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Utilities
8:08 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Wanapum Dam Fix Could Cost $61 Million

File photo of a crew investigating the crack in Wanapum Dam near Vantage, Wash.

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 9:04 pm

Officials in central Washington revealed the latest update on how much it will cost to fix the massive crack in Wanapum Dam -- and how long it will take.

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Federal Support
7:36 am
Wed April 23, 2014

President Tours Disaster Zone, Offers Support One Month After Deadly Landslide

President Barack Obama speaks at the firehouse in Oso, Wash., Tuesday.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed April 23, 2014 7:26 am

President Obama says the “whole country” is thinking about the victims of the Oso landslide in Snohomish County.

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Limited Resources
1:29 am
Wed April 23, 2014

Citizen Volunteers Arm Themselves Against Crime In Rural Oregon

An old police car is permanently parked on the highway through O'Brien, Ore., where cuts to the sheriff's office have prompted some locals to mount crime patrols.
Jeff Barnard AP

Originally published on Wed April 30, 2014 10:10 am

It's after 10 p.m. as Sam Nichols slowly cruises through the tiny town of O'Brien, Ore., shining superbright spotlights into the shadows.

"We're just checking this commercial building here, just to make sure there's no one hiding around it or anything," Nichols says.

Nichols' King Cab pickup has a yellow flasher on top and signs on the doors identifying it as a Citizens Against Crime patrol. Riding with Nichols is fellow volunteer Alan Cress.

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EarthFix Reports
6:09 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Investigators Link Bee Die-Off To Unauthorized Hives In Oregon

A honeybee. The Oregon Department of Agriculture is investigating a die-off southwest of Portland in Sherwood.
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Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 4:37 pm

Investigators have discovered 30 unauthorized commercial honeybee hives near the site of a large bee die-off in Sherwood southwest of Portland.

Observers reported thousands of dead honeybees on a busy stretch of Highway 99W on Sunday.

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Environment
6:08 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Washington State Senator: Oil Trains 'Going To Be With Us For A While'

File photo of a crude oil train.

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 6:21 pm

Environmental regulators in Washington state are expecting a lively crowd Thursday in the coastal city of Hoquiam.

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EarthFix Reports
4:04 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Climate Model Shows Asian Pollution Influences Global Weather

The Pacific storm track, seen here in a simulation by NOAA, affects weather and climate around the world.
Courtesy of Geophysical Fluid Dynamics Laboratory.

Originally published on Mon April 21, 2014 2:43 pm

RICHLAND, Wash. — A new climate study says pollution in Asia can influence weather over much of the world.

Researchers from Pacific Northwest National Laboratory helped develop a new type of climate model that was used to develop the study. It was published in the current issue of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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Megaprojects
12:05 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

No More Tunneling By Bertha Until March 2015

Drilling crews started on Friday and plan to continue around the clock for a month, injecting a cement-water mix into the ground where a shaft will be dug to expose the front of the stalled tunnel machine.
Credit KUOW Photo/John Ryan

State transportation officials say the tunnel machine now stuck beneath the downtown Seattle waterfront won't resume tunneling for another 10 months. Digging is now forecast to resume in March 2015.

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Environmental Marketing
9:16 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Environmentalist David Fenton: Stop Calling It 'Earth Day'

According to a campaign David Fenton worked on, Jesus would have driven a hybrid car.
Flickr Photo/Ingrid Taylar (CC BY-NC)

David Fenton has a piece of advice on celebrating Earth Day this Tuesday: If you really want to help, stop calling it Earth Day.

He said the day is not about the earth. “The planet is going to be fine. It just will eject us, and unfortunately a lot of other species,” Fenton said. “The planet will recover. We just won’t be here. That’s what we need to explain to people.”

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Disaster Relief Fraud
8:15 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Prosecutors Warn Scammers To Leave Oso Alone

Donations were sorted and stored at the Darrington High School gym on March 26, 2014.
Credit KUOW Photo/Phyllis Fletcher

Federal and county prosecutors issued a warning to people who might use the Oso disaster for their own personal gain. They said they are watching for people who rip off donors or take advantage of victims.

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EarthFix Reports
8:14 am
Tue April 22, 2014

New Study: Mercury Found In Sport Fish In Remote Northwest Lakes

New research from the U.S. Geological Survey shows some fish in the West's pristine, alpine lakes like Lake Solitude in Grand Teton National Park (pictured here) have high mercury levels.
Credit Courtesy of U.S. Geological Survey/John Pritz

Some bad news for backcountry in the West: Some of the fish in the region’s wild alpine lakes contain unsafe levels of mercury, according to a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey.

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Pot Legalization
8:07 am
Tue April 22, 2014

Youth Access To Marijuana Remains A Concern Under Legalization

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 1:04 pm

As Washington and Colorado go where no state or nation has gone before concerns remain about kids getting their hands on pot.

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Same-Sex Marriage
8:07 am
Tue April 22, 2014

National Group Attempts 11th-Hour Intervention In Oregon Gay Marriage Case

Chantal Andrea

Originally published on Tue April 22, 2014 1:03 pm

A national group that opposes same-sex marriage is trying to intervene in a case scheduled to go before a federal judge in Oregon this week.

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Environment
1:35 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

DNR Postpones Clear-Cuts It Approved Near Oso Landslide

DNR's proposed Riley Rotor timber sale in red, with salmon streams in yellow, near Oso, Wash.
Credit Courtesy Washington Forest Law Center

Washington state officials have postponed selling 250 acres of timber on steep slopes near the town of Oso.

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Boy Scouts of America
1:27 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

Meetings Will Continue At Rainier Beach Church Despite Revocation Of Boy Scout Charter

The Boys Scouts of America has revoked the charter of a Seattle church because it allowed a gay adult, Geoff McGrath, to continue leading a troop. McGrath, pictured here on April 1, 2014, has been leading Seattle Troop 98 since its application was approved last fall.
Credit AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File

The Boy Scouts of America has revoked the charter of Rainier Beach United Methodist Church in Seattle after the church's youth program allowed a gay adult to continue leading the troop.

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Fish Survival
9:46 am
Mon April 21, 2014

Ballard Locks Makes Improvements For Juvenile Salmon

The spillway gates now remain open later in the season to allow more fish to pass.
KUOW Photo/Ann Dornfeld

For young salmon and steelhead in the Lake Washington watershed, there is only one way to get to sea: through the Ballard Locks.

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