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Green Home Building
6:39 am
Mon August 27, 2012

New Windows Could Cut Your Energy Costs

Photo by Wikimedia user: Nieuw Wikimedia Commons

Upgrading your windows may be one way to significantly lower your energy bill. Researchers in Richland, Washington, are comparing two homes to find out how much you can save. For EarthFix, Courtney Flatt has this report.

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Trinity Ridge Fire
5:36 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Fire Keeps Idahoans From Favorite Summer Getaway Spot

Fire crews work a burnout near Featherville, Idaho, on Aug. 22.
Boise National Forest

A cold front moving through the Northwest is expected to do more harm than good for fire crews battling massive blazes in southern Idaho. Forecasters predict very low humidity on top of winds that could reach 30 miles per hour.

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Wind Industry Layoffs
5:31 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

PTC Uncertainty Prompts More Wind Industry Layoffs

A wind company with operations in the Pacific Northwest has announced more layoffs this year as the industry prepares for the expiration of tax credits at the end of the year.

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Fertilizer Fraud
5:09 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Oregon On The Lookout For Fertilizer Fraud

Many fertilizer products are used to cultivate marijuana.
Oregon Drug Enforcement Administration

The state of Oregon is on the lookout for fraudulent fertilizer. State regulators say it’s a growing problem for indoor gardeners. The Oregon Department of Agriculture recently cracked down on a California company that it says was selling a potentially harmful product.

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Hazardous Charred Trees
4:13 pm
Fri August 24, 2012

Burned Trees Pose Risk To Returning Evacuees

Trees burned by wildfires can pose big risks to property owners.
Liz Banse

Property owners in central Washington are confronting a common issue after wildfires: safety around charred trees.

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Wind Turbines Survive
7:35 am
Fri August 24, 2012

Wind Turbines Undamaged by Central Wash. Fire

Central Washington wind turbines were not damaged in the Taylor Bridge fire.
Photo by Courtney Flatt Northwest News Network

There’s been some speculation over the years as to how wind farms would hold up in the event of a large wildfire. Now, the verdict is in. From EarthFix, Courtney Flatt reports a central Washington wind farm was not damaged.

Scorched earth surrounds wind turbines just outside Cle Elum, Washington. A fire that drove through over the last week and a half destroyed more than 50 houses and has burned an estimated 23,000 acres. It did not burn 48 wind turbines.

Operations manager Eric Melbardis says gravel landscaping protected the turbines from the fire.

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Marijuana Bust
7:32 am
Fri August 24, 2012

Officers Bust Big Marijuana Operation In Blaine County Idaho

Law enforcement officers seized more than eleven thousand marijuana plants in Blaine County Idaho Thursday. The illegal grow operation was on public land in the Sawtooth National Forest near Galena Summit. Several agencies were involved.

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Stream Temperature
7:26 am
Fri August 24, 2012

USDA Funds Effort To Cool Northwest Streams With Credit Trading

Two Oregon conservation groups have a new idea for cooling down streams. Their plan is similar to the credits used to offset carbon emissions. And today, the federal government is backing the plan with a grant. Amelia Templeton of Earthfix explains.

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West Nile Case
7:07 am
Fri August 24, 2012

Oregon Reports One Horse Infected With West Nile Virus

Mosquitos, like this one, are the major transmitter of West Nile Virus.
Photo by Jim Gathany Wikimedia Commons

A horse in Klamath County has tested positive for West Nile virus. It’s the first reported case in a mammal in Oregon this year. Amelia Templeton of Earthfix reports.

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Marijuana Potency
6:17 pm
Thu August 23, 2012

On The Eve Of Legalization Votes, Marijuana Potency On The Rise

The marijuana available today is likely much stronger than it as in the past
Rad Racer en.wikipedia

This week, we’re taking a look at some of the claims made about marijuana. Voters in Oregon and Washington will decide this November whether to legalize pot. Ballot measures in both states would allow the drug to be sold in state-licensed stores. The Oregon initiative would allow people to grow their own. One of the claims made by opponents of the legalization measures is that the marijuana of today is much more potent than the pot smoked decades ago. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman looked into whether that’s true.

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