A sunflower sea star moves on the ocean floor. Sea stars have been decimated by disease in recent years, leading to efforts by scientists to add them to the Endangered Species List.

West Coast scientists call for action to help sunflower sea stars

Experts say a sea star wasting disease epidemic that began in 2013 has decimated about 95% of the population from the Aleutian Islands of Alaska to Mexico's Baja California peninsula.

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Portland Japanese Garden is ablaze with fall colors

The Portland Japanese Garden comes alive with color in the cool autumn months. Can’t get there on your own? Enjoy a couple minutes of lovely scenery as seen through the lens of OPB photographer Brandon Swanson.





Christmas spirit comes to life in Sumpter, Oregon

The Eastern Oregon mining town of Sumpter is officially known as a "ghost town." But every Christmas, the old steam engines of the Sumpter Valley Railroad bring the spirit of the season to life for hundreds of visitors.





Unchecked pollution is contaminating the salmon that Pacific Northwest tribes eat

Native tribes in the Columbia River Basin face a disproportionate risk of toxic exposure through their most important food. While tribes have pushed the government to pay closer attention to dangerous chemicals and metals in fish, that hasn’t happened. So, we did our own testing. What we found was alarming for tribes.

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