Jessica Robinson http://kuow.org en Washington Evacuees Have Dealt With Fires Before, But 'Not Like This' http://kuow.org/post/washington-evacuees-have-dealt-fires-not <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/071814JR_FiresRaging_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>A blaze in Okanogan County, Washington, that Governor Jay Inslee called a “firestorm” has destroyed around 100 homes. Now, Inslee says 1,000 National Guard troops will take a crash-course in wildfire fighting so they can be deployed to central Washington fires.<p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:50:47 +0000 Jessica Robinson 38623 at http://kuow.org Washington Evacuees Have Dealt With Fires Before, But 'Not Like This' Wildfires Force Northwest Fruit Pickers Out Of Camps http://kuow.org/post/wildfires-force-northwest-fruit-pickers-out-camps <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/071914JR_MigrantEvacuees_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Fire officials estimate wildfires have burned more than 1,200 square miles in Washington and Oregon. Crews are working fast to build fire lines between the rapidly moving flames and rural communities. But hundreds of people remain on evacuation alert.<p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:50:29 +0000 Jessica Robinson 38620 at http://kuow.org Wildfires Force Northwest Fruit Pickers Out Of Camps Okanogan County Residents Look For Remnants Of Lives In Burned Homes http://kuow.org/post/okanogan-county-residents-look-remnants-lives-burned-homes <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/071914JR_Rubble_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Residents of fire-ravaged central Washington say they're in a “state of shock.” Fires destroyed more houses over the weekend and prompted additional evacuation notices.<p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:50:21 +0000 Jessica Robinson 38619 at http://kuow.org Okanogan County Residents Look For Remnants Of Lives In Burned Homes Pateros Residents Try To Make Sense Of Destruction Left By Wildfire http://kuow.org/post/pateros-residents-try-make-sense-destruction-left-wildfire <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/071914JR_CarltonSpotFIXED_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The wildfires burning in central Washington prompted another round of evacuations Friday night. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:49:50 +0000 Jessica Robinson 38621 at http://kuow.org Pateros Residents Try To Make Sense Of Destruction Left By Wildfire Bergdahl's Attorney Expects Army Questioning To Begin Soon http://kuow.org/post/bergdahls-attorney-expects-army-questioning-begin-soon <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/071714JR_BergdahlLawyer_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The attorney for rescued POW Bowe Bergdahl expects the Army sergeant to be interviewed by military investigators within the coming weeks.<p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 02:41:13 +0000 Jessica Robinson 38483 at http://kuow.org Bergdahl's Attorney Expects Army Questioning To Begin Soon Number Of Gonorrhea Cases Increasing Outside Urban Hubs http://kuow.org/post/number-gonorrhea-cases-increasing-outside-urban-hubs <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/071514JR_STDs_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Public health officials in the Northwest say they're seeing gonorrhea infections at levels they haven't seen in years. Three counties in Washington state are now in the midst of an outbreak. Parts of Oregon and Idaho are set to top even last year's high numbers.<p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 14:27:38 +0000 Jessica Robinson 38340 at http://kuow.org Number Of Gonorrhea Cases Increasing Outside Urban Hubs Bergdahl Retains Lawyer For Army Investigation Into His Disappearance http://kuow.org/post/bergdahl-retains-lawyer-army-investigation-his-disappearance <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/071414JR_BergdahlUpdate_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The investigation into Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl’s capture is ongoing. Bergdahl has retained a lawyer who will be with him during questioning by U.S. Army investigators. In the meantime, the former POW will return to regular duty at an Army base in Texas.<p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 14:52:11 +0000 Jessica Robinson 38264 at http://kuow.org Bergdahl Retains Lawyer For Army Investigation Into His Disappearance Idaho Tribe Seeks Information On Vandals Behind 'White Power' Message http://kuow.org/post/idaho-tribe-seeks-information-vandals-behind-white-power-message <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/071414JR_Stewart_web2.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Coeur </span>d'Alene<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Tribe in Idaho is asking for information that will lead to the person who wrote “white power” and other racist messages on a reservation historical marker over the weekend.