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A picture of potential energy

BOISE – The Pacific Northwest, on both sides of the Canadian border, is the “Middle East of North America” when it comes to energy resources, participants at a regional conference say, and it eventually will supply both nations with an array of fuels, from wind, geothermal and biofuels to oil, coal and uranium. “The resources are there, and in my opinion, they will get used in the future,” said John Grossenbacher, director of the Idaho National Laboratory. “So let’s do it in a way that 50 and 100 years away, we’re happy with the outcomes.”

Tighter border hurts economy, officials say

BOISE – Officials and experts from the United States and Canada say a U.S. border policy driven by concerns about terrorism and problems at the Mexico border is hurting Pacific Northwest communities. “We’ve got a much more open border there, and we’ve got a real intense personal and commercial relationship,” said Idaho Rep. George Eskridge, R-Dover, whose district borders Canada in Boundary County. “We’re trying to decide what to do with the Canadian border based on what we do with the Mexican border. I think that’s wrong, because we’ve got different problems.”

Experts decry tightening of U.S.-Canada borders

BOISE – Officials and experts from the United States and Canada say a U.S. border policy driven by concerns about terrorism and problems at the Mexico border is disrupting operations at the borders with Canada – and hurting Pacific Northwest communities.

3.7 quake under Whidbey Island rattles windows

The University of Washington seismology lab coordinator says a 3.7 earthquake that shook awake some Whidbey Island residents is a reminder that a much bigger quake from the same zone is likely in the future.

Northwest lab makes list for stimulus funds

RICHLAND – Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in southeast Washington expects to receive $124 million in federal stimulus money. Much of the money will be used to buy scientific equipment for complex research projects.

Northwest firefighters head to Australia

PORTLAND – About 25 firefighters from the Pacific Northwest will leave for Australia to help fight wildfires. The Northwest Interagency Coordination Center said the firefighters leaving today are from the U.S. Forest Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Indian Affairs and the National Park Service.

Boling receives NW Book Award

Former Spokesman-Review sportswriter Dave Boling’s novel “Guernica” was one of five books given a 2009 Pacific Northwest Book Award. The annual awards by independent booksellers from Washington, Oregon, Alaska, Montana and Idaho honor the best books by regional authors published in 2008.

Ending lab’s use permit a bad idea

The U.S. Department of Energy wants to take some of the Pacific Northwest out of the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory. If successful, as many as 400 Tri-Cities jobs and $76 million in lab revenues could be affected. That represents about 10 percent of all work done at PNNL, which along with Washington State University and Spokane-based research has become an essential provider of new technology to Eastern Washington companies. PNNL scientists study environmental sciences, including climate, cellular biology and energy.

High-speed data link ties Spokane, Seattle

A new, super-fast data link between Spokane and Seattle is ready to connect regional researchers to distant colleagues after three years in the making. City and state officials on Tuesday will ceremonially launch the Inland Northwest Gigapop, a $2.5 million project that may tie area universities, schools and hospitals already connected to high-speed fiber-optic networks to national and international high-performance networks. Project advocates bill the link as promoting research and, eventually, driving economic development.