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The city of Portland has issued a boil water notice for all Portland Water Bureau customers.

Until further notice, all customers should boil all tap water used for drinking, food preparation, tooth brushing and ice. The water should boil for at least one minute. Ice or any beverages prepared with un-boiled tap water on or after May 20 should be discarded.

Home canning is regaining popularity as part of the local food movement. If done right, families can enjoy home grown fruits, vegetables and even meat all through the winter. But if done wrong it can be devastating, if not deadly.

A lawyer for the state of Washington recently learned that lesson the hard way.

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Studying the muck at the bottom of Puget Sound is an excellent way to tell how healthy the Sound is. The Department of Ecology took samples from around Puget Sound back in 1998 and then compared them with samples taken from the same area ten years later. And now the results are in.