Northwest Coffee History
3:06 pm
Tue March 10, 2015

How The Northwest Started Loving Coffee

Credit Benjamin Morris / NPR

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.

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Speed Limits
5:43 pm
Tue March 3, 2015

Northwest Lawmakers Mull Higher Speed Limits

File photo. Drivers can legally top out at 80 mph on some sections of interstate highway in Idaho.

Originally published on Tue March 3, 2015 5:10 pm

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.

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Northwest Photos
12:58 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

The Northwest May Be The Most Beautiful Place In America - Here's Proof

Farmland seen in Walla Walla Washington.
Credit 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:

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Crime Rates
5:44 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Overall Crime On The Decline, But Watch Your Car

Although overall violent crime rates continue to decrease in Washington, Oregon and Idaho, the number of car thefts have increased.
Credit Jon Collier / Flickr

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.

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6:37 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Northwest States Shaping Up Ebola Policies As More Travelers Arrive Home

Washington, Oregon, and Idaho policies are working on how to deal with travelers in Ebola-exposed countries
Credit 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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Sacagawea Casting Call
8:22 am
Fri October 31, 2014

HBO Searches Tribal Communities For Actress To Play Sacagawea

Donna Reed played Sacagawea in the 1955 film “The Far Horizons.
Credit Paramount Pictures / Youtube

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.

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Ashland Divestment
7:31 am
Wed October 22, 2014

Ashland City Council Passes Fossil Fuel Divestment Resolution

File photo of a truck at a Wyoming coal mine. Ashland has become the second Oregon city to formally come out against the investment of its dollars in coal and other fossil fuel industries.
Credit 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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9:36 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Palouse Photographer Wins Photo Of The Year

Kenneth Carper says the best time of the year to visit the Palouse Falls is in the spring. His Photo of the Year proves it.
Credit Ken Carper /

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.

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Oil Spill Concern
7:13 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Is The Inland Northwest Prepared For An Oil Spill?

Credit Northwest News Network

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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Climate Change
5:27 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

CO2 Not To Blame For Climate Change In The Northwest?

The Oregon Coast in Woods, Oregon. A new study says that the change in wind patterns are causing warming temperatures.
Credit Patrick M / flickr

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."

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