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Sage Grouse
7:18 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Study: Sage Grouse Habitat Slow To Rebound After Fire

Greater Sage Grouse
Credit USFWS

A new study suggests creating livable habitat for the dwindling sage grouse may be trickier than originally thought. Wildfires have been tearing through the bird's territory in the West. Now, federal researchers find even 20 years after a fire, the ecology is still not up to sage grouse standards.

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Inslee on Mudslide
7:04 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Inslee Promises Help To Darrington After Mudslide

14 people are dead and over 100 missing after a massive landslide in Oso, Washington demolished 30 homes early Saturday morning.
Credit WSP

Washington Governor Jay Inslee visited the town of Darrington on Monday after a fatal mudslide impacted their community.

He brought promises of federal assistance, which includes the National Guard, and help from Pierce County's search and rescue personnel. They're looking for any survivors of the mudslide that has blocked a highway and killed fourteen people in the nearby town of Oso, Washington.

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Snohomish County Mudslide
6:05 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Ongoing Slide Movement Hampers Search For Victims In Snohomish County

Aerial photo of the mudslide in Snohomish County, Wash.
Credit Office of the Governor / Flickr

Ongoing movement of the huge landslide that crashed down on a rural Northwest Washington neighborhood on Saturday is hampering the search for more victims. 

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Cougar Attack
5:56 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Oregon Fines Wildlife Sanctuary Following Deadly Cougar Attack

The state of Oregon is fining a wildlife sanctuary after a cougar attack last fall left its head keeper dead.
Credit Steve Jurvetson / Published on Flickr

The state of Oregon is fining a wildlife sanctuary $5,600 after a cougar attack left its head keeper dead. The incident happened last fall. State inspectors outlined serious safety violations in a report released Monday.

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Irrigation
5:42 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Farmers Struggle To Secure Fish Screens And Water In Time

Many irrigation pipes don’t reach the lowered Columbia River behind the cracked Wanapum Dam.
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

Dozens of central Washington fruit farmers are still high and dry without water for their valuable fruit trees. Many irrigation pipes don’t reach the lowered Columbia River behind the cracked Wanapum Dam.

But it turns out the farmers’ rush for water is now being slowed because of concerns over endangered tiny baby salmon. 

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Snohomish County Mudslide
5:28 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Stillaguamish River Flow Returns To Normal Post-Landslide

Flow rates below the landslide on the Stillaguamish are now back to normal.
Credit Wsiegmund / Wikimedia Commons

Authorities are breathing a small sigh of relief amidst all the destruction from the fatal landslide on the Stillaguamish River.

They are relieved because the river flow is getting back to normal.

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Snohomish County Mudslide
5:07 pm
Mon March 24, 2014

Officials Aim To Consolidate Mudslide Information

In Snohomish County a mudslide wiped out much of the town of Oso and blocked State Route 530.
Credit Office of the Governor / Flickr

Search and rescue operations are still underway in Snohomish County where a mudslide wiped out much of the town of Oso and blocked State Route 530.

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Snohomish County Mudslide
6:53 am
Mon March 24, 2014

Site Near Oso Had Previous Landslides, Potential For More

The landslide on the Stillaguamish River in Snohomish County has killed 8 people and destroyed up to 30 homes.
Credit Sierra Sansaver

Authorities have confirmed that the landslide on the Stillaguamish River in Snohomish County has killed 8 people and destroyed up to 30 homes.

KUOW's Ashley Ahearn turned to Dave Montgomery to find out what caused the slide. Montgomery is a geologist at the University of Washington.

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Illegal Cigarettes
5:27 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Study: Cigarette Tax Evasion Sky-High In Washington, Idaho Big Supplier

Credit Tax Foundation/Mackinac Center for Public Policy

    

Nearly half of the cigarettes smoked in Washington went untaxed by the state. That estimate comes from a new study by two think tanks from back East. They compared actual legal sales in a state against the level you would expect to see based on its smoking rate. From that, they came up with a smuggling estimate. The study pegs low-tax Idaho as a major source of smuggled cigarettes. Correspondent Tom Banse reports.

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Mugshot Law
4:44 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Attorneys Cast Doubt On Effectiveness Of New Oregon Mugshot Law

A formerly lucrative trade that posted mugshots on commercial websites was undercut last year. That’s because the Oregon legislature passed a law that allows people to have their mugshots removed from these sites for free if they can demonstrate they were never convicted. Before the legislation, they could end up paying hundreds of dollars. But as Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports, it's not clear whether the law is having any impact.

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