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Agency considers pinto abalone for endangered list

Agency looks at listing for Pinto Abalone

Research offers clues on juvenile salmon behavior when entering ocean

Basic ocean conditions such as current directions and water temperature play a huge role in determining the behavior of young migrating salmon as they move from rivers and hit ocean waters for the first time, according to new research.

Climate Assessment: Columbia River Basin ‘Ill-Equipped’ To Handle Shift To Earlier Snowmelt

The Northwest is facing increased risks from the decline of forest health, earlier snowmelt leading to low summer stream flows, and an array of issues facing the coastal region, according to a new climate assessment report.

Sea lion predation of salmon increases

Steller sea lion consumption of spawning salmon and steelhead in the waters below the lower Columbia River’s Bonneville Dam continued its upward trend during the late winter-spring of 2013, according to a year-end report prepared by a U.S. Army Corps of Engineers research team.

Mich. wolf hunt starts Friday, despite protests

TRAVERSE CITY, Mich. — During a lifetime of hunting, John Haggard has targeted elk in Colorado, moose in Alaska and caribou in Canada. Now comes a new challenge closer to home: the gray wolf.

Grant loss will reduce algae watch

GRANTS PASS (AP) — The Oregon Health Authority will be paying less attention to toxic algae blooms in rivers and lakes after a federal grant expired.

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Century-old dam demolished

PRINEVILLE, Ore. (AP) — Workers are removing a dam that began when, more than a century ago, a Central Oregon homesteader dumped rocks and logs into a river to divert water to his pasture.

Feds won’t investigate Tesla blaze

U.S. auto safety regulators have decided not to open a formal investigation into the Oct. 2 fire that damaged a Tesla electric car near Seattle.

Arsonist pleads guilty

PORTLAND — The posters located around the Pacific Northwest were a study in contrasts. “Wanted” they screamed in bold, red type, “Should be considered armed and dangerous.”

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Fifteenmile watershed group recognized for fish efforts

The Fifteenmile Watershed council, a voluntary program in the Fifteenmile Creek watershed, was recognized Sept. 17 by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for work to improve fish habitat.

Wet and windy weather cause of swallow die-off

SALEM, Ore.―The recent wet and windy weather has taken a toll on Oregon’s Barn and Violet-green Swallows. On Monday, Sept. 30, veterinarians for the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife received multiple calls from Oregon residents about dead and dying swallows. Reports have come from the Port of Saint Helens to as far south as Junction City.

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Climate change is man made

STOCKHOLM — Scientists can now say with extreme confidence that human activity is the dominant cause of the global warming observed since the 1950s, a new report by an international scientific group said Friday. Calling man-made warming “extremely likely,” the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change used the strongest words yet on the issue as it adopted its assessment on the state of the climate system.

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Hearings on coal terminal underway

Hundreds turn out to comment for and against Longview project The Washington Department of Ecology held the first of five hearings last week on a proposed coal-export terminal in Longview that drew hundreds of people and even more comments.

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Obama sets carbon limits for coal

WASHINGTON — Linking global warming to public health, disease and extreme weather, the Obama administration pressed ahead Friday with tough requirements to limit carbon pollution from new power plants, despite protests from industry and from Republicans that it would mean a dim future for coal.

Klamath water task force making progress

GRANTS PASS — A task force working on an agreement for sharing scarce water in the Klamath Basin has made progress on securing low-cost power for irrigators but will need more time to complete its work, officials said Wednesday.

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