Northwest News

Washington Wildfire Costs
6:12 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Washington Fires Cost $50 Million, More Costs Expected

Fighting this summer's wildfires in eastern Washington has already cost more than $50 million dollars.
Credit Josh O'Connor / Flickr

Fighting this summer's wildfires in eastern Washington has already cost more than $50 million. Washington state Governor Jay Inslee says we can expect even more expensive fires in the years ahead.

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Wildfire Power Outages
6:11 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Power Outages Persist In Fire-Swept North Central Washington

As of Monday, about 900 customers remain in the dark as the result of Washington state’s largest wildfire.
Credit InciWeb

The lights are coming back on in fire-swept north central Washington. A major transmission line was restored late last week, but not everyone has their power back.

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Birth Defect Investigation
5:54 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Health Officials Plan Next Steps In Birth Defect Investigation

Investigators still aren’t sure what is causing a cluster of birth defects in central Washington.
Credit Bridget Coila / Flickr

Investigators still aren’t sure what is causing a cluster of birth defects in central Washington. The rate of the rare defect is four times the national average. Health officials met today to figure out what to do next.

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Ethiopian Athletes Missing
5:25 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Four Ethiopian Athletes Missing After World Junior Championships

The World Junior Track and Field Championships were held in Eugene, Ore. on Saturday.
Credit Angel / Flickr

A group of Ethiopian athletes in Eugene for the World Junior Track & Field Championships have been missing since Saturday.

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Mine's Unpaid Penalties
4:42 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Penalties On Idaho Mine Still Unpaid Three Years After Miner's Death

Larry "Pete" Marek died in a collapse at the Lucky Friday Mine on April 15, 2011.
Credit The Marek family

It's been over three years since a tunnel collapse at a north Idaho silver mine killed miner Larry Marek. Yet federal records show a series of federal penalties issued to the mine's owners still have not been paid. That’s because the company continues to contest them.

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Oil Train Safety
6:37 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Oregon Report Identifies Gaps In Oil Train Safety

Reports show three oil trains a week pass through Oregon on the way to the Global Pacific oil terminal near Clatskanie, and additional oil trains pass through central and southern Oregon on their way to California once a week.
Credit Tony Schick / EarthFix

Several mile-long oil trains cross through the state of Oregon every week carrying volatile oil from North Dakota's Bakken oil fields. A new report released today Friday identifies gaps in Oregon's ability to handle the safety risks. For EarthFix, Cassandra Profita reports.

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Grain Negotiations
5:50 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Inslee Calls For Negotiations At Vancouver Grain Terminal, Ends Police Escort For Inspectors

Washington Governor Jay Inslee has cancelled a police escort that helped grain inspectors cross a union picket line at a grain terminal in Vancouver.
Credit Sam Churchill / Flickr

Washington Governor Jay Inslee has cancelled a police escort that helped grain inspectors cross a union picket line at a terminal in Vancouver.

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Smoking Ban
5:47 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Oregon Ponders Smoking Ban At All Beaches

Oregon could become the first West Coast state to ban smoking on all of its beaches.
Credit Mark Hogan / Flickr

Oregon could become the first West Coast state to ban smoking on all of its beaches. The Oregon State Parks Department is seeking public input on the proposal.

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Seismic Mapping
5:27 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

USGS Tries Human Racket To Create Seismic Hazard Survey

A seismic "thumper" used to map earthquake faults.
Credit Horemu / Wikimedia Commons

Research geologists just finished a field trial to test a less invasive way to complete seismic hazard surveys. The federal scientists attempted to map an earthquake fault under Seattle simply by listening for underground echoes from all the noise we humans create at the surface.

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Meth Cleanup
5:01 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Northwest Meth Houses To Get Scrubbed Under EPA Program

The Salishan public housing development in Tacoma is one of the sites that will be tested and cleaned through an EPA grant.
Credit Tacoma Housing Authority

Federal dollars meant to restore toxic areas like old factories, mines and gas stations are now going to another long-time industry: meth. For the first time, the EPA’s Brownfields program is covering the clean-up of former meth houses. And the inaugural sites are right here in the Northwest.

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