Billionaire’s Money Helps Enviros Spend Big On Northwest Races

State Sen. Doug Ericksen, R-Ferndale, takes a morning walk with his father, Len, at the Bellis Fair mall in Bellingham. More than $200,000 of the campaign money being spent to unseat Ericksen can be traced to climate activist and billionaire Tom Steyers.

by Ashley Ahearn

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.

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

by Courtney Flatt

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

by Jes Burns

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.

Oregon Divers Find Hope In Thousands Of Baby Sea Stars

by Cassandra Profita

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.

Ashland City Council Passes Fossil Fuel Divestment Resolution

by Jes Burns

The Southern Oregon city becomes the second in Oregon to vote in favor of divesting from fossil fuel industries. Councilors cite the need to take action on climate change, but it's a small step.

Baby Orca Missing In Puget Sound And Presumed Dead

by Ashley Ahearn

Puget Sound's first resident orca calf born in two years has gone missing. Its mother has been spotted without her offspring, prompting scientists to presume the calf is dead.

How To Kill An Invasive Plant On The Metolius River

by Courtney Flatt

You have probably seen ribbon grass before. It’s a pretty, ornamental plant. It may even be in your yard. But ribbon grass is invasive in the Northwest, and it’s choking one of Oregon’s most pristine waterways.

Oregon On Track To Begin Wolf Delisting Process

by Cassandra Profita

If Eastern Oregon's current wolf population trends continue, the state can relax protections and consider removing the species from its endangered list next year.

Is Alaska Safe For Sea Stars?

by Katie Campbell

A deadly disease has been wiping out West Coast starfish for more than a year. One place that has held off the disease the longest is Alaska. Researchers recently traveled there to search for new clues.

Seattle’s Great Northern Tunnel Turns 110

by Ashley Ahearn

A historian looks back on a 110-year-old feat of engineering in the heart of the city.

Will The California Condor Put Lead Bullets On The Endangered Ammo List?

by Alexi Horowitz

As hunting season begins across the Pacific Northwest, Oregon conservationists and state agencies are taking a new look at the issue of lead ammunition and its effects on wildlife.

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