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It’s that time again – the Northwest spotlights chamber music with summer festivals throughout the region, and provides the perfect scenery for classical music performances.

The Walla Walla Chamber Music Festival brings together another international cast of performers for this summer. 30 events across the valley include intimate winery performances, specially commissioned works and outreach concerts for teens and children. June 2 – 25

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In this episode, Greg Yasinitsky discusses his work Nighthawk in Flight - an exploration of the line between the genres of classical and jazz called "third stream."  The Washington State University Symphonic Wind Ensemble performs alongside jazz quartet Nighthawk, an ensemble in which Yasinitsky plays saxophone.

Listen below to this rhythmic and melodic melding of genres or download at Soundcloud

Earl Blackaby

From winding rivers to lush greenery, it’s no wonder the Northwest is one of the most beautiful regions in the world. However, just below the pointed tops of evergreens lies another world to notice – the life of native birds.

At first glance, real estate agent Theresa Mondale's listings don't sound too different from those of other agents trying to sell a piece of Montana paradise: 270 acres at the base of the Bitterroot Mountains completely surrounded by U.S. Forest Service land, stands of old growth fir and cedar trees, a spring with pure water.

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If you need a chuckle today, look no further. Skunk Bear, NPR’s science Tumblr, partnered with The Birdist, a blog dedicated to birding, to bring you a video of the “dumbest-sounding” birds of North America.

 

Friends of Badger Mountain

Conservationists in Washington’s Tri-Cities are nearing a deal to secure a trail right-of-way on a scenic peak. That would get closer to the goal of establishing a 20-mile trail that could offer sunny, dry hiking at times of year when most trails elsewhere in the Northwest are muddy or snow covered.

Thousands of federal inmates were sent home Friday after their drug sentences were shortened. That includes dozens of convicts from the Northwest.

Government Email Addresses Released In Dating Site Hack

Aug 19, 2015

Dozens of email addresses from government domain names in the Northwest are included in a data release this week. Unfortunately it’s customer data from an online dating site intended for extramarital affairs -- and it was stolen by hackers.

The "steady upward climb" in job creation around the Northwest continues this summer.

Idaho fish and game regulators want there to be no doubt that hunters cannot use drones. In Oregon as well, lawmakers have tried to head off a fair chase issue before it rears its head.

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You can’t talk about brewing in Washington State without mentioning Rainier and Olympia beer. According to its website, Rainier Beer traces its beginnings back to the mid-1800s, when Seattle was a pioneering city for lumberjacks and fishermen – after all, hard workers need refreshment. Rainier was officially launched in 1878 and quickly found popularity.  

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River levels around the Northwest are dropping as the drought continues - and the water’s getting warmer.

That’s a problem for salmon.

Wildlife managers in Washington and Oregon have limited fishing to certain times of day and closed some rivers altogether.

But some say that’s not enough to help struggling fish.

It’s really quiet in the fishing gear aisle at Swain’s General Store in Port Angeles.

By Tom Banse

The first U.S. Open golf championship to be staged in the Northwest hasn’t even teed off. Yet the director of the U.S. Golf Association says it’s already achieved one goal. That is to stir up interest in golf in the Pacific Northwest. 2013 U.S. Open champion Justin Rose says he’s also picked up a “good buzz” from the spectator galleries.

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Every major region of America has local distilleries. Both Seattle and Portland have tours where locals and tourists alike can venture through an array of neighborhood distilleries.

Erika Degens, owner and partner of Stone Barn Brandyworks in Portland, says there is something admirable about local distilleries.

Andrew Jacobs

  The Rimsky-Korsakoffee House in Portland, OR recently became the topic of conversation here at Northwest Public Radio. It seemed only natural to send word to my Portland-residing father, who decided to head over to the musically themed café that evening, buy himself some dessert and check things out.

He and I bonded over a love of Scheherazade when I was very young - one of those unconditional, slightly irrational feelings of love that has lasted a couple decades and is safe to assume will never go away.  

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Seattle is known for its love of coffee but as Pacific Northwesterners know, it's a passion not unique to the West Side. So how did coffee become such a Northwest staple?

