Dismal returns close Columbia River to salmon fishing
Fishing for Chinook salmon in the Columbia River will be closed again this year as fish are expected to return from the ocean in their lowest numbers since the dismal returns of 2000.
Washington state going green with fleet of clean-energy laws
Inslee signed bills to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from hydrofluorocarbons, increase the energy efficiency of buildings and appliances and expand the state’s use of electric cars, buses and ferries.
Delisting wolves could lead to their demise, wildlife advocates fear
The Trump administration’s plan to remove gray wolves from the endangered species list would prevent the animals from regaining the vast majority of their original territory, advocates said at a rally in Portland Monday.
Trump administration proposes delisting gray wolves
Gray wolves will be removed from the Endangered Species List if a new government proposal becomes official – which environmental groups say would cause the species’ numbers to plunge.
Washington Gov. Inslee enters 2020 race for president, leads debate on climate change
Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee entered the 2020 presidential race Friday, saying he will focus his run on limiting the catastrophic impacts of climate change and calling for an “all-out climate mobilization.”
Appeals court tosses Oregon suit over climate change
Oregon has no duty to protect natural resources as part of a public trust, a state appeals court ruled Wednesday, tossing claims that the state hasn’t done enough to stop climate change.
Northwest dams agree to spill more water to help salmon, orcas survive
Dam operators will send more water spilling over the eight dams along the Snake and Columbia rivers in an effort to help young salmon survive the notoriously deadly trip to the Pacific Ocean.
New science bolsters findings that emissions put U.S. in danger
The peril from climate change is clearer than ever. And scientists are fighting to justify the EPA’s endangerment finding in a new study published this week in the journal Science.
Washington state justices strike down death penalty as racially biased
The use of the death penalty is racially biased and therefore violates the Washington state Constitution, a unanimous panel of the Evergreen State’s highest court ruled Thursday.
FBI Agent on trial over death of Oregon occupation leader
An FBI agent lied about firing two shots at one of the leaders of the 2016 armed occupation at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, moments before Oregon State Police shot the man in the heart, the government said in opening arguments at the agent’s trial Wednesday.