7:47 am
Fri October 3, 2014

Oregon, Washington Hope To Use Drones For Wildfire Recon In 2015

File photo of a ScanEagle unmanned aerial vehicle

Originally published on Thu October 2, 2014 9:12 pm

Both Oregon and Washington’s state forestry departments had hoped to try out drones this summer to provide reconnaissance at wildfire scenes. But neither firefighting agency managed to pull it off. Now both plan to try again next year.

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Fire Recovery
8:44 am
Fri August 1, 2014

What Do You Do When Your House Burns Down?

A fire - whether it be a house fire or a wildfire - can cause insurmountable damage to buildings.
Credit arsheffield /

 Wildfire have been destroying property – and lives – across the Northwest for the past month and that got us wondering: what do you do if your home or property is damaged in a fire? Here are precautions and steps to take.

Safety First

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6:00 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

Wildfires Blaze Their Way Across The Northwest

U.S. Highway 26 near Mitchell, Ore. has been closed much of this week due to a wildfire.
Credit Oregon Department of Transportation

Wildfires continue to blaze around the region. Washington state has declared a state of emergency for 20 of its eastern counties. In Oregon, more than a dozen fires are burning right now, with the biggest concentration in the center of the state.

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4:25 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Northwest Fire Season Ramps Up East Of The Cascades

A 2013 wildfire near Goldendale, Washington.
Credit Washington Incident Management Team #2 / InciWeb

Workers in the Tri-Cities, Wash. area got notice Wednesday of tinder-dry conditions at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation and were advised to practice fire safety at work and at home. It’s about four weeks ahead of schedule for these types of fire-weather alerts and a sign of a long, hot summer ahead.

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Don't Feed The Bears
6:14 pm
Mon May 19, 2014

Bear Feeding Case Will Go To Court In A First For Washington

Accused bear feeder Doris Parks created a nine acre wildlife reserve by buying undeveloped land across the street from her house in Ilwaco, Wash.
Credit Tom Banse / Northwest News Network

A 70-year-old woman has been criminally charged for allegedly feeding bears at her house on Washington's Long Beach peninsula. This is believed to be the first time someone has been prosecuted under a relatively new law against feeding large wild carnivores. The accused woman denies the charges.

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5:55 pm
Fri May 2, 2014

Study Finds ‘Firewise’ Homes Don’t Reduce Wildfire Costs

A new study finds a prevention tactic for fire proofing homes isn’t helping to bring those costs down.
Credit Famartin / Wikimedia

The study is by the think tank Headwaters Economics, based in Bozeman, Mont. Researchers looked at what are known as “firewise” communities. Rural homeowners are encouraged to do things like clear brush around their homes and replace wood shingles with a metal roof.

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8:35 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Federal Government Blazes Ahead On Comprehensive Fire Management Plan

Credit USDA

A new strategy for fighting wildfires has been announced by the federal government in response to increasingly costly fire seasons in the West.

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NWPR Books
8:17 am
Tue March 25, 2014

For Writer, 'The Hard Way' Meant Choosing To Stay In Akron, Ohio

Akron was once known as the rubber capital of the world.
Mark Duncan AP

When it comes to his hometown of Akron, Ohio, writer and journalist David Giffels says, "I have spent my whole life watching people leave." Once known as the rubber capital of the world, Akron was a hub of tire manufacturing giants. Goodyear, Firestone and Goodrich provided thousands of high-paying jobs until the 1970s, when those jobs began migrating to places with cheaper labor.

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Sage Grouse
7:18 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Study: Sage Grouse Habitat Slow To Rebound After Fire

Greater Sage Grouse
Credit USFWS

A new study suggests creating livable habitat for the dwindling sage grouse may be trickier than originally thought. Wildfires have been tearing through the bird's territory in the West. Now, federal researchers find even 20 years after a fire, the ecology is still not up to sage grouse standards.

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NWPR Books
5:47 am
Thu March 13, 2014

First Novels: Under The Gavel Of A Book Auction

Originally published on Tue August 5, 2014 7:38 am

This series on first novels continues with a look at the book auction: what triggers one, how one is organized, and what running one is like. Previous posts covered how agents fall in love with books and how editors acquire them.

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