Starbucks may be the first entity people think of as an answer to this question. And although Starbucks did play a significant role in the eventual coffee craze, the Northwest’s history with the beverage goes deeper than that.

Some Northwest lawmakers want you to be able to drive faster. Bills in both Oregon and Washington would increase the speed limit on some sections of highway.

Esther Wofford

We get a lot of great photos submitted to our Tumblr page. One of the reasons we get so many - other than our amazing listeners - is that the Northwest is gorgeous. It might be the most beautiful place in America. Here are some examples:

Overall Crime On The Decline, But Watch Your Car

Nov 10, 2014
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New statistics out Monday from the FBI show violent crime continued to decrease in Washington, Oregon and Idaho. That’s consistent with the general trend in crime rates nationwide. However, there are a few notable exceptions in the Northwest that may be of interest to car owners.

Both Idaho and Washington saw an increase in car thefts in 2013, Idaho in particular. It’s up by 12 percent over the previous year.

CDC

  Each day now, travelers are arriving home to the Northwest who may have been exposed to Ebola .

In Oregon, a woman who has come back from West Africa was hospitalized Friday with a fever. But the ink isn’t yet dry on Washington, Oregon and Idaho’s policies on how to isolate these travelers. And the hustle is on to adequately train healthcare workers. 

Oregon state officials said they have fully adopted the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention protocol. The state has also adapted its own CDC based algorithm to access someone’s risk level of developing Ebola.

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HBO is planning a new six-hour miniseries on the Lewis and Clark expedition. And it's searching the Northwest for one of the most famous and beloved figures in the saga – the role of Sacagawea. 

She was the young Native American mother who helped the Corps of Discovery reach the Pacific. This miniseries may do something previous productions haven't – cast a Native American actress in the role.

Katie Campbell

The city of Ashland passed a resolution Tuesday night supporting divestment from the fossil fuel industry. It joins Eugene as the only other Northwest city to take this kind of action to fight climate change.

The scope of the resolution is limited.

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Kenneth Carper uploaded his first photograph to the My Park Photos website last May and this photo is now Photo of the Year. Carper says it was "beginner's luck" in his biography on the site, but it's clear that he has a true talent in photography.

Is The Inland Northwest Prepared For An Oil Spill?

Sep 24, 2014
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The coast has generally been considered the area of the Northwest most at risk for a catastrophic oil spill. But the rise in oil moving through the region by rail has raised the stakes for some inland areas. As Jessica Robinson reports, three counties in the northern tip of Idaho are now creating their own strategy for containing an oil spill.


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Changing wind patterns are to blame for warming temperatures in the Northwest, according to the study. Climatologist James Johnstone was the lead author, and he says, "Basically all of the warming in the Northeast Pacific ocean has been wind driven."

U.S. Fish & Wildlife

The resort town of Ketchum, Idaho is asking the state to back off on killing wolves. They say it’s bad for business. Last night, the Ketchum City Council passed a resolution urging wildlife managers to use non-lethal tactics to control the wolf population.


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A wildfire southeast of Portland has grown to more than 3,500 acres and threatens more than 160 homes. Firefighters are expected to catch a break from the hot, dry conditions for a few days until the next round of warm weather moves into the region this weekend. The "36 Pit" fire is just the latest in a series of large fires in the Northwest this summer. 


Northern Lights Might Be Visible In the Northwest

Sep 12, 2014
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The Northwest could get a a rare look at the northern lights tonight and tomorrow.

The Aurora Borealis is expected to expand further south than usual, thanks to two solar flares affecting the magnetic poles. They'll help make the greenish lights visible.

Stephen Baboi

This week marks the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. The landmark environmental law requires that wilderness areas remain roadless and untrammeled by people. As part of our series on the law, EarthFix reporter Cassandra Profita visited a proposed wilderness area in the southeast corner of Oregon. She explains why it's harder to create wilderness now than it was half a century ago. 

Amelia Templeton

Scientists say whitebark pines are one of the Northwest’s most iconic and ecologically important trees — the majority of which are found in rugged wilderness.

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