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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.

Earl Blackaby

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.

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