Kelsie Smith

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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.