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UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 16, 2017, 9:50 p.m.

Governors of Alaska, Washington push back on Trump administration’s view on pot

Governors in at least two states that have legalized recreational marijuana are pushing back against the Trump administration and defending their efforts to regulate the industry.


UPDATED: Sun., July 23, 2017, 9:42 p.m.

Mixed news for steelhead on Columbia Basin

It’s projected that fewer than 131,000 steelhead will come through Bonneville Dam this year. That’s the lowest number in more than three decades and represents a fall of at least …


UPDATED: Sun., July 16, 2017, 11:08 p.m.

The view from on high: 45 years of studying ospreys in the Pacific Northwest

Wayne Melquist has banded Lake Coeur d’Alene’s ospreys for more than four decades. He started in 1972 and says there’s still much to learn about the majestic birds, which raise …


UPDATED: Thu., July 6, 2017, 9:34 p.m.

Evacuation orders issued for residents near Montana wildfire

Officials in north-central Montana have ordered about 30 residents to evacuate after winds shifted and a wildfire moved to within a mile of the historic mining town of Landusky.


Education officials investigate Missoula schools complaint

MISSOULA – Federal education officials are weighing a complaint of gender discrimination against Missoula County Public Schools for allegedly not supporting Sentinel High School’s softball team. The U.S. Department of …


Thousands without power in Pacific Northwest thunderstorms

A series of thunderstorms rolling through Western Washington downed trees and power lines, but no serious injuries were reported.


UPDATED: Thu., May 4, 2017, 9:58 p.m.

Port of Coos Bay pushing $400 million dredging project

The Port of Coos Bay has stepped up its public outreach efforts in recent weeks to promote its proposed $400 million channel modification project.


Bill seeks to allow tribes to kill salmon-eating sea lions

Some Northwest Indian tribes would be allowed to kill a limited number of sea lions that prey on endangered salmon in the Columbia River under a bill introduced in Congress.


UPDATED: Mon., April 10, 2017, 1:28 p.m.

Early quake warning system expands to Oregon, Washington

An early warning system for earthquakes has been expanded to Oregon and Washington, joining California in testing a prototype that could give people seconds or up to a minute of …


Huckleberries: Pacific Northwest is swell now, but it was even better 55 years ago

Fifty-five years ago, senior editor Leonard Gross of Look magazine launched a 50-page spread about this region with the sentence: “The one great mystery of the Pacific Northwest is why …


Conservation group maps land protection strategy in Northwest states

A conservation group has created maps identifying key landscapes in three Western states most likely to sustain native species amid climate change and is distributing money to protect private lands …


UPDATED: Wed., Jan. 11, 2017, 4:09 p.m.

Skiing is fascinating sport but it’s not for everyone

If there is a specific gene that makes someone want to travel to the very top of a snow-covered mountain in the middle of winter, strap waxed boards to their …


Forest Service to hire 1,000 seasonal workers in Northwest

The U.S. Forest Service says it will hire 1,000 temporary workers in the Pacific Northwest for spring and summer jobs.


High-stakes battle over oil terminal unfolds in Northwest

Two companies proposing to build what would be the nation’s largest oil-by-rail marine terminal along the Columbia River in Washington see it as an opportunity to link domestic crude oil …


Mount St. Helens eruption not expected soon despite series of quakes

An ongoing swarm of earthquakes under Mount St. Helens doesn’t mean the volcano is likely to erupt soon, but scientists are studying the tiny quakes to see what they reveal …


Recovering sea turtles flown from Seattle to San Diego

Two sea turtles that landed sickly and malnourished on shores far beyond their normal living range have been flown aboard a U.S. Coast Guard plane from Seattle to San Diego …


Protecting Ape Cave from deadly disease takes on new urgency

Long before white-nose syndrome reached the Pacific Northwest, the U.S. Forest Service had warned visitors to Ape Cave at Mount St. Helens of the disease. Now that it’s been found …


States, federal agencies will seek removal of Klamath dams

Oregon, California, the federal government and others have agreed to go forward with a plan to remove four hydroelectric dams in the Pacific Northwest without approval from a reluctant Congress.


Storm brings record rainfall, flood warnings to Northwest

A President’s Day storm brought record rainfall to the Pacific Northwest and sent rivers overflowing their banks in Western Washington on Tuesday.


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 …