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Northwest Fires
3:50 pm
Mon August 5, 2013

Gov. Kitzhaber Boosts Firefighting Effort In SE Oregon

Credit Douglas Forest Protective Association

Governor Kitzhaber and both Oregon U.S. senators received a briefing today in Glendale on the wildfires burning in Southern Oregon. Local, state, and federal agencies informed community members and state legislators on the status of the Douglas Complex Fires.

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Northwest Music
10:04 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Remembering Toby Saks

Acclaimed cellist Toby Saks led the Seattle Chamber Music Society's popular festivals for years. She was 71 when she died on August 1, 2013.
Credit Seattle Chamber Music Society

Northwest music lovers are mourning the death of Toby Saks, founder of the Seattle Chamber Music Society. A major figure in the musical and civic life of the Pacific Northwest, Saks was well known in the region's classical community. Two of Northwest Public Radio's classical announcers remember her:

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Vaughan Williams and Ezra Meeker
9:36 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Ezra Meeker, Ralph Vaughan Williams, And Beer: Historic Homes. Historic Hops

Leith Hill Place, Ralph Vaughan Williams’s family home in Surrey, England, just opened to the public this summer.
Credit British National Trust

Perhaps you’re enjoying a cold Northwest craft brew on an August evening and listening to music by Ralph Vaughan Williams, whose sweet orchestral sounds often keep you company on Northwest Public Radio.

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Wildfires
8:19 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Governor Kitzhaber Boosts Firefighting Effort In SE Oregon

The Bureau of Land Management and the U.S. Forest Service work together to manage wildfires in Oregon
Credit BLM Oregon

Governor Kitzhaber and both Oregon US senators received a briefing Saturday in Glendale on the wildfires burning in Southern Oregon. Local, state, and federal agencies informed community members and state legislators on the status of the Douglas Complex Fires.

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Medical care
7:50 am
Mon August 5, 2013

Sponges, Tools And More Left Inside Washington Hospital Patients

University of Washington surgical technician Maurice Lybarger counting sponges.
Credit John Ryan

About 30 times a year, a surgery patient in Washington state has a sponge or surgical instrument left inside them. It’s one of the most commonly reported medical mistakes.

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Klamath Basin
8:22 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Wyden Looking For Klamath Basin's Solution

The wildlife refuge has restored critical wetlands to the Pacific Flyway, providing habitat for large numbers of birds.
Credit jdegenhardt

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden says he’s looking for permanent solution to the Klamath Basin’s regional water crisis in southern Oregon. And he says he wants it on his desk by September tenth. A group charged with finding those answers met Thursday in Klamath Falls.

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unequal opportunity employers
7:41 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Suspended BPA Executive Reinstated To Provide Testimony to Congress

BPA Chief Operating Officer Anita Decker
Credit Bonneville Power Administration

A top executive at the Northwest's biggest electricity wholesaler defended her agency in front of Congress Thursday. Bonneville Power Administration chief operating officer Anita Decker and her boss were both placed on indefinite leave last month. This, after the Department of Energy's Inspector General found evidence of hiring bias against veterans and retaliation against whistleblowers. Decker was reinstated for four days this week, just long enough to prepare testimony for the U.S. House Oversight Committee.

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NW Historic Site
7:33 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Historic Site, Rock Art Cave Delay Transmission Line

Four human-like figures were painted here hundreds, if not thousands of years ago. BPA says it’s committed to preserving culturally sensitive spots and agreed to move the power tower 20 feet away from its original spot when the Yakama Nation brought up concerns over drilling near the cave.
Credit Mike Taylor / CultureWatch Northwest

Northwest history is colliding with the need to upgrade the region’s electric transmission grid. It’s happening on a windblown patch of riverfront property at the east end of the Columbia River Gorge.

The Bonneville Power Administration is trying to build a new transmission line across that land. But conflicts over historical preservation have increased the cost of the project to $185 million and stalled progress for more than a year. Colin Fogarty begins our story in Wishram, Washington.

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Wildfires
7:17 am
Fri August 2, 2013

Falling Tree Kills Firefighter In Central Oregon

Shadow Lake Wildfire located 15 miles west of Sisters. The fire began August 28th and burning entirely within the Mt. Washington Wilderness. Photo taken Sept. 10, 2011, from Mt. Washington pullout off Highway 20.
Credit Mary R Bernsen

Authorities are identifying the wildland firefighter who was killed Thursday outside the town of Sisters as John Hammack of Central Oregon. Another firefighter was injured in the accident and was taken to a local hospital. 

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Northwest Fires
3:58 pm
Thu August 1, 2013

Cooler Weather Helps Fire Crews in SW Oregon

A view of the Douglas Complex Fire in southern Oregon.
Credit Credit Marvin Vetter / ODF

The Douglas Complex of wildfires in southwest Oregon has grown to more than 28-thousand acres. The dry lightning forecast for Wednesday never materialized in the region.

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