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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Sequester Cuts
6:24 am
Thu February 7, 2013

Sequester Could Take Bite Out of Final Aid Payment To Oregon Timber Counties

The federal government’s across-the-board spending cuts could hit soon in western Oregon. Congressman Greg Walden says the feds plan to apply the so called sequester cut this week to a program for timber dependent counties. Amelia Templeton of EarthFix reports.

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Hispanic Health
6:32 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Report: Idaho Latinos Face Disparities In Weight, Health Care

A new report finds Latinos in Idaho are struggling with many of the same health problems as the rest of the state’s population, but to an even worse extent. The wide-ranging demographic study is intended to guide policymakers on issues that affect Hispanics.

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Abortion Debate
6:06 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Parental Notification Debated In Olympia

The debate over abortion once again filled a hearing room in Olympia Wednesday. Washington senators heard testimony for and against a bill that would require 48-hour notice to a parent or guardian before a girl under 18 receives an abortion.

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Lane County Jail
4:33 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Lane County May Put Jail Levy On May Ballot

The Lane County Board of Commissioners will make a final decision next week on a property tax levy to fund jail beds.

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