Wildfire Fines
5:48 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Start A Wildfire? Expect A Bill

Whether it’s due to negligence or arson, the person or business who starts a fire can expect a bill.
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Northwest wildfire managers are keeping an eye on the weather with temperatures expected to peak in the triple digits in some areas over the next few days. Thousands of wildfires each year are caused by humans.

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Idaho Gun Range
5:29 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Gun Range Takes Act of Congress

The proposed area is near Riggins, along the Salmon River in north-central Idaho.
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Idaho Congressman Raul Labrador introduced a bill Wednesday that would allow a parcel of BLM land to be transferred into county ownership for use as a gun range. 

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Water Quality & Fish
5:26 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

Governor Inslee Announces New Water Quality Plan

The federal government says people eat fish about once a month, rainbow trout is a common catch for fisherman and is found throughout the northwest.
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Washington Governor Jay Inslee has just released a new plan to improve water quality in the state. One measure of how clean your water is, is how much of its fish you can safely eat.

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8:43 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Apple, Winery Or Weed? How Well Do You Know Your Washington Commodities?

How well do you know your Washington apples, wines and weeds? Follow the link to the quiz below!
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As you may have heard, the first recreational marijuana stores have opened in Washington. That has us wondering -  how well do you know your weed? Probably not as well as your wineries and apples, right?  Take this quiz to find out!

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Tesoro Explosion
7:09 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Federal Investigation Seeks To Find Accountability In Explosion

Inspectors examine a Tesoro oil refinery after an explosion.
Credit John Ryan / KUOW

It was Washington state’s worst industrial accident in nearly 50 years.

“Skagit 911. What’s your emergency?” “I’m trying to find out what's going on at the refinery.” “You know, we don’t know at this point, sir.” “Well, all I can tell you is I live two and a half miles from it, and the explosion was hard enough to rock my house, and there’s one hell of a fire going there.”

That explosion in 2010 at the Tesoro refinery in Anacortes killed seven workers.

Four years later, no one has been held publicly accountable for the seven deaths. As John Ryan reported, state efforts to penalize Tesoro have stalled. To improve worker safety, the federal government is wielding a tool it rarely uses: criminal prosecution of one of the nation’s largest corporations.

Here’s John Ryan with part two of our investigation.

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Marijuana Legalization
6:58 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Pot Stores Open Around Washington

Marijuana retailers opened across the state Tuesday.
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Washington’s recreational marijuana market is open for business. From Seattle to Bellingham to Prosser, marijuana stores opened for business Tuesday. Excited customers lined up, dressed up and celebrated the end of pot prohibition. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins has this wrap-up.

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Sealaska Corporation
6:36 am
Wed July 9, 2014

Native Corporation With Northwest Shareholders Picks New Leaders

Sealaska Board Chairman Joe Nelson poses at corpoartion headquarters in Juneau. Nelson was chosen as the new chairman following the corporation's annual meeting June 28 near Seattle.
Credit Ed Schoenfeld / Northwest News Network

A Native American-owned corporation with thousands of shareholders in the Pacific Northwest has new leadership. The Alaska-based business is trying to bounce back from heavy losses. CoastAlaska’s Ed Schoenfeld reports from Juneau.

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Idaho Gas Tax
6:07 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Poll Finds Idahoans Would Consider Higher Taxes If It Means Better Roads

Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.
Credit Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

A new poll finds Idahoans might not be so tax-averse when it comes to funding improvements to the state's roads and bridges. About 54 percent say the economic benefit is a compelling reason to increase revenue for transportation infrastructure.

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Recreational Marijuana
6:04 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

‘Altitude’ Legal Pot Store Opens In Eastern Washington Farming Town

Jacob Nichols of Pasco, says he's excited to buy legal weed for the first time at the Altitude store in Prosser, Wash. That way he knows where it's grown and the chemical content.
Credit Anna King / Northwest News Network

Legal marijuana stores opened Tuesday in Washington state. One of the earliest locations to open was in the rural farming community of Prosser. That’s in sunny Eastern Washington.

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Recreational Marijuana
6:03 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Pot Sales Kicked Off At "High Noon" At Seattle's Cannabis City

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Hundreds of enthusiastic customers lined up outside Cannabis City Tuesday for the chance to make their first Legal purchase of marijuana in Seattle.

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