Wildfires
1:47 pm
Thu August 18, 2011

Central Oregon hits height of fire season

Summer got started late this year, but Central Oregon Fire officials say conditions are now ripe for wildfire.

Cool, wet weather in spring and early summer delayed the fire season. But there have been several weeks of warm temperatures and dry conditions. George Ponte is Central Oregon District Forester with the State Department of Forestry. He says so far, there haven't been any big fires in the region.

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Strange substance
1:33 pm
Thu August 18, 2011

Not extraterrestrials after all: Orange goo in Alaska fungal spores

The only mystery remaining about the orange substance that showed up in this Alaska village is what kind of fungal spore it is, ruling out mysterious eggs and extraterrestrials (never really taken seriously).
Associated Press

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Scientists say an orange-colored goo that streaked the shore of a remote Alaska village turned out to be fungal spores, not millions of microscopic eggs as indicated by preliminary analysis.

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Environment
1:09 pm
Thu August 18, 2011

It's about saving greenbacks, not just being green in the NW

Battery powered Nissan Leafs in the Seattle city motorpool
Mayor McGinn's photostream flickr.com

When it comes to fuel efficiency, Northwest drivers are apparently motivated more by their wallets rather than a desire to be green.

A poll commissioned by Seattle based PEMCO Insurance finds 83 percent of drivers here save fuel mainly because they want to save money. Only 14 percent said they saved fuel primarily to cut down on pollution and carbon emissions.

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Groove Notes
12:00 pm
Thu August 18, 2011

An interview with saxophonist Anton Schwartz

Roy Manzanares antonjazz.com

I had the opportunity this week to speak by phone with tenor saxophonist Anton Schwartz.

Anton recently moved to the Seattle area. I had the chance to ask him about what brought him to the Puget Sound, and how he has networked himself into the local jazz scene so far.

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Humanosphere
11:43 am
Thu August 18, 2011

Insecticide-resistant mosquitoes challenging Gates malaria efforts

A child with cerebral malaria.
Mike Urban

The World Health Organization has long been worried over reports that mosquitoes were increasingly resistant to chemical-treated bed nets, a mainstay in the Gates Foundation-led, worldwide campaign against malaria.

Now, a study from Senegal raises doubts over Gates’ plant to beat malaria, blaming mosquitoes’ growing resistance to insecticide.

Train Travel
10:54 am
Thu August 18, 2011

Late train from Seattle to Vancouver, B.C., to stay on track

Evening Amtrak service to Vancouver, B.C., will remain on the books.
SP8254 Flickr

The late train from Seattle to Vancouver, British Columbia, will no longer be coming to a stop.

The nightly service was scheduled to end on October 31, when Canadian officials said they expected Amtrak to start paying for the extra border staff it requires. The Canada Border Services Agency wanted $1500 a day to compensate for keeping patrol agents around later into the evening, according to Railway Age Magazine:

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Traffic news
10:37 am
Thu August 18, 2011

Wildfire closes Highway 2 near Leavenworth

LEAVENWORTH, Wash. – About 90 firefighters are working to contain a 100-acre blaze that is burning in steep terrain northeast of Leavenworth and has forced the closure of Highway 2.

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Salmon recovery
10:23 am
Thu August 18, 2011

Condit Dam in southwest Washington coming down

Condit Dam on the White Salmon River.
River Drifters Flickr

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Work is under way to remove the Condit Dam in southwest Washington and restore salmon and steelhead habitat on the White Salmon River.

The 125-foot tall dam was built in 1913 about three miles from the Columbia River.

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NOAA leaves seattle
9:43 am
Thu August 18, 2011

Newport, Ore., prepares to welcome NOAA

Newport has been rolling out the welcome mat for NOAA's new facility.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

NEWPORT, Ore. – A fleet of federal research ships is moving from Seattle to the Oregon coast. This weekend, state and local leaders in Newport are celebrating the transition with festivities. The state of Oregon kicked in nearly $20 million to help Newport lure the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Pacific operation center from its long-time home.

From the Yaquina Bay Bridge, a huge bridge over the harbor, you can get a good view of the new NOAA pier. It can hold up to a half-dozen ocean-going ships.

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Business
9:20 am
Thu August 18, 2011

Senator Murray touts new jobs legislation

Senator Patty Murray said in Seattle yesterday that the best way to improve employment in the manufacturing sector is by updating the nations Workforce Investment Act and creating other similar programs.

It seems like everyone is talking about the J word lately. That would be JOBS. The President was on the road in the Midwest talking about them this week.

Now Democratic Senator Patty Murray spent a couple hours at a local Seattle factory talking about how to keep them, how to create them and how to train people for them.

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