Coal Exports
7:23 am
Tue July 8, 2014

Poll Finds Coal Export Supporters Outnumber Opponents

A new DHM Research survey of Northwest residents finds that support for coal exports through the Northwest is up from where it was last year, when the issue was the subject of public debate and news coverage.
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More people in the Northwest support coal export terminals than oppose them. Those are the results of a new survey. But people who took the survey didn’t feel very strongly about why they support coal exports. For EarthFix, Courtney Flatt has more.

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Recreational Marijuana
5:51 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Would-Be Customers Eagerly Await Pot Store Openings

Rick Stevens stopped by 420 Carpenter, a marijuana retail location in Lacey, Washington, to see if it was open yet. The retired TSA worker is looking forward to making some homemade edibles and listening to Pink Floyd.
Credit Austin Jenkins / Northwest News Network

The first legal marijuana stores in Washington are scheduled to open Tuesday. The Liquor Control Board issued the first 24 retail licenses early Monday. But state officials warn of high prices and short supply in the beginning. Even so that’s not keeping away some would-be customers.

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Recreation Permits
5:50 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Coastal County Tries Tax Gambit To Stop Recreation Fees

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A coastal Northwest county is the first to strike back against pricey recreation permits now being required by some large timber companies. The Grays Harbor County commission voted unanimously Monday to take a tax deferral away from private timberland owners that charge for public access.

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Legal Marijuana Licenses
5:48 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Stores Before The Pot: Why The Rush To License Washington Marijuana Retailers?

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It’s another significant milestone in Washington’s experiment with legal, recreational marijuana. The first 24 pot retailers in Washington now have their licenses in hand.

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Northwest State Parks
10:50 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Which One Of These State Parks Is Not Like The Other?

Hells Canyon is the main attraction of Hells Gate State Park - and the river is the only way to travel all the way up it.
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There’s no need to roam too far from home to have a great summer vacation. The Northwest has many beautiful state parks for you to visit. The Northwest alone is home to more than 400 city, state and national parks! Here are just five Northwest state parks you’re going to want to check out.

1. Hells Gate State Park

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Washington Marijuana
6:54 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Legal Pot Prices May Be High To Start

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Marijuana users may pay some high prices to get high when Washington’s legal pot market launches the week of July 7. The initial price-per-gram could be nearly double what medical marijuana card-holders pay. Correspondent Austin Jenkins reports.

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Bitcoin Donations
6:51 am
Fri July 4, 2014

Oregon Marijuana Campaign Would Like Some Of Your Bitcoin Stash

A physical representation of Bitcoin, a digital currency.
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An Oregon political campaign wants your digital donations. The group behind the initiative to legalize recreational marijuana says it's now accepting bitcoin contributions. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman reports on this new frontier in campaign finance.

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Oregon Initiatives
5:52 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

No Big Surprises On Signature Deadline Day

The deadline to turn in signatures to qualify initiative petitions in Oregon produced no big surprises.
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The deadline to turn in signatures to qualify initiative petitions in Oregon produced no big surprises Thursday. But Oregonians could still have a range of controversial topics to decide this fall.

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DOT Funding
5:51 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Feds Warn Of Possible Highway Cash Holdback to Northwest States

The Idaho Department of Transportation has temporarily suspended advertising for bids for some highway projects.
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The Idaho Department of Transportation has temporarily suspended advertising for bids for some highway projects. Oregon and Washington may soon do the same. That's all because of a standoff in Congress about how to replenish the money in the pot for highway construction.

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Washington Prisons
5:16 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Washington Prisons Will No Longer Punish Inmates For ‘Self-Harm’

The Department of Corrections said that it will no longer sanction inmates for cutting or other acts of self-injury.
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Washington’s prison system has announced a major policy change when it comes to inmates who harm themselves. The Department of Corrections said Thursday that it will no longer sanction inmates for cutting or other acts of self-injury.

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