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Forest Health
6:18 am
Fri August 31, 2012

The Northwest’s Eastside Forests Are Sick, Scientists Look For Ways To Restore Them

Karen Ripley, a manager with Washington's Department of Natural Resources, stands in in a dry pine and fir forest near Liberty, Wash.
Photo by Anna King Northwest News Network

This week fire crews declared the Taylor Bridge fire 100-percent contained. Now that the massive blaze in central Washington is controlled forest scientists say Northwest residents should brace for more large fires like this. Munching insects, parasitic plants and global climate change are part of the problem. Correspondent Anna King reports from the field with one of Washington’s top forest managers.

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Pet Food Bank
6:15 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Pet Food Bank Faces Challenging Transition

Portland's Pongo Fund, one of the nation's largest pet food banks, is moving to a new location.
Image courtesy The Pongo Fund

One of the nation's largest pet food banks is being forced to move. The Pongo Fund distributes tons of pet food to low-income animal lovers each year in Oregon and Washington. But problems at its central distribution center will mean a break in distributing pet food this fall. Correspondent Chris Lehman reports.

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Tribal Gas Tax
6:10 am
Fri August 31, 2012

Wash. Supreme Court Ruling Clears Way For Lawsuit Over Tribal Gas Stations

Gas station owners in Washington have won the right to proceed with a lawsuit against the state. They’re challenging the policy of gas tax refunds to Native American tribes who operate their own gas stations. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins has more on the implications.

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Wolf Pack Reprieve
6:05 am
Fri August 31, 2012

4 Wolves Get A Reprieve From Government Kill Order

State officials have called off orders to kill four members of a wolf pack in Northeastern Washington. Ashley Ahearn reports.

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Gubernatorial Debate
5:55 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Wash. Gov. Debate: Sparring Over Taxes, Tiff Over Tax Returns, Light Moments

The candidates for Washington governor sparred over taxes and personal tax returns in their second official debate Wednesday night. The face-off took place on the Vancouver campus of Washington State University. Correspondent Austin Jenkins has highlights.

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Diving Ban
5:52 am
Thu August 30, 2012

Crater Lake National Park Bans Scuba Diving, Fearing Invasives

National park officials have abruptly closed Crater Lake to scuba divers. They say they need time to develop rules to keep invasive species out of the Southern Oregon lake. Amelia Templeton of Earthfix reports.

Scuba diving in Crater Lake is tricky. The lake sits on the Cascade crest at about 6,000 feet. So divers have to take precautions to handle the elevation. And then there’s the steep, rocky trail to the lake shore. Diver Walt Bolton says it’s worth the hike.

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Parish Cabin Fire
5:40 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Campers Evacuated As Wildfires Burn Across Northwest

A view of the Parish Cabin Fire in eastern Oregon.
U.S. Forest Service

Two hunters who were reported missing during a wildfire in eastern Oregon have been located and are safe. But Grant County Sheriff Glenn Palmer says there's new concern about a pair of hikers who are thought to be in the vicinity of the Parish Cabin Fire.

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Hanford's Nuclear Waste
4:48 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Questions Linger Over Piping Hanford’s Nuclear Waste To Treatment Plant

This week we heard that yet another top-level government engineer has serious concerns about the design and construction of the Hanford Nuclear Reservation’s waste treatment plant.

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Idaho's Mustang Fire
4:40 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Mustang Fire Threatens Homes Along Highway 93

Two hundred fifty homes are threatened by the Mustang Complex Fire north of Salmon. The homes are along Highway 93 near Butcherknife Ridge. The Lemhi County Sheriff announced Wednesday morning that anyone who lives in the area should be prepared to evacuate if the fire moves closer.

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Oregon Revenue Outlook
4:35 pm
Wed August 29, 2012

Oregon Revenue Picture Brightens Slightly

Oregon lawmakers got some good news about the state's revenue outlook on Wednesday.
Gregg M. Erickson

Oregon lawmakers got some short term good news Wednesday: state revenues are predicted to be a little higher than previously thought. But the long-term outlook remains gloomy.

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