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Winter Weather
9:09 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Avalanche Deaths Highlight Unstable Backcountry Conditions

A deep slab avalanche, seen from above.
Janet Kellam/Sawtooth Avalanche Center

The avalanche center in Idaho's Sun Valley area is urging people to consider cancelling their plans in the backcountry.

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American Soldier Network
8:59 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Celebrities Don Bracelets In Support Of Northwest POW

Former Beatle Paul McCartney and American Soldier Network founder Annie Nelson wear Bowe Bergdahl bracelets at a dress rehearsal for the Grammy Awards.
American Soldier Network

Originally published on Wed February 19, 2014 8:05 am

U.S. diplomats are reportedly renewing their efforts to arrange a prisoner swap for a Northwest soldier who's been in Taliban captivity nearly five years.

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Sochi Olympics
8:58 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Northwest Snowboarder Races For Russia At Olympic Games

Vic Wild
Russian Federation

Originally published on Wed February 19, 2014 8:05 am

A Pacific Northwest snowboarder is predicted to be a medal contender when snowboard giant slalom racing begins Wednesday at the Winter Olympics.

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Radioactive Waste Cleanup
8:51 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Hanford Contractor Fires Prominent Whistleblower

Donna Busche was fired Tuesday morning from her high-level safety manager position with Hanford contractor URS. She says she finds comfort playing "tennis" with her boxer named Xena Warrior Princess.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed February 19, 2014 8:08 am

A prominent whistleblower was fired from the Hanford Nuclear Reservation's radioactive waste cleanup project on Tuesday.

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Military
8:46 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Proposed Prisoner Swap Offers Hope To Idaho Family Of POW

Bowe Bergdahl of Hailey, Idaho.
U.S. Army

Originally published on Wed February 19, 2014 8:02 am

The Idaho family of captured U.S. soldier Bowe Bergdahl is welcoming an effort to get their son home through a prisoner swap.

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EarthFix Reports
8:38 am
Wed February 19, 2014

How Northwest's Natural Resource Policy-Making Could Change

The Northwest is in for a shakeup when it comes to natural resources policy. That's because the region is losing Sen. Ron Wyden and Rep. Doc Hastings, two key chairman of congressional committees that set policy on forests, rivers, mining and energy.

Originally published on Wed February 19, 2014 2:36 pm

The natural resource arena is losing two influential policymakers from the Northwest.

Rep. Doc Hastings, R-Wash., recently announced he would not seek reelection after representing central Washington for 20 years. Hastings has served on the House Committee on Natural Resources since 1995 and as its chair since 2011.

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Open Enrollment Period
8:23 am
Wed February 19, 2014

How Do You Get A Young Adult To Buy Health Insurance?

Healthplanfinder's new series of ads features fictitious rap duo IV and D-Fibb.
Credit Courtesy of Washington Healthplanfinder

Washington Healthplanfinder has rolled out a new series of snappy ads aimed at getting young adults to sign up for health care. To date, the enrollment participation for this group is still just above 20 percent.

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School Transportation
7:56 am
Wed February 19, 2014

Seattle School Bus Drivers Authorize Strike Over Health Care Coverage

Flickr Photo/Chris Blakeley (CC-BY-NC-ND)

School bus drivers in Seattle said they’re close to striking after talks broke down with their employer, First Student, a Seattle School District contractor.

More than 27,000 students depend on the yellow buses to get to school.

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Book Interview
4:17 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

'The Office' Star On Comedy: ‘I Desperately Wanted To Be Cool’

B.J. Novak (left) stopped by the KUOW studios to speak with Ross Reynolds on Tuesday, February 18, 2014.
KUOW Photo/Bond Huberman

Ross Reynolds sits down with actor, stand-up comedian and screenwriter B.J. Novak. The 34-year-old Harvard grad, known for his role in the TV show "The Office," has also appeared in movies like Quentin Tarantino’s "Inglourious Basterds" and most recently, "Saving Mr. Banks." Now Novak has published a volume of short stories, short paragraphs and some jokes in his new book, “One More Thing: Stories and Other Stories."

Obituary
2:55 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Remembering Chad Kellogg: 'It Was An Honor To Climb With Him'

Mountaineer Chad Kellogg died climbing in Argentina on Friday, Feb. 14.
Credit Courtesy of Outdoor Research

Last Friday, mountaineer legend Chad Kellogg was killed climbing Mount Fitz Roy in Argentina.

His death has been a blow to the local climbing community.

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Transportation Monopoly
2:27 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Washington State Ferries: Born From A Rates War

The Lincoln was one of the ferries employed by Vashon Island residents when they established their own independent ferry service.
Credit Courtesy of Steven J Pickens

In 1948, at the height of discontent over a Puget Sound transportation controversy, a group of agitated locals, nicknamed the “Vashon vigilantes,” prevented the ferry Illahee from docking.

A local business man, two candidates for governor and a network of traversing boats came to a head over a seemingly simple issue: how much to charge to cross the waterways between cities and islands.

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Blue And Green Highway
2:06 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Washington State Ferries: Replacing Aging Icons

A welder at Vigor Industrial works on a new ferry for the Washington State Ferry System.
Flickr Photo/WSDOT (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Cherie LaMaine is a ferry walker on the Edmonds-Kingston line: She makes laps around the deck as the boat glides from port to port.

The habit started with her husband when he needed to make frequent trips to Swedish Hospital. “We would still walk, holding hands,” LaMaine said. “He couldn't walk too fast, but it was great.”

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Legalizing Rideshare
11:41 am
Tue February 18, 2014

City Council And Business Continue To Clash On Rideshare Regulation

Taxi service, rideshare companies, and the Seattle City Council are embroiled in a fight over how to regulate rideshare in the city.
Flickr Photo/~C4Chaos (CC-BY-NC-ND)

The ongoing debate about how to regulate ridesharing in Seattle seems to be coming down to a fight over numbers. The Seattle City Council is considering capping the number of licensed rideshare drivers but is getting pushback from the companies who thus far have been operating in Seattle illegally.

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Violent Protests
11:12 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Anti-Government Protests In Ukraine Turn Deadly

Smoke from exploding fireworks and fires billows into the night sky as Ukrainians gather at Independence Square during continuing protests in Kiev on Tuesday.
Igor Kovalenko EPA/Landov

Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 9:01 pm

This post was updated at 8:52 p.m. ET

Riot police stormed the main anti-government camp in central Kiev, the capital of Ukraine, on Tuesday. They fought with demonstrators armed with clubs and wearing helmets fought back. More than a dozen people were killed, including five policemen, according to AP and the BBC.

Opposition leaders met late in the day with President Viktor Yanukovych, but left without an agreement.

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EarthFix Reports
10:41 am
Tue February 18, 2014

Volcanic Eruptions Could Be More Rare Than You Think

Researchers may soon be able to better predict when a volcano will erupt because of findings that show magma under the surface may not be as hot as previously thought.
Eric Klemetti, Denison University

Originally published on Tue February 18, 2014 1:00 am

Right before a volcano erupts, molten rock, known as magma, is moving around underneath the surface. New research suggests this liquid magma is very rare. That’s an important finding for researchers trying to predict when a volcano may erupt.

Geologists from University of Califonia, Davis, and Oregon State University studied Mount Hood and have found that magma is often too cold to move around so much. And cold, here, is a relative term.

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