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EarthFix Reports
8:04 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Propane And Butane Export Terminal Proposed For Longview, Wash.

Natural gas flares from a flare-head at the Orvis State well on the Evanson family farm in McKenzie County.
Tim Evanson / Flickr https://www.flickr.com/photos/23165290@N00/9290351154/in/photolist-f9XtJb-f9Xtn3-f9HdQe-f9XtBQ-f9HdVH-f9WcRY-f9HeKc-f9Hecp-f9Xujo-f9HdZk-f9XsYw-fbdE6G-f9XtNu-f9Hf5D-f9Hfdx-f9Hfrg-f9HfkR-f9HdED-f9Vdzb-

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 12:49 pm

Nearly 30 percent of the gas released during crude oil production in the Bakken oil fields is flared off – burned into the air and essentially wasted.

This week, a Houston-based company proposed building a terminal in Longview, Wash. that would collect some of those gases and export them.

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EarthFix Reports
8:02 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Oregon Wave Energy Project Sinks

More than 100 energy buoys like this were planned to be deployed in Pacific Ocean near Reedsport, Ore. After canceling the larger of two phases of the project in March, the company behind the endeavor has now dropped the entire venture.
Ocean Power Technologies

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 5:15 pm

Plans to deploy Oregon’s first commercial wave energy project have been formally dropped by the company.

After spending millions on the project off the coast of Reedsport, Ore., Ocean Power Technologies pulled the plug and will focus on another project in Australia.

Kevin Watkins, a company representative, said this would have actually been the first such project in the Western Hemisphere — but they had trouble securing adequate funds.

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Education Reform
7:30 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Is Common Core A Good Fit For Kindergarten?

Marissa Zellers reads a new Common Core-aligned text with her kindergarten students at Albert Einstein Elementary School in Redmond, Wash.
Credit KUOW Photo/Ann Dornfeld

As school districts across Washington integrate the new Common Core State Standards in reading and math into their curricula, some kindergarten teachers say the standards are squeezing out other important lessons that young children need to succeed in school – and life.

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Troubled Reform Rollout
4:25 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Health Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Is Resigning

Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning from her post after serving for five years.
Susan Walsh AP

Originally published on Thu April 10, 2014 4:35 pm

Health Secrerary Kathleen Sebelius is resigning after a five-year term that will no doubt be remembered for the calamitous implementation of President Obama's signature legislation, the Affordable Care Act.

If you remember, when the federal government unveiled HealthCare.gov, where Americans could buy health insurance mandated by Obamacare, the site was essentially useless for weeks after it launched in October.

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Wanapum Dam
8:17 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Keeping Bones, Cultural Artifacts Safe In Central Washington Is Proving Costly

File photo. Sheriff's deputies, Grant County employees and state Fish and Wildlife officers are patrolling 80 miles of Columbia River shore.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 4:07 pm

The drawdown of water behind Wanapum Dam in central Washington is exposing dozens of human gravesites and hundreds of Native American cultural artifacts.

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Fishing Season
8:14 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Banner Summer On Tap For Ocean Salmon Fishing

File photo. Fisheries managers are expecting a banner year for ocean salmon fishing.
Michael B Flickr

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 6:23 pm

A federal fisheries management panel has approved what some charter captains are calling the best ocean fishing season in 20 years.

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Affordable Care Act
7:46 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Health Reform May Free People From 'Job Lock'

Christine Lange quit her job earlier this year to pursue her dream to start a small business. She said the Affordable Care Act made that possible.
Credit Courtesy of Christine Lange

One of the goals of the Affordable Care Act is to give access to people who currently don’t have health insurance.

Supporters see another benefit — to give people who dream of quitting their day jobs for a chance to become an entrepreneur.

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EarthFix Reports
7:12 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Federal Government Blazes Ahead On Comprehensive Fire Management Plan

Wildfire seasons in many parts of Oregon and the rest of the West are getting hotter and longer.

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 3:45 pm

A new national strategy for preventing and fighting wildfires has been announced by the federal government in response to increasingly costly firefighting seasons in the West.

Rather than waiting to address wildfires until after they ignite, the new strategy emphasizes restoring forests and rangelands while stabilizing funding.

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Oso Disaster
7:09 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Inslee Happy With Federal Aid For Landslide, But Says It Won't 'Make People Whole'

Washington Governor Jay Inslee and Secretary of Homeland Security Jeh Johnson visited the landslide site on April 6, 2014.
Office of the Governor

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 5:45 pm

Washington Governor Jay Inslee says he's pleased with the federal disaster relief flowing to the state for last month's deadly landslide in Snohomish County.

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Central Washington
7:07 am
Thu April 10, 2014

What Cracked Wanapum Dam? Experts Won't Know Until June

A view of the lowered Columbia River at Crescent Bar near Vantage, Wash.
Grant County PUD

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 5:25 pm

Central Washington could be in for a bummer of a summer as Grant County officials have said they won’t nail down the cause of the crack on Wanapum Dam until June.

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Emergency Numbers
5:27 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Emergency 911 Service Restored In Washington After Morning Outage

Flickr Photo/Bryan Jones (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Emergency 911 service has been restored for the state of Washington after an outage affected dispatch centers throughout the state and parts of Oregon.

The lines were restored in Washington and Oregon after separate, but unrelated problems, according to CenturyLink.

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Oso Mudslide
3:04 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Survivor Describes Harrowing Landslide Moment

Washington mudslide survivor Amanda Skorjanc, left, talks to the media with her partner Ty Suddarth at Harborview Medical Center, April 9, 2014, in Seattle. On March 22, Skorjanic said she was trapped in a pocket formed by her broken couch and pieces of her roof with her infant son.
Credit AP Photo/The Herald, Dan Bates, Pool

Oso landslide survivor Amanda Skorjanc spoke from her hospital bed at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle on Wednesday. She and her 5-month-old baby Duke Suddarth are among the few who survived the landslide.

As Skorjanc’s partner Ty Suddarth sits next to her, she describes that moment when the landslide hit.

It carried her and her son 600 feet from where their home once stood.

Transcript: Amanda Skorjanc Recalls March 22 Oso Mudslide 

Ty had just given us a big family hug and he was going into Darrington to the hardware store.

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Public Safety
1:24 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

EPA Cleans Up 'Chemical House' In Seattle's Green Lake Neighborhood

Containers were found inside and outside the house.
EPA Photo

The Environmental Protection Agency is working to remove hundreds of containers of hazardous chemicals from a Craftsman home in Seattle's Green Lake neighborhood.

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Federal Disaster
8:40 am
Wed April 9, 2014

President Obama To Visit Oso Landslide Site

File photo of cleanup at the site of the Oso landslide site on April 3, 2014.
Washington National Guard

Originally published on Tue April 8, 2014 2:47 pm

President Barack Obama is expected to visit the site of the deadly landslide in Snohomish County, Wash., later this month.

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U-Drive, U-Text, U-Pay
8:04 am
Wed April 9, 2014

Statewide Special Patrols To Crack Down On Distracted Driving Starting Thursday

Flickr Photo/Skip&Nell (CC BY-NC-ND)

You’ve probably heard the slogan “Click It or Ticket” to promote seatbelt safety. Now, Washington state is joining in a new national campaign to target people who text and drive.

Special patrols will be out statewide, starting Thursday, with a new snappy slogan to add: “U-Drive, U-Text, U-Pay.”

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