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Idaho Jobless Rate
4:28 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Idaho’s Jobless Rate Drops To Lowest Level In Three Years

Almost 20,000 more Idahoans had jobs this July compared to last. The Idaho Department of Labor reports July’s seasonally adjusted jobless rate dropped two-tenths of a percentage point from June to 7.5 percent.

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Progress On Kittitas County Wildfire
4:24 pm
Fri August 17, 2012

Kittitas County Wildfire Nearing Containment

The Taylor Bridge fire jumped the Yakima River and several highways.
Bryan Flint Wash. Department of Natural Resources

Fire bosses at the scene of a destructive wildfire in central Washington are letting more evacuees return to their homes Friday.

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Dam Removal
6:37 am
Fri August 17, 2012

Rep. Hastings Questions Panel on Dams, Hydropower

A Washington congressmen returned to his hometown Wednesday to promote a bill protecting hydropower dams from removal. Courtney Flatt of EarthFix reports from Pasco, Washington.

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Coal Terminal Canceled
6:34 am
Fri August 17, 2012

Plans For Coal Export Terminal In Grays Harbor Abandoned

The company behind a proposed coal export terminal in Grays Harbor has decided not to go ahead with the project. Ashley Ahearn reports for EarthFix.

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Clean Water Act
6:32 am
Fri August 17, 2012

Clean Water Act: Agriculture Struggles With Temperature

A ranch in the Pahsimeroi Valley.
Photo by Aaron Kunz Northwest News Network

Farming is the single biggest reason rivers are failing to meet standards set by the Clean Water Act. EarthFix Reporter Aaron Kunz visited Idaho’s Pahsimeroi Valley for our series with Investigate West on this environmental law’s 40th anniversary. It turns out the problem isn’t so much what cattle ranchers and alfalfa growers are putting into the water – it’s what they’re taking out.

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Animal Rescue Effort
6:07 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Massive Animal Rescue Effort Underway For Victims Of Washington State’s Taylor Bridge Fire

Mark Kinsel, lead vet at the Ellensburg Rodeo Grounds in Central Washington. He's helping to treat, sort and feed animals displaced by fire.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Over a hundred volunteers are helping to evacuate, sort and care for animals burned or displaced by the Taylor Bridge Fire near Cle Elum in Washington State.

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County Employees Threaten Strike
5:59 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Marion County Workers Threaten Strike

More than 700 employees of Oregon's fifth largest county could vote later this month to go on strike. The Marion County Employee Association says it's scheduled a strike vote for August 30.

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Olympic Peninsula Wilderness Plan
5:45 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Murray And Dicks Push A Scaled-Back Wilderness Plan For The Olympic Peninsula

Two high-profile elected officials are on the Olympic Peninsula Thursday, trying to sell locals on a plan to designate more wilderness there. Senator Patty Murray and Congressman Norm Dicks say their latest bill is a grand compromise, and they’re hoping to convince Olympic Peninsula communities that fought earlier versions.

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South Korea Ban On Potatoes
5:31 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

South Korea Ban On Fresh Northwest Potatoes

Starting Friday, fresh potatoes from Idaho, Oregon and Washington can no longer be exported to South Korea. As Capital Press reported earlier this week, Korea’s export ban results from concerns over an insect-borne disease that causes light yellow potato flesh to darken and stripe — the zebra chip.

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Invesitation Into Wildfire Cause
5:27 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Investigators Look Into Whether Construction Sparked Taylor Bridge Fire

Fire officials in central Washington are investigating whether construction at a bridge near Cle Elum sparked the 23,000 acre wildfire there. Incident commanders won’t say definitively what started the fire. But they do say the blaze was human caused and it began near the bridge construction site.

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