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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.


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, …


100 years ago in Montana: Dozens of firefighters trapped by wildfire save themselves in Whitecap Creek

Between 60 and 70 firefighters made a “spectacular escape” from a raging wildfire in the Selway region.


UPDATED: Thu., July 25, 2019, 10:08 p.m.

Bicyclist hit, killed by RV in Western Montana identified

Authorities have released the name of a bicyclist who died after he was hit by a vehicle on a highway in western Montana.


Teen activists score mental health days for Oregon students

A new law in Oregon allows students to take “mental health days” just as they would sick days. Mental health experts say it’s one of the first state laws to …


UPDATED: Mon., July 15, 2019, 9:48 p.m.

Judge recommends $14M award to neo-Nazi trolling victim

A magistrate judge in Montana says the publisher of a neo-Nazi website should have to pay $14 million to the victim of an internet trolling campaign


UPDATED: Mon., July 15, 2019, 9:42 p.m.

Group proposes enclosure for orcas in San Juan Islands

An environmental nonprofit group is hosting a series of public meetings in western Washington to discuss the possibility of creating an enclosure in Washington’s San Juan Islands for orcas retired …


Portland mayor searches for way to control violent protests

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler says he’ll discuss ways to better control future protests by left- and right-wing groups with police, business, community and civil rights leaders.


New report warns of potential radiation release at Hanford

A new report warns that a huge facility on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Washington state is at risk of releasing radioactive contamination into the environment the longer it remains …


Hearing for lawmaker who made threats during GOP walkout

A special committee of the Oregon state Senate is holding a hearing over a lawmaker’s comments made during a Republican revolt over climate legislation.


Local health experts warn against using marijuana while pregnant, even as research remains inconclusive

Multiple studies have shown that marijuana use during pregnancy can be linked to low birth weight and cognitive issues during formative years, but that research has been limited by the …


Taking care of the dirt: Canola on rise as rotational crop

Chris Eckhart was raised on the principle that “when you take care of the dirt, the dirt takes care of you,” and the bright yellow, flowering canola blanketing his land …


Officials moved nearly 100 mountain goats from the Olympics last summer. How are they doing now?

Blindfolded, sedated mountain goats will soar over the Olympic Peninsula once again. Beginning next week, a helicopter crew will capture mountain goats in Olympic National Park and the adjacent national …


UPDATED: Fri., July 5, 2019, 5:45 p.m.

Oregon senator, a war veteran, now under fire for threats

An Oregon state senator who once worked in the world’s hotspots as a contractor and soldier now finds himself under fire over threats he made during a Republican revolt over …


Bullock reports $2M in contributions for his White House bid

Montana Gov. Steve Bullock is reporting more than $2 million in contributions during the second quarter of the year for his 2020 Democratic presidential campaign.


Oregon Democrats learn limits of control after GOP walkout

When Democrats won a supermajority in the Oregon Legislature last November, it seemed they had a clear path ahead to combat global warming, enact gun control and pursue other liberal …


What the cluck? PETA finds name of rural road in Idaho distasteful, asks for change

Chickens are friends for some people, dinner for others. Sometimes both. But one animal rights activist group feels that the name of a rural road in the Treasure Valley isn’t …


Marches by rival groups lead to clashes in Portland; 3 people arrested

Competing demonstrations spilled into the streets of downtown Portland, with fights breaking out in places Saturday afternoon.


UPDATED: Sun., June 30, 2019, 12:15 a.m.

Oregon Republican senators end walkout over carbon bill

SALEM – Republican lawmakers returned to the Oregon Senate on Saturday, ending an acrimonious nine-day walkout over a carbon emissions bill that would have been the second such legislation in …


Northwest Wine: Riesling is the perfect Pacific Northwest wine

Riesling, the noble grape of Germany, might be the quintessential Pacific Northwest wine. It is crafted in a broad range of styles, from bone dry to sweet nectar, and the …