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Wildfire Smoke
8:05 am
Fri August 9, 2013

Wildfire Smoke Leads to Emergency Room Visits in Southern Oregon

A NASA Earth observatory image of mile marker 28 in the Simcoe Mountains northeast of Goldendale, Washington where eight major wildfires have burned through forests and grasslands in the Pacific Northwest.
Credit Jesse Allen and Robert Simmon

A photo snapped by a NASA Satellite this week captured huge plumes of wildfire smoke blanketing Southern Oregon. More than 50,000 acres of forest have burned there. In cities like Shady Cove and Grants Pass, the amount of particle pollution has reached unhealthy levels for more than a week.

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Barred Owl Removal
4:26 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

USFWS Proposes Killing Barred Owls In Four-Year Experiment

Barred owls out-compete spotted owls for food and nesting sites.
Credit Terren / Wikimedia Commons

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service says today it will test removing barred owls to help the threatened spotted owl. The agency has proposed shooting barred owls in four study areas.

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Mountain Biking
6:01 am
Wed July 10, 2013

Do Mountain Bike Trails Belong In The Cascade Mountains?

Campers at the Timberline on Mount Hood in July. Timberline is one of three ski areas in the Northwest exploring lift-assisted mountain biking as a summer recreation option.
Credit Amelia Templeton

More than a million visitors have ridden the chair lifts at the famous Whistler resort in British Columbia. That figure doesn’t count skiers or snowboarders- it’s just the number of mountain bikers there. The brisk business at Whistler has inspired ski areas from Stevens Pass in Washington to Mount Bachelor in Oregon to build their own summer bike parks. But Amelia Templeton of EarthFix reports, some environmental groups say mountain biking isn’t an appropriate activity in alpine meadows.

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Klamath Basin
4:36 pm
Thu June 20, 2013

Wyden: Klamath Basin Restoration Agreement Is Too Expensive For Congress

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden had bad news today for farmers, fishermen and tribes who signed on to a water rights settlement in the Klamath Basin in 2010. The senator told the groups their plan for resolving the water crisis is too expensive.

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Testing Wheat
3:55 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

How Scientists Test For Genetically Modified Wheat

Scientists use a method called the polymerase chain reaction to identify genetically modified wheat.
Credit Gary Halvorson / Wikimedia Commons

The European Union and Korea have said they will test U.S. shipments of wheat for genetic modification. That’s after last week's report that an unapproved strain of genetically modified wheat developed by Monsanto was found on an Oregon farm.

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Secretary Jewell visits Northwest
7:04 am
Fri May 24, 2013

Interior Secretary Jewell Makes First Visit To Northwest

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell made her first public stop in the Northwest in Portland today, six weeks into the job. Amelia Templeton from our EarthFix team reports that local activists wanted to know how she will handle coal leases on federal land.

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Deeper Cuts in Oregon
7:38 am
Thu May 23, 2013

Southern Oregon Counties Prepare for Deeper Cuts After Safety Levies Fail

Voters in two Southwest Oregon counties have defeated short-term property tax increases that would have raised revenue for public safety. Amelia Templeton reports.

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Timberline Lodge Lawsuit
7:17 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Groups Sue Over Mountain Bike Trail Plan At Timberline Lodge

A plan to build 17 miles of mountain bike trails on the slopes surrounding Timberline Lodge on Mt. Hood has hit a snag. Environmental groups filed a lawsuit today [Thursday] saying the plan would harm alpine meadows. Amelia Templeton of Earthfix reports.


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Klamath River Dams
5:06 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Feds Recommend Removing Four Dams On The Klamath River

The Interior Department recommends removing four dams on the Klamath River by the year 2020.
Credit U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

The Interior Department today recommended removing four dams on the Klamath River by the year 2020. The dam removal is proposed as part of a settlement to end the water wars in Southern Oregon and Northern California.

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Liquefied Natural Gas Terminal
5:34 pm
Fri March 29, 2013

Courts Allow Oregon County To Withdraw Approval For Columbia River LNG Pipeline

A proposal to export liquefied natural gas from a terminal at the mouth of the Columbia River has hit a major setback this week. Oregon courts have affirmed that it was legal for Clatsop County in 2011 to reverse its position on a pipeline connected to the project.

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