</span><p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 14:52:05 +0000 Jessica Robinson 38263 at http://kuow.org Idaho Tribe Seeks Information On Vandals Behind 'White Power' Message The Constitution Might Have Something To Say When Police Shoot Dogs http://kuow.org/post/constitution-might-have-something-say-when-police-shoot-dogs <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/071114JR_DogShootings_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>A handful of recent incidents where police have shot pet dogs in Idaho have angered animal rights advocates. One dog owner in the small town of Filer has issued notice that he intends to sue the city over the death of his dog, Hooch.<p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 14:46:52 +0000 Jessica Robinson 38184 at http://kuow.org The Constitution Might Have Something To Say When Police Shoot Dogs Study Finds Forests Recover 'Quickly' After Fire -- In Tree Years Anyway http://kuow.org/post/study-finds-forests-recover-quickly-after-fire-tree-years-anyway <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/070914JR_ForestRecovery_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Fire season has come alive in the Northwest. On Monday, 20 homes in Idaho's Sun Valley area were briefly under evacuation when a fire broke out in a nearby canyon. A 5,000-acre fire north of Wenatchee, Washington, continues to threaten houses in the area.<p> Thu, 10 Jul 2014 14:54:41 +0000 Jessica Robinson 37962 at http://kuow.org Study Finds Forests Recover 'Quickly' After Fire -- In Tree Years Anyway Idaho Cops Worry About Cross-Border Pot Shopping Trips http://kuow.org/post/idaho-cops-worry-about-cross-border-pot-shopping-trips <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/070714JR_BracingForPot_web_1.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Recreational marijuana goes on sale Tuesday in Washington state, but police across the border in Idaho and Oregon say that doesn't mean the pot will stay there.<p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 15:25:33 +0000 Jessica Robinson 37801 at http://kuow.org Idaho Cops Worry About Cross-Border Pot Shopping Trips Report Says Lack Of Maps, Leadership Puts Firefighters In Harm's Way http://kuow.org/post/report-says-lack-maps-leadership-puts-firefighters-harms-way <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/070114JR_DeadlyDuty_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>A <a href="http://ffsafetymatters.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/SMBriefingFINALnoCOV.pdf">scathing new report</a> by a group of veteran wildfire experts called Safety Matters says too little has been done to improve firefighter safety since an Arizona fire killed 19 firefighters a year ago.&#160;<p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 14:58:58 +0000 Jessica Robinson 37476 at http://kuow.org Report Says Lack Of Maps, Leadership Puts Firefighters In Harm's Way How A Small Idaho County Became The Youngest Place In America http://kuow.org/post/how-small-idaho-county-became-youngest-place-america <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/06/062514JR_MadisonCounty_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>New federal population figures out Thursday show the nation’s youngest county is in the Northwest. And it’s not in an urban area. Madison County, Idaho, is in the midst of eastern Idaho's potato country.<p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 14:50:00 +0000 Jessica Robinson 37205 at http://kuow.org How A Small Idaho County Became The Youngest Place In America Abortion Seekers Still Protected At Northwest Clinics After Supreme Court Ruling http://kuow.org/post/abortion-seekers-still-protected-northwest-clinics-after-supreme-court-ruling <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/06/062614JR_AbortionClinic_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Abortion services providers say <a href="http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/13pdf/12-1168_6k47.pdf">the Supreme Court’s ruling on 35-foot “buffer zones”</a> around Massachusetts clinics won’t have much effect in the Northwest.<p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 14:49:50 +0000 Jessica Robinson 37202 at http://kuow.org Abortion Seekers Still Protected At Northwest Clinics After Supreme Court Ruling Idaho Students Looking At A Re-do After Charter School Falls Short http://kuow.org/post/idaho-students-looking-re-do-after-charter-school-falls-short <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/06/062314JR_Charter.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>About 30 high school freshmen and sophomores who attended <a href="http://www.ocsidaho.org/home.html">Odyssey Charter School</a> in Idaho Falls, Idaho, may have to repeat classes -- or even an entire grade -- next year after the <a href="http://chartercommission.idaho.gov/">Idaho Public Charter School Commission</a> found their fledgling school failed to measure up.<p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 14:43:49 +0000 Jessica Robinson 36957 at http://kuow.org