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Conrad Wilson

Conrad Wilson covers Southwest Washington for OPB News. Prior to coming to OPB, he was a reporter at Minnesota Public Radio. Before that he ran the news department at an NPR member station in Colorado. His work has aired on Marketplace and NPR shows such as Morning Edition and All Things Considered. He has also written for Mashable, The Oregonian, Business Week, City Pages and The Christian Science Monitor. Conrad is an avid photographer and loves spending time in the snow or on a trail.

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Fire Officials Gear Up For Busy Season

OPB | May 25, 2015 6 a.m.

Wildfire managers in Oregon and Washington are gearing up for a busy season.

local | News

Veterans From Civil War To WWI Honored With Long-Awaited Ceremony

OPB | May 22, 2015 4:45 p.m. | Vancouver, Washington

A small group of veterans who served from the Civil War to World War I were buried with military honors in Oregon on Friday.

local | News | Business | Economy

West Coast Dock Workers Approve Contract, End Long-Running Dispute

OPB | May 22, 2015 1:23 p.m.

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union ratified a new five-year contract with their employers on Friday. An overwhelming majority of union members — 82 percent — voted in favor of the deal.

local | News | Business | Economy

Dock Workers Tally Votes For New Contract, Results Expected Friday

OPB | May 21, 2015 5:30 p.m. | Vancouver, Washington

The International Longshore and Warehouse Union is expected to announce Friday whether or not its members will ratify a new five-year contract agreement with their employers.

News | Business | Economy

Oregon Employers Add 7,600 Jobs In April

OPB | May 19, 2015 10 a.m.

Employers in Oregon added 7,600 jobs in April, pushing the unemployment down to 5.2 percent last month, according to the Oregon Employment Department.

local | News

Vancouver Police Investigate String Of Arson Fires

OPB | May 19, 2015 8:09 a.m.

Police in Vancouver, Washington, are investigating 10 arson fires that broke out around the city last night.

Environment | News | Business | Politics | Economy

Tesoro Announces Rail Car Upgrades

OPB | May 18, 2015 4:08 p.m. | Vancouver, Washington

Oil company Tesoro announced Monday it’s upgrading the fleet of tank cars it uses to ship crude oil by rail.

Science | History | Environment | News

St. Helens' Eruption Remembered By Those Who Saw It

OPB | May 17, 2015 5 a.m. | Vancouver, Washington

Monday, May 18 marks the 35th anniversary of the eruption of Mount St. Helens in Southwest Washington. The natural disaster killed 57 people and drastically changed the region's landscape.

local | Environment

Washington Governor Declares Statewide 'Snowpack Drought'

Northwest News Network | May 15, 2015 2:37 p.m.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee declared a statewide drought emergency due to low snowpack Friday.

Health | History | Environment | News

Longview Still Dealing With St. Helens 35 Years Later

OPB | May 14, 2015 9 a.m. | Longview, Washington

When Mount St. Helens erupted 35 years ago today, much of the mountain's exploded top ended up in streams and rivers that nearby towns relied on for water. Longview, Washington, has struggled with its water supply since.

Teachers | Education | Politics | News

SW Wash. Teachers Walk Out Over Education Funding

OPB | May 13, 2015 11:14 a.m. | Vancouver, Washington

Teachers in Southwest Washington took the day off Wednesday to protest state lawmakers' funding of K-12 education.

Politics | Parents | Education | Family | News | Teachers | Economy

SW Washington Districts Cancel School Wednesday For Teacher Walkout

OPB | May 12, 2015 6:45 p.m. | Vancouver, Washington

Several school districts in Southwest Washington have canceled school Wednesday because teachers are planning to strike.

World | News | Business | Politics | Economy

Wyden, Other Pro-Trade Dems Block Fast Track Bill

OPB | May 12, 2015 4:40 p.m.

Oregon Senator Ron Wyden sided with his party Tuesday when they blocked efforts to start debating a bill that would grant fast track authority on a massive trade deal.

Teachers | Education | Politics | News

SW Washington Prepares For Teachers Strike This Week

OPB | May 10, 2015 8 a.m. | Vancouver, Washington

Teachers in Southwest Washington’s Camas, Washougal and Evergreen school districts are planning to strike Wednesday.

News | Business | Politics | Economy

Vancouver Port Commissioner Won’t Seek Re-election

OPB | May 8, 2015 5:36 p.m. | Vancouver, Washington

Port of Vancouver, Washington commissioner Nancy Baker announced Friday she won’t see re-election this year.

Water | Science | Environment | News

Feds To Fix Tunnel On Mount St. Helens, Reduce Flood Danger

OPB | May 7, 2015 8:59 a.m. | In The Toutle River Valley, Washington

Federal officials said a tunnel used to regulate the water level at Spirit Lake at the base of Mount St. Helens needs to be repaired to reduce flooding danger.

Politics | Environment | News

Another Sea Lion Dies At Bonneville Dam

OPB | May 5, 2015 6:45 p.m.

A Steller sea lion died after it got tangled Monday night between traps at the Columbia River’s Bonneville Dam. It's the third trap-related sea lion death reported in the last week.

Politics | News

Hales Announces $49 Million Budget Surplus

OPB | May 5, 2015 9:41 a.m.

On Tuesday, Portland Mayor Charlie Hales has outlined his budget proposal for the next year. For the first time under Mayor Hales, there’s an estimated $49 million surplus in the general fund.

Education | Politics | News

Washougal Teachers Vote To Join Evergreen Walk Out

OPB | May 4, 2015 6:33 p.m. | Vancouver, Washington

Teachers in Washougal, Washington, are the latest district to vote for a one-day strike, protesting state lawmaker’s lack of progress on education funding.

Health | News

Clark County Bans E-Cig Smoking In Public

OPB | April 30, 2015 11:14 a.m. | Vancouver, Washington

Clark County Board of Health on Thursday unanimously passed an ordinance that bans smoking e-cigarettes in public places.