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April 16, 2014

Tribe Reopens Olympic Peninsula Lake After Pollution Concerns

The president of the Quinault Indian Nation says the tribe has decided to reopen Lake Quinault to nontribal use under new regulations.

Wyoming Governor Touts Wolf Reintroduction Success

Gov. Matt Mead says a survey showing Wyoming's wolf population is stable proves ending federal protections for the animals and placing them under state management was the right move.

Oregon DEQ Begins Jordan Cove Air Permit Review

The window to submit comments about Jordan Cove’s air contaminant discharge permit application to the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality is closed. Now, the DEQ begins drafting the permit.

Endangered Salmon Migrate Via Trucks Around Cracked Dam

The Columbia River will remain drawn down at least until June because of the cracked Wanapum Dam in southeast Washington.

April 15, 2014

How Growing A Lawn Can Help Slow Climate Change

New research gives lawn owners a reason to feel good about their environmental impact. Those expanses of green can actually slow climate change by collecting and holding carbon.

Portland Is In Top 20 For Solar Energy

Portland is listed at No. 15 among the top 20 solar-powered U.S. cities. The work of non-profits is credited for helping bring more solar power to the city's homes and enterprises.

WA Lands Commissioner Accepts Timber Cash Despite Pledge Not To

Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands Peter Goldmark has accepted $100,000 in campaign contributions from timber and wood-product companies - despite his pledge to not accept cash from industries that he would regulate.

Longview Septic Business Gets Prison For Sewage Dumping

The owner of a Longview septic tank pumping business has been sentenced to more than two years in prison for dumping more than 2 million gallons of minimally treated waste into the public sewer system.

A New Western Outlaw: The Bee Rustler

Beehive thefts are on the rise in California, possibly as a result of declining bee populations and their increased value as pollinators. The phenomena of bee rustling doesn't appear to have spread to the Northwest. Not yet, at least.

April 14, 2014

Wanapum Dam Crack Forces $7M In Fish Ladder Work

A crack in the Wanapum Dam on the Columbia River and the ensuing reduction of water levels have prompted crews to spend $7 million on fish ladders for chinook salmon.

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