Northwest News

Anti-tax Pledge
4:32 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Murray Urges More Republicans To Break Anti-tax Pledge

Sen. Patty Murray
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U.S. Senator Patty Murray is encouraging Republican members of Congress to break campaign pledges to vote against any tax increases. The Washington Democrat made the comments on the floor of the U.S Senate Wednesday.

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Northern Spotted Owl
4:27 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

More State Forestland Protected For Spotted Owl In Oregon

A new map dictating protected habitat of the northern spotted owl covers nine million acres of federal forest.
Credit John and Karen Hollingsworth / Wikimeda Commons

The new map of protected habitat for the northern spotted owl affects far more state forestland in Oregon than in Washington or California.

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Idaho Schools Lose Money
6:45 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Some Idaho School Districts Could Lose Millions After Voters Repeal Education Law

Photo of a typical classroom.
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Idaho’s school districts are beginning to understand what the repeal of the Student’s Come First education laws will mean for them financially. Voters repealed those laws earlier this month through ballot Propositions 1, 2 and 3. The repeal restores some funding the laws took away. That means a few districts will get more money. The Lake Pend Oreille, Coeur D’Alene, Lewiston and Lapwai districts will all come out ahead.

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Northwest Shellfish
6:33 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Ocean Acidification Takes Toll On Northwest Shellfish

Oyster's being harvested.
Credit Photo Credit: Peter Gugerell/Wikimedia Commons

Governor Chris Gregoire has just released a long awaited report on ocean acidification.

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Jail Ends Visitions
6:19 am
Wed November 28, 2012

Lincoln County Jail Is ending In-Person Prisoner Visitations

Photo of a prisoner jail cell.
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The Lincoln County Jail is ending all in-person prisoner visits at the end of January. The county is switching to a pay-per-minute video visitation system that utilizes webcams or Android phones. Officials say the new system will save taxpayer money and give inmates increased opportunities to contact their loved-ones. But an Oregon civil rights group says an all-video system could mean higher recidivism rates.

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Dog Fur Knitting
5:45 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Dog Fur Knitting New Craft, Old Northwest Tradition

Sweaters knitted from dog hair.
Credit Northwest News Network

As the cold winter weather rolls around, you may pull your warm wool sweater from the back of the closet. But these days, some people are knitting sweaters out of a different animal: dogs. It's a new craft movement that is actually part of a very old Northwest tradition.

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Northwest Sawmills
5:30 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Housing Rebound Has More Northwest Sawmills Buzzing

A rebound in construction, such as building new homes, is good news for sawmills.
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Sawmills in the Northwest have significantly ramped up production in response to the rebound in construction nationally. That's according to a market survey by an industry consultant based near Seattle.

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Capitol Christmas Tree
5:21 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Oregon Capitol Christmas Tree Gets A Temporary Time-Out

Crews lower the Oregon state capitol Christmas tree to the floor of the rotunda.
Credit Chris Lehman

The huge Christmas tree in the rotunda of the Oregon capitol building is back up again. Crews had to un-decorate and lower the 30-foot Noble Fir Tuesday to correct a fairly basic error made when the tree was raised the day before.

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Ocean Acidification
4:58 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Gregoire Announces 3.3 Million To Tackle Ocean Acidification

A new report released by Gov. Gregoire calls for more research on the local causes of ocean acidification.
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Gov. Chris Gregoire has just released a long awaited report on ocean acidification. At a public ceremony today she announced major funding for the execution of some of the report’s recommendations.

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Timber Sales Halted
4:49 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Judge Halts Logging In Oregon State Forests

A preliminary injunction has halted timber sales in three state forests that are home to the threatened marbled murrelet.
Credit Gus Van Vliet / U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

A federal judge has granted a preliminary injunction halting 11 timber sales in Oregon’s state forests. The state is being sued by three conservation groups who say the logging projects imperil a federally protected seabird.

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