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Oregon Health Authority Warns Of Algae During Eclipse

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You might think water filters or boiling methods will keep you safe from blue-green algae. But Rebecca Hillwig with the Oregon Health Authority says that’s not true.

Washington Apple Commission

For decades, Red Delicious represented the definition of an of apple. Kids across the nation got them in their lunch bags, and they were ubiquitous on store shelves. But with the explosion in more tasty apple varieties — like Gala, Fuji and Honeycrisp — the Red Delicious has largely fallen out of favor in the US.

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A day after violent clashes between white nationalists and counter-protesters in Virginia, tensions were high during two opposing protests in Seattle.

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The total solar eclipse is just a week away and Oregon transportation officials are bracing for the influx of up to one million visitors to the state. They’re urging travelers to treat it as a 3 or 4 day event even though the eclipse itself will only last 3 hours.

Should Mt. Rainier Have Cell Coverage?

Aug 11, 2017
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The Jackson Visitor Center at Paradise is where most people come first when they visit Mount Rainier National Park. Even on a Tuesday afternoon, the parking lot is full, and cars are parked one after another down the road.

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Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers hosted her first town hall of the year Thursday night in Spokane.

The benefits of an above-average snowpack measured in most locations statewide earlier this year have yet to be fully realized due to extreme heat and little precipitation.

Some Oregon Hospitals Clearing Appointments Ahead Of Eclipse

Aug 10, 2017

There aren’t many surgeries scheduled the day of the eclipse in Central Oregon, which sits right in the eclipse’s path of totality. Part of the reason might be that patients would much rather watch the first total solar eclipse in the region in 38 years.

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Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson has released a letter sent by U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions. In it, Sessions suggests Washington is not adequately regulating its legal marijuana market. He reiterates that Congress considers marijuana a dangerous drug and that it’s a federal crime to distribute it.

State High Court: Seattle Can Continue Taxing Gun Sales

Aug 10, 2017
Elaine Thompson / Associated Press

Washington's Supreme Court has ruled that Seattle's gun tax is constitutionally valid and can continue. Gun rights advocates have argued Seattle's firearms tax is effectively a regulation on gun sales. They called the tax unconstitutional due to a Washington law that gives the state, not a city, the authority to regulate firearms.

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The Interior Department has released new recommendations for a plan to protect greater sage grouse. The guidelines will give more leeway to mining, ranching and industry groups. They’ll also change a conservation plan that took years to devise.

When Will The Smoke Dissipate?

Aug 8, 2017
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The wildfire smoke in Washington state has been extreme for days now, and many are wondering just when the air might clear out.

Travis Cox Sentenced For Role In Malheur Occupation

Aug 7, 2017
Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

U.S. District Court Judge Anna Brown sentenced Malheur refuge occupation defendant Travis Cox on Monday to two months of home detention and two years of probation.

Spokane Mayor Won't Sign Climate Ordinance

Aug 4, 2017
Spokane City Hall

Spokane’s Mayor David A. Condon won’t sign an ordinance that would have codified the city’s sustainability and environmental conservation goals.

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The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has decided to kill members of the Harl Butte wolf pack in Eastern Oregon in an attempt to disrupt the pack’s behavior and prevent future livestock losses.

Ecology Works To Clean Up After Oil Pipeline Spill

Aug 3, 2017

Up to twenty-five thousand gallons of  jet fuel spilled from a pipeline Wednesday afternoon near Tacoma. A contractor working in the roadway accidentally drilled into the pipe, which was transporting jet fuel to Joint Base Lewis McChord.

U.S. Postal Service

Two Oregon wildlife photographers will have their pictures of honeybees featured in the new Protect Pollinators Forever postage stamps scheduled to be released this week. The stamps are designed to pay tribute to pollinating insects.

In The Path Of Totality

Aug 3, 2017
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Every source, no matter the occupation- scientist, writer, city planner, tourist company, traffic manager or fast food restaurateur – from the Pacific Northwest to South Carolina and Kentucky, say the same thing:

Be there, in the path of totality of a total solar eclipse.

If you’re not in the path one-hundred percent, you will not witness the full darkness and dramatic hush of twilight in the day time.

Seattle Likely To Elect First Female Mayor Since 1928

Aug 3, 2017
Megan Farmer / KUOW

Updated at 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 2 with latest results:

Seattle will very, very, very likely have a female mayor — the first time since 1928, when Bertha K. Landes cleaned up city hall and the police department with her slogan, "Municipal housekeeping." 

Multnomah County

Multnomah County’s sheriff is defending how his office handled the case of an immigrant who has been deported several times and was allegedly involved in violent crimes last week.

 

The anticipated heat wave hitting the Northwest is NOT expected to cause widespread power outages, according to utility officials. That’s because fewer people in the region have air conditioning units than in other parts of the country.

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Oregon’s Attorney General is ordering some hotels to pay customers for deceptive advertising ahead of the August eclipse.

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Fire danger in North Central and North Eastern Washington is very high, prompting the state Department of Natural Resources to upgrade warnings and burn bans.

Oregon Governor Deploys National Guard For Eclipse

Jul 27, 2017
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As state and local agencies continue to prepare for the Aug. 21 solar eclipse, Gov. Kate Brown has authorized the Oregon National Guard to deploy soldiers. The National Guard will stage six aircraft and about 150 soldiers and airmen ahead of the eclipse weekend, OPB confirmed Thursday.

Airbnb Use Up For Eclipse

Jul 26, 2017
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Airbnb said they’re expecting about six times more guests than average to stay in an Oregon rental for the eclipse. It’s another sign of Oregonians trying to make the best of the natural phenomenon.

Bear Encounter Dos and Don'ts

Jul 26, 2017
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The recent sighting of a mama bear and her three cubs near Lane Community College’s main campus has officials urging caution. However, there is conflicting advice on how to handle a bear encounter.   

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Summer brings crowds to the coast to swim and surf.  Inevitably, fears of shark attacks surface, buoyed by media reports and events like “Shark Week” on cable TV.  Despite recent sightings like those at Cannon Beach last week, most of the fear is over hyped.  

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The lack of a capital spending budget leaves the state at risk for more intense wildfire seasons in the years ahead.

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Seattle City Council member Lorena Gonzalez has repeated her call from last week for Mayor Ed Murray to step down. She’s urging the council to be prepared to impeach if he resign.

"We need to be ready for what that process and what those procedures would like look like, particularly since we've never had to undergo them in the city's history," Gonzalez said.

Gonzalez cites new information in the sex abuse case against Murray. Back in the 1980s, an Oregon child-welfare investigator found that Murray abused his foster son.

Washington Budget Falls Short For Environmentalists

Jul 21, 2017
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Washington’s legislative session, the longest in state history, did not deliver the money environmentalists wanted for toxic cleanup, oil transportation safety, or natural resources.

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