Could Zoning Change Shield Bend From Wildfire?


The idea is to put a fire-resistant buffer between one of Oregon’s fastest growing cities and the pine forest routinely burning around it.

Banned Fish Trap Returns To Columbia As Sustainable Way To Catch Salmon


Fish traps were banned on the Columbia River more than 80 year ago, but some say it’s time to bring them back as a way for fishermen to catch more hatchery salmon while protecting wild fish.

Washington Lawmakers Open Debate On Clean Fuel Standard

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The gas and diesel you use to fuel your car are some of the biggest sources of greenhouse gasses and air pollution in Washington. Some lawmakers want to change that.

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Gov. Kate Brown Demands Big Educational And Environmental Changes

For the first time in her tenure, Gov. Kate Brown has a full four-year term stretching ahead of her — and the State of the State address she gave Monday reflected an ambitious agenda from raising billions to stabilize the state’s public schools to curbing carbon emissions.

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Snowpack In The West Has Resisted Climate Change But That Won't Last Forever

For the last 35 years, the snowpack in the West’s mountains has resisted the impacts of global warming. But that could soon change, according to a new study out of Oregon State University.

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Wildfire Risks Grow As Government Shutdown Lingers, Senators Warn

The partial government shutdown is elevating the threat of wildfires in the West. That’s the contention of a dozen Democratic U.S. senators.

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Oregon Starts Killing Sea Lions At Willamette Falls

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has started killing sea lions below Willamette Falls to protect a fragile run of winter steelhead.

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PGE Looks To Renewable Energy As Boardman Coal Plant Closes

The Northwest is getting closer to the end of its long goodbye to coal-fired power. The region’s first coal plant will turn off its burners in just under two years.

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Environmentalists Withdraw From 'Broken' Oregon Wolf Plan Negotiations

Environmental groups are withdrawing from an effort to update Oregon’s plan for managing gray wolves one day before a final meeting of stakeholders.

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Vancouver Fined $60,000 For 2017 Columbia River Sewage Spills

Washington state officials have fined the city of Vancouver $60,000 after nearly 600,000 gallons of sewage was released into the Columbia River in 2017.

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Oregon Trapping Ban Considered For Imperiled Marten

The Humboldt marten is in line to get new protections in Oregon as the state considers a trapping ban.

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Umatilla's Owl Man Is Bringing Burrowing Owls Back From The Brink

A decommissioned chemical weapons depot and a lone biologist might be the last hope for a population of burrowing owls.

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6 Years, 2 Missed Deadlines, And Still Yakima Valley's Water Needs Cleaned Up

The Yakima Valley used to be known for its cold, refreshing drinking water. But decades of intensive agricultural production have left residents — especially those working the farms — with a tainted water source.


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?

Report: Climate Change Is Already Bringing Problems To Northwest — And It Will Get Worse


The Northwest is already seeing the effects of climate change, according to a new national climate assessment.

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