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Illia Dunes Closed
5:54 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Epic Swim Hole, Party Spot Closed After Strewn With Trash, Feces

The Dunes were crowded with party-goers Saturday.
Credit U.S. Army Corps Of Engineers / Northwest News Network

In Eastern Washington, an epic swim hole and university party spot on public land was just closed down. This past weekend, nearly 2,000 people mobbed the spot. The horde littered the place known as “The Dunes” with trash, adult-beverage containers and … well, other leavings. 

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alpha wolf killed
8:14 am
Mon September 8, 2014

Wolf Shot By State Was Alpha Female

Credit Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife

The helicopter shooting of a wolf in northeastern Washington didn’t go as planned. A sharp shooter took out the livestock-killing pack’s alpha female. Officials worry that could lower the pack’s chances of survival.

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Wolf Pack Kill
9:02 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Washington Sharpshooter Accidentally Kills Breeding Female

Credit Serge Melki / Flickr

KING 5 reports that a federal contractor hired to kill wolves hunting Washington sheep has accidentally killed the pack's alpha breeding female.

The pack, known as the Huckleberry Pack, has been preying on sheep in northern Stevens County.

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Oil Spill Risk
8:53 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Conservation Groups Concerned Oil Spill Would Harm Wildlife

An oil train moves through Skagit County in Western Washington, headed to refineries in the Northwestern part of the state.
Credit Katie Campbell / EarthFix

More oil trains traveling along the Columbia River and Puget Sound mean an increased risk for oil spills. Conservation groups worry methods to clean up those spills could harm sensitive wildlife.

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Wilderness Act
8:47 am
Tue September 2, 2014

The Golden Anniversary For Wilderness In America

Wildflowers at the foot of the Goat Rocks, the remains of an ancient and now extinct volcano in the Goat Rocks Wilderness of Washington's Cascades.
Credit David Steves / EarthFix

When you consider how long mountains, forests and deserts have been a part of the American landscape, 50 years is the blink of an eye.

But it’s something of a milestone when a law protecting these places turns 50. That’s happening this week.

To kick off our series on Wilderness, David Steves from our EarthFix team hiked into Washington’s Cascade Mountains. He brings us this report on what a half-century of wilderness protection has meant for a place called the Goat Rocks.

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Air Pollution
5:46 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

EPA Says Idaho Must Clean Up The Air In The Silver Valley

The EPA has given Idaho notice that a corner of the Idaho panhandle isn't meeting stricter new air quality standards, one cause likely being wood-burning.
Credit MegLearner / pixabay

The EPA has given the state of Idaho notice that a corner of the Idaho panhandle isn't meeting stricter new air quality standards. The agency intends to change that by forcing the state to reduce what are called “fine particulates” in the air.

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Coal Export Dock
7:30 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Oregon Denies Permit For Controversial Coal Export Dock

Several Columbia River tribes asked the state of Oregon to deny a permit for a controversial coal export dock at this site in Boardman.
Credit Columbia River Intertribal Fish Commission

The state of Oregon Monday denied a controversial permit for a coal export dock on the Columbia River. For EarthFix, Cassandra Profita reports.

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Oil Safety
7:49 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Report Raises Safety Concerns About Oil By Water

An oil barge. A new report by the non-partisan Congressional Research Service concludes that a shift in transport of oil to barges and ships raises many safety concerns.
Credit Kill van Kull / Flickr

Many communities across the Northwest are worried about the safety risks of shipping crude oil by rail. But a new report raises safety concerns about another shipping method: Oil by water. For EarthFix, Cassandra Profita reports.

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Drones For Forests
6:57 am
Wed August 6, 2014

How Drones Could Make Forest Restoration Easier

Rheno Prajadipta tests out a drone he helped build with Yakima Valley Community College classmates. The drone will survey the health of the forest. The hope is that drones will speed up restoration efforts and save some money.
Credit Courtney Flatt / Northwest News Network

Drones could soon be the newest gadgets in forest conservation. A group of Washington college students recently built and tested a drone that will survey the health of the forest. The hope is that drones will speed up restoration efforts and save some money. For EarthFix, Courtney Flatt has more.

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Smoking Ban
5:47 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Oregon Ponders Smoking Ban At All Beaches

Oregon could become the first West Coast state to ban smoking on all of its beaches.
Credit Mark Hogan / Flickr

Oregon could become the first West Coast state to ban smoking on all of its beaches. The Oregon State Parks Department is seeking public input on the proposal.

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