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Bitcoin Mine
8:44 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Central Washington Home To Nation's Biggest Bitcoin 'Mine'

MegaBigPower CEO Dave Carlson inside North America's biggest bitcoin 'mine.'
Credit Tom Banse

Here's a surprising fact: the largest bitcoin "mine" in North America is located on the outskirts of Wenatchee, Wash. If you don't know what bitcoin is, it's a virtual currency. At this moment, computers around the world are racing to solve complex algorithms. Whoever wins earns the prize of 25 newly created bitcoins. This digital money can then be traded or used to buy goods directly. But running all those math formulas to make this cyber-currency takes a lot of electricity. And this is where central Washington comes in. 

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Asparagus
8:19 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Northwest Asparagus Growers Trying To Delay Harvest For Better Prices

Northwest asparagus growers are just starting to harvest spears in the warmer sites around Pasco, WA. The green points are the first crop harvested in spring.
Credit Anna King

Northwest asparagus growers are just starting to harvest spears in the warmer sites around Pasco. The green points are the first crop harvested in spring. But this year farmers say they might not get the best prices.  That’s because Mexican and Californian spears have flooded the market.

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Oil Train Safety
8:11 am
Mon April 7, 2014

Northwest Senators To Address Oil Train Safety

Senator Patty Murray plans to question federal and local officials about oil train safety during the hearing she set for Wednesday.
Credit Bread for the World/Flickr

The Senate is gearing up to address oil train safety.  Washington Sen. Patty Murray has scheduled a hearing for next week.

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Party Bus
8:09 am
Mon April 7, 2014

After Fatalities Nationwide, Washington Regulators Target Party Buses

Party bus owner William Prigmore says his industry helps keep drunk drivers off the road. But state regulators point to nearly two dozen fatalities around the country as evidence the industry needs more regulation.
Credit Austin Jenkins

Prom season is coming up. That means tuxes, gowns and limousines. But these days an old-fashioned stretch limo can look a bit stodgy. The new rage is party buses. They carry more people and you can even stand up, dance and drink as you cruise down the road. But these parties on wheels can come at a price. Nationwide there have been nearly two dozen fatalities on these buses  including one here in the Northwest.

Now regulators in Washington state are getting ready to crack down on the industry.

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Megaloads
5:14 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Megaloads Opponents Seek More Public Input

The latest dispute over whether huge megaload trucks should be allowed on Northwest roads is currently in Oregon.
Credit Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

The latest dispute over whether huge megaload trucks should be allowed on Northwest roads is currently in Oregon. Opponents of the massive big-rigs are taking their objections to court.

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Wanapum Dam
4:35 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

A Long, Dry Summer For River Resort Communities Behind Cracked Wanapum Dam?

Eugene and Karen Penix live in the Sunland vacation community near Vantage, Wash. on the Columbia River above the cracked Wanapum Dam. Boat launches and docks in the community have been left high and dry from the drawdown of water behind the damaged dam.
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

Fresh displays of fringed bikinis are hitting department stores across the nation, a clear signal summer is on its way. But for one resort community in central Washington this summer could be a bust. A crack in the Wanapum Dam has forced operators to draw down the Columbia River more than 25 feet. That’s left boat docks hundreds of feet from the water.

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Timber
7:25 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Timber Company Bids To Buy State Forest Land

Seneca Jones Timber Company acknowledges that clearcuts would take place if they receive the property.
Credit Francis Eatherington/Flickr

A prominent timber family’s bid to purchase state forest land in Oregon could lead to old-growth logging near protected wildlife species.

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Steelhead
7:22 am
Fri April 4, 2014

Washington Fish Managers Halt Release Of Juvenile Steelhead

Agency officials have decided not to release more than 900,000 juvenile steelhead in Puget Sound rivers.
Credit Northwest Power and Conservation Council/Flickr

State fish managers are halting their plans to release juvenile steelhead into Puget Sound rivers this spring. This decision comes in response to a lawsuit filed by wild fish advocates.

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Snohomish County Mudslide
4:55 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Lands Commissioner Accuses Anti-Logging Interests Of Exploiting Oso Slide

File photo of the massive landslide that hit Snohomish County in March.
Credit Office of the Governor Flickr

Washington Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark is speaking publicly for the first time since the Oso landslide in Snohomish County.

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Measles Outbreak
4:52 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Measles Outbreak In British Columbia Crosses Into U.S.

File photo of the skin of a patient after three days of measles infection.
Credit Heinz F. Eichenwald, MD CDC

A big measles outbreak in British Columbia has crossed over the border into the American northwest. 

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