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Logging Roads
5:53 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

Supreme Court Rules Logging Roads Don’t Violate Pollution Law

The Supreme Court decided 7-1 in favor of the timber industry.
Credit Wikimedia Commons

The Supreme Court today decided in favor of the timber industry in a case about the regulation of muddy waters that flow off logging roads. In a surprising move, one of the court’s conservative justices dissented, and sided with the environmentalists.

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Northwest Weather
7:46 am
Wed March 20, 2013

New Study Shows Increase In Stormy Weather In Western Washington

A stormy scene on the Dungeness Spit in Washington state. Climate researchers say rainfall data suggests it's getting stormier on the Olympic Peninsula.
Credit masmediaspace / Flickr

Climate change will affect different regions of the country in different ways. In the Southwest it may get warmer and drier. In the Northwest, however, climate models predict it getting warmer and wetter.

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Wilderness Budget Cuts
6:33 am
Wed March 13, 2013

Trails Of Trouble On Wild Lands

Volunteers help clean up trees that have blocked some trails in the Frank Church Wilderness.
Jay Krajic

Some federal budget cuts can be found in places you might not be looking -- deep in the wilderness of the Pacific Northwest. As EarthFix reporter Aaron Kunz explains, for hikers and horse packers, frustration is mounting over the state of disrepair of recreational trails on public land.

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Gray Wolves
6:33 am
Mon March 11, 2013

Killing Wolves Sparks Heated Debate In Washington Senate

US Fish

Originally published on Fri March 8, 2013 5:16 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. – It would be easier to kill gray wolves that attack livestock or pets under a bill that passed the Washington Senate Friday. Currently, ranchers and property owners can’t kill protected animals, like wolves, without the permission of the Department of Fish and Wildlife. The bill sparked heated debate in the Senate.

Republican state Sen. John Smith said the measure would allow people to defend their animals, including the dog his son loves.

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Voices of Coal
6:55 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Voices Of Coal: Rail Town Mayor

This week we’re bringing you our special EarthFix series, "Voices of Coal."

Each day we'll hear from someone with a personal stake in the Northwest's debate over coal export terminals.

Idaho Water Plan
6:44 am
Fri March 8, 2013

Idaho Adopts New State Water Plan

Credit Photo by Aaron Kunz / EarthFix

Idaho has a new water plan -- the first update since 1996 to the state’s principles for how water in streams, lakes and aquifers should be divided among users and how it should be conserved for fish and wildlife. The new plan goes into effect Friday. But not everyone is happy about it. EarthFix reporter Aaron Kunz explains.

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Hanford Cleanup
6:33 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Inslee: Best Case, Tank Waste Removal Will Take Years

Hanford Nuclear Reservation tour by Washington Governor Jay Inslee. During his visit Governor Inslee drove past some of the leaking tanks at Hanford and tour the nuclear site's troubled waste treatment plant.
Photo by Anna King

It may take two to four years to even begin clearing radioactive waste from leaking tanks at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. That’s according to Washington Governor Jay Inslee. He toured the southeast Washington nuclear site Wednesday. Correspondent Anna King was on that bus tour and has more.

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Voices of Coal
6:28 am
Thu March 7, 2013

Voices Of Coal: Local Business Owners

This week we’re bringing you our special EarthFix series, "Voices of Coal."

Each day we'll hear from someone with a personal stake in the Northwest's debate over coal export terminals.

Today we hear from Richard and Tanya Burkholder, business owners who depend on tourism at the Oregon Dunes National Monument, not far from a proposed coal export terminal in Coos Bay.

Voices of Coal
6:45 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Voices Of Coal: Tribal Fisherman

This week we’re bringing you our special EarthFix series, "Voices of Coal."

Each day we'll hear from someone with a personal stake in the Northwest's debate over coal export terminals.

Voices of Coal
7:00 am
Tue March 5, 2013

Voices Of Coal: Columbia River Pilot

This week we’re bringing you our special EarthFix series, "Voices of Coal."

Each day we'll hear from someone with a personal stake in the Northwest's debate over coal export terminals.

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