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Gray Whale Sightings Up Off Northwest Coast


A big factor is multiple days of calm, clear weather that made it easier to locate migrating gray whales.

Inslee Signs Nation's 1st Law Banning Food Packaging Chemicals


Washington will soon phase out nonstick chemicals in its food packaging. Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill into law Wednesday that will eventually restrict perfluorinated chemicals.

Zinke Coming To Washington To Talk Grizzly Bear Recovery


Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke is heading to the North Cascades Friday to speak on reintroducing grizzly bears in that part of Washington.

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Oregon Mega-dairy Uses Legal Loophole To Tap Endangered Aquifer

Oregon's second-largest dairy used a loophole in state law to pull water from an underground aquifer that's been off limits to new wells for 42 years.

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Lawmakers Revive Funding For Rural Oregon, But It's No Long-Term Solution

Oregon lawmakers say they've revived funding for an expired federal aid program that provided money to rural counties whose economies relied heavily on federal timber harvesting.

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'Keep It In The Ground' Activists Optimistic Despite Oil Boom

The U.S. is producing more oil than ever, even as calls to leave all fossil fuels in the ground grow louder. Now the "keep it in the ground" movement is taking its fight to the heart of oil country.

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WATCH: Robotic Fish Moves Like The Real Thing — So It Can Observe The Real Thing

MIT researchers unveiled a Soft Robotic Fish prototype in hopes of boosting aquatic observation. It can wiggle like a fish, dive to 18 meters, work autonomously — and hopefully avoid getting eaten.

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Congressional Negotiators Reach Deal On Wildfire Funding

The massive spending bill funding the government includes a long-sought deal on wildfires and forest management.

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Forecasters Say Oregon's Wildfire Season Could Be Record-Setting

Even though Oregon and Washington are in the same region, long-range wildfire forecasts for the individual states are pretty different.

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Oregon Agency May Be Awash In Red Ink From Water Litigation

The Oregon Water Resources Department is on track to overspend its litigation budget by $1.3 million in the 2017-2019 biennium.

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Oregon Agency Wants To Boost Dam Inspection Authority

In the next legislative session, the Oregon Water Resources Department plans to ask lawmakers to revise dam safety statutes that were originally written nearly 90 years ago.

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Spring Is Officially Underway. So Is Northwest Wildfire Season

It may still be wet and muddy out, and snow may even still be on the ground in some places, but it’s also the time of year when wildland firefighters start to gear up for hot, dry weather and wildfires.

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NW Senators Grill Energy Secretary On Hanford, Proposed Budget Cuts

Northwest Senators grilled U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry during a Senate committee hearing on the safety of steel in a massive treatment plant under construction at the Hanford nuclear site.


Olympic National Park Is One Of The Best Places To Bring Back Gray Wolves


One of the best places in the world to bring back gray wolves is right here in the Pacific Northwest, according to a new study. The wolves were wiped out in the early 1900s.

Pacific Heat Wave Known As 'The Blob' Appears To Be In Retreat


The Pacific Ocean is finally starting to cool down after several years of unusually warm water parked off Washington, Oregon and California.

Not Too Late To Save Critically Endangered Orcas Say State Leaders And Feds

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The Pacific Northwest's beloved orcas will not survive unless humans do more to ensure adequate food and cleaner, quieter waters. 

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