For tribes, welcoming salmon to the Upper Columbia is a reminder of ‘lifelong work’
Each Spring, Northwest tribes celebrate the first foods of the season. At a Colville ceremony marking the return of migrating salmon, ecological challenges were top of mind.
Could the Northwest’s basalt rocks help slow climate change?
Northwest scientists say the region’s unique geology could help the planet. To keep heat-trapping gasses out of the atmosphere, researchers want to pump CO2 deep underground.
No more blinking lights at night, Washington wind turbines to go dark
Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill this week that restricts the nighttime use of the lights for both new and old wind farms.
WSU researchers win historic FDA approval for gene-edited pork
CRISPR meat produced at Washington State University is now ready for people to eat. Researchers say the technology could one day help reduce world hunger.
Federal regulators want public input on Goldendale Energy Storage Project
A major new energy storage facility for the Northwest is one step closer to being built, with federal regulators releasing new documents outlining some of the impacts of the Goldendale Energy Storage Project in south-central Washington – including likely damage to sacred Indigenous sites.
Underground fire, harmful fumes prompt cleanup plan for Yakima landfill
For years, people have been dealing with foul smells, loud noises, and blowing debris from two landfills in Yakima County. Now, the Washington Department of Ecology is helping with a new cleanup plan for one of those facilities.
NW scientists study the promises – and challenges – of offshore wind
With the climate rapidly changing, researchers are trying to find ways to make clean energy developments less expensive and easier to build. For the Northwest, offshore wind power could play a critical role, but it also presents major challenges.
Conservation group hopes to protect habitats, skiing, and affordable housing in WA's Methow Valley
An important wildlife corridor – and a key access point for cross-country skiers – could be parceled out and developed. But the Methow Conservancy is keeping it open to the public.
Washington bill could help ease renewable energy development tensions
A bill in the Washington Senate could help ease local tensions over new wind and solar projects.
Drone skills 101: Special forces train for Ukraine in Methow Valley
It’s been more than a year since Russia invaded Ukraine. Thousands of fighters and civilians have died. With no clear end in sight, Ukrainian forces are taking all the help they can get – including from surveillance drone pilots, trained in Washington’s Methow Valley.