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Insurgent Protection
10:26 am
Tue February 25, 2014

US Planning Full Afghan Pullout, Obama Tells Karzai

President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that the U.S. is considering removing all troops from Afghanistan after 2014 .
Flickr Photo/The National Guard (CC-BY-NC-ND)

President Barack Obama has warned his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai that the U.S. may pull all of its troops out of his country by the year's end.

Obama conveyed the message in a phone call to Karzai, who has refused to sign a security agreement.

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SR 99 Tunnel Project
9:00 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Transportation Officials: To Fix Bertha, Cutter Head Needs To Be Removed

Bertha's face, seen here before starting the state Route 99 tunnel, will need to be removed for repairs.
Flickr Photo/WSDOT (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Bertha needs a face lift.

Washington State Department of Transportation officials told the Seattle City Council Monday afternoon that the face of the state Route 99 tunnel machine has to come off in order to repair its damaged machinery.

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EarthFix Reports
8:52 am
Tue February 25, 2014

How One Dam Increased Fish Survival By Managing Its Water

Ryan Harnish led a study showing the effects of Central Washington's Priest Rapid Dam operations on young salmon downstream. In the background is Locke Island, one of the best spawning habitats for salmon in the Columbia River.
Courtesy of Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

Originally published on Tue February 25, 2014 12:02 am

RICHLAND, Wash. -- For better salmon survival: be sure to keep salmon eggs and newly hatched fish under the water. Those are the key findings of a new study that says large numbers of fish survived when a Central Washington dam carefully controlled its water releases.

The study looked at an area of the Columbia River known as Hanford Reach, a 50-mile stretch in Central Washington along the Hanford site. It's one of the longest free-flowing areas of the river.

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EarthFix Reports
8:45 am
Tue February 25, 2014

2013: A Good Year For West Coast Lumber and Log Exports

West Coast log and lumber exports rose sharply in 2013
Amelia Templeton

Originally published on Mon February 24, 2014 3:25 pm

West Coast log and lumber exports rose sharply in 2013 as Asian demand for American logs increased, according to new research from the U.S. Forest Service.

The region's lumber and log exports rose about 20 percent last year, with demand peaking in the fourth quarter.

Most of the West Coast logs shipped overseas are going to China -- although Japan has upped its demand, as well. With limited forestlands of their own, these countries rely on the United States’ timber supply.

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Immigration Reform
8:45 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Protestors Try To Block Deportations From Northwest Detention Center

Protestors chained themselves outside the Northwest Detention Center to protest deportations.
KUOW Photo/Liz Jones

Milton Cornejo locked arms with about a dozen demonstrators Monday morning to block access to the federal Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma.

They were among about 50 people trying to prevent vehicles from leaving the facility, saying that they didn’t want the vans leaving with people who are about to be deported on board.

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Marijuana Legalization
8:43 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Pot Tax Revenue Estimates Likely Hazy

Wikimedia

Originally published on Tue February 25, 2014 2:37 pm

Within the next year, marijuana taxes will start arriving in Washington state coffers. But how much money can the state realistically expect to take in from legal, recreational pot sales?

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Wildfire Relief
8:40 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Obama Backs Northwest Senators' Plan To Fund Firefighting Like Disaster Aid

The Beaver Creek Fire near Sun Valley, Idaho, covered more than 100,000 acres in 2013.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Tue February 25, 2014 7:22 am

Fighting wildfires would be funded more like hurricane and flood response under a proposal out of the Northwest that won President Obama's endorsement.

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Government
8:38 am
Tue February 25, 2014

Washington Senate Includes Nearly Two Dozen Tax Breaks In Budget Plan

File photo of the Washington State Capitol Building
Wikimedia

Originally published on Tue February 25, 2014 7:37 am

The Washington Senate is proposing the creation or extension of nearly two dozen tax breaks -- mostly for businesses.

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EarthFix Reports
9:33 am
Mon February 24, 2014

What Does Climate Change Mean For Ice Climbing?

Whitman College freshman Laura Rey makes her way up the Weeping Wall, outside Dayton, Wash. This was Rey's first ice climbing trip.
EarthFix Photo/Courtney Flatt

High up in Washington’s Blue Mountains, behind trees and across the Touchet River, is what locals call the Weeping Wall.

Water seeps through the permeable basalt and can freeze on the cliff’s moss-covered face. When the conditions are right, that creates a curtain of ice that is irresistible for ice climbers.

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Income Inequality
8:48 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Inslee Explores Minimum Wage Hike For State Workers, Contractors

Governor Jay Inslee
Jay Inslee's Facebook page.

President Obama recently ordered a minimum wage increase for federal contractors. Now Washington Governor Jay Inslee says he may consider a similar executive order at the state level.

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Government
8:45 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Oregon Lawmakers Send 'Silver Alert' Bill To Governor

Oregon Capitol Building.
M.O. Stevens / Wikimedia

Oregonians could soon notice more alerts about people with Alzheimer's or dementia who have gone missing.

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Social Health
8:43 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Researchers Say Liquor Privatization Has Reshaped Youth Alcohol Perceptions

Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri February 21, 2014 10:16 pm

Hard alcohol is much more convenient to buy in Washington these days.

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Affordable Care Act
8:38 am
Mon February 24, 2014

High Enrollment In A State With No Love For Obamacare

Stethoscopes/Wikimedia

Originally published on Fri February 21, 2014 6:09 pm

The latest figures on who's signing up under the federal health care law tell a surprising story about one of the most conservative states in the country.

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Olympic Roundup
7:21 am
Mon February 24, 2014

How They Fared: Three Gold, Two Silver For Northwest Athletes In Sochi

Bolshoy Ice Dome was the venue for intense ice hockey matches
Atos International Wikimedia Commons

Originally published on Tue February 25, 2014 7:10 am

Athletes with ties to the Northwest won three gold and two silver medals at the Winter Olympics that just wrapped up in Russia.

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Ukraine Unrest
3:56 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Ukraine's Yanukovych On Run From Mass Murder Charge

In Kiev's Independence Square, flowers have been left in memory of protesters killed there in recent days.
Jeff J Mitchell Getty Images

Originally published on Mon February 24, 2014 5:10 am

Viktor Yanukovych, ousted Saturday from his post as president of Ukraine, is now wanted by authorities in his country on charges of mass murder, the acting interior minister says.

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