Coal Royalties
5:20 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Department Of Interior Investigates Possible Coal Royalty Dodge

The U.S. Interior Secretary promised to aggressively pursue coal companies that violate the law.
Credit U.S. Department of the Interior website

 The Secretary of Interior has formed a task force to determine if coal companies are underpaying royalties for coal mined on public land and sold in Asia. And it has confirmed it is investigating one coal company for potential criminal wrongdoing.

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Gun Rights
5:10 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Gun Rights Supporters Rally In Salem, Olympia

Virgil Negru legally brought his handgun and his rifle into the Oregon capitol building.
Chris Lehman

Hundreds of gun rights supporters rallied in support of their cause outside the state capitol buildings in Salem and Olympia Friday. They were there to express opposition to attempts by federal and state lawmakers to restrict the use of some weapons.

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Ocean Acidification
3:58 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Washington To Consider Ocean Acidification Legislation

In recent years, millions of larval oysters in Northwest hatcheries have died.
Credit NOAA website

 In recent years, millions of larval oysters in Northwest hatcheries have died because the water has become too corrosive for them to form their shells. Washington could be the first state in the country to introduce legislation to deal with the economic and environmental threats posed by ocean acidification.

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Idaho Potatoes
6:27 am
Fri February 8, 2013

Keeping ‘Idaho Potatoes’ From Becoming ‘Brussels Sprouts’ No Easy Task

A promotional photo of Idaho potatoes.
Credit Photo courtesy Idaho Potato Commission

You've heard of fake designer handbags and imitation Apple stores. Well, the state of Idaho is worried about knock-off potatoes. Idaho is trying to block a trademark on the word “IDAHO” in Turkey. The state sees it as a potentially costly threat. But as Jessica Robinson reports, controlling the global brand is no easy task.

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Tamarack Resort
5:26 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Western Idaho Resort Muddles Through Extended Limbo

Tamarack's unfinished Village Plaza is southwest of Donnelly, Idaho.
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

The real estate crash triggered some big bankruptcies in the Northwest, but few are as spectacular and convoluted as the foreclosure of the unfinished Tamarack Resort in western Idaho. What was supposed to be the Northwest's newest destination resort remains in extended legal limbo, but plucky homeowners are keeping it alive until a new buyer arrives.

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Growing Canola
5:04 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Controversial Canola Plan To Allow Canola In Willamette Valley

Willamette Valley farmers can now grow a total of 2,500 acres of canola a year.
Credit John O'Neill / Wikimedia Commons

Some Willamette Valley farmers can now grow canola. The crop has been controversial in Oregon. That’s because organic seed farmers fear new pests and cross-pollination.

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Oregon Flag
4:40 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Oregon Man Designs New State Flag

Matt Norquist's proposed new Oregon flag.
Northwest News Network

One bill before the Oregon legislature this year would prompt the first redesign of the state flag in nearly a century.

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Secretary of Interior
6:44 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Obama Taps 'Climate Expert' CEO Of REI To Head Interior

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and President Barack Obama introducing Sally Jewell of REI.
Credit Photo courtesy

President Barack Obama has nominated the head of retail chain REI to lead the U.S. Interior Department. Fifty-six-year-old Sally Jewell is the chief executive at REI in Kent, Washington, and a resident of Seattle.

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LINE Report
6:33 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Idaho Nuclear Task Force Issues Final Report

LINE Commission Chairman Jeff Sayer explaining the recommendations to Idaho lawmakers Wednesday.
Credit Photo by Aaron Kunz / EarthFix

The Idaho nuclear task force presented its final report to lawmakers Wednesday afternoon. It’s raising concerns from environmentalists who say it leaves the door open to transporting radioactive material into the state.

Earthfix reporter Aaron Kunz has more.

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Marijuana DUI
6:30 am
Thu February 7, 2013

No Consensus On Marijuana Blood Tests

Arrests and prosecutions for driving under the influence of marijuana do not appear to be going up or down. Voters legalized recreational marijuana as of December sixth, and set a strict new standard for how much marijuana can be in your blood, if you're stopped for impaired driving.

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