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Study Finds Beetle-Kill Forests No More Likely To Burn

OPB | July 26, 2015

Northwest forests that have significant damage from insects might seem more prone to wildfires, but a new study from Oregon State University shows that's not necessarily the case.

Oregon Panel Adopts Sage Grouse Rules

NWPR/EarthFix | July 27, 2015

New rules adopted by the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission move the state a step closer to putting together a plan to protect greater sage grouse.

Forest Service Hopes To Install Phone Closer To Big 4 Ice Caves

AP | July 27, 2015

The trail to the hiking destination closed after July 6 when rock and ice fell, killing 34-year-old Annalisa Santana and injuring five others.

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Beneath Alaskan Wildfires, A Hidden Threat: Long-Frozen Carbon's Thaw

NPR | July 27, 2015 4:38 p.m.

As millions of acres of forests burn across the state this summer, there's growing concern about what impact that might have on permafrost — and how melting permafrost might affect climate change.

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Irrigation-Free Camelina Crops Look Promising

Capital Press | July 27, 2015 9:05 a.m. | Ontario, Oregon

Camelina won’t make farmers much money, but the drought-resistant oilseed crop could help them cover some of the fixed costs they have on their land.

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Sockeye Season Ends Early On The Columbia River

AP | July 26, 2015 10:47 a.m. | Spokane, Washington

Washington officials have declared an early end to the sockeye salmon season on the upper Columbia River because of elevated water temperatures.

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Kayactivists Paddle In Protest As Shell Prepares For Arctic Drill

OPB | July 25, 2015 9:53 p.m. | Portland

Portlanders took to the Willamette River Saturday to protest the arrival of a ship that is key to Shell's plan to explore for oil in the Arctic. The protesters believe delaying the ship's departure could slow Shell's drilling. 

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As Lightning Strikes Spike, Myth-Busting Often Means Safety

NPR | July 25, 2015 6:42 p.m.

Deaths from lightning strikes are up sharply this year, according to the National Weather Service. Here are some myths about lightning, or avoiding it, and tips on how to actually stay safe.

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Vancouver Oil Terminal Sparks Controversy, Concerns For Community

OPB | July 24, 2015 4:30 p.m. | Portland

We're in Vancouver to explore the proposed Tesoro-Savage oil terminal and the impact of oil trains.

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Distressed Trees Prompt Early Watering Reminder

OPB | July 24, 2015 3 p.m. | Portland

With high temperatures around Oregon, the Oregon Department of Forestry reminds people to water their trees.

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Judge Rules In Favor Of Vancouver Port On Oil Terminal Lease

OPB | July 24, 2015 11:09 a.m. | Vancouver, Washington

A Clark County judge ruled Friday that port leaders in Vancouver, Washington didn't violate state laws in 2013 when they negotiated a lease for an oil terminal.

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Wildfire Near Walla Walla Continues To Burn

AP | July 24, 2015 8:36 a.m. | Walla Walla, Washington

The Blue Creek fire has scorched more than 9 square miles of grass, shrubs and timber about 10 miles east of Walla Walla, a city of 60,000 people

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North Fork Park To Reopen Friday Following Bear Scare

Statesman Journal | July 24, 2015 8:05 a.m.

Tuesday morning, a county work crew reporting seeing three bears, a mother and two cubs, and the park was closed as a public-safety precaution.


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