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Oregon wildfire death toll rises to nine

September 21, 2020, 3:41pm Northwest

SALEM, Ore. — The number of fatalities from Oregon’s recent wildfires has increased to nine people, the state’s Office of Emergency Management confirmed Monday. Read story

Why Washington’s guidelines to open schools are more cautious than others

September 21, 2020, 8:00am Latest News

Sep. 21--The numbers seemed “incredibly low.” Read story

Tree on power line apparent start for eastern Washington fire

September 21, 2020, 7:58am Northwest

SPOKANE — A tree that made contact with a power line apparently started a wildfire that burned dozens of homes in eastern Washington, according to a utility company. Read story

Coronavirus in Washington: Positivity rates, cases, deaths all trending downward

September 21, 2020, 7:58am Health

Things are looking better to those of us who track the rise and fall of COVID-19 cases in earnest. Read story

‘We lost everything’: Latino labor and civil-rights groups urge Washington officials to send aid in aftermath of wildfires

September 21, 2020, 7:57am Northwest

Latino farmworkers and civil- and labor-rights groups are calling on Washington officials to immediately send food aid and provide housing for families who’ve lost their homes to the state’s wildfires. Read story

Oregon elementary school closes after positive COVID-19 case

September 21, 2020, 7:57am Northwest

PORTLAND — An elementary school on the southern Oregon coast will close Monday after at least one person who tested positive for COVID-19 interacted with others on campus, school officials said. Read story

Washington state is getting a new marine wildlife hospital

September 21, 2020, 5:59am Latest News

Casey Mclean looks out over a 14,000-square foot construction site in the shadows of residential buildings and boatyards of Des Moines, 30 minutes south of Seattle. Right now, it looks like the world’s smallest state fair in mid-setup, with a large tent and modular building free of decoration, but the bones of what will be the state’s first large speciality marine wildlife hospital are all there, oriented around the facility’s… Read story

Oregon wildfires can stress, damage health of wild animals that survive, upend bird migrations

September 20, 2020, 2:03pm Northwest

Wildfire smoke obviously is not good for your health. It can cause shortness of breath and a racing heartbeat, with long-term exposure potentially even leading to a heart attack or stroke. Read story

Vandalism, no arrests, as protests continue in Portland

September 20, 2020, 11:31am Latest News

Vandalism but no arrests occurred during a demonstration in downtown Portland involving about 200 people Saturday night. Read story

Hit by fire, Washington wheat farmers ponder approach to crops

September 20, 2020, 6:04am Northwest

WATERVILLE — This year’s wheat harvest was mostly already in storage on Labor Day when the Pearl Hill Fire started its wind-driven run through Douglas County. Read story