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About half the salmon swimming up the Columbia River come from hatcheries — most of which are raised to be caught by fishermen. The rest are wild. And many of those salmon are protected under …

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LONG BEACH — An enormous cold-water cyclone has developed offshore Tuesday and is generating significant ocean swells. Rough seas are expected to move closer to the mouth of the Columbia over …

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The head of the Pacific Northwest Waterways Association hopes to combat misconceptions about the relationship between orca recovery in the Pacific Ocean and the Columbia and Snake rivers.

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A federal judge has dismissed a third lawsuit challenging the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s experiment with killing barred owls to protect threatened spotted owls.

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Odds are high that the Pacific Northwest will be warmer than average the next three months, and current drought conditions are expected to persist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administrat…

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A series of storms will cross the northeast Pacific through early next week, the National Weather Service in Portland advises. These storms will send significant westerly swells toward the Pac…

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A young male bobcat was released back into the wild Nov. 18 after being found in a family’s fenced-in backyard near Astoria.

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Horror tales from recent earthquakes overseas are moving people in the Pacific Northwest to give a crap about where to crap after a major earthquake.

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More hot and dry weather is expected to hang around the Pacific Northwest, exacerbating drought conditions that have gripped the region.

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Vicki Markley remembers the scene vividly. The owner of Pinehurst Cabins & RV Park stood on her doorstep two weeks ago as the Rattlesnake Creek Fire approached from across U.S. Highway 95 …

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WASHINGTON ─ Minimum wage in Washington will increase to $11 an hour, from the current rate of $9.47, starting on Jan. 1, 2017.

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BURLINGTON — Police searched Saturday for a gunman who opened fire in the makeup department of a Macy’s store at a mall north of Seattle, killing four females and one man, before fleeing towar…

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WASHINGTON — In rural Pacific and Wahkiakum counties, there are frequent occasions when a very small group of cops from a mix of city, county and state agencies are on duty. When a call goes s…

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The National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center is projecting that the El Niño weather pattern will dissipate around late summer, and that there are growing indications a La Niña patt…

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OLYMPIA — A decade ago, Seattle entrepreneur Ben Rogovy made headlines for inventing the controversial practice of “Bumvertising” — paying the homeless to advertise his businesses. Now, he’s i…

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PACIFIC COUNTY — New state data reveals a disturbing trend: It’s too easy for Washington teens — including those in Pacific County — to get tobacco.

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OLYMPIA, Wash. — Top lawmakers in Washington largely exempt themselves from the state’s public records law, and their offices did not release emails sent and received by their government accou…

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Legislature shrinks education opportunity gap; governor’s signature next

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TUMWATER — Washington state’s minimum wage, of $9.47 per hour, will stay the same in 2016 because the national Consumer Price Index did not increase.

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WESTPORT — A sunken vessel in Westhaven Marina no longer poses and environmental risk after Coast Guard personnel removed 500 gallons of oil and water form the vessel’s tanks Monday.

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The recent Paris attacks intensified the debate on how America should allow people through its doors just as Washington received its first wave of Syrian refugees.

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WASHINGTON — A growing number of terminally ill residents have chosen to die on their own terms since the Death With Dignity Act went into effect in 2009. However, a recent report suggests tha…

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SALEM — Oregon is sending updated checklists for the aftermath of a catastrophic earthquake and tsunami to state and local emergency response agencies across the state.