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Flash Floods Create Unusual Problem For Farmers, Fish

A fish screen on Frazier Creek is clogged with mud and debris after flash floods swept through Washington's Methow Valley. The floods were made worse because of the Carlton Complex wildfire earlier this summer.


by Courtney Flatt

Flash floods this August swept mud, debris, and ash through north central Washington. All that gunk has created an unusual problem for farmers and migratory fish.


Indoor Marijuana Growers Create Big Demand For Northwest Energy

by Alexi Horowitz

Power planners are studying how much indoor marijuana growing could increase the demand for electricity in the Pacific Northwest.


West Coast Leads Surge in Electric Cars

by Liam Moriarty

In all three West Coast states, transportation accounts for the largest share of climate-changing greenhouse gases. And all three states are trying to boost the number of zero-emission vehicles on their roads.


Coal Export Backers Appeal Permit Denial For Columbia River Project

by Cassandra Profita

The developer of the proposed Morrow Pacific coal export project, as well as two project supporters, are appealing the state of Oregon's decision to deny a permit for a dock on the Columbia River.


Why It’s Harder To Create Wilderness Now, 50 Years After Landmark Law


by Cassandra Profita

It's gotten harder to create wilderness in the 50 years since Congress passed the Wilderness Act. Wilderness designations have dropped off since the 1980s, and now things are at a near standstill.


Climate Change Creates Challenges For A Wilderness Pine Tree


by Devan Schwartz

Wilderness areas are defined by law as places where "the earth and its community of life are untrammeled by man." The whitebark pine, which grows mainly in wilderness, face the possibility of extinction. Many of the tree’s threats are connected to human-caused climate change.


The Golden Anniversary For Wilderness In America


by David Steves

When you consider how long mountains, forests and deserts have been a part of the American landscape, 50 years is the blink of an eye. But it’s something of a milestone when a law protecting these places turns 50. That’s happening this week.


Rafting The Dam-Free Elwha

by Ashley Ahearn

Take a ride on a stretch of the Elwha River in Olympic National Park that's been dammed for more than 100 years.


Oregon Approves Subsidies For Oil Transport, Not For Coal

by Tony Schick, Cassandra Profita

The Oregon Transportation Commission has approved nearly $5 million in public subsidies for rail and dock infrastructure tied to a controversial oil-by-rail project. It denied funding for a coal export dock.


Northwest Researchers Work To Boost Geothermal Power

by Courtney Flatt

There’s been a lot of hype around geothermal power, which uses heat from the below the earth’s surface to provide energy. Several Northwest researchers are hoping to push this form of renewable energy forward.


Biologists Discover Landlocked Chinook Salmon In Oregon

by Cassandra Profita

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife biologists have discovered the first documented examples of Oregon chinook salmon spawning without swimming to the ocean and back.
















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