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  • State agencies wrapping up cleanup of western Montana mine

    State agencies are wrapping up cleanup operations on a western Montana mine that caused high mercury concentrations in fish in nearby bodies of water.


  • Mercury spill forces family from Oregon home

    Authorities say an Oregon family was displaced because of a mercury spill.


  • Former astronaut, US Sen. John Glenn is hospitalized in Ohio

    An Ohio State official says former astronaut and U.S. Sen. John Glenn has been hospitalized for more than a week.


  • California court upholds ban on dredges to extract gold

    California’s ban on the use of suction dredges to extract gold from rivers is legal and not overridden by a 19th century federal law that allows mining on federal land, …


  • Mercury to make rare transit of sun on Monday

    Earthlings are in for a treat Monday as Mercury makes a relatively


  • Mercury spill at East Valley High School

    East Valley High School has been evacuated and students sent home for the day while firefighters clean up a mercury spill.


  • Rock Doc: Miners’ mercury still makes mark on environment

    When I was a younger and more sprightly woman, I spent part of my life investigating unusual hot springs in rural California. They were salty and quite stinky springs out …


  • Astronomical club offers guided tour of night sky

    Steptoe Butte offers remarkable skyward views, too. A state park ranger and stargazers from the Spokane Astronomical Society will gather Saturday evening on the 150-acre butte north of Colfax to …


  • Storm earn first victory

    SEATTLE – With 6-foot-8 rookie sensation Brittney Griner patrolling the paint for Phoenix, the Seattle Storm used their outside shooting to beat the Mercury. Tanisha Wright scored 20 points, Camille …


  • Is this Mercury a star?

    Far from drivable, let alone showroom quality, a vintage car is presenting a Post Falls restoration shop with an intriguing challenge. The 1950 Mercury convertible may have been modified half …


  • Washington issues advisories for toxins in fish

    Specific types of fish from the Upper Columbia and Pend Oreille rivers contain toxic chemicals according to analysis of two recent studies that’s prompted a new fish consumption advisory this …


  • 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 …


  • Mercury emissions too high during incinerator test

    Spokane’s Waste-to-Energy Plant violated air pollution law during annual air testing in June. April Westby, an environmental engineer for the Spokane Regional Clean Air Agency, said the agency’s director, Bill …


  • U-Hi administrators destroy papers carrying column

    Most copies of the student newspaper at University High School in the Central Valley School District have been confiscated and destroyed by school officials after offensive remarks appeared in what …


  • Neighboring planets to be noticeable in pre-dawn sky

    Three of Earth’s nearest celestial neighbors will be visible as a group in the morning twilight this week, astronomers said.


  • Mercury inescapable for fish in U.S. streams, study finds

    WASHINGTON – No fish can escape mercury pollution. That’s the take-home message from a federal study of mercury contamination released Wednesday that tested fish from nearly 300 streams across the …


  • Washington, Idaho considered for mercury dump

    RICHLAND, Wash. – The federal government is trying to find a location to store the nation’s excess mercury deposits, with seven states being considered. But the government is quickly finding …


  • Hanford considered for national mercury storage

    The Hanford nuclear reservation is one of seven sites the Energy Department is considering as a national, long-term storage site for mercury.


  • U.S. calls for treaty on mercury reduction

    NAIROBI, Kenya – The Obama administration reversed years of U.S. policy Monday by calling for a treaty to cut mercury pollution, which it described as the world’s gravest chemical problem. …


  • More charities lacked warning about fish

    BOISE – Fish given to the region’s poor people by Idaho wildlife officials without a warning about mercury levels were more widely distributed than previously disclosed. One Washington charity that …


  • Poor get fish, but not warning

    BOISE – A North Idaho food bank gave away thousands of pounds of fish donated by the state wildlife agency without knowing about a state health department warning that eating …


  • Study: Mercury in vaccines is safe

    CHICAGO – A new study from Italy adds to a mountain of evidence that a mercury-based preservative once used in many vaccines doesn’t hurt children, offering more reassurance to parents. …