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Oct. 29, 2014

Transportation Officials Say 3,000 Rail Crossings In Washington Go Un-Inspected

Washington’s rail safety regulator says there are about 3,000 rail crossings in the state that inspectors have never looked at. That's because they're on private land.

Northwest Tribes Take Steps To Corral Growing Wild Horse Population

Growing populations of wild horses in the inland Northwest are creating headaches for federal land managers. Wild and feral horse herds overrun tribal lands in our region too.

Oct. 28, 2014

Portland Bike Share Company Moving To New York Under New Owners

Portland-based Alta Bicycle Share will be acquired by a New York company and will relocate to New York City to be run by a new CEO, under an agreement announced Tuesday.

Oct. 27, 2014

Legislation In Works For Oregon Herbicide Spraying

After talking about poor oversight of aerial herbicide spraying on Oregon forests, there’s a chance state lawmakers might actually do something about it.

Conservation Group Makes Huge Land Purchase Near Snoqualmie Pass

A conservation group has made the largest private land acquisition in Washington history, purchasing nearly 48,000 acres near the Cascade Mountains' Snoqualmie Pass east of Seattle.

Oct. 25, 2014

Billionaire’s Money Helps Enviros Spend Big On Northwest Races

Environmental groups have emerged as one of the biggest spenders in this year’s state elections in Washington and Oregon, pumping hundreds of thousands of dollars into campaigns to ensure Democratic statehouse control.

Oct. 24, 2014

UW Receives $8 Million From Navy To Develop Tidal, Wave Energy

There aren’t any tidal or wave energy projects in the Northwest right now, but researchers at the University of Washington are hoping to change that with an $8 million grant from the Navy.

National Parks Vandalism Cleanup On Hold During Investigation

The National Park Service says a vandal's paintings will stay while its investigation continues at 10 parks in the West, including Crater Lake. The images first came to light through social media.

BC Energy Minister Says US Has A Good Deal In Columbia River Treaty

A little-known fact about Columbia River dams is that a valuable chunk of the power generated on the U.S. side goes to Canada under an international treaty.

Oct. 22, 2014

Oregon Divers Find Hope In Thousands Of Baby Sea Stars

Divers at the Oregon Coast Aquarium say their discovery of thousands of juvenile sea stars offer new hope that sea stars will recover from the widespread wasting syndrome that's wiping them out.

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