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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Hanford
4:13 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Washington State Orders Hanford Managers To Empty Leaking Tank

View inside the space between the two walls of Tank AY-102 at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.
Credit U.S. Department of Energy

Friday the state of Washington ordered the federal government to pump out a leaking double-shell tank of waste at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. The state says pumping must begin by September first. Correspondent Anna King has more.

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Wanapum Dam
6:51 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Washington Fruit Farmers Scramble To Irrigate From Lowered Columbia River

Frosty Hansen, 74, of near Wenatchee, says he’s going to help his neighbors irrigate their fruit trees, since many of their pipes don’t reach the Columbia River. The Wanapum pool has been lowered about 25 feet to relieve pressure on the cracked dam.
Credit Anna King

And now an update on the cracked Wanapum Dam on the Columbia River in Eastern Washington.  Dam engineers are continuing to keep the pool behind the ailing structure drawn down to relieve pressure.  So far they don’t know how bad the crack in the dam’s spillway is, but they are still investigating.

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Idaho 10 Commandments
6:39 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Thou Shalt Not...

A newspaper clipping from 1972 shows the placement of a 10 Commandments monument in Sandpoint, Idaho.
Credit City of Sandpoint

A little-known display of the 10 Commandments in North Idaho has attracted the attention of a couple of national legal organizations.  The issue involves a stone monument in a city park in Sandpoint.  It has similarities to a controversy over a war memorial in Coos Bay, Oregon.

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Puget Sound Tidal Energy
6:27 am
Fri March 21, 2014

Feds Give OK To Tidal Energy Project In Puget Sound

The waters off of Whidbey Island in the Puget Sound will be home to the future tidal energy project.
Credit Ricardo Martin

Puget Sound tides may soon be generating power.  A proposal for the world’s first tidal energy project that’s connected to the grid received a federal license Thursday.

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Wanapum Dam
4:40 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Fish Experts Plan A Salmon Water Slide On Cracked Wanapum Dam

File photo of the fish ladder at John Day Dam on the Columbia River. The fish ladders at the Wanapum and the Rock Island dams are dry.
Credit U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

   

The ongoing issue with the cracked Wanapum Dam in central Washington is now creating problems for migrating salmon. The drawdown of water between the Wanapum and the Rock Island dams to relieve pressure on the crack is the roadblock. Correspondent Anna King explains.

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Spring Weather
4:17 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Spring Outlook Looks Warm For Coastal Northwest, 'Normal' Spring Inland

The National Weather Service's outlook calls for above-normal temperatures along the West Coast.
Credit NOAA Climate Prediction Center

On this first day of spring, we get a seasonal outlook from the National Weather Service. It calls for a warmer-than-average spring west of the Cascades and normal temperatures and rainfall across the inland Northwest. There's also no let-up seen for drought conditions in California, and parts of Oregon and southwest Idaho. Correspondent Tom Banse has more.

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