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Prospect Of More Coal Trains Raises Concerns in Northwest Washington

April 29, 2011 12:26 p.m.

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.

Energy | Environment

Washington Rail Safety Regulators Voice Concerns Over Oil Trains

Nov. 6, 2014 12:32 a.m.

Another group in Washington is raising concerns over whether the state's rail infrastructure can safely support an increase in oil trains. This time it's the state's rail safety regulators.

Sports | News | local | OPB News Blog

Sport Lovers Weekend: Lombardi Trophy In Vancouver, World Cup Party In Pioneer Square

July 11, 2014 6:23 p.m.

This weekend is one for sports lovers of all kinds in the Northwest.

Northwest Leaders Eye Reducing Carbon

July 11, 2014 2:48 p.m.

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.

Environment | Communities

ICYMI: Coal, Ocean Acidification And Air Pollution

Oct. 1, 2013 7 p.m.

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.


Bail Bonds Industry Under Scrutiny After Clemmons Case

Feb. 2, 2010 6 a.m.

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.


EPA Announces Mercury Limits On Coal-Fired Plants

Dec. 22, 2011 7:27 a.m.

The Environmental Protection Agency announced Wednesday new standards for the amount of mercury released from coal-fired power plants.

Environment | Communities

EPA: Power Plants, Refineries Are Top NW Greenhouse Gas Polluters

Jan. 11, 2012 2:59 p.m.

The Environmental Protection Agency issued a first-of-its-kind database Wednesday identifying power plants as the top greenhouse gas polluters. The new database allows anyone with computer access to discover the sources in their community of carbon dioxide, methane, and other gases that contribute to a warming climate.

local | Environment

Database Reveals Top Greenhouse Polluters

Jan. 12, 2012 6:28 a.m.

The Environmental Protection Agency issued a first-of-its-kind database Wednesday identifying the top greenhouse gas polluters nationally and in each state.

Environment | Communities

A Guide to Haze in the Columbia River Gorge

Nov. 16, 2011 7:56 p.m.

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.

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The Top Environmental Stories of 2011

Dec. 19, 2011 5:40 p.m.

 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.

Music | local

Opera In The Air: The Sounds Of 'Summer Fest' Return In 11th Year

Aug. 1, 2013 1:30 p.m.

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.


The Parson Red Heads Play the Great NW Music Tour

Dec. 3, 2010 8:37 p.m.

The monthly free concert series from McMenamins features The Parson Red Heads this week and next.


Bobby Bare Jr. Plays the Great Northwest Music Tour

June 11, 2011 7:19 p.m.

6 shows in 7 days this week: Bobby Bare, Jr. plays the Great Northwest Music Tour, sponsored by opbmusic.


The David Mayfield Parade - Great Northwest Music Tour

March 22, 2011 5:20 p.m.

Folk-rock band The David Mayfield Parade plays The Great Northwest Music Tour - with four opportunities to see them (free!) this week.


Y La Bamba Plays the Great NW Music Tour

Feb. 14, 2011 9:06 a.m.

Portland's Y La Bamba plays the McMenamins Great Northwest Music Tour -- a series of free all-ages shows around the region -- starting Wednesday.


The Dimes Play the Great Northwest Music Tour

Dec. 7, 2011 10:11 p.m.

Portland band The Dimes continue a series of free shows around the area, with stops at Edgefield, the Kennedy School and Lola's Room.


Good Morning, Evil

June 8, 2008 9:13 p.m.

My Morning Jacket's "Evil Urges" highlights a busy week of new releases, plus we highlight performances in the area from Spoon, Annuals, Perhapst, and the PDX Pop Now! CD release show. Come join in the conversation...


Ural Thomas' Band Plays the Great NW Music Tour

March 9, 2015 5:46 p.m.

The popular Portland soul band plays six free shows March 10-18. Enter to win dinner and reserved seats.


Amy LaVere Plays the Great NW Music Tour

June 8, 2012 7:29 a.m.

The Memphis-based singer-songwriter plays free shows throughout the area this week and next as part of McMenamin's monthly series, sponsored by opbmusic.

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