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Pacific Northwest seeing stormy end to 2019

The Pacific Northwest will ring in the new year with a stormy weather pattern that is expected to bring rounds of heavy rain, gusty winds and snow to the mountains.


UPDATED: Sat., Dec. 21, 2019

Study: Northwest killer whales shrinking in size – and so are their prey, chinook salmon

The findings, published last month in the peer-reviewed scientific journal Endangered Species Research, were based on aerial photos taken by drone of whales in both the southern and northern resident …


UPDATED: Fri., Dec. 20, 2019

Northwest storm brings heavy rains, flooding, landslide concerns

A storm that has brought record rainfall to the Northwest has broken some records, prompted flood warnings, disrupted train traffic and caused some power outages


Wildlife up close: Mobius Science Center partners with Fish and Wildlife

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Mobius Science Center have teamed up to offer a series of sessions to children and their parents on everything from spawning …


Great Northwest Wine: A regional shopping list for Thanksgiving weekend

Thanksgiving can be a tricky meal for wine pairing. There are so many flavors on your plate, but one wine cannot work with everything. To solve this, the best strategy …


Great Northwest Wine: Syrah is firmly established throughout the Pacific Northwest

When Mike Sauer planted Washington’s first syrah vines in 1986, he likely had no idea that Red Willow Vineyard was launching a revolution that would alter the landscape for winemakers …


Great Northwest Wine: Chardonnay evolves deliciously throughout Pacific Northwest

While some wine consumers will ask for “anything but chardonnay,” recent marketing data from the Nielsen Co. proves that chardonnay remains America’s favorite wine. In California alone, more than 93,000 …


UPDATED: Wed., Oct. 2, 2019

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.