Kelsie Smith

Social Media Coordinator
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Ever wonder what goes bump in the night? The Palouse-Clearwater Environmental Institute (PCEI) is holding its annual Animals of the Night to allow people to experience the sights and sounds of nocturnal creatures.

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People dressed as clowns have been scaring people on streets and forests across the country since August. Earlier this month, there were even sightings in western Washington and Oregon.

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Nestle began scouting the Northwest earlier this year for a location to build a commercial water bottling plant.

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Imagine driving on a busy road...without any traffic lines or caution signs. Could it be safe?

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The Washington State Historical Society honored NWPR's own Anna King, Kai-Huei Yau and Doug Gast Saturday, September 24 with the David Douglas Award for their Daughters of Hanford series.


Wildfires: It’s Not All Bad

Sep 26, 2016
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After two devastating years of fires in the Northwest, it seems fire season brings only destruction. In 2014 and 2015 alone, more than half a million acres burned. But wildfires do have an upside.

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Trombonist Roger Finch performed in his final concert with the Yakima Symphony Orchestra (YSO) earlier this month after 45 years. He played highlights from Berlioz’ Romeo and Juliet and Bernstein’s West Side Story in the Capitol Theatre.


“We kicked its butt,” he said with a laugh.


The concert opened with an extensive standing ovation from the audience and symphony musicians as Finch walked onstage to take his seat. He wasn’t expecting such recognition.


DoveLewis Animal Hospital

DoveLewis Animal Hospital in Portland was scheduled to euthanize 10-year-old Sheltie Ollie after a week of quickly deteriorating health. But the discovery of a small tick saved the dog’s life.


His owners had taken a trip to the Umpqua River, but noticed after their return that Ollie became increasingly lethargic. Soon, he  couldn’t even eat without being hand fed.


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A massive starfish die-off has been affecting the shores of the west coast for the past three years, but now the species is poised to make a comeback.

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From winding rivers to lush greenery, it’s no wonder the Northwest is one of the most beautiful regions in the world. However, just below the pointed tops of evergreens lies another world to notice – the life of native birds.

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The Washington State University Board of Regents is holding a regularly scheduled meeting May 5 and 6 to discuss several actions items for the university.

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For the first time in 90 years, rugby will be played in the Olympics this year in Rio.


Rugby has a rich history with both men’s and women’s teams in the United States. The men’s team are the reigning Olympic champions (they won against France in 1924) and the US women’s team were the first official world champions in 1991.


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Picture this: You have a cabinet full of expensive, potentially life-saving medication, but you can’t use it. Do you just throw them away or is there another solution?


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If you need a chuckle today, look no further. Skunk Bear, NPR’s science Tumblr, partnered with The Birdist, a blog dedicated to birding, to bring you a video of the “dumbest-sounding” birds of North America.


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A student-led activist group at Western Washington University posted a list of demands in February calling for a more diverse, socially just and aware campus.


The Student Assembly for Power and Liberation listed their demands through an online petition, in which the group describes itself as follows:


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A Coeur d’Alene pastor was shot six times Sunday, March 6 in the parking lot of his church. Two days later, the suspect was arrested in Washington D.C.

A gas explosion early Wednesday morning injured nine firefighters and severely damaged several buildings in Seattle’s Greenwood neighborhood.

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The rich tradition of Irish music is celebrated every Saturday afternoon on The Thistle and Shamrock (2-3 PM, NPR & Classical music service). This St. Patrick’s Day, find out how Celtic traditions have found their way into classical music and film scores with these special programs:

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All through March, you’ll hear stories, features and music recognizing the history and contributions of women. Among the programs we’re offering:

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The Washington Animal Disease Diagnostic Laboratory (WADDL) has confirmed that two dogs are infected with the H3N2 virus, one of two types of influenza A virus that can infect dogs. The other is H3N8. Both cause an upper respiratory illness that is similar to other bacteria and cold viruses and include mild to moderate cold or flu-like symptoms.

Though H3N2 is highly contagious between canines, most dogs will recover successfully in a week to 10 days.

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Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and you know what that means…time to stress out about how to make the day perfectly cliché and gushingly romantic.

But fear not, for Northwest Public Radio has a calendar full of exciting and unique events themed to set your love-filled holiday apart. Without further ado, here are some of the Northwest’s best events for Valentine’s Day:

Sweetheart Musical Soiree

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Two thousand fifteen was officially the warmest year ever recorded in Washington state.

Washington State University meteorologist Nic Loyd says last year’s average temperature was 50 degrees. The yearly average is 46.1.

“The consistency of abnormal warmth throughout the year was remarkable,” Loyd says.


Women have played an active role from startup to cleanup at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation in Southeast Washington. For the past year, Northwest Public Radio’s Anna King has been bringing you their stories. Hear from a physicist who made plutonium, from geologists who study the contaminated soil, from women who lived in the site’s shadows and became activists, and from a Native American woman who speaks for her nation.

Find all the stories below:

Nutcracker's Paradise

Dec 11, 2015
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Idaho is known for farming, potatoes and gorgeous it can add another agreeable item to the list! A small town in the state is home to the second largest nutcracker collection in the world!  CJ Davis is nuts about nutcrackers and the owner of the private collection in Hayden, Idaho.

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If you’re looking for something new to add to the table for Thanksgiving this year, we’ve collected our favorite staff recipes. Ranging from delicious sweet potatoes to mouthwatering pumpkin cheesecake, try some of our favorite main courses, side dishes and desserts.

Scroll through the images above, find your favorites and look below for the corresponding recipes.

Cornish Game Hens by Sue Sheppard, Membership Coordinator


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As fires continue to burn through most of the Inland Northwest, people are looking for ways to help.

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You can’t talk about brewing in Washington State without mentioning Rainier and Olympia beer. According to its website, Rainier Beer traces its beginnings back to the mid-1800s, when Seattle was a pioneering city for lumberjacks and fishermen – after all, hard workers need refreshment. Rainier was officially launched in 1878 and quickly found popularity.  

Kennewick’s Mike Rinker won Grand Champion of WineMaker Magazine’s International Amateur 2015 Wine Competition. Rinker brought home the gold with a red – a 100 percent Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon from 2013.

Rinker, who is the father of Northwest Public Radio’s former operations manager Kevin Rinker, told Great Northwest Wine the Northwest’s wine making abilities are  growing.

Every major region of America has local distilleries. Both Seattle and Portland have tours where locals and tourists alike can venture through an array of neighborhood distilleries.

Erika Degens, owner and partner of Stone Barn Brandyworks in Portland, says there is something admirable about local distilleries.

A warm and cheery voice familiar to millions is going away. Bruce Bradberry is retiring. Bradberry, who has been a fixture on NWPR's Weekend Edition for 20 of the last 26 years (he retired a few times before), will turn off the mic for probably the last time on April 26 to take up the next chapter of the Book of Bradberry, whatever it may be.