environment http://kuow.org en Washington Vied For Tesla ‘Gigafactory’ Worth Thousands Of Jobs http://kuow.org/post/washington-vied-tesla-gigafactory-worth-thousands-jobs <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/20140725tesla_2.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Washington Governor Jay </span>Inslee<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> tried to woo electric </span>carmaker<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Tesla Motors to build a massive battery factory in the Evergreen state. But according to at least one report, the company&#160;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">may have already broken ground near Reno, Nevada.</span><p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:40:31 +0000 Austin Jenkins 39063 at http://kuow.org Washington Vied For Tesla ‘Gigafactory’ Worth Thousands Of Jobs Northwest Meth Houses To Get Scrubbed Under EPA Program http://kuow.org/post/northwest-meth-houses-get-scrubbed-under-epa-program <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/meth.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Federal dollars meant to restore toxic areas like old factories, mines and gas stations are now going to clean up after another long-time industry: methamphetamine.<p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:40:27 +0000 Jessica Robinson 39062 at http://kuow.org Northwest Meth Houses To Get Scrubbed Under EPA Program USGS Tries Listening To Human Racket To Understand Seismic Hazards http://kuow.org/post/usgs-tries-listening-human-racket-understand-seismic-hazards <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/usgs.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Research geologists have just finished a field trial to test a less invasive way to complete seismic hazard surveys.<p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:40:23 +0000 Tom Banse 39061 at http://kuow.org USGS Tries Listening To Human Racket To Understand Seismic Hazards Oregon Ponders Smoking Ban At All Beaches http://kuow.org/post/oregon-ponders-smoking-ban-all-beaches <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/smoking.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Oregon could become the first West Coast state to ban smoking on all of its beaches. The Oregon State Parks Department is seeking public input on the proposal.<p> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 14:40:20 +0000 Chris Lehman 39060 at http://kuow.org Oregon Ponders Smoking Ban At All Beaches A State Forest In Oregon Could Be Sold To Timber Companies http://kuow.org/post/state-forest-oregon-could-be-sold-timber-companies The Elliott State Forest has been a losing proposition for the state of Oregon. Annual management costs are about $3 million dollars more than what it brings in by selling timber for logging companies to cut.<p>One option being considered to make money off the Elliott is to sell all 93,000 acres of the forest -- including old-growth tracts -- on the south Oregon coast to private timber companies. Thu, 24 Jul 2014 16:11:50 +0000 Devan Schwartz 38870 at http://kuow.org A State Forest In Oregon Could Be Sold To Timber Companies Donors Pay To Test Seawater For Traces Of Fukushima Radiation http://kuow.org/post/donors-pay-test-seawater-traces-fukushima-radiation <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/072314TB_SeaTest_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>It's been more than three years since the Fukushima nuclear plant accident resulted in a spill of millions of gallons of radioactive cooling water into the Pacific. Oceanographers projected that it could take until this year for highly diluted traces of that spill in Japan to reach the West Coast of North America.<p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 15:53:07 +0000 Tom Banse 38867 at http://kuow.org Donors Pay To Test Seawater For Traces Of Fukushima Radiation How The 1910 Fire In Washington Helped Shape Firefighting http://kuow.org/post/how-1910-fire-washington-helped-shape-firefighting <p>Ross Reynolds talks with Tim Egan, columnist for the New York Times, about the Devil's Broom fire in 1910. The conflagration was the largest in United States history, burning 3 million acres in the Pacific Northwest, and set the stage for modern firefighting. Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:02:30 +0000 Ross Reynolds & Matthew Streib 38831 at http://kuow.org New Report: Oso Landslide Rooted In Long History Of Slides http://kuow.org/post/new-report-oso-landslide-rooted-long-history-slides SEATTLE -- Scientists have concluded that rain, groundwater seepage and a long history of big landslides likely contributed to the massive landslide of March 22 that killed 43 people and destroyed dozens of homes near Oso, Washington.<p>Those findings came out Tuesday, the result of a scientific team's rapid-fire assessment of geology and localized factors.