Washington

Health Care
4:59 pm
Tue February 21, 2012

Madigan Investigates PTSD Diagnosis Problems

Madigan Army Medical Center located on Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Tacoma, Washington.
Photo Credit: Madigan Army Medical Center PA Public Affairs Office Madigan Army Medical Center

The head of Madigan Army Medical Center south of Tacoma has been removed from his post. The administrative action comes as the Medical Center investigates whether soldiers had their diagnosis of post-traumatic stress disorder reversed to reduce the cost of a medical retirement.

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Fuel Costs
3:59 pm
Tue February 21, 2012

Higher Gas Prices Expected After Refinery Fire

Northwest motorists could be paying more for fuel after the fire at the Cherry Point Refinery.
Photo credit: Wikimedia User ComputerGuy890100 Wikimedia Commons

The Cherry Point refinery in Washington usually produces 225,000 barrels of gas per day. Owners, BP, says the plant could resume production soon. But Marie Dodds of Triple A Oregon and Idaho, thinks prices could increase as a result.

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Columbia River Care
8:02 am
Tue February 21, 2012

Davy Crockett Oil Spill and Cleanup Was Preventable

The 433-foot flat deck barge Davy Crockett continues disassembly on the Columbia River, Wash., Ore., border on May 20, 2011. Metal is cut away from the floating stern section, and transferred to barges to be hauled away.
Photo by: Petty Officer 2nd Class Eric J. Chandler U.S. Coast Guard

COUMBIA RIVER, Wash. -- The U.S. Coast Guard and its contractors spent 10 months and $22 million last year removing the Davy Crockett from the Columbia River. The barge had broken apart during a botched salvage job, spilling oil and PCBs into the river.

Workers removed more than 38,000 gallons of oil from the ship. The cleanup was declared a success. But an EarthFix investigation has found that government officials could have prevented the oil spill and the need for a multi-million dollar cleanup.

Bonnie Stewart has the story.

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Non-Native Fish
7:43 am
Tue February 21, 2012

Slowing the Northern Pike Population Expansion

Large northern pike captured in Box Canyon Reservoir in 2008.
Photo source: Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife

Non-nativSPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. – The northern pike population has exploded in eastern Washington’s Box Canyon Reservoir. These non-native fish have gone from a few hundred to around 10-thousand over the past five years. As correspondent Courtney Flatt reports, the increasing numbers can damage native fish populations, like salmon and steelhead.

Throw your line out in Box Canyon Reservoir, and you’ll likely find a northern pike on the other end. Over the past several years, the northern pike population has increased so rapidly that it’s hard to catch anything else.

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Mountain Safety
6:38 pm
Mon February 20, 2012

Air Bag Becoming Standard Equipment For NW Skiers

Skier Elyse Saugstad credits the ABS air bag with saving her life in an avalanche at Stevens Pass in Washington.
Photo courtesy of ABS-airbag.com Northwest News Network

The air bag credited with saving a woman from an avalanche at Stevens Pass is starting to become standard equipment for back country skiers in the Northwest. The expert skiers who seek the thrill of more remote areas are no strangers to signs of avalanches.

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Women's Boxing
6:25 am
Mon February 20, 2012

Northwest Boxer Wins At Olympic Trials

Queen Underwood, in red, fights Mikaela Mayer to win the lightweight championship at the Olympic team trials for boxing in Spokane.
Photo credit Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

SPOKANE, Wash. - A 27-year-old pipe fitter from the Northwest has earned a spot on the USA's first-ever women's Olympic boxing team. Queen Underwood of Seattle is considered to be one of the top contenders for the gold in boxing – male or female – at the 2012 London Games. Correspondent Jessica Robinson has more.

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Washington Wind Farm
6:14 am
Mon February 20, 2012

Conservation Group: ‘Take Permit’ Needs More Data

A Texas wind farm.
Photo Credit: Wikimedia user Leaflet Wikimedia Commons

RICHLAND, Wash. – A national bird conservation group is asking the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to collect more information before it issues a permit for wind farms to kill golden eagles. Correspondent Courtney Flatt has more.

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Northwest Forestry
6:28 am
Fri February 17, 2012

Two House Bills Would Use Forests To Fund Cash Strapped Counties

A tree marked to be cut for timber.
Photo Credit: Amelia Templeton Northwest News Network

MEDFORD, Ore. -- Representatives from the Northwest released not one, but two controversial forestry bills Thursday. Both would channel funds from timber sales to rural counties. Amelia Templeton reports.

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Marriage Equality Law
6:08 pm
Thu February 16, 2012

'Who Signed' Posts R-71 Petition Signers Online

Who Signed is one of the organizations that posted names of signers of petition R-71.
Photo courtesy of Whosigned.org

MarriAs promised, gay rights activists have posted the names and addresses of more than 100,000 Washington voters in an online searchable database. These voters signed petitions in 2009 to repeal Washington’s “everything but marriage” domestic partnership law.

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Hanford Clean Up
5:17 pm
Thu February 16, 2012

Energy Secretary Says Hanford Cleanup May Be Delayed

U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu appears before the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
Image courtesy of C-SPAN

The Hanford Nuclear Reservation’s waste treatment plant has been scheduled to begin operations in 2019. But U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu said Thursday that the southeast Washington facility might not start on time.

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