene, one seeping from Pend Oreille, Hayden, Newman and other lakes. Each refreshes the other …


  • Face Time: Bloomsday organizer has greener vision of race

    What do more than 50,000 sweaty runners and walkers have to do with your garden? Local attorney Steven Jones, who has been running, helping and organizing Bloomsday for more than …


  • I Love Clean Air Day attunes children to environment

    Valentine’s Day is usually about loving other people. Children showed their love for the environment Saturday at I Love Clean Air Day, an event filled with activities at Mobius Kids. …


  • Do Your Part: Reduce exposure by seeking green solutions

    If your New Year’s resolution is for a healthier lifestyle, then reducing your exposure to potentially dangerous chemicals should be at the top of the list. Every day we are …


  • Zanetti Brothers agrees to share of basin cleanup

    One of the Silver Valley’s oldest family-run companies has reached a $200,000 settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency over Superfund cleanup of historic mine waste. Zanetti Brothers Inc. will …


  • City, air agency could settle fine, upgrade incinerator

    Spokane would have to pay a $5,000 fine and upgrade its regional trash incinerator under a proposed deal being considered by Mayor Mary Verner. The settlement, proposed by the Spokane …


  • Do Your Part: Be kind to animals, environment

    Anyone who knows me knows I love animals. Over the years I’ve had cats, dogs, rabbits, hamsters and guinea pigs. Add in a few lizards, countless fish and even a …


  • Five-year plan to clean Columbia basin toxins

    State, federal and tribal leaders pledged support Thursday for restoring Columbia River watersheds through programs that reduce toxic compounds in the water. The nation’s fourth-largest river basin contains mercury, PCBs, …


  • Widely used fire retardant gets federal scrutiny

    BOULDER, Colo. – Lost in the images of aircraft dropping giant red plumes of retardant on a Colorado wildfire last week is the fact that the practice may not be …


  • Green home projects on display Sunday

    Homeowners on Sunday can learn about techniques for going green, such as a custom-built straw bale home, a green kitchen remodel or an urban chicken coop designed with reclaimed materials. …


  • Hanford workers digging up hazardous wastes

    Work is nearly complete to help identify the type and amount of radioactive and hazardous materials at the 618-10 Burial Ground, one of the most hazardous sites on the Hanford …

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