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Marijuana Consultants
6:35 am
Mon February 18, 2013

More Than 100 Apply For Washington Marijuana Consultant Positions

The deadline for marijuana experts seeking work has closed in Washington state. All bids to help the state set up its legal marijuana system had to be submitted by 2 p.m. Friday. State officials say the response was substantial. KUOW’s Amy Radil reports.

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Firefighter Death Report
6:32 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Forest Service Gives Different Picture Of Firefighter’s Death

Anne Veseth, 20, was a Forest Service firefighter from Moscow, Idaho. She was killed at a fire in August 2012.
Credit U.S. Forest Service

The U.S. Forest Service says the death of a 20-year-old firefighter in Idaho last summer was a “chance” occurrence. The new report is in sharp contrast to the findings of federal workplace safety investigators. Jessica Robinson reports.

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Radioactive Waste
5:50 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

There’s Little Space To Pump Out Hanford’s Possible Leaking Tank

A Hanford Nuclear Reservation watchdog says U.S. Energy officials have bigger problems than the waste that is possibly leaking from a tank in southeast Washington. The tank, called T-111, is losing about 150 to 300 gallons of liquid waste a year.

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Buried Waste Tanks
5:35 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Apparent Hanford Leak Raises New Questions About Buried Tanks

Hanford's 200 single-shell underground waste storage tanks were built in the 1940s.
Credit Department of Energy

There are renewed concerns about the condition of buried waste tanks at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in southeast Washington. The U.S. Department of Energy says one of those mammoth World War II era containers – thought to have been stabilized - is losing highly radioactive waste at a rate of 150 to 300 gallons a year.

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Yakima Valley Dairies
5:14 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Groups Sue Dairies Over Groundwater Pollution

Two environmental groups have filed a federal lawsuit against several Yakima Valley dairies. The groups say the dairies harm people’s health and the environment.

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National Cemetary Burial
5:11 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Eugene Same-Sex Couple Gets Permission To Be Buried Together At A National Cemetery

Lt. Col. Linda Campbell and Nancy Lynchild
Credit KLCC

A same-sex couple from Eugene has received the first-ever waiver to be buried together at a national cemetery. It comes after the death of one of the women.

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Oregon Water Projects
4:55 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Kitzhaber Signs Water Eastern Oregon Water Plan

Governor John Kitzhaber signed a plan that will move several eastern Oregon water projects one step forward.

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Whtie-Tailed Deer
6:41 am
Fri February 15, 2013

Relocating An Endangered Deer

A white-tailed deer seen in Washington.
Credit Photo by Wikimedia user Dcoetzee / Wikimedia Commons

A dike in southwestern Washington has become a ticking time bomb. Managers say it’s not a matter of if, but when, it will fail. And behind the dike? A small group of white-tailed deer, considered an endangered species. If biologists can’t move the herd before the dike is breeched, the deer could be wiped out. Courtney Flatt has this report.

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World Of Skijoring
6:42 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Two Cultures Collide -- In More Ways Than One -- In Skijoring

Dylan DeCrow and Jessica Spring prepare to compete at Sandpoint’s skijoring competition.
Credit Photo by Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

The sport of skijoring sounds like an awesomely bad idea someone cooked up on a long winter's night. Picture this: You navigate an obstacle course, on skis, while being pulled by a galloping horse. Yet equestrian skijoring has taken off as a sport in the snowy climes of Switzerland, Canada, and now, parts of the Northwest. This weekend, teams will go ski-to-ski and hoof-to-hoof at a competition in Sandpoint, Idaho. Jessica Robinson visited one skijoring practice to ask: Why?

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Idaho Mining Permits
6:35 am
Thu February 14, 2013

Mining Industry Seeks Shorter Permit Waiting Period

Idaho lawmakers listening to mining industry leaders talk about the economic impact of mining. More than half of Idaho is federally managed.
Credit Photo by Aaron Kunz / EarthFix

Mining pumps on average nearly a billion dollars into Idaho’s economy every year. Idaho, along with Nevada and Utah are considered mining friendly states. But the industry is frustrated that it can take years before permits are issued and work can get underway. That’s why mining officials appealed to state lawmakers this week to help speed up the regulatory process. As Earthfix reporter Aaron Kunz explains it’s a proposition that has environmentalists worried.

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