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UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 2, 2019, 8:58 p.m.

Army Corps fixes Bonneville Dam early, barges again hauling wheat to Portland

Grain barges are again flowing on the Columbia River after the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers fixed a broken lock on the Bonneville Dam sooner than expected.


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 29, 2019, 8:49 p.m.

Snowstorm hits northern Rocky Mountains; Montana gets brunt

Areas of the northern Rocky Mountains looked more like mid-winter rather than early fall on Sunday as a snowstorm dumped record amounts of wind-driven snow.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 27, 2019, 12:51 p.m.

Man shoots himself in Portland airport police struggle

Officials say that a man shot and wounded himself during a struggle with a police officer at Portland International Airport and is expected to survive.


Yellowstone National Park names 1st female chief ranger

Yellowstone National Park has named its first female chief ranger.


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 22, 2019, 7:04 p.m.

University study says wind turbines threaten migrating Pacific Northwest bats

A university study says a Pacific Northwest bat that that migrates south for the winter faces threats from wind turbines.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 5, 2019, 9:19 p.m.

Squirrels, bees could get US aid but not Yellowstone’s bison

U.S. wildlife officials rejected petitions Thursday to protect Yellowstone National Park’s storied bison herds but pledged to consider more help for two other species – a tiny, endangered squirrel in …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 5, 2019, 6:11 p.m.

Scientists monitoring new marine heat wave off West Coast

Federal scientists said Thursday they are monitoring a new ocean heat wave off the U.S. West Coast, a development that could badly disrupt marine life including salmon, whales and sea …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 2, 2019, 9:04 p.m.

Dog survives 31 days in woods after being hit by car

Niko, a Vancouver family’s dog, survived 31 days in the wilderness after getting hit by a car.


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 1, 2019, 10:27 p.m.

Gun owners look beyond the NRA for representation

As the National Rifle Association’s troubles pile up, firearms owners are joining forces with an unlikely ally – gun control groups. At the same time, various pro-gun organizations at the …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 30, 2019, 6:27 p.m.

New plan targets salmon-eating sea lions in Columbia River

More than 1,100 sea lions could be killed annually along a stretch of the Columbia River on the Oregon-Washington border to boost faltering populations of salmon and steelhead. Experts say …


Both overdue North Cascades hikers found

EVERETT – Authorities both overdue hikers in the North Cascade mountains have been found. David James and Marshall “Buster” Cabe left on Aug. 16 and were expected to return Friday.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 28, 2019, 9:10 p.m.

Driver Jessi Combs dies in Oregon crash while trying to break her own land speed record

Professional driver and TV personality Jessi Combs died in a crash Tuesday while trying to break her own land speed record, according to multiple reports. She was 36.


UPDATED: Sun., Aug. 25, 2019, 9:48 p.m.

Tacoma landmark church to be demolished

The Holy Rosary Catholic Church in Tacoma is slated for demolition because it is too dangerous to occupy and needs millions of dollars in repairs, the News-Tribune reported.


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 24, 2019, 5:19 p.m.

Man gets life for 1998 killing after confessions met doubt

BILLINGS – As the father of an 18-year-old video store clerk spoke to her confessed killer, a slide show flashed on a monitor in a Montana courtroom Friday: the young …


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 24, 2019, 5:06 p.m.

Farm entrepreneur to buy NORPAC cooperative

Agribusiness entrepreneur Frank Tiegs will expand his Northwest food processing empire with the planned purchase of most of the assets of the NORPAC farmers’ cooperative for about $149.5 million.


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 23, 2019, 6:42 p.m.

Alaskan salmon deaths blamed on record warm temperatures

Add salmon to the list of species affected by Alaska’s blistering summer temperatures, including the hottest July on record.


Subway employee from Pullman the fastest in the world … again

For the second time in three years, one of Pullman’s own is the fastest Subway sandwich maker in the world.


Oregon will spend $9M on new Interstate Bridge project

Oregon will spend $9 million on a revived effort to replace the Interstate Bridge over the Columbia River, a decision officials say is intended to show the state’s growing commitment …


UPDATED: Fri., Aug. 16, 2019, 9:48 p.m.

Portland, Oregon, police, federal agents await right-wing rally, counter protests

More than two dozen local, state and federal law enforcement agencies are in Portland, Oregon to help out police with a right-wing rally Saturday.


UPDATED: Sat., Aug. 17, 2019, 4:09 p.m.

Critics blast Oregon repeal of tsunami-zone building ban

Experts say it’s only a matter of time before a shift in a major fault line off the Oregon coast causes a massive earthquake that generates a tsunami as much …


Pink salmon numbers may threaten other North Pacific species

Nearly 70 percent of the salmon in the North Pacific Ocean are pink salmon, and some researchers say the voracious eaters are taking a toll on other species that compete …


Couple dead in apparent murder-suicide left notes saying they couldn’t afford medical care, police say

A Washington state couple whom authorities believe died by murder-suicide reportedly left several notes expressing worry that they could not afford treatment for the wife’s severe medical issues.


Yellowstone confirms fire tower was destroyed by lightning

Yellowstone National Park officials have confirmed that a lightning strike sparked a fire that destroyed a historic lookout tower during a severe thunderstorm.


UPDATED: Tue., Aug. 6, 2019, 11:10 p.m.

Prosecutor: Montana man body-slammed boy after national anthem snub

A 39-year-old man is facing an assault charge after Montana authorities say he threw a 13-year-old boy to the ground at a rodeo because the teenager didn’t remove his hat …


Historically wet U.S. Northwest faces growing wildfire threat

Experts say global warming is changing the wet climate of the Pacific Northwest in ways that will make its forests more likely to burn.


Two years after devastating fire, rebuilding of Sperry Chalet in Glacier National Park nears completion

After one of the most iconic buildings in Glacier National Park was destroyed by fire in 2017, the Sperry Chalet restoration project is expected to finish on time and under …


Vancouver sewing group stitches clothing for homeless children

After 20-some years of sewing clothes for homeless children, the Helping Hands Sewing Group has noticed some changes.


Environment concerns add new species to U.S. overfished list

The federal government is adding several stocks of fish to its list of overfished species, including a pair of salmon that is popular with seafood fans.


Forest Service to change sage grouse protections in 5 states

Plans for protecting sage grouse in five Western states are being changed in ways that will conserve habitat while allowing ranchers to maintain their livelihoods, federal officials said Thursday.


Police in Oregon say Montana authorities have found body believed to be missing Oregon boy

The body of a missing Oregon boy whose parents died in an apparent murder-suicide is believed to have been found in a remote area of Montana, police in Medford, Oregon, …