News

Matt Boulton / Flickr

A federal judge has ruled that evidence federal law enforcement gathered from Facebook will be allowed into the September trial for those accused of occupying the Malheur Refuge. 

Renee Montagne talks to former Sheriff Sue Rahr, head of the Washington State Criminal Justice Training Commission, about the impact the recent police attacks in Baton Rouge and Dallas are having.

Vancouver Council Approves Refinery Ban

Jul 19, 2016
Flickr user Loco Steve / Flickr

The Vancouver City Council voted unanimously Monday night to ban future crude oil facilities and refineries.

Mayor Tim Leavitt says the new law shows the city council is committed to attracting industries that don’t pose a significant environmental threat.

“This ordinance tonight, I think is an important message coming from your city council, a value proposition that we are standing on and that is our community can be vibrant, it can be prosperous, it can be enjoyable without the sorts of industries could create circumstances otherwise,” said Leavitt.

Ryan Payne Pleads Guilty In Malheur Case

Jul 19, 2016
Ryan Bjorkquist / Flickr

One of the leading figures from the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation pleaded guilty Tuesday in federal district court in Portland. Prosecutors dismissed one of the charges against Ryan Payne.

John Ryan / KUOW

Oil company Tesoro has agreed to spend about four-hundred-million dollars to reduce air pollution from its refineries in Anacortes and other locations around the western United States.
That's under an agreement the Justice Department announced on Monday.

Nisqually Refuge Renamed To Honor Billy Frank Jr.

Jul 18, 2016
Jean Takekawa / United States Fish and Wildlife Service

US Interior Secretary Sally Jewell will be in Western Washington Tuesday for the renaming of a wildlife refuge near Olympia in honor of one of the region’s best known Native American leaders.

Kyle MacKenzie / FLICKR Creative Commons

A new study from researchers at Oregon State University and Stanford has found that when children engage in energy conservation habits, their parents also adopt those habits.

COASST/Cliff Brown / KUOW

Seabirds have been washing up dead on beaches in Washington and British Columbia this summer. Something is taking a toll on a funny-sounding, peculiar-looking seabird.

Gov. Brown Announces Plan To Curb Gun Violence

Jul 15, 2016
Conrad Wilson

Gov. Brown issued an executive order that requires Oregon State Police to maintain a database of firearm transactions for five years after the sale.

She also ordered State Police to notify local law enforcement agencies if a person prohibited from owning a gun tries to buy one.

“Gun violence is terrorizing America, tearing apart the very fabric of our communities and our families.”

Brown, who is running for re-election in November, ordered the Oregon Health Authority to issue gun death reports annually and make policy recommendations.

Malheur Refuge Occupier Says He Has Gender Dysphoria

Jul 15, 2016
ASSOCIATED PRESS / AP Images

The last holdout at the Malheur National Wildlife Occupation says he has gender dysphoria. Occupier David Fry had previously said he hoped to be reincarnated as a woman.

At a detention hearing this week, a judge asked Fry to explain his comment. The judge also asked Fry about a past escape attempt from a mental health care facility.

In an audio statement made from the Multnomah County Jail after the hearing, Fry explained.

Pages