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Iditarod competitor whose dogs quit says they got spooked

The Iditarod musher who was hours ahead in the Alaska wilderness race when his dogs refused to keep running dismissed critics who say he ran them too hard and chalked …


UPDATED: Thu., March 21, 2019, 5:40 p.m.

U.S. interior secretary order aims to protect access to U.S. public land

Acting U.S. Interior Secretary David Bernhardt is ordering federal land managers to give more consideration to public access concerns when buying, selling or trading public land


Alaska mine seen as a threat to Pacific Northwest, salmon

The Army Corps of Engineers hopes to decide by mid-2020 whether to allow Pebble Limited Partnership to open a copper and gold mine at the headwaters of Bristol Bay in …


UPDATED: Sat., March 16, 2019, 4:01 p.m.

Blizzard killed 1,850 cows, Yakima area farmers are reeling

Farmers in the Yakima Valley are still assessing the damage after a snow and windstorm a month ago left 1,850 dairy cows dead in the span of a few hours.


UPDATED: Fri., March 15, 2019, 9:31 p.m.

Celebrity elk Buttons shows she’s not cut out for wilderness, so she’s moving to the zoo

The strange, captivating story of Buttons the elk might finally have a happy ending.


U.S. eases land restrictions meant to protect sage grouse in West

The Trump administration has finalized changes to sweeping federal land use plans for Western states to ease energy industry restrictions in a way officials say will protect a struggling bird …


UPDATED: Fri., March 15, 2019, 5:31 p.m.

Wyoming governor vetoes coal-export terminal lawsuit bill

Wyoming governor vetoes bill that would have allowed state Legislature to sue the state of Washington over coal exports.


UPDATED: Fri., March 15, 2019, 1:56 p.m.

Suspect arrested in Montana trooper shooting, 3 others injured

A suspect was in custody Friday after a Montana Highway Patrol officer was shot near Evaro Hill as police were searching for a suspect in a related shooting in Missoula …


First grizzly bear sighting this year in Yellowstone

Yellowstone National Park has recorded its first grizzly bear sighting of the year as bears start to come out of hibernation with the pending end of winter.


Alaska Airlines flight to Seattle returns to Portland

Alaska Airlines says a flight headed to Seattle returned to Portland, Oregon, after the crew shut down one of the aircraft’s engines.


DNA testing helps police confirm serial killer Ted Bundy killed missing Utah teen

Authorities say DNA testing helped them confirm notorious serial killer Ted Bundy also murdered a northern Utah teen.


UPDATED: Tue., March 12, 2019, 5:46 p.m.

Portland mayor slams prosecutors for not charging brawlers

A member of the right-wing Proud Boys group was arrested Tuesday in Oregon after being indicted last month on assault charges.


UPDATED: Tue., March 12, 2019, 8:48 a.m.

‘AK-47 bandit’ pleads guilty to Nebraska bank robbery

A Montana man dubbed the AK-47 bandit and accused of holding up banks in several states has pleaded guilty to robbing a bank in Nebraska.


Former school trainer in sex abuse case set to plead guilty

A former athletic trainer charged with abusing numerous Montana students over decades under the guise of improving their athletic performance is due to plead guilty to a federal coercion charge.


UPDATED: Tue., March 12, 2019, 3:42 p.m.

Senate approves guarantee, new name for state Need Grant

Senate votes to give state Need Grant program more money, change its name and its requirements.


Boeing likely to face new questions after another 737 crash

Sunday’s deadly crash of a Boeing 737 Max 8 jet in Ethiopia bears striking similarities to an accident involving another Max in October in Indonesia but safety experts caution against …


UPDATED: Sat., March 9, 2019, 5:13 p.m.

Wanted: More pastures for West’s overpopulated wild horses

If you ever wished to gaze at a stomping, snorting, neighing panorama of Western heritage from your living-room window, now could be your chance.


UPDATED: Fri., March 8, 2019, 12:27 p.m.

CDC: Unvaccinated Oregon boy almost dies of tetanus

An unvaccinated 6-year-old Oregon boy was hospitalized for two months for tetanus and almost died after getting cut while playing on a farm.


UPDATED: Wed., March 6, 2019, 9:22 p.m.

Spokane conservationist: Plan to end wolf protections premature, political

U.S. wildlife officials plan to lift protections for gray wolves across the Lower 48 states, a move that Chris Bachman, wildlife program director at the Spokane-based Lands Council, called premature …


UPDATED: Mon., March 4, 2019, 2:14 p.m.

Oregon man snowed in with only taco sauce grateful for rescue

An Oregon man who was rescued after five days stuck in deep snow with his dog is deeply grateful to his rescuers and embarrassed to have caused so much trouble, …


Olympic National Park to launch online permit reservations

The Olympic National Park Wilderness Information Center will move to an online reservation system allowing backpackers to check the availability of sites in real time, plan their trip and receive …


Clark County Methodists reject church ruling on LGBTQ

Clark County Methodists seek inclusive message after the United Methodist Church voted Tuesday to maintain bans against LGBTQ clergy and same-gender marriages.


2 Lakewood restaurants close for possible norovirus cluster

Two Washington state restaurants have closed over concerns that customers and employees were sickened by a norovirus outbreak.


UPDATED: Fri., March 1, 2019, 2:11 p.m.

Oregon OKs 1st statewide mandatory rent control law

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown signed the nation’s first statewide mandatory rent control measure on Thursday, giving a victory to housing advocates who say skyrocketing rent costs in the economically booming …


UPDATED: Thu., Feb. 28, 2019, 11:24 a.m.

Alaska Airlines flight diverted after odor sickens passengers, crew

An Alaska Airlines flight was diverted to Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport after a foul odor sickened some passengers and crew members.


Unspent anti-aircraft shells found on Aberdeen beach

An explosion heard around North Beach on Sunday morning has been confirmed to be the controlled detonation of unspent anti-aircraft explosive devices used in military exercises dating back decades and …


UPDATED: Tue., Feb. 26, 2019, 3:36 p.m.

Amtrak train stuck in Oregon for more than a day is moving

Passengers stranded on an Amtrak train for more than a day in a remote and snowed-in part of Oregon said the train was moving again Tuesday after it got stuck …


Winter storm delays school starts in parts of Northwest

Schools in western Oregon delayed start times or closed altogether as another round of winter weather hit parts of the Northwest, producing slick roads and causing flights to be cancelled …


Fifth possible measles case reported in Oregon

Officials in Oregon’s Multnomah County are reporting a fifth possible case of measles. The Oregonian reports four people already diagnosed with measles were exposed to the highly contagious virus from …


Parents of dead high school football player sue Federal Way school district

The parents of a Seattle area high school football player who died during a team workout are suing the school district.