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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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Taylor Bridge Fire
6:34 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Taylor Bridge Fire Declared 100 Percent Contained

Firefighters have contained the Taylor Bridge wildfire in Central Washington.
Photo by Tom Banse Northwest News Network

A damaging wildfire in central Washington has been declared 100 percent contained, this more than two weeks after it ignited. Correspondent Tom Banse reports.

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Gubernatorial Debate
6:30 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Wash. Gubernatorial Candidates Prepare To Meet For Second Debate

Southwest Washington is the setting for the second official debate of the 2012 governor’s race. Republican Rob McKenna and Democrat Jay Inslee will face off Wednesday night on the Vancouver campus of Washington State University.

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Zip Line Parks
6:25 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Getting High In The Northwest On Zip Lines

Some zip line courses -- like this one at Northwest Trek -- add aerial challenges between the various zip descents.
Photo by Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Apparently Northwesterners are not afraid of heights and have a yen for adventure. We draw that conclusion because the industry of zip line tours and aerial adventure parks is booming in the Northwest right now. Within the past couple years, fully a dozen commercial zip line attractions have opened in Oregon, Washington and Idaho... not counting at least twelve more in British Columbia and Alaska. The revenue potential has some municipal parks departments looking to add spendy zip line attractions in public parks. Correspondent Tom Banse reports from Eatonville, Washington.

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Hanford Cleanup
6:19 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Chief Engineer Blasts Hanford’s Waste Treatment Plant Design and Construction

Hanford Nuclear Reservation, seen from the air.
Photo courtesy Dept. of Energy

Another top-level engineer at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation has stepped forward airing serious concerns about the site’s massive waste treatment plant.

In a newly-released memo, the chief engineer charges there are serious problems with Bechtel National’s design and construction of the plant. And that the company should be taken off key portions of the project. Correspondent Anna King reports.

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McMorris-Rodgers
6:16 am
Wed August 29, 2012

Cathy McMorris-Rodgers As GOP “Hostess” In Tampa

The highest-ranking Republican woman in the U.S. House of Representatives has a special role at opening speeches of the G.O.P. Convention in Tampa. Republican Cathy McMorris-Rodgers of Spokane acted as hostess Tuesday night.

She introduces Republican superstars like Ann Romney and Governor Chris Christie of New Jersey.

McMorris-Rodgers: “Each speaker will be joining together to send a message to President Obama. And that message is three simple words. ‘We built it.’”

Those three words are plastered on walls at the convention.

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