environment

Orca Death Investigation
4:31 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

Investigation Launched Into February Orca Death

There is an investigation into an orca that washed onto a Washington beach..
Photo credit: Wikimedia user Kalev Kevad Wikimedia Commons

Officials have launched an investigation into the death of a young female orca from a pod of the endangered marine mammals in Puget Sound. The orca washed up near Washington’s Long Beach in February. The cause of her death is controversial.

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Wolf Poaching
5:38 am
Thu April 5, 2012

Wash. Hunter Pleads Guilty To Wolf Poaching Conspiracy

Yearling wolf from the Lookout Pack in Okanogan County
Photo courtesy of Conservation Northwest

TWISP, Wash. -- A Twisp, Washington man has changed his plea to guilty in a high-profile federal wolf poaching case. As part of a plea agreement, the 62-year-old man will not go to prison. The lack of jail time greatly disappoints a conservation group. Correspondent Tom Banse has more on the story.

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Wolf Photo
3:59 pm
Wed April 4, 2012

Grisly Photo Adds Fuel To Wolf Hunt Debate

Note: We have posted edited and unedited versions of this photo. The anti-trapping group Footloose Montana reposted this photo of Idaho trapper Josh Bransford. The image has since spread to other environmental websites, inciting a furor.
Photo Source: Footloose Montana Facebook page via Trapperman.com

A photo of a trapped wolf in Idaho has splashed new fuel on the flames of the debate over wolves. Environmental groups say the image demonstrates what they see as the cruelty of wolf trapping in Idaho. But state and federal authorities say there was nothing illegal about the picture.

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Coos Bay Terminal
6:14 am
Tue April 3, 2012

Coos Bay Rail Needs Overhaul To Handle Coal

COOS BAY, Ore. -- An engineering study found that a rail line between Coos Bay and Eugene needs about $100 million worth of work before it can handle heavier train traffic. The study was paid for by anonymous investors interested in exporting coal from Coos Bay. Amelia Templeton reports.

The Port of Coos Bay bought the line in 2009, after it was shut down by a Florida company.

It’s been back in service for less than a year, moving small amounts of freight for sawmills and timber companies.

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Small Fish
4:52 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

Panel Recommends Harvest Cutbacks On Small, Schooling Fish

An international research panel recommends cutting in half the global harvest of small, schooling fish like sardines, anchovy and herring.

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Tsunami Debris Research
4:42 pm
Fri March 30, 2012

Senators Call For Emergency Research Of Tsunami Debris

Debris off the Honshu Coast soon after the tsunami.
Photo credit: U.S. Navy Photo courtesy of the U.S. Navy

A year after the devastating earthquake in Japan, up to 100,000 tons of tsunami generated debris is posing an urgent threat to coastal economies in the western U.S. That’s according to Senators Maria Cantwell and Mark Begich, who have written a letter to President Barack Obama, asking that emergency research funds from the National Science Foundation be mobilized to help scientists hone in on what needs to be done to prepare for the arrival of the debris.

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Idaho Wolf Season Results
3:44 pm
Fri March 30, 2012

Hunters And Trappers Take 372 Idaho Wolves This Season

Hunters have bagged 372 animals this season and Idaho Fish and Game has decided to expand wolf hunting next season.
Photo credit: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Photo courtesy U.S. Fish & Wildlife

Wolf hunting ends Saturday in most of Idaho. Hunters have bagged 372 animals since the season began in August, according to the latest count. Idaho Fish and Game officials are pleased, while wolf advocates find the high total worrisome.

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Natural Gas Terminal
6:01 am
Fri March 30, 2012

Future of Oregon LNG In Question

ASTORIA, Ore. -- Changes are afoot at a liquefied natural gas project near Astoria. Amelia Templeton reports.

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Hanford Vegetation
5:27 am
Thu March 29, 2012

Tribe Works to Revegetate Hanford Site

A greenhouse used to grow plants for the Hanford site.
Photo by Courtney Flatt Northwest News Network

RICHLAND, Wash. -- The Hanford cleanup has been hard on the area’s ecosystem, It disturbs habitat and native vegetation that can be difficult to replant. But as correspondent Courtney Flatt reports, one local tribe is working to grow native plants at formerly contaminated areas.

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Natural Gas Export Terminal
5:22 am
Thu March 29, 2012

Jordan Cove Needs New License For LNG Export Terminal

COOS BAY, Ore. -- Federal regulators visited the site of a proposed liquefied natural gas facility near Coos Bay, Oregon Wednesday. Regulators say the Jordan Cove energy project will need to submit a new application now that it is proposing to export natural gas instead of importing it. Amelia Templeton reports.

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