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King County plans to buy hotels to permanently house 1,600 homeless people

May 16, 2021, 10:14am Northwest

SEATTLE — King County will buy the Inn at Queen Anne, a hotel that has been housing homeless people in Seattle for roughly a year, as well as four or five other hotels in the coming weeks. King County Executive Dow Constantine said that it is part of an effort… Read story

Lawsuit in Oregon seeks $103M from 2 utilities over fire

May 16, 2021, 6:05am Northwest

A lawsuit filed on behalf of 70 landowners in the McKenzie River Valley seeks $103 million from two public utilities, Lane Electric Cooperative and Eugene Water & Electric Board, for damages arising from the Holiday Farm Fire, one of the Labor Day conflagrations that ravaged communities around the state. Read story

Chush Falls is located along Whychus Creek in the Three Sisters Wilderness, just south of Sisters, Ore.

Chush Falls a good start to Oregon hiking season

Chush Falls is located along Whychus Creek in the Three Sisters Wilderness, just south of Sisters, Ore.

May 16, 2021, 6:05am Northwest

BEND, Ore. — It is going to be a hiking season unlike any other in Central Oregon. Read story

A Fire Boss plane - a fixed-wing aircraft used in wild land fire suppression - battles a wildfire in Eastern Washington in 2018.

State Department of Natural Resources awaits new wildfire funds; residents can help

A Fire Boss plane - a fixed-wing aircraft used in wild land fire suppression - battles a wildfire in Eastern Washington in 2018.

May 16, 2021, 6:03am Northwest

OLYMPIA — After several years of devastating wildfires across Washington, lawmakers this year agreed to make a major investment in wildfire prevention and forest health. Read story

Aerial Image of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada with Stanley Park, downtown and waterfront

Can Oregon Democrats learn from B.C.’s carbon tax?

Aerial Image of Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada with Stanley Park, downtown and waterfront

May 16, 2021, 6:02am Latest News

In 2019 and again in 2020, Oregon Republicans walked out of the state Legislature to prevent a vote on cap-and-trade climate bills. The legislation was meant to drive down the state’s carbon emissions, but Republicans feared the bills would place the greatest burden of higher fuel prices on sparsely populated… Read story

Have Portland’s luxury condos lost their luster? People want less density, more sanctuary

May 16, 2021, 5:15am Business

Not every home for sale is flying off the market at record prices, despite the frustration felt by hopeful buyers. Interest in downtown Portland’s luxury condos has fallen so much that next-door neighbors are snapping up an adjacent unit to expand their living space, a condo combining concept seen in… Read story

Clatsop County renews focus on quake/tsunami preparedness

May 15, 2021, 8:07pm Northwest

May 12—With a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake and tsunami on the horizon, Clatsop County has taken steps to protect residents and tourists from catastrophe. Read story

Local undocumented students eligible for federal pandemic assistance, Biden administration rules

May 15, 2021, 6:46pm Nation & World

May 12—Undocumented and international students attending college classes as of March 2020 will be eligible for emergency assistance grants from the federal government, the Biden administration announced Tuesday. Read story

Oregon’s top baby name for 2020: Oli

May 15, 2021, 6:39pm Nation & World

Few people will look back fondly on the year 2020, with the possible exception of one group: new parents. Read story

In this handout photo released by the Yurok Tribe shows 70 dead juvenile salmon captured by the Yurok Tribe that are presumed to have died from deadly pathogen, Ceratonova shasta, in the Klamath River water flows. On May 4, 2021, the most recent date for which data is available, 97 percent of the juvenile salmon captured between the Shasta River and Scott River stretch of the Klamath were infected with C. Shasta and will be dead within days, according to the Yurok Tribe. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation says it won't release water into the main canal that feeds the massive Klamath Project irrigation system for the first time in 114 years, leaving many farmers and ranchers with no water at all. The agency also says it won't release water from the same dam to increase downstream water levels in the lower Klamath River, where tribes say 97% of juvenile salmon are dying from a bacterial disease caused by poor water conditions.

Water crisis ‘couldn’t be worse’ on Oregon-California border

In this handout photo released by the Yurok Tribe shows 70 dead juvenile salmon captured by the Yurok Tribe that are presumed to have died from deadly pathogen, Ceratonova shasta, in the Klamath River water flows. On May 4, 2021, the most recent date for which data is available, 97 percent of the juvenile salmon captured between the Shasta River and Scott River stretch of the Klamath were infected with C. Shasta and will be dead within days, according to the Yurok Tribe. The U.S. Bureau of Reclamation says it won't release water into the main canal that feeds the massive Klamath Project irrigation system for the first time in 114 years, leaving many farmers and ranchers with no water at all. The agency also says it won't release water from the same dam to increase downstream water levels in the lower Klamath River, where tribes say 97% of juvenile salmon are dying from a bacterial disease caused by poor water conditions.

May 15, 2021, 12:56pm Latest News

PORTLAND — The water crisis along the California-Oregon border went from dire to catastrophic this week as federal regulators shut off irrigation water to farmers from a critical reservoir and said they would not send extra water to dying salmon downstream or to a half-dozen wildlife refuges that harbor millions… Read story