Pacific Northwest

Northwest Olympic Hopefuls
5:57 am
Mon April 23, 2012

Olympic Hopefuls Get Creative To Finance Road To London Games

Olympian Nick Symmonds sports the results of an eBay auction on his left shoulder.
Photo courtesy Hanson Dodge Creative

Some Olympic hopefuls are lucky. They have six-figure endorsement contracts and can concentrate solely on training for peak performance. More commonly, dreams of Olympic glory mean scrounging for dollars. One runner from Eugene even auctioned his left shoulder on eBay recently. Correspondent Tom Banse reports on some creative personal fundraising by elite local athletes.

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Northwest Immigration
5:58 am
Tue April 10, 2012

Even In Down Economy, Northwest Draws New Residents

Forest Spiritdancer, Ted Layman and Marie Montalbano moved to Portland last year from the Midwest.
Photo by Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

PORTLAND - The Northwest has long been a draw for people moving here from other parts of the United States. That continues to be a key driver of the region’s economy. Despite high unemployment rates, Oregon and Washington still lure folks from the Midwest and elsewhere. And they bring in new money and job skills. In a collaboration with public radio's Changing Gears, Chris Lehman introduces us to some rust belt transplants to the Northwest.

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Northwest News
10:02 am
Mon April 2, 2012

On The Ground In Grays Harbor

Tom O'Connor, a member of the Longshoreman's Union in Grays Harbor, standing at the site of the proposed new terminal.
Ashley Ahearn N3

Six ports in the Northwest are now considering building export terminals to bring American coal to Asian markets. One of those ports is Grays Harbor – west of Olympia. 5 million tons of coal could move through that port each year. If that coal is burned in places like China that would be the same as putting about two and a half million new cars on the road. But the new terminal represents much-needed jobs in this county – and that has people talking.

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Native American Language
6:22 am
Fri February 24, 2012

"Talking Dictionaries" Help Preserve Endangered Tribal Languages

iPhone apps for learning the Canadian Inuit language Inuktitut (left) and Tuvan (right), a tongue spoken by a nomadic people of Mongolia.
Photo Credit: K. David Harrison Northwest News Network

VANCOUVER, Canada - Usually it is good news when the Northwest appears on a top five list. But this one is not. Our region ranks near the top of a list of global hotspots for disappearing languages. The reason is that speakers of Native American languages are dwindling. Correspondent Tom Banse reports on how digital technology is coming to the rescue of some ancient tongues.

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Mountain Conditions
4:13 pm
Mon February 20, 2012

Northwest Back Country Ripe For More Avalanches

A photo of an avalanche in progress.
Photo Credit: Greg L. Wright Wikimedia commons

The conditions that led to fatal avalanches in the Washington Cascades could get worse this week. Three expert skiers died near Stevens Pass on Sunday and a snowboarder died in a separate avalanche near Snoqualmie.

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Northwest Regional News
4:29 pm
Thu February 2, 2012

Pacific Northwest Forest Projects Receive Almost $10 Million in Federal Funds

Wikimedia user: Karduelis

Five forest projects in the Pacific Northwest have been awarded nearly 10-million dollars in federal funds for forest restoration. Today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the funding and a new plan for managing the national forests.

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Super PAC Money
5:33 pm
Wed February 1, 2012

Northwest Gets In On Super PAC Action

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In the first election that so-called “super PACs” can collect unlimited money for presidential races, some big spenders from the Northwest are getting in on the action. 

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Our Northwest Economy
11:20 am
Tue May 25, 2010

"Ductless Heat Pumps" Could Replace Baseboard Heaters

LYNNWOOD, Wash. – If you use electric heat, your utility may be willing to pay you to upgrade to a more efficient system. They're targeting the roughly one million Northwest households that use electric baseboard heaters to stay cozy and warm. The hot new thing in home heating is called the “ductless heat pump.” Never heard of that before? Neither had we. So we sent correspondent Tom Banse to find out what a ductless heat pump is.

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Our Northwest Energy
11:24 am
Wed April 21, 2010

"Sleeping Giant" Overdue, Seismologists Ponder "The Big One"

Courtesy of USGS

PORTLAND – There's a sleeping giant in the Pacific Northwest that could wake very soon and shake us all up. That giant is a major quake on par with the one that rattled Chile earlier this year. Some seismologists say it's overdue. More than 500 of the world's leading earthquake experts are in Portland this week for their annual conference. Correspondent Tom Banse dropped by to find out when the next “Big One” might shake the region.

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Our Northwest Water
12:00 am
Wed March 3, 2010

Yakima Water Shortages Likely

Photo taken by the Department of Ecology for Washington State

The lack of snow pack this winter in the Northwest could spell problems for irrigators. That is especially true in areas that have had long term problems with water supply, like the Yakima basin.

The Yakima basin is an agricultural region that has dealt with water shortages for many years. The U.S. bureau of Reclamation serves several irrigation districts in the region, but while much of the water comes from the Yakima River, Reclamation spokeswoman Wendy Christiansen says a good portion is dependent on mountain snow pack.

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