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Politics
9:02 am
Thu January 24, 2013

Bill to move wolves west no joke for conservationists

Washington Dept. of Fish and Wildlife

Originally published on Thu January 24, 2013 3:02 pm

SPOKANE, Wash. - This week, a Republican lawmaker who represents eastern Washington ranch country introduced what many see as a poke in the eye for his colleagues who support wolf recovery. The new bill would move wolves to the west side of the Cascades. The proposal was immediately taken as a joke. But some conservationists say: moving wolves west is not a bad idea.

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Education
11:08 am
Wed January 23, 2013

Idaho's Hispanic Education Gap Shrinks

Emory Maiden Flickr

Originally published on Fri January 18, 2013 4:36 pm

Idaho is starting to see the education gap narrow for Latino students. That's according to the state's Commission on Hispanic Affairs. Latinos are the fastest growing segment of Idaho’s school system.

The commission's director Margie Gonzalez told a legislative panel the days of double digit drop-out rates for Hispanic kids are gone. More Latinos are enrolling in college. And last month, a national assessment of vocabulary showed huge gains among Hispanic students in Idaho.

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Pets
3:53 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

Survey says: We're pet people in the Northwest

Pete Hopkins Flickr

Originally published on Wed January 16, 2013 4:03 pm

People in the Northwest are among the most likely in the nation to have pets. That's according to a new survey by the American Veterinary Medical Association. Washington, Oregon and Idaho rank in the top 10 for pet-owning households – with Oregon at No. 4, Washington at No. 6 and Idaho at No. 9.

Tom Meyer is a veterinarian in Vancouver, Wash. and sits on the board of the national vet group. He says it's not clear why the Northwest ranks so high, though rural states tend to have greater rates of pet ownership than more urban ones.

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Other News
12:28 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Search for victims lives on after suspected serial killer's suicide

Israel Keyes
FBI

SPOKANE, Wash. - Last month , a suspected serial killer from Washington killed himself in a jail cell in Anchorage, Alaska. Israel Keyes’ suicide abruptly halted progress into uncovering one of the widest-ranging serial killing sprees in the U.S.

Now, the FBI is trying to piece together exactly what he did. As Jessica Robinson reports, investigators are struggling to connect seemingly random dots that they hope will lead them to other victims.

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NPR Story
10:42 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Idaho Town To Consider Tax For Stepped-Up School Security

Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

Originally published on Fri January 11, 2013 3:11 pm

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho - School districts across the Northwest are revisiting their safety plans in the weeks following the shooting at Newtown, Conn. Now, one district in north Idaho is taking it a step further. Leaders there hope to raise taxes to pay for bullet proof glass, metal detectors and video monitoring systems.

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Law
10:54 am
Mon January 14, 2013

Spokane sues Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac

Originally published on Fri January 11, 2013 5:10 pm

SPOKANE, Wash. - The city of Spokane, Washington is suing Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The class-action suit claims the two mortgage giants should have to pay a real estate excise tax to Spokane and dozens of other cities across Washington.

When a piece of property is sold in Washington, the seller usually pays a real estate transfer fee. Cities use the tax to fix things like potholes and sewer lines. But Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac say don’t have to pay the tax because they're government-sponsored enterprises.

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Racism
12:37 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Failed compound illustrates disarray in white supremacy movement

Copyright 2012 Matt McKnight

Originally published on Fri November 30, 2012 8:04 am

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho - There’s a new effort to build a white supremacist compound in the Northwest.

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marijuana legalization
4:12 pm
Mon October 29, 2012

Idaho officers look askance at possible legal pot in Wash., Oregon

Busted in Idaho: A young man crossed into Idaho with marijuana and paid the price. According to Idaho State Police records, 40% of pot seizures in the state come from medical marijuana from Oregon.

Voters in both Oregon and Washington are considering measures this November that would legalize marijuana for recreational use. If they pass, the laws would further widen the legal gap with neighboring Idaho, where police worry about spillover.

Idaho State Police Major Kevin Hudgens just learned about the two measures to the west of his state. He says they concern him.

