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Wolf Pack Kill Order
6:00 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

First Kill Order Issued For An Entire Wash. Wolf Pack

The Wash. Department of Fish and Wildlife has issued a kill order for a wolf pack in the northeastern part of the state.
Idaho Department of Fish and Game

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has issued a kill order for an entire wolf pack in the northeastern part of the state. There are between eight and 11 wolves in the Wedge Pack. Government officials and ranchers in Stevens County believe the pack is to blame for two more injured calves this week.

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Wildfire Smoke
5:51 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

Thousands Of Face Masks Distributed In Smoke-Weary Central Wash.

American Red Cross volunteers help to distribute respirator masks in Wenatchee, Wash.
Kyle Miller Red Cross

Washington state's Department of Health has shipped more than 20,000 face masks to central Washington towns blanketed by wildfire smoke. Air pollution monitors in Wenatchee, Ellensburg and nearby towns are consistently showing the air is hazardous to breathe.

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Oregon Coal Bill
5:37 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

House Quashes DeFazio's Amendment To Study Coal Dust Impacts

Congressman Peter DeFazio's amendment to study the impact of transporting coal by train was blocked.
Michael Werner Earthfix.

Oregon Democratic Congressman Peter DeFazio tried to add an amendment requiring a study of the impacts of transporting coal by rail to the coal bill which passed the U.S. House of Representatives Friday. The Republican majority blocked the amendment.

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Central Washington Wildfires
5:27 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

Progress In Wildfire Fight, But Stagnant, Smoky Air Lingers

Heavy smoke from multiple wildfires continues to fill valleys on the east slopes of the Cascades.
Vladimir Steblina USDA Forest Service

In central Washington, fire commanders report progress securing fire lines and limiting the spread of wildfires in the direction of threatened homes. But smoky air continues to stress thousands of people in Wenatchee, Cashmere, Entiat and Chelan.

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Slain Lakewood Police Officers
4:14 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

Families Of Slain Lakewood Officers Settle With DOC For $12.5M

The Lakewood Police Department Fallen Officer Memorial, which honors the victims of the November 29, 2009 Lakewood police officer shooting.
Marques Hunter Wikipedia

The Washington Department of Corrections will pay $12.5 million to the families of three of the four Lakewood police officers killed by parolee Maurice Clemmons. The settlement announced Friday comes nearly three years after the Thanksgiving weekend shooting at a coffee shop.

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Front Page
6:22 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Front Page: Logging And Literature In Forks

A timber museum in Forks, Washington.
Photo by Konrad Roeder Wikimedia Commons

This is Front Page, our new segment featuring conversations with journalists taking a closer look at the people, issues and events shaping lives across the Pacific Northwest. Today we’re way out west, western Washington that is, where the twilight is unusual. The town of Forks. Here’s our news director John Paxson.

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Idaho Wind Energy
6:02 am
Fri September 21, 2012

Federal Energy Commission Makes Statement on Wind Energy

A wind turbine built by General Electric.
Photo by Aaron Kunz EarthFix

A federal energy regulator sided with wind energy producers in their dispute with Idaho Power. Earthfix Reporter Aaron Kunz explains.

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Tribe Opposes Coal Export Facility
6:04 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Lummi Tribe Announces Opposition To Coal Export Facility Near Bellingham

The Lummi Tribal reservation lies to the North of Bellingham, very close to the proposed site of a large coal export terminal. On Friday the tribe is expected to announce their opposition to the facility.

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Central Wash. Wildfires
4:13 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Central Wash. Fires Grow, Smoke Still A Major Problem

The Wenatchee Complex Information Officer discusses fire behavior and strategies while a smoke column from the Poison Canyon Fire is visible in the background.
Vladimir Steblina USDA Forest Service

The wildfire situation in central Washington continues to worsen. A complex of lightning-sparked fires north of Ellensburg has grown to more than 30,000 acres. Mandatory evacuations are in place near Liberty, Wash., along Highway 97.

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Executive Privilege In Wash.
4:06 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Wash. Supreme Court Ponders Executive Privilege

The Washington Supreme Court is hearing a test case of executive privilege.
Cacophony Wikipedia

Does the governor of Washington have the right to keep certain internal documents secret from the public? That question is at the heart of a case heard Thursday in the Washington Supreme Court.

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