<p>Joe Wartman, a University of Washington associate professor of civil and environmental engineering and a co-lead author of the study, said rainfall very likely played a key role in the slide.<p>“It mobilized as the water entered the lands Wed, 23 Jul 2014 15:44:08 +0000 Ashley Ahearn 38789 at http://kuow.org New Report: Oso Landslide Rooted In Long History Of Slides Scientists Draw Lessons From Oso Landslide http://kuow.org/post/scientists-draw-lessons-oso-landslide <p>Ross Reynolds talks with&nbsp;David Montgomery, professor of geomorphology at the University of Washington, who was part of a team of scientists studying the aftermath of the Oso mudslide in order to help other communities prepare for future disasters. Tue, 22 Jul 2014 22:15:32 +0000 Ross Reynolds & Matthew Streib 38737 at http://kuow.org Scientists Draw Lessons From Oso Landslide How To Listen For A Spotted Bat http://kuow.org/post/how-listen-spotted-bat Moses Coulee is a bat-lovers paradise. Washington is home to 15 species of these flying mammals and you can find 14 of them in this deep ravine about 45 minutes north of Ephrata.<p>And one of those species is the most rare type of bat in the state: the <a href="http://ecos.fws.gov/speciesProfile/profile/speciesProfile.action?spcode=A08A" title="spotted bat">spotted bat</a>.<p>There’s one thing especially cool about this bat: people can hear its echolocation. <em>(Audio courtesy of Neal Hedges.)</em><p>“Listen real carefully and above the crickets you should hear another very insect-like call. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 13:51:51 +0000 Courtney Flatt 38624 at http://kuow.org How To Listen For A Spotted Bat As Polar Icebox Shrinks, Infectious Pathogens Move North http://kuow.org/post/polar-icebox-shrinks-infectious-pathogens-move-north Transcript <p>ARUN RATH, HOST: <p>Infectious diseases may be spreading more quickly, thanks to global warming. Viruses that were kept in check by the polar ice box are being released. And as some animals move north to keep cool, they're bringing all sorts of parasites with them, from microbes to ticks. Christopher Solomon has written about this in the August issue of "Scientific American." And he joins me now from Montana Public Radio in Missoula. Sun, 20 Jul 2014 14:37:00 +0000 editor 38589 at http://kuow.org Ag Secretary In Oregon To Tout Conservation Partnerships http://kuow.org/post/ag-secretary-oregon-tout-conservation-partnerships PORTLAND -- U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack met Thursday with Oregon conservation leaders to discuss a new effort to get farmers and conservation groups working together.<p>The Regional Conservation Partnership Program was created by the Farm Bill that passed this year in Congress. Lawmakers set aside $1.2 billion for the program. Partnerships around the country are competing for a share of the money for initiatives that protect soil, water quality, and wildlife habitat.<p>Vilsack met with reporters after the meeting. Fri, 18 Jul 2014 02:42:46 +0000 Alexi Horowitz 38486 at http://kuow.org Ag Secretary In Oregon To Tout Conservation Partnerships Northwest Crews Continue To Battle Many Large Fires http://kuow.org/post/northwest-crews-continue-battle-many-large-fires <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/071714CL_wildfireupdate_web_5.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The next few days will be critical for crews battling more than a dozen wildfires in the Northwest. Forecasters have issued a Red Flag Warning for a large swath of eastern Oregon and Washington.<p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 02:41:25 +0000 Chris Lehman 38485 at http://kuow.org Northwest Crews Continue To Battle Many Large Fires Endangered Species Listing For Wolverine Looking Doubtful http://kuow.org/post/endangered-species-listing-wolverine-looking-doubtful <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/071614TB_Wolverine_web2.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A federal threatened species listing for the wolverine is looking increasingly unlikely.</span><p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 02:41:01 +0000 Tom Banse 38481 at http://kuow.org Endangered Species Listing For Wolverine Looking Doubtful Oregon Nickel Mine Proposal Runs Into Stiff Opposition http://kuow.org/post/oregon-nickel-mine-proposal-runs-stiff-opposition ASHLAND, Ore. -- A Britain-based company is making preliminary moves that could lead to a 4,000-acre open-pit nickel mine being established in the headwaters of the Smith and Illinois Rivers in southwest Oregon.<p>The firm says it’s at the beginning of a long process of evaluating whether such a mine would even pencil out. But opponents in Oregon and California are taking no chances. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 14:59:17 +0000 Liam Moriarty 38419 at http://kuow.org Oregon Nickel Mine Proposal Runs Into Stiff Opposition