“Common sense tells me that I’m sure we’d see some of our residents going over to Oregon and Washington to purchase marijuana. So, we would likely see an increase in that.”

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Ski season hopes
10:38 am
Mon October 8, 2012

Dry winter forecast has ski areas hoping for a change in the weather

A light dusting of snow fell on Oct. 2 at Schweitzer outside of Sandpoint, Idaho.
Schweitzer Mountain Resort

Weather forecasters say the current dry spell in the Northwest may turn into a dry winter. But the region’s ski areas are banking on enough snowfall for winter sports.

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Wolf reintroduction
1:37 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

Final kill in wolf hunt; backlash expected to remain intense

Screen grab from a Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife video of a wolf in the Wedge portion of the Colville National Forest, west of the Columbia River, a few miles from the Canadian border.

Washington wildlife managers say the hunt for a pack of grey wolves is over. A state marksman killed the alpha male of the pack Thursday in far northeast Washington. The department has killed a total of seven wolves from the Wedge Pack since August.

However, emotions have run strong over the decision, and debate over wolf management in the Northwest will likely remain intense.

“We know these issues spark strong feelings among Washington residents across the state, which is why we are committed to conducting our business openly and transparently,” Washington Fish and Wildlife Director Phil Anderson said in a press release.

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Environment
1:44 pm
Tue August 21, 2012

Wildfires in Washington, Idaho continue challenging crews

Idaho’s Trinity Ridge Fire is burning more than 90,000 acres in the forests east of Boise.
Zane Brown/inciweb.org

High winds are challenging crews battling the Taylor Bridge fire in central Washington; and crews fighting the Trinity Ridge fire in Idaho are in a standoff with that fire, waiting for it to reach lower ground.

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Other News
2:43 pm
Tue July 24, 2012

Northwest states ask public to 'squeal' on feral pigs

Feral Swine
ODFW ODFW

Washington, Oregon and Idaho are joining forces to track populations of feral pigs across the Northwest. These “hogs gone wild” can do massive damage to the landscape. And wildlife agents want to know where swine are on the move. They’re even launching a so-called “swine line” for people to call with sightings.

When domesticated pigs escape their sties, Wendy Brown says something strange starts to happen …

“They actually develop darker fur, longer tusks -- they actually change in physical appearance. It’s amazing.”

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Environment
10:41 am
Thu April 26, 2012

Mutant two-headed trout spur scrutiny of mine pollution

A study commissioned by the J.R. Simplot Company on selenium contamination in creeks in southeast Idaho includes photos of deformed Yellowstone cutthroat trout (top) and brown trout (bottom).
J.R. Simplot Idaho DEQ

SODA SPRINGS, Idaho - Here’s an image you usually don’t see without the help of Photoshop: two-headed fish. Pictures of deformed baby trout with two heads show up in a study of creeks in a remote part of southeast Idaho.

The study examined the effects of a contaminant called selenium. It comes from a nearby mine owned by the agribusiness giant, J.R. Simplot. Critics say the two-headed trout have implications beyond a couple of Idaho creeks.

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Health news
10:12 am
Wed April 11, 2012

Google shows Washington stuck in flu season

Has the flu been where you are at?
Gianmaria Veronese Flickr

Flu season is hanging on longer than usual in parts of the Northwest say health officials. That’s shown in cases of the flu  and also via web searches.

Google queries for terms like “muscle aches,” ”flu symptoms” and “thermometer” are being used to track where flu is hitting now.

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Environment
11:31 am
Mon March 5, 2012

Environmentalists push climate change suits on behalf of kids

Nelson Kanuk, a 16 year old from Kipnuk, Alaska, has a lawsuit against the state of Alaska that aims to force the state to reduce carbon emissions.
Courtesy of OurChildrensTrust.org

EUGENE, Ore. – Environmental lawyers are trying a new legal tactic, hoping to force the government to take more aggressive steps against global warming. They’re bringing lawsuits on behalf of kids – including young plaintiffs in the Northwest . The cases use a legal theory put forth by a University of Oregon professor.

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