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Washington Governor Chris Gregoire puts one long running environmental controversy to bed Friday. She’ll travel to Centralia to sign into law a phase out of coal-fired electricity generation in the state. But meanwhile, another coal controversy is heating up in another part of Washington.
Sports | News | local | OPB News BlogJuly 11, 2014 6:23 p.m.
This weekend is one for sports lovers of all kinds in the Northwest.
The Northwest's multi-state power council got a measure of the region's carbon footprint this week. It comes six weeks after the Obama Administration proposed new carbon limits.
This is hardly the first time winter weather has shut down interstate highways in Washington state for days at a time. After decades of studies, public officials in both Washington State and Washington, D.C. are moving toward fixing the underlying causes.
Is fierce competition in the bail bonds industry compromising public safety? That question is on the minds of Washington state officials in the wake of the Maurice Clemmons case.
News | Energy | TransportationJan. 12, 2015 4:57 p.m.
There are four public electric car charging stations in Cowlitz County, Washington, but only one gets used on a daily basis and one hasn't been used at all since it was installed in August.
As October rains upon us, a round up some of the big news and great reports from our team and from other outlets in September.
Thousands of people enjoy the Columbia River Gorge each year. They splash in the waterfall pools and hike the trails. But few people return home with a clear pictures of the beauty there because haze shrouds the gorge. The Columbia River Gorge is a natural funnel for pollution, stretching more than 85 miles of the Washington-Oregon border.
A lot of the biggest Northwest environmental stories surrounded energy issues. Coal plants in Centralia, WA, and Boardman, OR both faced pressure to close their doors sooner than planned. Those closures come at the same time that Longview, WA and Bellingham, WA proposed coal export terminals to ship the resource to China. Idaho joined in on the national push toward "fracking" for natural gas. And the federal decision to postpone the Keystone XL oil pipeline has raised the question of whether we'll see more oil tankers in NW waters as companies look for other routes to carry oil to China. The national Solyndra controversy raised questions about the certainty of investments in the local renewable energy industry. The wind and hydroelectric industries tried to work out the kinks of how to deal with the times when too much energy gets generated by both sources. And the Japanese tsunami that led to the ongoing Fukushima nuclear crisis and cleanup has raised quesitons everywhere about the safety of nuclear energy.
Shows in the area this week from Sia and Sierra Leone's Refugee All-Stars highlight an eclectic live line-up. A busy new release Tuesday features releases from the Mountain Goats, The Raveonettes, American Music Club, and more. What are you looking forward to? Come join the conversation...
The outdoor concert favorite is back again, this year presenting an operatic performance of Shakespeare's Otello for music fans. Learn more about Summer Fest and the opera singers appearing in Washington Park and at Concordia University.
Folk-rock band The David Mayfield Parade plays The Great Northwest Music Tour - with four opportunities to see them (free!) this week.