Will Hanford Workers Finally Be Safe From Toxic Exposure?


On Tuesday, the state of Washington, a Hanford union and a Hanford watchdog organization said they have tentatively settled a three-year old lawsuit over workers being made sick from toxic vapors from Hanford’s underground tanks.

For Rural Communities, Wildfire Brings Economic Help, Hardships


Wildfire represents both risk and reward for some small communities in Washington. Walking the line between a "good fire" and a "bad fire" can be tricky.

Would You Lock Yourself In A Box Of Smog — For Science?


If you could teleport inside a polluted box to save lives, would you?

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Yakima Valley Farmers Fight For The Future Of A Cascades Lake

Climate change is forcing us to rethink how we use lakes as water reservoirs. That's creating conflict between east-of-the-Cascades farmers and recreation-seekers from the urban westside.

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What You Need To Know About Portland Clean Energy Measure 26-201

Measure 26-201 would levy a 1 percent tax on revenue large retailers make in Portland to fund renewable energy projects and job training.

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Cougar Cameras Coming Up Empty 3 Days After Animal's Killing

Officials shot and killed a cougar suspected of fatally attacking hiker Diana Bober. They're still looking for more.

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Oregon Now Has A Hypoxia Season, Just Like A Wildfire Season

Scientists say warming ocean temperatures mean Oregon's coastal waters now have a low-oxygen season, just as the state's forests have a fire season.

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New Tech Makes Scientific Data Cheaper And Easier To Secure

The miniaturization of technology and some clever new machines mean scientists are now getting lots of data — sometimes delivered via phone to the comfort of an office chair.

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Officials Shoot Cougar Near Location Hiker Was Killed

Wildlife officials shot and killed a mountain lion in the area hiker Diana Bober was attacked. But it may not be the right one.

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Report Finds Salem Knew For Years That Algae Could Threaten Water

A new assessment says the city could have better handled a water crisis this summer, but it still did a lot right. 

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Long Odds Confront Those Hunting Cougar That Killed Oregon Hiker

How do you know you've caught the right cougar? Bad weather and difficult conditions slow the hunt for a cougar thought to have killed a hiker in Oregon.

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Groups Seek Ban On M-44 'Cyanide Bombs' In Oregon

Animal advocates say M-44 "cyanide bombs" kill indiscriminately and are a threat to wildlife, pets and people.

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Hunt Planned For Mountain Lion Suspected Of Killing Hiker

Search teams will begin hunting for the mountain lion that killed a hiker near Mount Hood. The search will begin Thursday morning and could be difficult and slow.


Learning To Live With Wildfire

The way we dealt with wildfire for much of the 20th century was mostly dead wrong. That, we've known for decades. So why do we keep getting it so wrong when it comes to living with wildfire?

Our Favorite Mountains Are Under Siege. Blame Your Selfie.


Like democracy and cute animals before it, The Enchantments mountain range is suffering from the misguided side-effects of social media — in particular, Instagram.

We’ve Seen The Future of Meat, And It’s Plants


On this episode of ReInventors, we visit Field Roast’s test kitchen to learn how their chefs are creating the future of meat by fusing ancient Chinese recipes with traditional charcuterie.

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