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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.

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:02 p.m.

U.S. mining sites dump 50M gallons of fouled wastewater daily

Every day many millions of gallons of water loaded with arsenic, lead and other toxic metals flow from some of the most contaminated mining sites in the U.S. and into …

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 20, 2019, 12:02 p.m.

Two rescued bald eagles will be released into the wild near Pasco. You can watch.

More than a year ago Mark Taff spotted a large bird sitting under a bush in his Richland backyard.

UPDATED: Fri., Feb. 15, 2019, 8:56 p.m.

Washington Senate passes death penalty repeal bill

The Washington Senate on Friday approved a measure that would repeal the death penalty, just months after the state’s Supreme Court unanimously struck down capital punishment as arbitrary and racially …

Two U.S. citizens claim in lawsuit that feds detained them for speaking Spanish

Two U.S. citizens who say Customs and Border Protection officials detained them for speaking Spanish while they waited in a convenience store line in Havre, Montana, have filed a federal …

UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 13, 2019, 9:10 p.m.

Road closures, flooding in Northwest due to rain, snow

Rain, snow and flooding continued to cause problems in parts of Washington and Oregon, with several major roadways closed following more than a week of severe winter weather.

Oregon’s pioneering craft brewery closing amid sagging sales

BridgePort Brewery, one of Oregon’s oldest craft breweries and a pioneer in the craft beer industry, will stop making its beers immediately and close its brew pub next month.

Thousands without power following Northwest storms

Tens of thousands of people were without power in Washington state and there were concerns about flooding as snow turned to rain in many parts of the Pacific Northwest.

Snowstorm buries region from Seattle to Sierra Nevadas, with more on the way

A winter storm that blanketed Washington state with snow and forced the cancellation of about 200 flights moved south into Oregon as meteorologists warned Saturday that yet more was on …

Washington state measles outbreak fueled by region’s lax vaccination laws

Amber Gorrow is afraid to leave her house with her infant son because she lives at the epicenter of Washington state’s biggest measles outbreak in more than two decades. Born …

Suspect in shooting arrested after car chase

Authorities say a lengthy car chase erupted into gunfire on interstates in Portland, Oregon, and ended with the arrest of another suspect in the fatal shooting of a convenience store …

UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 22, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

Montana lawmaker wants state to buy beleaguered Colstrip power plant

A Billings legislator’s proposal that Montana buy Colstrip power plant drew criticism from business and environmental groups alike at a Monday hearing in Helena.

UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 22, 2019, 7:59 p.m.

Oregon rancher uses inflatable dancer to shoo wolves

A rancher in Jackson County who has had gray wolves eat his livestock is now using a lime-green inflatable dancing man to keep the predators at bay.

Shutdown puts strain on hundreds of Native American tribes

Fallout from the federal government shutdown is hurting Native Americans as dwindling funds hamper access to health care and other services. The pain is especially deep in tribal communities with …

UPDATED: Sun., Jan. 6, 2019, 9:34 p.m.

Volunteers clean restrooms, take out trash in Yellowstone

Volunteers are picking up the slack at Yellowstone National Park during the government shutdown. This weekend, about 10 residents of Gardiner, Montana, cleaned up rest stops and removed garbage from …

Oregon may consider exporting marijuana to other states

Marijuana could take the next step toward joining pinot noir and craft beer on Oregon’s list of famous exports, under a proposal likely to go before state lawmakers in the …

UPDATED: Sun., Dec. 30, 2018, 3:41 p.m.

Crab season set to open in Oregon, Washington state

Fishery managers say commercial fisherman in parts of Oregon and Washington State will finally be able to set their Dungeoness crab gear on Tuesday

UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 14, 2018, 7:12 p.m.

Over 100K lose power as high winds hit Washington, Oregon

High winds toppled trees and power lines, causing thousands to lose power and roads to be closed across Washington and Oregon.

UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 1, 2018, 10:01 p.m.

Current and former political actors share memories, praise of George H.W. Bush

Politicians and political workers from around Washington and Idaho wrote and spoke about George H.W. Bush, the 41st President of the United States, who died on Saturday at age 94.

Idaho regulators asking hard questions about Avista’s sale to Canadian utility

Idaho regulators are raising tough questions about Avista Corp.’s sale to a Canadian utility, and their concerns have the potential to unravel the $5.3 billion deal.

Oregon abortion laws bring in out-of-state residents

Oregon is providing more abortions than its residents receive, a sign the state’s abortion laws are less restrictive than in some neighboring states.

Study: Carnivores’ return helps Yellowstone park streams

The return of wolves and cougars to Yellowstone National Park is helping restore a landscape that had been altered in their absence and allowing streams to return to a more …

UPDATED: Sat., Nov. 3, 2018, 4:32 p.m.

Sen. Jon Tester pushes to make race about Montana, not Trump

With President Donald Trump clamoring to defeat U.S. Sen. Jon Tester and conservative groups spending heavily against him, the Democrat is falling back on a well-worn strategy in his pursuit …

UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 22, 2018, 5:03 p.m.

Large earthquakes off Vancouver Island

Three relatively strong earthquakes were recorded Sunday night in the Pacific Ocean off Vancouver Island.

UPDATED: Mon., Oct. 22, 2018, 4:22 p.m.

Oregon man rescues kitten glued to road

A Silverton, Oregon, man said he made a disturbing discovery while driving to work Friday morning: A kitten that was apparently glued to the road, stuck in a busy lane …

Shawn Vestal: Gianforte comments just a drop in Trump’s dizzying flood of misinformation

In Montana, the president’s stream of rhetoric was the manipulative, conspiratorial story of “the caravan,” and what it reveals about the Trump movement. His caravan tale – and the manner …