Eugene City Council
6:37 am
Tue October 23, 2012

Eugene City Council: Yes On Bag Ban, No On Coal Trains

The Eugene City Council approved an ordinance banning single-use plastic bags. The vote Monday night also imposes a 5-cent minimum fee for paper bags at the check-out. KLCC’s Jes Burns reports.

The new law is intended to encourage the use of reusable bags at grocery and other retail establishments in Eugene. Councilors, with a tie breaking vote from Mayor Kitty Piercy, voted down an amendment that would have made the fee on paper bags optional. Councilor Alan Zalenka argued the change would not have created the same outcome.

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'Megaload' Transportation
5:21 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

New 'Megaload' To Travel Idaho Scenic Route

U.S. 12, between Lewiston and the Forest Service Boundary in North Central Idaho.

A 260-ton piece of equipment is winding its way through the inland Northwest this week. The Idaho Department of Transportation gave the green light to a shipper moving water purification equipment into Canada.

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Disputed Historic Landmark
5:12 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Oregon History Buffs Dismiss California's Drake Landmark

Garry Gitzen stands over Oregon's Nehalem Bay, which he claims is where Sir Francis Drake spent five weeks in 1579.
Colin Fogarty Northwest News Network

Some Northwest history buffs say a newly designated historic landmark in California does not settle a heated debate over where a British explorer landed more than four centuries ago. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar named a site north of San Francisco as the possible landing spot of Sir Francis Drake.

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Political Campaigns
4:05 pm
Mon October 22, 2012

Campaigns Know If You’ve Voted -- And That’s Not All

Volunteers all over the country are working the phones to remind likely voters to support their candidates.
Steve Rhodes Flickr

In this era of mail-in balloting, political campaigns have become a bit like Santa Claus: he may know if you’ve been bad or good, but they know whether you’ve voted yet or not - and who you’re likely to support.

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Idaho Football Coach Fired
6:51 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Robb Akey Fired As Head Football Coach At Idaho

Photo of Robb Akey.
Photo Credit: Vandal Athletics

Robb Akey was fired as head football coach at the University of Idaho Sunday.

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Presidential Candidates Ignore Environment
6:43 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Presidential Candidates Not Focused On The Environment

The environment hasn’t been a big issue during this presidential campaign. It mainly comes up in the context of energy independence.

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Idaho Gold Miner
6:34 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Idaho Miner Says He's Not Intersted In Salmon River

This section of the Salmon River was where Mike Conklin of Grangeville had intended to dredge for gold.
Photo Credit: Aaron Kunz

A gold miner who got the go-ahead to dredge a half mile section of the Salmon River in Idaho may be calling it quits.

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Women Artist Feature
6:22 am
Mon October 22, 2012

Seattle Art Museum Show Highlights Women Artists

Photo of Seattle Art Museum.
Photo Credit: Rootology/Wikimedia Commons

In this run up to the election, we’re hearing a lot about women. Women at work. Women in business. Women balancing family and career. Whole binders full of women. Well today we’re going to hear about two working women from the Northwest who were dealing with these issues more than a century ago.

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Sea Lion Lawsuit
5:45 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

Lawsuit Seeking To End Sea Lion Killing Moves Ahead

California sea lions consuming salmon just below the Columbia River’s Bonneville Dam.
U.S. Corps of Engineers

Supporters of an effort to stop the government from killing sea lions at Bonneville Dam made their case to a federal judge in Portland Friday. The animals are targeted because they feed on endangered salmon.

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Local Bridge Toll
5:17 pm
Fri October 19, 2012

One Washington City Considers Local Bridge Toll

Some drivers will go miles out of their way to avoid the toll on the 520 floating bridge.
WSDOT Flickr

There’s a lot of talk these days about tolls to pay for new state highway projects and bridges. Most drivers reluctantly pay up. But some will go miles out of their way to avoid a toll. That can clog local roads. Now one small Washington city is considering a toll of its own.

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