Northwest News

Effects Of Wash. Wildfires
6:32 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Wildfire Smoke Closes Schools; Tree Faller Dies

Heavy smoke from multiple wildfires continues to fill valleys on the east slopes of the Cascades.
Vladimir Steblina USDA Forest Service

A tree faller assigned to a wildfire burning north of Wenatchee has died. The U.S. Forest Service says the man became ill Monday afternoon from an unspecified cause. He was transported to a hospital where he later died.

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Oregon Unemployment Rate
5:08 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Oregon's Unemployment Increases

Oregon’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate increased two-tenths of a percent in August to 8.9 percent. Since reaching a peak of about 11.5 percent during the recent recession, Oregon's unemployment rate had been falling - albeit very slowly. But since May, it's been climbing again from a low of 8.4 percent to now 8.9 percent.

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Firefighter Charged With Starting Fire
4:15 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Idaho Firefighter Charged With Starting Karney Fire Near Boise

Nathaniel Bartholomew is charged with setting the Karney fire in Idaho.
Ada County Sheriff's Department

An 18-year-old volunteer firefighter is charged with setting a Monday fire that’s threatening homes about 20 miles northeast of Boise, Idaho.

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Arctic Oil Drilling
6:01 am
Tue September 18, 2012

Shell Delays Arctic Oil Drilling Until 2013

The Arctic Challenger on the Bellingham waterfront in August.
Photo by John Ryan Northwest News Network

Problems in Puget Sound have led Shell Oil to cancel its plans for drilling for oil in the Arctic Ocean this year. KUOW's John Ryan reports from the Bellingham waterfront.

The Arctic Challenger is Shell's oil-spill containment barge. It's here behind me at the Bellingham Shipping Terminal. It's supposed to be in place in the Arctic to help mop up any oil spills. It's been under construction here at the Bellingham Shipping Terminal for months.

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Marijuana Legalization Initiatives
4:59 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Oregon Politicians Mostly Mum On Marijuana Legalization Measure

A marijuana plant growing in North Cascades National Park Complex.
David Snyder National Park Service

Oregon and Washington are contemplating a dramatic shift in drug policy this November. But the initiatives to legalize marijuana are getting little attention from state lawmakers on the campaign trail.

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Minimum Wage In Oregon
4:14 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Oregon's Minimum Wage Will Go Up In January

Oregon's minimum wage will go up 15 cents in January to $8.95 an hour. State Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian made the announcement Monday in Springfield.

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Heavy Smoke In Central Wash.
4:09 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Wildfire Smoke Continues To Plague Central Wash. And Idaho

Smoke from wildfires in central Washington and Idaho is prompting warnings.
John Nelson USDA-Forest Service

The persistent smoke from wildfires has gotten so bad in the Wenatchee and Ellensburg areas that county health departments are telling everyone to stay indoors if possible. Firefighters continue to defend rural homes and subdivisions on the east slopes of the Cascades. Containment of the numerous wildfires there appears a long ways off.

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Clinton Supports Inslee
6:59 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Clinton Calls Inslee A Leader Adressing Climate Change

Photo Credit: Flickr/Wiki Commons

Former president Bill Clinton’s appearance drew over 3,000 supporters to downtown Seattle Saturday. Organizers called it one of the biggest political fundraisers in recent memory.He came to campaign for Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Inslee. Inslee faces Republican Rob McKenna in one of the tightest governors’ races in the country this fall.

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Washington Wind Tower
6:41 am
Mon September 17, 2012

Wind Tower Manufacture To Close Plants

Photo Credit: Paul Anderson/Wiki Commons

A wind tower manufacturer in Richland, Wash. says it’s closing plants in Washington and Nebraska.

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Economic Impact Of Wildfires
5:15 pm
Fri September 14, 2012

Fires Not All Bad For Local Economies

The influx of firefighters to a wildfire can offset economic damage to tourism and natural resources.
U.S. Forest Service

Crews continue to make progress on several wildfires in central Washington. State health officials say the air is smoky enough around Wenatchee to be unhealthy for people with sensitive respiratory systems.

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