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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.

Coal foes outnumber supporters at Longview hearing

LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) — Foes of a proposed Longview, Wash., coal terminal dressed in red and outnumbered supporters wearing blue on Tuesday as about 2,000 people showed up during six hours of public hearings.

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Biologist finds rare bumblebee on Mt. Hood

PORTLAND — If you ate a Willamette Valley-grown tomato or pepper before the mid-’90s, there’s a good chance it was pollinated by the western bumblebee. The inch-long, white-bottomed bee — which you’d also have to thank for countless wildflowers — was one of the most common pollinators in the west. But around 15 years ago, they mysteriously disappeared west of the Cascades.

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Oregon snakes could use a little love

SALEM, Ore.— Oregon’s snakes are plagued by misconceptions, which often leads to them being killed for no other reason than the fact they are present. To help conserve our native snakes, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife has created two new fact sheets. One is a comprehensive flyer that provides photos and information about each of the 15 species of snakes that live in the state and advice on preventing and addressing conflicts. The other, S-s-s-s-s-snakes! , is designed for kids to learn more about these fascinating, ecologically important animals.

Corruption eyed in BP spill claim handling

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former FBI director recommended Friday that the Justice Department investigate whether several lawyers plotted to corrupt the settlement program designed to compensate victims of BP’s 2010 Gulf oil spill.

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A medalian for storm drain awareness

Marks set low – as in on the curb – for the sake of high quality water

Climate research targets Western wildfire smoke

PASCO, Wash. — Researchers are flying over Western wildfires to sample the thick smoke they emit and study its role in cloud formation and climate.

Boardman coal plant is back online

BOARDMAN, (AP) — The Boardman Coal Plant is generating electricity again after repairs to a steam pipe that cost $10 million.

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Cities adopt bird-friendly building rules

Movement to make skies safer for birds takes flight OAKLAND, Calif. — Birds and buildings can be a fatal combination. The American Bird Conservancy cites studies estimating that hundreds of millions of birds die each year as a result of colliding with walls and windows.

ELF vehicle blends car and bike

Flintstone-like car boosted by battery power RESTON, Va. — Mark Stewart turns quite a few heads as he zips through the streets on his neon green ELF bike. With each pedal, his feet take turns sticking out from the bottom while a gentle motor hums in the background.

Land trust acquires Pierce Island in gorge

VANCOUVER — Columbia Land Trust has acquired ownership of Pierce Island, the iconic 136-acre Columbia River island that sits directly below Beacon Rock. Pierce Island is one of the best remaining natural islands in the Columbia River Gorge and is one of the last remaining locations in Washington for persistent sepal yellowcress, a state-endangered plant that is a member of the mustard family.

Jones-Yellin to be Mt. Adams ranger

TROUT LAKE — Mosé Jones-Yellin has been selected as the incoming Mt. Adams District Ranger. Jones-Yellin is currently the deputy district ranger on the Sierra National Forest in California, but is no stranger to the Gifford Pinchot, having served as the Cowlitz Valley District Ranger in a temporary detail in 2012.

Sudden Temperature Increase Kills John Day River Salmon

John Day, Oregon - An estimated 183 wild chinook salmon in a remote section of the Middle Fork of the John Day River were killed last week due to low water and a sudden spike in water temperatures.

Study: Distant quakes can affect fossil fuel fields

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The powerful earthquake that rocked Japan in 2011 set off tremors around a West Texas oil field, according to new research that suggests oil and gas drilling operations may make fault zones sensitive to shock waves from distant big quakes. It’s long been known that large quakes can trigger minor jolts thousands of miles from the epicenter. Volcanically active spots like Yellowstone National Park often experience shaking after a large distant event.

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Feds show gains in protecting salmon

PORTLAND — Federal agencies and their partners have outlined five years of accomplishments in improvements to hydro system operations and facilities, habitat rehabilitation and hatchery reforms to protect and benefit Columbia and Snake river fish.

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