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EarthFix Reports
8:05 am
Tue May 13, 2014

Oregon's Wandering Wolf May Have Met His Mate

Remote camera photo of OR7 captured May 3 on U.S. Forest Service Land in southern Oregon's Jackson County.
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 2:45 pm

Oregon's famous lone wolf isn't so lonely anymore.

Biologists say it appears the wandering wolf OR-7 has found himself a mate.

Their evidence came from trail cameras set up in the Rogue River-Siskiyou National Forest in Southern Oregon.

The cameras captured an image of a black wolf in the area where they've been tracking OR-7 with a GPS collar. Then they captured an image of that same wolf squatting to pee.

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Pollution Limit
8:21 am
Mon May 12, 2014

Inslee Predicts Washington Will Adopt Controversial Fuel Standard

Originally published on Mon May 12, 2014 8:59 am

Washington will likely adopt a pollution limit on gasoline and other transportation fuels. That’s the prediction from Democratic Governor Jay Inslee. He recently ordered a feasibility and cost study of a low-carbon fuel standard.

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Week In Review
2:56 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

Billy Frank Jr. Remembered, White House Climate Report, And Metro's Funding 'Plan C'

Billy Frank, Jr., a veteran of the fish wars, died at the age of 83, leaving a lasting legacy for tribal rights and the Northwest environment.
Flickr Photo/Ecotrust

A White House report foretells more rain, droughts and  big storms due to climate change; Nisqually Indian civil rights leader and environmental activist Billy Frank, Jr. dies; and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray comes out against a city-only initiative to fund bus service in Seattle.

Steve Scher recaps the news of the week with Crosscut's Knute Berger, news analyst Joni Balter, The Stranger's Eli Sanders and LiveWire host Luke Burbank.

Week In Review Extra

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Mudslide
1:12 pm
Fri May 9, 2014

After Oso: The Emotional Phases Of A Disaster

In the entryway to the Darrington Community Center, Red Cross Volunteer Christine Dahl works through the list of area residents seeking gas cards to help with the cost of traveling the two and a half hour detour created by the devastating mudslide.
KUOW Photo/Daniel Berman

Aid agencies are reducing their presence in Oso and Darrington, a month and a half after a landslide hit the small community there, killing at least 41.

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EarthFix Reports
11:02 am
Fri May 9, 2014

School Districts Explore Solutions For Too Many Portable Classrooms

Students examine a SEED portable classroom recently installed at the Perkins School in North Seattle.
Credit EarthFix Photo/Katie Campbell

SPOKANE, Washington — Teachers at Spokane’s Jefferson Elementary don’t have to look far to know what they left behind.

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Central African Republic
8:25 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Civil War Invades An Elephant Sanctuary: One Researcher's Escape

A female forest elephant charges, in Dzanga-Sangha Special Reserve in the Central African Republic.
Michael K. Nichols National Geographic/Getty Images

Originally published on Fri May 9, 2014 7:14 am

Ivory poachers are killing some 22,000 African elephants a year. Among the recent casualties was a group of rare forest elephants in the Central African Republic.

Those elephants were featured in an NPR program, Radio Expeditions, in 2002, when former NPR host and correspondent Alex Chadwick and sound engineer Bill McQuay went to central Africa to record them.

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EarthFix Reports
8:23 am
Thu May 8, 2014

States Don't Limit Use Of Portable Classrooms

Workers at Blazer Industries push a half-built portable classroom out the door of the modular building manufacturing plant in Aumsville, Oregon.
Credit EarthFix Photo/Cassandra Profita

AUMSVILLE, Oregon – After affixing the roof to the walls, five workers push a half-built classroom out the door of the Blazer Industries manufacturing plant. Clearly, this is a portable classroom.

It’s one of about 130 portables Blazer has been contracted to build this year. Most will go to overcrowded schools in Washington state, and most will be built in four to seven days. Inside this warehouse, the company has built entire schools, churches, hospitals and high-end homes — one truckable piece at a time.

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Threatened Species
8:13 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Lone Caribou Herd In Lower 48 Keeps Federal Protection

A Woodland Caribou from the Southern Selkirk Mountains population.

Originally published on Wed May 7, 2014 5:29 pm

Officials from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said Wednesday, a small herd of mountain caribou found in the Northwest will retain federal protection, but it will be as a threatened species rather than endangered.

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Student Activism
3:05 pm
Wed May 7, 2014

Students Urge Washington Schools To Stop Investing In Fossil Fuels

Steve Scher talks to Alex Lenferna, a graduate student at the University of Washington and leader of Divest UW, about his group's efforts to persuade the university to remove fossil fuels from its stock profile.

Climate Change
9:45 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Putting A Price On Carbon

An off-shore oil rig.
Flickr Photo/tsuda

Steve Scher talks to Mikkal Herberg, a former oil industry strategist, about the global costs of climate change to developed and developing countries.

EarthFix Reports
7:33 am
Wed May 7, 2014

'They Need To Go': The Environmental And Health Costs Of Portable Classrooms

The columns of the front entrance of Whatcom Middle School are just visible over the top of two portable classrooms the district placed on a lot across the street.
EarthFix Photo/Tony Schick

Teacher Billie Lane’s portable is a world apart from other classrooms at her school.

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Environment
5:59 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Climate Change Could Mean Good News, Bad News For Seattle-Area Gardeners

John Mullen gets his soil ready for spring at a Seattle P-Patch. Climate science experts say he shouldn't start planting pineapples anytime soon.
Ann Dornfeld KUOW

Washington farmers can expect longer growing seasons, drier summers and increased risk of disease and pest outbreaks, according to some of the predictions in the National Climate Assessment released Tuesday.

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National Climate Assessment
3:15 pm
Tue May 6, 2014

Floods, Insects, Torrential Downpours: Here's What To Expect from Northwest Climate Change

Flickr Photo/Clark Maxwell (CC-BY-NC-ND)

Steve Scher speaks with Amy Snover, Director of the Climate Impacts Group at the University of Washington, about the findings of the National Climate Assessment. The report, which was released Tuesday, is an extensive study on how climate change is affecting the United States. Snover was one of 300 experts consulted in the creation of the assessment.

Remembrances
10:51 am
Tue May 6, 2014

'From Fighter To Conciliator': Friend Remembers Billy Frank, Jr.

Billy Frank, Jr., a veteran of the fish wars, Hank Adams, a tribal advocate, and Shawn Yanity, chairman of the Stillaguamish Tribe confer in Olympia in January.
Northwest News Network/Taylor Winkel

Bill Radke talks with University of Colorado-Boulder law professor Charles Wilkinson, author of "Messages From Frank's Landing," about his friend and colleague, Billy Frank, Jr.

Obituary
8:19 am
Tue May 6, 2014

Tribal Treaty Rights Champion Billy Frank Jr. Dead At Age 83

Billy Frank Jr. at the Elwha Dam removal ceremony in 2011.
Katie Campbell KCTS

Originally published on Tue May 6, 2014 8:56 am

 Billy Frank Jr., a legendary champion of tribal treaty rights and Northwest salmon restoration, died Monday. He was 83 years old.

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