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Coal Export Protests
6:40 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Lummi Tribal Carver Takes Giant Totem Pole On "Healing" Journey

Right now there is a 22-foot-long totem pole on the back of a truck heading up I-5 from Seattle. It's come all the way from the coal mines of Montana's Powder River Basin and will finish its journey north of Vancouver, B.C. The totem pole represents tribal opposition to coal exports in the region. There are 2 proposed coal terminals in Washington and one in Oregon. The largest one could be built next to the Lummi tribal lands north of Bellingham, Washington. The coal would arrive by train and then be shipped to Asia.

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Affiliated Tribes Meeting
6:31 am
Mon September 16, 2013

Tribal Convention To Discuss Fossil Fuel Exports

Monday (9/16) the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians will meet in Coeur d’Alene for their annual convention. Representatives from more than 50 tribes around the region including California, Nevada and Alaska will come together to discuss a variety of tribal business.

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Coal Exports
6:45 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Governor Inslee Talks Clean Tech And Coal Exports

Governor Inslee in the Governors Office moments before delivering his inaugural address in January. Writing a letter to the head of a clean energy company the Governor hopes will relocate to Washington.
Credit GovInslee

Governor Jay Inslee was in Arlington, Washington Wednesday to celebrate the opening of a new cleantech facility that will employ 70 people.

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Coal Economic Study
6:28 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Seattle Mayor McGinn Releases Coal Economic Study

The Mayor’s office has released a report detailing the potential economic impacts of coal exports on Seattle. The report looked at how an increase in coal train traffic through the city would affect property values, roads, traffic and local businesses.

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Animals
1:31 pm
Wed August 7, 2013

Climate Change Could Spell Final 'Chuckle' For Alpine Frog

The Cascades frog is found only in the alpine wetlands of the Pacific Northwest, though its range used to extend down to Northern California and up to British Columbia. Scientists are concerned its range will continue to shrink with climate change.
Ashley Ahearn KUOW

Originally published on Wed August 7, 2013 4:33 pm

Across the Western U.S., yearly areas of snowpack are decreasing, and researchers are trying to figure out what that means for everything that relies on the snowmelt — from farms to power plants to a little creature known as the Cascades frog.

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Alpine Frog
7:45 am
Wed August 7, 2013

Tracking An Alpine Frog That "Chuckles" And Beeps For Climate Change Research

Cascade Frog
Credit Greg Schechte, GregTheBusker

Way up in the mountains of the Northwest you’ll find a little amphibian known as the Cascades Frog. This frog thrives in alpine wetlands, which are dependent on snowmelt. But snowpacks are decreasing across the West. And scientists are trying to figure out how the frogs will adapt to their shrinking habitat. And they’re using some pretty interesting research methods to do that.

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Shellfish Toxin
5:11 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Diarrhetic Shellfish Toxin Closes Beach In South Puget Sound For First Time

Scientists at the Washington Department of Health Lab in Shoreline test shellfish for toxins that come from harmful algal blooms.
Credit Ashley Ahearn / KUOW

Wednesday the Department of Health closed some shellfish beds in South Puget Sound for the first time due to elevated levels of Diarrhetic Shellfish toxin.The biotoxin made 3 people sick after eating mussels harvested in Sequim Bay in 2011.

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Dead Fish
4:57 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Fish Hatchery On The Elwha Loses 50 Percent Of Fish To Failed Water Pump

The largest dam removal in U.S. history is running into problems. Over 200,000 fish were found dead at a hatchery on Washington's Elwha River after a water pump failed over the weekend.

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Vancouver Oil Terminal Postponed
7:10 am
Thu July 11, 2013

Vancouver Oil Terminal Could Be Postponed Following Quebec Tragedy

There are now 15 confirmed deaths in the oil train explosion that rocked a small town in Quebec Province over the weekend.

The tragedy has given the commissioners of the Port of Vancouver in Washington pause as they consider a proposal for a terminal to move oil from trains onto ships. Ashley Ahearn reports.

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Energy Exports
5:40 pm
Tue June 18, 2013

Coal Exports Debate Heads To Washington D.C.

The Army Corps announced that it will not consider climate change in its review of the three proposed coal export terminals in Washington and Oregon.
Credit Chris McKenna / Wikimedia Commons

The debate over coal exports in the Northwest moved to Washington D.C. Tuesday. Seattle Mayor Mike McGinn testified alongside representatives from the mining and natural gas industries in a congressional hearing about energy exports.

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