Bureau of Land Management Oregon and Washington

Federal hatchery managers are keeping an eye on warming river water as temperatures continue to rise throughout the Pacific Northwest.

Driest June On Record For Wettest Part Of Washington

Jul 2, 2015
Greg Schechter/FLIKR

Last month was the driest June record for the wettest part of Washington State. The Hoh Rain Forest in Olympic National Park got just 0.17 inches of rain last month. 

Billions of dollars of drilling equipment and support vessels operated by Royal Dutch Shell are in Dutch Harbor, Alaska, this week. The port is around 2,000 miles northwest of Seattle, where environmental activists protested the company’s arctic drilling plans last month.

The response is different in the remote port community of about 4,500.

Dutch Harbor is a busy place this time of year.

“The flights are all full, the hotel is full, vehicles - trucks for rent – companies that rent vehicles - they’re all rented,” says Shirley Marquardt.

Pot Advocates Gather For Midnight Portland Party

Jul 1, 2015

Wednesday marks the legalization of recreational marijuana in Oregon. A crowd of pot advocates gathered at midnight near the Burnside Bridge in Portland to celebrate the change in drug policy.

The city’s chapter of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws helped organize the event.

Russ Belville is executive director of the Portland group. He says they weren’t initially planning a large event. 

Oil Spill Cleanup Now Detailed in 22 Ecology Plans

Jul 1, 2015

When a large oil spill occurs in Washington, the state department of ecology follows detailed response plans when possible. The department just completed nine new plans for specific watersheds, by request of the 2014 legislature.

Lawmakers asked for the plans over concerns about the influx of oil trains traveling the state. Ecology preparedness planner Wendy Buffett says they need to send response as soon as they hear about an oil spill, and the plans help.

Tom Banse / Northwest News Network

Living witnesses to the forced relocation of West Coast Japanese-Americans during World War Two are growing fewer every year. Many who were incarcerated are in their 80s and 90s now. Their descendants -- and historians -- want to preserve the memory and lessons from the unjust internment. Some take an annual pilgrimage to the Minidoka internment camp in southern Idaho to find out more.

Rowan Moore Gerety

Blue skies replaced a haze of thick smoke over Wenatchee as firefighters gained the upper hand on a brush fire that burned 3000 acres and destroyed 24 homes. 

Courtney Flatt / NWPR/EarthFix

Puget Sound steelhead will be heading to an inland Washington lake again this summer. That’s because federal officials are conducting a review of those hatchery programs. The controversy is bringing up a lot of debate about hatchery science in the Northwest.

Washington Governor Jay Inslee will sign a new two-year budget into law Tuesday – just in time to avert a partial government shutdown. State lawmakers moved quickly to pass the $38 billion budget Monday night after striking a deal that ended weeks of gridlock.

Firefighters in Wenatchee are bracing for another day of dry winds and near triple-digit temperatures as they work to contain the brush fire that levelled two dozen homes and scorched 3000 acres.