Wildfires
4:12 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

Washington Evacuees Have Dealt With Fires Before But ‘Not Like This’

A list of the fires burning in central Washington. Washington Gov. Inslee has called the Carlton Complex fire a firestorm with 100 homes destroyed.
Credit Ramella / NWPR

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says 1,000 National Guard troops will take a crash-course in wildfire fighting so they can be deployed to central Washington fires. A blaze in Okanogan County that the governor calls a “firestorm” has destroyed around 100 homes. 

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Wildfires
3:57 pm
Fri July 18, 2014

1,000 Washington National Guardsmen To Take Crash Course in Firefighting

A portion of the Mills Canyon Complex fire in Central Washington
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The wildfire situation in Washington state is so severe that 1,000 National Guardsman will get a crash course in firefighting. Washington Governor Jay Inslee says the troops are currently in Yakima for annual training.

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Spotted Bats
6:45 am
Fri July 18, 2014

How To Listen For A Spotted Bat

An Insect-Eating Spotted Bat.
Credit Paul Cryan / U.S. Geological Survey

When you think of bats, this guy might be the first thing that comes to mind.

“I am Dracula.”

You may find bats scary. But one group of nature lovers doesn’t. They recently spent a night out tracking bats in central Washington. They wanted to check-in on how bat populations are doing in the state. EarthFix reporter Courtney Flatt has more.

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Washington Midterms
6:36 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Nearly $33M So Far In Washington Mid-Term Elections

The House Chamber at the Washington state Capitol in Olympia
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Washington’s August primary is less than a month away. It’s a midterm election year with no statewide offices on the ballot. Even so, already nearly $33 million has been contributed to campaigns. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins takes a look at who’s giving.

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Wildfires
6:03 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Washington Towns Told To Evacuate As Fires Continue

A view of the Bridge 99 Complex fire along Green Ridge near the Lookout and east of Camp Sherman and the Metolius River.
Credit Steve Ziel / InciWeb

Update from Sueann Ramella 3:56pm 7/18

Washington residents are urged to listen to emergency officials and evacuate as the Carlton Complex Fire and Chiwaukum Creek Fire continue to threaten homes. So far, more than 900 residents near Leavenworth were told to evacuate, and residents in the town of Pateros were also told to evacuate as these two large fires continue to grow destroying 100 hundred homes. The Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI) says:

“The first step is to listen to authorities and pack up and move out as quickly as you can, the next step is to contact your insurer if you’ve been asked to evacuate your home,” said Kenton Brine,PCI assistant vice president. “Generally, homeowners and auto insurance policies will cover property lost or damaged due to a wildfire, but it’s important to make that initial contact with your insurer to begin the recovery process if your home is destroyed by a wildfire.”

Update from Jessica Robinson 10:36 a.m. 7/18 

About 80 people woke up in a Red Cross shelter in central Washington this morning after a wildfire forced the town of Pateros to evacuate overnight. Initial reports are that 40 homes and a church have burned in the small town on the Columbia River.

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Earthquake Maps
6:01 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

New Earthquake Maps Are Out

The U.S. Geological Survey Thursday published its first updated earthquake maps in six years
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The U.S. Geological Survey published its first updated earthquake maps in six years Thursday. The new maps show higher risks in the Pacific Northwest. The new maps are a synthesis of new research and up-to-date modeling techniques, applied to seismic hazards across the country.

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Energy Drinks
5:55 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Northwest Attorneys General Sue Energy Drink Maker

Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum's lawsuit challenges 5-hour ENERGY's marketing.
Credit Juan Manuel / Flickr

Attorneys General from Oregon and Washington filed suit Thursday against the makers of a popular energy drink.

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Gun Control
5:12 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Washington Supreme Court Sides With Boyfriend In School Backpack Shooting

A Washington man's loaded gun went off in a school backpack critically injuring a student.
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A Washington man whose loaded gun went off in a school backpack critically injuring a student can’t be charged with third degree assault. That’s the ruling Thursday from the Washington Supreme Court. The split decision stems from a high-profile case in 2012 in Bremerton.

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Bowe Bergdahl
4:26 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Bergdahl's Attorney Expects Army Questioning To Begin Soon

Bowe Bergdahl at his graduation from U.S. Basic Training.
Credit Bergdahl family

The attorney for rescued POW Bowe Bergdahl expects the Army sergeant to be interviewed by military investigators within the coming weeks. The probe into how Bergdahl fell into Taliban hands while off-base in 2009 is already underway.

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Wolverine Threatened Status
7:21 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Endangered Species Listing For Wolverine Looking Doubtful

A close-up shot of a wolverine.
Credit Tambako the Jaguar / Flickr

A federal threatened species listing for the wolverine is looking increasingly unlikely. Protected status was put on the table in anticipation of harm due to global warming. At present, the fierce and rare carnivore is making a slow comeback in the Northwest and Northern Rockies. Correspondent Tom Banse reports.

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