Pacific Northwest

Mercury in Fish
5:24 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

New Study: Mercury Found In Sport Fish In Remote Northwest Lakes

Scientists have found mercury in fish caught in some of the most remote water bodies of the West.
Credit Kasper Sorensen / Flickr

Scientists have found mercury in fish caught in some of the most remote water bodies of the West. Mercury is a neurotoxin that is especially harmful to pregnant women and children.

A new study looked at mercury levels in fish sampled from 21 national parks around the West.

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Air Pollution
5:52 pm
Fri April 11, 2014

Higher Nitrate Air Pollution In Central Wash.

Researchers have found the source of an unusual pocket of air pollution in central Washington. Tiny particles from large agricultural operations mix with vehicle exhaust. That creates nitrate pollution.

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Code Competition
5:35 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Northwest Student Code-Breaking Competition Launches Soon

Stuart Boersma is a professor at Central Washington University. He’s organizing a code-breaking completion for Northwest college and high school students. The contest is called Kryptos and last year there were 100 participants.
Credit Courtesy of Stuart Boersma

Code language is probably as old as language itself. Now, two Northwest university professors have launched a competition to test students’ code-breaking skills. The brain game starts April 10. 

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Nuclear Power
5:19 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

Nuclear Power Plant Safety Report

A new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists says the Northwest’s only commercial nuclear power plant reported three safety problems in 2013.
Credit Nuclear Regulatory Commission / Flickr

A new report from the Union of Concerned Scientists says the Northwest’s only commercial nuclear power plant reported three safety problems in 2013. Officials at the plant say they’ve been on top of the issues.

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Albertsons Merger
5:00 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Albertsons To Merge With Safeway Stores

If the merger of Albertsons and Safeway is approved, the expanded company will include 2,400 stores in 34 states and Washington DC, according to investor documents.
Credit Emilie Ritter Saunders / Northwest News Network

The Boise-based grocery store Albertsons is merging with Safeway supermarkets. The companies announced Thursday the acquisition could be worth more than $9 billion.

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Wanapum Dam
5:57 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

Columbia River Drawdown Continues To Take Pressure Off Wanapum Dam

The crack is at the bottom of the fourth spillway pier from the left in this photo.
Grant County PUD

Originally published on Mon March 3, 2014 5:54 pm

Water behind the Wanapum Dam near Vantage, Wash., is being drawn down 26 feet to relieve pressure on the big crack in the structure.

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Gay Rights
5:53 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

In Wake Of Arizona Veto, Similar Measures Considered In Northwest

In Oregon, a religious group is attempting to get a measure on this November's ballot that would allow people to refuse to participate in a same-sex ceremony if doing so would violate their religious beliefs.
Credit Chantal Andrea

Amidst the debate over the now-vetoed Arizona bill that would have protected businesses that refuse to serve gays and others for religious reasons, gay rights groups in the Northwest say similar legislation could surface here.

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Logging Exports
4:59 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

2013: A Good Year For West Coast Log And Lumber Exports

Lumber and log exports from the West Coast rose about 20 percent last year.
Credit Sean Mack / Wikimedia Commons

Lumber and log exports from the West Coast rose about 20 percent last year, with demand peaking in the fourth quarter.

Most of the West Coast logs shipped overseas are going to China, although Japan has upped its demand, as well. With limited forestlands of their own, these countries rely on the United States’ timber supply.

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Winter Weather
5:16 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Snow Halts Oregon Legislature

A view of the Capitol mall in Salem on Thursday afternoon.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu February 6, 2014 4:17 pm

Oregon lawmakers will take a rare snow day Friday. The wintry forecast prompted legislative leaders to cancel all hearings and floor sessions for the day.

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2014 Winter Olympics
4:19 pm
Mon January 27, 2014

Broken Ribs Can't Stop Seattle Skier's Drive To Compete In Winter Olympics

Roberto Carcelen of Seattle carried the Peruvian flag at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. He is tabbed to be Peru's flag bearer again in Sochi.
Jude Freeman Wikimedia

Originally published on Mon January 27, 2014 4:30 pm

It's every Olympic athlete's worst nightmare: After years of preparation, training and fundraising, an accident mere weeks before the Olympic Games derails everything.

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