Pacific Northwest

Titanic Anniversary
6:35 am
Fri December 28, 2012

Seattle Woman’s Great Aunt Faced Tough Decision On The Titanic

A postcard image of the Titanic.
Credit Photo courtesy George Behe's collection

This past year has marked some big milestones. The 150th anniversary of the University of Washington, the 50th anniversary of the Seattle World’s Fair. Charles Dickens would have been 200. 2012 also marks the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic. A majority of the people who boarded the luxury ocean liner didn’t survive the trip. For some, the only thing separating survival and drowning was a split-second decision. Now, a century after the tragedy, a Seattle woman wonders what she would do if she had been in her relative’s shoes on the night of the sinking. Sarah Waller has the story.

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Northwest Dry Spell
5:56 am
Fri October 12, 2012

Northwest Dry Spell Almost At An End

Forecasters say some coastal mountain areas in the Northwest could see up to eight inches of rain this weekend.
Satellite image courtesy National Weather Service

The streak of dry weather in much of the Northwest is about to come to a soggy end. A weather system fueled by subtropical moisture is bearing down on the region.

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Kennewick Man
6:31 am
Thu October 11, 2012

Buff Kennewick Man Had Coastal Diet

Final Kennewick Man facial reconstruction.
Photo by Brittney Tatchell Northwest News Network

For nearly a decade, scientists and Northwest tribes fought bitterly over whether to bury or study the 9,500 year old bones known as Kennewick Man. Now, after years of careful examination, scientists are releasing some of their findings to tribes at meetings this week in Central Washington. As correspondent Anna King reports, Kennewick Man grew up on the coast.

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Changes In Northwest Forests
5:36 pm
Tue August 7, 2012

Changes In Forests Increase Fire Risks, Insect Outbreaks

The Pacific Northwest’s inland forests have dramatically changed over the past 100 years. That’s according to a new study by a conservation group. These changes can lead to larger fires and insect outbreaks.

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Northwest Water Quality
4:59 pm
Tue July 17, 2012

Poll Finds Water Quality NW Residents Top Concern

60 percent of people in the Northwest say they worry about the quality of drinking water.
Benutzer:Alex Anlicker Wikimedia Commons

A new public opinion poll finds that water quality ranks as Northwesterners’ top environmental concern.

DHM Research asked 1,200 residents in Washington, Idaho and Oregon about their environmental concerns. 60 percent said they worried about drinking water, and 54 percent said they were concerned about local lakes, rivers and streams. That result tracks with previous polls.

People said they were happy, overall, with the water that comes out of their tap.

DHM Research’s John Horvick says most survey respondents thought that water quality has not improved since the implementation of the Clean Water Act 40 years ago. He says that finding surprised him.

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Northwest College Completion Rates
4:30 pm
Thu July 12, 2012

Federal Report: Northwest College Completion Rates Stall

Young adults in the Pacific Northwest are becoming less likely to hold college degrees, according to a federal report released Thursday.

A new report from the U.S. Department of Education shows that across the country, the share of 25 to 34-year-olds with college degrees crept up from 2009 to 2010. But that’s not the story in Oregon, Washington and Idaho.

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Wildfire Season
6:21 am
Wed July 4, 2012

Northwest Firefighters Play Waiting Game Amid Cooler Weather

A helitack crew employed by the state of Washington attended a training in Ellensberg last month.
Photo courtesy Washington Department of Natural Resources

Some firefighters from the Northwest have been sent to blazes across the West. But the firefighters still at home are playing the waiting game.

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano visited Boise Tuesday. They toured the center that coordinates national wildfire response efforts.

Some firefighters from the Northwest have been sent to blazes across the West. But as Jessica Robinson reports, the firefighters still at home are playing the waiting game.

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Health Care Decision
7:27 am
Fri June 29, 2012

Northwest Lawmakers Debating How To React To Health Care Ruling

The Supreme Court’s decision on the health care law threw many members of Congress for a loop. Many northwest lawmakers were surprised that the Supreme Court upheld the law’s individual mandate and put limits on the government’s attempt to expand Medicaid. Matt Laslo reports from the nation’s capital.

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May Day Rallies
6:48 am
Wed May 2, 2012

Northwest Rallies On May Day

Demonstrators gathered and marched near the state capitol building in Salem.
Photo by Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber says he'll convene a workgroup to study possible changes to the state's driver's license laws for undocumented immigrants. That news prompted cheers at a May Day rally in front of the state capitol Tuesday evening. Thousands of people marked the day with demonstrations in Salem, along with other cities across the Northwest. Correspondent Chris Lehman has this report from the march in Salem.

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Hydropower Projects
5:59 am
Tue May 1, 2012

Energy Developers Eye New Grid-Stabilizing Hydro Projects

Artist's rendition of upper and lower reservoir of Swan Lake Pumped Storage Project northeast of Klamath Falls, Ore.
Courtesy of Riverbank Power

If you thought the great dam building era of the Northwest was long over, you might be mistaken. But we're not talking about damming rivers here. This is about building long earthen dams to make new off-stream hydropower reservoirs. They're being designed to act as giant batteries and shock absorbers for the electric grid. Correspondent Tom Banse explains.

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