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Christina Belasco / OPB

Since 2009, elections for a seat on the Port of Vancouver commission have been relatively low-key affairs. Candidates who ran for a six-year term on the three-member board that oversees the port have won their elections unopposed in the last three races.

That was then.

Now, a proposed energy project at the port has sparked interest in a race for an open seat on the commission, turning the primary election into a hotly-contested race.

Don Ryan / Associated Press

The biggest crowd to ever watch a National Women's Soccer League match filled a downtown Portland stadium Wednesday night. 21,144 fans saw the Seattle Reign defeat the home team Portland Thorns one to nil. The sold out Providence Park is another sign of how women’s professional soccer is getting a nice boost on the heels of the recent Women's World Cup in Canada. But for how long?

KEN BALCOMB CENTER FOR WHALE RESEARCH

River levels around the Northwest are dropping as the drought continues - and the water’s getting warmer.

That’s a problem for salmon.

Wildlife managers in Washington and Oregon have limited fishing to certain times of day and closed some rivers altogether.

But some say that’s not enough to help struggling fish.

It’s really quiet in the fishing gear aisle at Swain’s General Store in Port Angeles.

Anna King / Northwest News Network

Four hundred firefighters attacked the Blue Creek wildfire 10 miles east of Walla Walla Tuesday. The wind and dry ground let it grow up to 4,200 acres.

The National Guard / Flickr

Drought conditions and high temperatures are dispatching firefighters to more fires in the northwest.

Oregon Water Resources Department

Twenty of Oregon's 36 counties are officially in drought and three more are waiting on declarations from the governor.  Water managers say current stream conditions are as low as what is normally seen in mid to late August.

Ashley Ahearn / EarthFix/KUOW

More than 1600 acres of old growth rainforest have burned in Washington’s Olympic National Park.

Firefighters are mounting a difficult response in a remote river valley.

This is the largest fire in the park’s history, but it’s not the first to burn in the rainforests of the Olympics.

Fairfax County / Flickr

The purple pipe could be a local solution for Washington drought problems. The state Department of Ecology is hoping to offset water shortages by encouraging municipalities to use reclaimed water, often fed through purple pipe.

Rowan Moore Gerety / Northwest Public Radio

Water that reaches the lower end of the Wapato Irrigation Project has already traveled more than 20 miles through a network of ditches and canals covering an area the size of Chicago within the Yakama Nation Reservation. Lately, though, water hasn’t flowed at all in some corners of the project,  putting a dent in the $250 million of crops grown there each year.

Alan Sylvestre / EarthFix

Oregon and Washington officials are curtailing fishing starting Saturday on many of the states’ rivers in hopes of helping salmon, trout and steelhead survive drought conditions.

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