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Heating Oil Pumped From Crippled Barge

Working against choppy waters, crews began pumping heating oil Sunday from a crippled barge that spilled more than 828,000 gallons after running aground off a wildlife refuge in a storm. …


Rains Devastate N. Idaho Forests And Watersheds Officials Blame Clearcuts, Roads In Wrong Places For Most Of Damage

District Ranger Art Bourassa walks away from a massive slide on Quartz Creek in the Clearwater National Forest. Photo by Jesse Tinsley/The Spokesman-Review


Storm Spreads Fuel From Wrecked Tanker

Winds and waves widened South Korea’s worst oil spill ever along its pristine southern coast Wednesday, suffocating tens of thousands of fish, wiping out residents’ livelihoods and threatening tourists and …


Greenpeace Aims To Prevent Platform Sinking

Greenpeace sent its largest vessel to the north Atlantic on Monday to prevent Royal Dutch Shell from sinking an offshore oil platform into the sea. Two Greenpeace activists spent their …


Environmental Group Losing Ground In Central Idaho

Attacks by the timber industry and a recent loss in the courtroom are eroding support for a conservation group trying to stop logging in central Idaho. The Boise-based Idaho Sporting …


Greenpeace Members Camp Out On Oil Platform

Two helicopter-borne Greenpeace activists landed on an old, unused oil platform Friday as it was being towed out to sea and refused to budge until Shell U.K. Ltd. scraps plans …


Clinton Vetoes Gorton Plan Amendment To Education Bill Would Have Allowed Salvage Logging

President Clinton said he vetoed his first bill Wednesday partly because it included a “very bad environmental provision” that exempted some nationalforest logging from laws protecting fish and wildlife. “Nobody’s …


Wetlands Program Sign-Up Under Way

The federal government is willing to pay people for protecting wetlands on their property. The Natural Resources Conservation Service is conducting a sign-up for its Wetlands Reserve Program until June …


Nethercutt Wants To Ax Land Study Congressman: Cut Funds For Eastside Ecosystem Project

Fearing costly and stifling new regulations, a congressman from Spokane wants to slash the budget for a massive federal land study due out next year. U.S. Rep. George Nethercutt, R-Wash., …


Americans Did Not Mandate A Sell-Off Of Their Last Frontier

A scenic portion of Alaska’s immense but environmentally delicate landscape serves as a backdrop for the picturesque fishing village of Haines. File photo.


Old Adversaries Attempt To Forge Forest Policy That Will End Hostilities

All else having failed - spiked sawtimber, spotted owls, logging truck caravans, armed standoffs - is it time for coexistence, cooperation, reason and incentives? A panel of forest policy wonks …


Water Lessons ‘Cool’ Sixth-Graders Tramp Beside Chatcolet Lake As Part Of Water Awareness Week

1. Lisa Kirchhoffer talks about wetland birds like the great blue heron with Lake Middle School sixth-graders Monday. Photo by Jesse Tinsley/The Spokesman-Review 2. A couple of students look for …


Environmentalists Fight Colville Plan To Log Scorched Trees

Nine environmental groups are fighting a Colville National Forest plan to sell firescarred timber at nearly break-even prices.


Time To Rally: Gop On Mark With State Bill

There’s considerable room for action and reaction in these political times for fish and wildlife. Washington sportsmen cannot procrastinate another day.


Range Wars Architect Leases Grazing Rights, Then Leaves Land Undisturbed Spokane Edition: Architect Leases Idaho Range Land, Fences Out Cattle Rich Roesler

Sun Valley architect Jon Marvel has angered ranchers by bidding on prime grazing land. Photo by Mitchell Zachs/Special to the Spokesman-Review


Pro-Landfill Group Uses Mistake In Aquifer-Designation Fight Ecology Letter Called Proof Of Landfill Ban Over Huge Aquifer

An Eastern Washington group fighting an aquifer protection proposal is using a state bureaucrat’s mistake to raise new questions about the plan. The Northwest Council of Governments & Associates says …


California Floods Causing Ocean Pollution Toxic Fumes Overcome 2 Men Cleaning Up Poisonous Items

Water from the Russian River flooded this section of Drake Road in Guerneville, Calif. Photo by Associated Press