Colin Fogarty

Northwest News Network

past vs. future
7:01 am
Sat August 3, 2013

Historic Site, Rock Art Cave Delay Transmission Line

Four human-like figures were painted here hundreds, if not thousands of years ago.
Mike Taylor CultureWatch Northwest

Northwest history is colliding with the need to upgrade the region’s electric transmission grid. It’s happening on a windblown patch of riverfront property at the east end of the Columbia River Gorge.

The Bonneville Power Administration is trying to build a new transmission line across that land. But conflicts over historical preservation have increased the cost of the project to $185 million and stalled progress for more than a year.

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Politics
5:05 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Washington Supreme Court tosses out supermajority tax vote requirement

Cacophony Wikipedia

Originally published on Thu February 28, 2013 5:05 pm

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Washington Democrats say it’s a victory for democracy. Republicans call it a defeat for taxpayers. In a major decision Thursday, the Washington Supreme Court tossed out the state’s two-thirds supermajority requirement for raising taxes. In a 6-3 decision, the court ruled that the voter-approved law violates a provision of the Washington state constitution that requires a simple majority vote in the state legislature to approve bills.

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Education
12:37 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Kitzhaber Proposes 'Education Investment' Spending Plan

Legislative Media

Originally published on Fri November 30, 2012 1:07 pm

SALEM, Ore. - Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber is asking state lawmakers to cap cost of living pay increases for public sector retirees. 

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wildfires
12:04 pm
Wed August 22, 2012

Last stretch of Taylor Bridge fire hard to contain; local economy boosted

The Taylor Bridge Fire was 90 percent contained as of Tuesday night.
Jessica Payne Washington DNR

Fire crews in central Washington say they’ll need a couple more days to contain the last 10 percent of the Taylor Bridge fire.

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Clergy abuse
5:39 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Portland judge: Vatican did not 'employ' abusive priest

PORTLAND, ore. - Attorneys for an Oregon victim of clergy sex abuse say they will appeal a new decision that frees the Vatican from a lawsuit. That ruling came down Monday in federal district court in Portland. The 10-year-old lawsuit aims to link the Holy See in Rome to abuse by American priests.

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liquor privatisation
3:38 pm
Mon August 13, 2012

Washington liquor prices up 17 percent over last year

In June, net liquor tax collections to Washington state came in slightly below forecast.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Washington liquor prices were 17 percent higher on average in June, compared to the same month a year ago.

The state Department of Revenue also reported sales declined in the first month private retailers could sell spirits in Washington.

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Environment
5:00 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

U.S. Supreme Court: Idaho couple can take EPA to court

Chantell and Mike Sackett said the EPA violated their right to due process when it said they were building a house on a wetland and ordered them to restore the land.
Jessica Robinson Northwest News Network

A north Idaho couple is still a long way from breaking ground. But Mike and Chantell Sackett have won the right to go to court over their property in Priest Lake, Idaho.

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the Sacketts can challenge a decision by federal regulators that their lot is in a protected wetland. The ruling was relatively narrow.

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Science
11:33 am
Mon December 12, 2011

Research into rat emotions could help develop human drugs

A Washington State University researcher says new findings about the emotions of rats could lead to treatments for mental illness in humans. Jaak Panksepp writes in the latest issue of the journal, Science.

He was reacting to a new study showing that rats demonstrate empathy and altruism toward a fellow rat who was stuck in a trap.

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News
9:26 am
Mon November 28, 2011

D.B. Cooper sleuths still searching 40 years later

Author Geoffry Gray is organizing what he says is the largest symposium of D.B. Cooper sleuths ever. By Colin Fogarty.

Originally published on Wed November 23, 2011 4:16 pm

PORTLAND - It's been 40 years since the most famous airplane hijacking in Northwest history. D.B. Cooper enthusiasts still hope for a breakthrough in the unsolved case. November 24th is the anniversary of the high altitude heist. Saturday , a group of amateur sleuths will gather in Portland for a D.B. Cooper symposium.

The hijacking of Northwest Orient Airlines flight 305 was big news in November 1971.

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The Impact of War
4:13 pm
Sun October 30, 2011

Court Martial Of Alleged 'Kill Team' Ringleader Gets Underway

Opening statements are expected to get underway Monday in a major court martial at Joint Base Lewis-McChord. At the center is Staff Sergeant Calvin Gibbs, the alleged ringleader of a group of western Washington soldiers accused of war crimes.

Gibbs is charged with three counts of premeditated murder in the killings of unarmed Afghan civilians. His fellow soldiers have described him as a "sociopath" who led talks in their platoon about killing noncombatants.

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Sockeye Salmon
2:45 pm
Mon October 24, 2011

U.S. Senate approves rapid response to fish-killing virus

Adult Sockeye salmon in the lower section of Adams River, British Columbia. The U.S. Senate has approved an amendment that calls for a rapid federal response to the ISA virus found in B.C. Sockeye.
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service flickr

Alarm over a potentially deadly salmon virus has reached the halls of Congress. The U.S. Senate has approved an amendment that calls for a rapid federal response. Last week, scientists in British Columbia announced they've found the fish-killing virus in wild Pacific Salmon for the first time.

It's the second virus suspected in salmon deaths to be discovered this year.

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Preserving History
10:18 am
Tue September 13, 2011

WSU previews largest collection of internment photos

Heart Mountain Internee George Hirahara (shown) created this darkroom in his barracks in the Fall of 1943 by ordering equipment and supplies from Sears and Roebuck catalog.
Courtesy of WSU

Washington State University in Pullman previewed a photo collection this morning that's considered to be the largest ever of a World War II internment camp.

The 2,000 donated images come from the family of a father-son team from Yakima. Frank and George Hirahara took pictures and operated a dark room while they were detained at a camp in Heart Mountain, Wyo. Patti Hirahara says her father, Frank, wanted to depict what life was like at the camp.

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Budget Supercommittee
3:10 pm
Thu September 8, 2011

Murray urges supercommittee to not get "boxed in" by pledges

Rep. Jeb Hensarling, R-Texas, and Rep. Patty Murray, D-Wash., shake hands at the end of the supercommittee's first organizational meeting.
Susan Walsh Associated Press

U.S. Senator Patty Murray has debuted in her newest high profile role. The Washington Democrat co-chairs the so-called supercommittee on federal debt reduction. It held its first meeting today in Washington, DC., and Murray provided opening remarks.

This fall, the deficit cutting committee will recommend $1.2 trillion in spending cuts over the next ten years.

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mustard agent
4:24 pm
Thu August 25, 2011

Depot burning chemical weapons at quicker pace

The Umatilla Chemical Depot.
Sam Beebe Flickr

The U.S. Army says its contractors have quickened the pace of weapons incineration at the Umatilla Chemical Depot. Fewer than 400 ton-sized containers of deadly liquid mustard agent remain at the northeast Oregon site.

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Jesuits bankruptcy
3:07 pm
Thu August 18, 2011

Clergy sex abuse settlement includes letters of apology

Victims of clergy sex abuse will get letters of apology, in addition to checks, from a major bankruptcy case resolved this week. In total, the payments amount to $166 million.

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