Dam removal
9:57 am
Thu September 22, 2011

Congress must approve Klamath dam deal by March

Northwest News Network

Medford, Ore. — The U.S. Secretary of Interior released this week a draft report on impact of tearing down four dams on the Klamath River. It concludes that getting rid of the dams would increase salmon populations and create thousands of jobs.

But Congress could still scuttle the deal.

Secretary Salazar has until March of next year to decide if removing four dams and implementing a restoration and water sharing plan in the Klamath Basin is in the public interest.

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Union unrest
9:36 am
Thu September 22, 2011

Sheriff: Longshoremen strike in Longview costly, nerve-wracking

Police in riot gear protect an incoming train carrying grain at the port facilities in Longview, Wash., on Wednesday..
Associated Press

LONGVIEW, Wash. — The Cowlitz County sheriff says continuing labor strife at a Port of Longview grain terminal is straining nerves and budgets.

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Record Bin Roulette
4:30 am
Thu September 22, 2011

Going postal ... with music

Take a letter...
Rob Weir Flickr

We’re going postal on you this week. Songs about letters and mail abound, and no wonder, with over 570,000 workers, the US Postal Service is the second largest employer in the US, behind Wal-Mart.

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Jazz Festival
7:03 pm
Wed September 21, 2011

Djangofest Northwest on Whidbey Island underway

Now in its 11th season, Djangofest Northwest brings a world-class musical lineup to Langley on Whidbey Island to celebrate the music and spirit of Django Reinhardt and Gypsy Jazz.

Artists scheduled to perform this year range from local favorites to world-class international recording artists, making it the the premier showcase of Gypsy Jazz in North America.

Read more on Groove Notes.

Hikers freed in Iran
5:37 pm
Wed September 21, 2011

Seattle man's nephew one of Americans freed by Iran

Freed American Josh Fattal, left, meets his relatives and friends upon his arrival from Iran, in Muscat, Oman on Wednesday.
Associated Press

A Seattle man has a special reason to celebrate the release of two American hikers from an Iranian prison. One of those who was freed, Josh Fattal, is his nephew.

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Computer crimes
5:18 pm
Wed September 21, 2011

3 indicted in sophisticated Washington hacking scheme

Three Seattle men face charges in federal court that they hacked into the computer systems of dozens of Washington businesses — sometimes choosing their victims simply by driving around and picking up their wireless Internet signals.

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Hanford Nuclear Reservation
5:04 pm
Wed September 21, 2011

GAO to study Hanford treatment plant

RICHLAND, Wash. – The Waste Treatment Plant at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation is getting more scrutiny after complaints over its safety culture. The U.S. Government Accountability Office – the investigative arm of Congress – is launching a review.

Representatives Henry Waxman of California and Diana DeGett of Colorado asked for the study. Both are members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee.

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Dam removal
4:56 pm
Wed September 21, 2011

Demolition of four dams on Klamath clears major hurdle

The J.C. Boyle Dam is one of four on the Klamath River that would be removed if the plan goes ahead.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

The effort to remove four dams along the Klamath River has come one step closer to reality.

The U.S. Department of the Interior released a series of long-awaited environmental impact studies today which conclude that removing the dams would boost salmon runs and improve water quality.

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Business
2:34 pm
Wed September 21, 2011

JP Morgan NW chair says fee will be disclosed at ATMs

NEAR CLE ELUM, Wash. – JPMorgan Chase is on track to comply with a new state law that requires disclosure of an 85-cent ATM fee charged to welfare recipients. So says the company’s Northwest chairman, Phyllis Campbell.

“We’re working hard to figure out how we can disclose that on our ATMs and is part of the law now and we absolutely are complying. We’re very close to making sure it will be done. The question is can it be done on other bank’s ATMs and that’s something I can’t answer,” Campbell said.

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Economy
2:26 pm
Wed September 21, 2011

Protestors try to disrupt meeting of business leaders near Cle Elum

Anti-poverty protestors outside The Association Of Washington Business Summit at Suncadia Resort on Wednesday.
Northwest News Network

NEAR CLE ELUM, Wash. – Anti-poverty activists tried to crash a meeting of business leaders at a resort in Central Washington. The action – dubbed “Showdown at Suncadia” – happened today as the state’s chamber of commerce held its annual policy summit.

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