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July 31, 2014

Oregon Wildlife Officials Suspect Spread Of Elk Hoof Disease

Wildlife veterinarians suspect a mysterious disease that's been causing elk hoof deformities in Southwest Washington has now crossed into Oregon.

How Drones Could Make Forest Restoration Easier

Drones could soon be the newest gadgets in forest conservation. A group of Washington college students recently built and tested a drone that will survey the health of the forest.

5 Safety Concerns With Shipping Oil By Water

While many officials are focused on the safety risks of shipping crude oil by rail, a new report raises safety concerns about another shipping method: oil by water.

Portland State Students Turn Pallets Into Pickathon Stage

Portland State University students are finishing construction of a new venue on the Pickathon music festival grounds built entirely out of pallets.

July 30, 2014

Dead Anchovies Swamp Coastal Oregon River

Thousands of dead anchovies are lining the banks of a coastal river in Oregon. It's the result of oxygen depletion -- a natural occurrence every few years when an unusually large school of anchovies moves from the ocean to the river.

Drought Takes A Toll On Salmon

Salmon deaths are up in the low-flow, warm waters of a watershed that spans Southern Oregon and Northern California. It's a measure of the impact of the West's drought.

Oregon Will Tap Catastrophic Insurance Policy To Cover Firefighting Costs

For the second year in a row, the Oregon Department of Forestry says it will draw on a catastrophic loss insurance policy to help cover the costs of fighting wildfires.

July 29, 2014

Gov. Inslee’s Wastewater Plant Tour Highlights Sea Rise Woes

When Washington Gov. Jay Inslee wanted to show the connection between climate change and an unpleasant and costly consequence for his constituents, he decided to tour a sewage treatment plant.

Turning Plastics To Oil In Portland? Maybe Later

Waste Management plans to idle its new plastics-to-oil facility in North Portland. It's only been operating for 16 months, but perhaps not as well as the company had hoped.

Tests On Bees From Mass Die-Off Nearly Done

After an initial delay, the Oregon Department of Agriculture has begun testing bees collected at four Clackamas County sites where entire colonies were found dead last month, ODA spokesman Bruce Pokarney said.

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