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UPDATED: Wed., July 4, 2018, 6:52 p.m.

Growing wildfires in U.S. West keep thousands from homes

Large wildfires grew across the American West on Wednesday, keeping thousands of people out of their homes for the July 4 holiday and forcing some strict bans on fireworks to …


UPDATED: Wed., Nov. 1, 2017, 3:52 p.m.

House approves bill to speed logging to combat wildfires

Responding to deadly wildfires in California and the West, House Republicans on Wednesday passed a bill to allow faster approval for logging and other actions to reduce the risk of …


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 16, 2017, 10:15 p.m.

Suicide among veterans highest in western U.S., rural areas

Suicide among military veterans is especially high in the western U.S. and rural areas, according to new government data that show wide state-by-state disparities and suggest social isolation, gun ownership …


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 14, 2017, 9:39 p.m.

Forest Service spends record $2B battling forest fires

The Forest Service has spent more than $2 billion battling wildfires around the country – a record as wildfires blacken the American West in one of the nation’s worst fire …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 5, 2017, 5:31 p.m.

Ash covers Oregon cities, wildfire smoke chokes West

A growing Oregon wildfire covered parts of Portland’s metropolitan area Tuesday with ash and prompted the shutdown of a lengthy stretch of highway through the state’s scenic Columbia River Gorge.


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 2, 2017, 8:25 p.m.

Unofficial end of summer brings no heat relief in U.S. West

The heat has peaked for Southern California, but parts of Northern California are set to see it soar some more.


UPDATED: Thu., Aug. 31, 2017, 10:51 p.m.

Not even desert safe from wildfire threat in blazing West

Triple-digit heat across much of the U.S. West hampered crews battling dozens of wildfires Thursday, including one threatening the main travel route to the Burning Man counterculture festival in the …


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 30, 2017, 9:38 p.m.

Western U.S. bakes, with heat expected into holiday weekend

Strong high pressure baked much of the West in high heat Wednesday, and forecasters said the siege would last into the Labor Day weekend and likely beyond.


UPDATED: Wed., Aug. 23, 2017, 8:30 p.m.

Sunset magazine ranks Pullman among 10 Best College Towns in West

Sunset magazine believes Pullman is worthy of consideration by those people as well as anybody else looking for a friendly place to live, ranking it ninth on its Top 10 …


UPDATED: Sat., July 15, 2017, 11:05 p.m.

Debate over use of jumbo bomber as wildfires rage in West

A giant aircraft that can fly high above oceans on intercontinental flights instead jets in low and slow over a flaming forest, trailing a long plume that settles on the …


Wildfire outlook report: Southwest, Florida at risk; Northwest more normal

Wildfires this summer are expected to be most severe in southwestern U.S. states, Florida, Georgia and in some parts of California and Nevada, forecasters said Monday.


Scientists predict expansion of US grizzly bear habitat

Grizzly bears continue to expand their range amid an ongoing effort to turn over management of the bears from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to the states of Wyoming, …


Livestock grazing can benefit struggling sage grouse, study says

A new study disputes a widely-held view that livestock grazing is largely incompatible with a ground-dwelling bird that has suffered a dramatic population decline across its 11-state range in the …


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 …


John Hagney: Trump faces master manipulator in Putin

For all the traits Putin and Trump appear to have in common – a vindictive hubris, a hegemonic nationalism, an inclination for self-aggrandizement – the Russian is not the apprentice …


UPDATED: Sat., Feb. 4, 2017, 8:25 p.m.

Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, of Colorado, would bring distinctive Western touch

Judge Neil Gorsuch could bring some Western swing to the Supreme Court that it hasn’t had for years.


California governor pushes plan for Western power grid

Gov. Jerry Brown said Wednesday that he remains committed to expanding California’s power grid to include other Western states, despite a delay announced this summer when it appeared the state …


UPDATED: Tue., May 17, 2016, 2:33 p.m.

More tribes added to land program, but money running out

U.S. officials are adding 63 American Indian reservations across the Midwest and West to an initiative that seeks to return millions of acres of land to tribal ownership.


UPDATED: Fri., June 26, 2015, 2:55 p.m.

Drought going strong, irrigators face shutoffs

It’s been nearly six weeks since Gov. Jay Inslee declared a drought emergency across all of Washington, and experts say conditions may only get worse. In its most recent forecast …


Ballots on school levies, fire district due today

Voters in Freeman, Orchard Prairie and all three Spokane Valley school districts have until today to cast their ballots on tax measures. Residents of Spokane County Fire District 1, which …


Then & Now: Wrestler cleaning up Hanford

Wrestlers being wrestlers can at times live life on the edge. It seems appropriate that one of them, Mike Reed, would find his calling in a hazardous business. For the …