Northwest News

Skiing Safety
6:35 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Ski Industry Veterans Are Trying to Keep People Safe In the Back Country

Stevens Pass was the site of a fatal accident earlier last February.
Credit Photo by Derek Ramsey / Wikimedia Commons

The holiday season is upon us. And along with that comes ski season. Snow is falling in the Cascades. Wednesday is opening day at Crystal Mountain and Mount Baker. Tuesday Stevens Pass opened.

But giddy enthusiasm from skiers and snowboarders’ throughout the region is overshadowed by an accident at Stevens Pass last February. It was big.

News Report: “We’re gonna begin with those deadly avalanches. A deadly avalanche near Stevens Pass /We are gonna begin with the breaking news: that deadly avalanche in Washington state.”

Three people were killed that day.

Now, as KUOW’s Sara Lerner reports, ski industry veterans are trying to come up with new ways to keep people safe in the back country.

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Juniper Lumber
6:20 am
Wed November 21, 2012

How Creating a Market For Juniper Could Help Oregon’s High Desert

Juniper growing in a desert.
Credit Photo courtesy Creative Commons

You can stroll into any Home Depot in the northwest and walk out with a load of pine, fir, cedar, or maple lumber.

Ask for juniper, and you’ll probably get a blank look. But that may change. Juniper trees have overpopulated in eastern Oregon, and scientist say they are sucking the high desert dry.

A group of environmental entrepreneurs thinks the best way to restore the desert is by creating a commercial market for juniper. Amelia Templeton of EarthFix Reports.

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Psychiatric Patient Death
6:06 am
Wed November 21, 2012

One Patient Dead, Another Arrested At Eastern State Hospital

A patient was found dead early Tuesday at a psychiatric hospital in eastern Washington, leading to the arrest of patient in the same unit. The woman in custody is suspected of murder.

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Lakewood Shootings
6:02 am
Wed November 21, 2012

Former Lakewood Officer Recalls Outpouring Of Support After Officer Slayings

The Lakewood Police Department Fallen Officer Memorial, which honors the victims of the November 29, 2009 Lakewood police officer shooting.
Credit Photo by Marques Hunter / Wikimedia Commons

This Thanksgiving weekend brings back memories of one of the most horrific police shootings in Washington history. This will be the third anniversary since four Lakewood police officers were gunned down in a coffee shop. Correspondent Austin Jenkins spoke with one of the first officers to arrive at the scene of the café shootings.

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Lakewood Shooting Anniversary
5:59 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Three Years Later, Former Officer Recalls Lakewood Shootings

Three years ago this Thanksgiving weekend, an Arkansas parolee named Maurice Clemmons shot and killed four Lakewood police officers in a coffee shop. Chris Sorrells was one of the first officers at the scene. In the years since, his life has changed dramatically.

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Marijuana Legalization
4:08 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Letter To Attorney General Urges Cooperation On Marijuana

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder.
Credit U.S. Department of Justice

A coalition of law enforcement officers, judges, prosecutors and federal agents have signed a letter asking U.S. Attorney general Eric Holder not to interfere with Washington and Colorado’s new legal marijuana laws.

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Oregon Budget
4:01 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Oregon Revenue Projection Mostly Flat

Economists released their latest set of projections about Oregon state revenue.
Credit Owen / Wikimedia Commons

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber now has final revenue numbers to write his next two-year budget proposal. State economists Tuesday released their latest set of projections about Oregon tax and lottery income.

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Idaho Online Classes
6:06 am
Tue November 20, 2012

Idaho High School Students Won't Be Required To Take Online Classes

Idaho high school students won't have to take online classes to graduate. The State Board of Education repealed a rule Monday that required them. Voters rejected the Students Come First laws on November 6 but one of those laws had a twist. It required the board of education to set the online class requirement, which it did.

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Wash. Legislative Races
5:40 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Philosophical Control Of Washington State Senate Hangs In Balance

Republican state Senator Don Benton (L) and Democratic challenger Tim Probst are separated by only 105 votes.
Credit Northwest News Network

Two southwest Washington legislative races are headed for hand recounts. They are that close. One of them could hand control of the Washington state Senate to a coalition of Republicans and conservative Democrats.

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Wind, Rain In Northwest
5:35 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

High Winds, Heavy Rain Pummel The Northwest

A vehicle speeds through a flooded intersection in Salem.
Credit Chris Lehman

High winds and heavy rain are pummeling the Northwest Monday. Downed trees and floodwaters have closed countless roads, making the evening commute a difficult one. Salem Correspondent Chris Lehman went to check out a creek near his home.

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