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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Liability For Taylor Bridge Fire
5:23 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Liability For Destructive Central Wash. Wildfire To Be Sorted Out

The Taylor Bridge Fire started at this highway repair project on SR 10.
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Emergency managers in central Washington have started to collect damage reports from businesses and homeowners affected by this week's destructive wildfire. That's a prerequisite to apply for federal disaster assistance. State fire investigators have established that the Taylor Bridge Fire was human-caused.

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Cle Elum Residents Displaced By Fire
5:19 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Cle Elum Residents Wait And Wonder If Their Homes Still Stand

Lynne Fisher is a resident of Cle Elum who's been displaced from her home.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Fire officials have reduced evacuation levels for several areas around the Taylor Bridge Fire. But hundreds of displaced residents in central Washington's Kittitas County are waiting and wondering if their homes still stand. Many fled just in time. More than 70 structures have burned down.

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Fire Officials Concerned About Weather
5:06 pm
Thu August 16, 2012

Weekend Weather For Cle Elum-Area Fire A Concern To Firefighters

Mick Mueller, Taylor Bridge fire information officer.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Fire officials on the Taylor Bridge blaze near the mountain town of Cle Elum, Wash., are worried about the hot weather forecast for the next few days. Correspondent Anna King reports from the scene of the fire.

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Cle Elum Fire
5:51 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Cle Elum, Wash., Continues To Battle Wildfire

An aerial view of wildfires outside Cle Elum, Washington.
Photo courtesy Wash. Department of Natural Resources

A large wildfire in the remote mountains of Central Washington state has burned 22 thousand acres . The Northwest News Network’s Anna King reports the fire has destroyed at least 60 structures from Cle Elum.

Nearly 800 firefighters have been battling the wind-whipped fire for several days. 18-year-old Tyler Oversby stared as giant plumes of smoke crept closer to his hometown.

Hot Weather Risks
5:49 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Health Officials Say Take Steps to Stay Cool in Hot Weather

Health officials are urging people to take steps to stay cool during the hot weather. Forecasters have issued a heat advisory for the next few days. Temperatures are expected to peak in the low-90s in Western Washington. Ruby de Luna reports Young children, elderly people, and those with chronic illnesses are especially vulnerable.

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Clean Water Act
5:46 am
Thu August 16, 2012

Case Could Hamstring WA’s Control of Runoff Pollution

Washington rancher Joe Lemire.
Photo by Courtney Flatt EarthFix

A small ranch in southeastern Washington is the site of some big disputes playing out between environmental regulators and farmers.

The question: How much control can the government have over pollution from agricultural runoff?

As part of EarthFix and Investigate West’s series on the 40th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act, Courtney Flatt takes a look at a court case that could determine how strictly the state regulates polluted rainwater runoff.

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Progress On Taylor Bridge Fire
5:33 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

Fire Crews Report Progress Fighting Taylor Bridge Fire

An aerial view of some of the 22,000 acres burned by the Taylor Bridge fire near Cle Elum, Wash.
Wash. Department of Natural Resources

Fire fighting officials in central Washington say it will take five to seven days to contain the Taylor Bridge fire near the town of Cle Elum. In a community meeting Wednesday, incident commander Rex Reed said the blaze has burned 22,000 acres. Previous estimates pegged the fire at more than 28,000 acres. It’s destroyed at least 60 structures.

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