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A guide plug cuts a herring with a miter box to get the correct roll to entice a chinook.

Oil pollution harms fish, even at lower levels

A guide plug cuts a herring with a miter box to get the correct roll to entice a chinook.

September 9, 2015, 6:00am Northwest

Federal scientists based in Seattle and Alaska have found that oil -- by impairing heart functions -- can cause serious harm to herring and salmon at far lower concentrations than previously documented. Read story

Nancy Kiser, a fifth-grade teacher at Kimball Elementary School, examines a picket sign to be used in the event of a strike by teachers in the Seattle School District, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, in Seattle. Seattle teachers voted overwhelmingly last week to strike if the district and teachers fail to reach a contract agreement by the first day of school on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Ted S.

Seattle teachers to strike on 1st day of school Wednesday

Nancy Kiser, a fifth-grade teacher at Kimball Elementary School, examines a picket sign to be used in the event of a strike by teachers in the Seattle School District, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015, in Seattle. Seattle teachers voted overwhelmingly last week to strike if the district and teachers fail to reach a contract agreement by the first day of school on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Ted S.

September 8, 2015, 7:09pm Latest News

Teachers in Seattle will walk picket lines Wednesday after last-minute negotiations over wages and other issues failed to avert a strike in Washington state's largest school district. Read story

Parents, guardians and students are greeted by Adel Sefrioui, founder and executive director of Excel Public Charter School in Kent as they enter school Tuesda. A national advocacy group is calling on Gov. Jay Inslee to order a special session of the Legislature so lawmakers can change a charter school law declared unconstitutional. The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools said Saturday that nearly 1,200 students will be forced out of their current schools unless lawmakers take action. (Ellen M.

Washington’s charter schools to stay open despite ruling

Parents, guardians and students are greeted by Adel Sefrioui, founder and executive director of Excel Public Charter School in Kent as they enter school Tuesda. A national advocacy group is calling on Gov. Jay Inslee to order a special session of the Legislature so lawmakers can change a charter school law declared unconstitutional. The National Alliance for Public Charter Schools said Saturday that nearly 1,200 students will be forced out of their current schools unless lawmakers take action. (Ellen M.

September 8, 2015, 2:01pm Latest News

SEATTLE -- All nine of Washington state's charter schools will remain open for the entire school year, despite a ruling from the Washington Supreme Court that found them unconstitutional, the head of the Washington State Charter Schools Association said Tuesday. Read story

The Northern Quest Casino in Airway Heights. The casino has been a major success for the Kalispel Indian Tribe. The tribe opposes a proposal by the Spokane Tribe to open a rival casino in this suburb of Spokane.

Governor to decide fate of proposed casino

The Northern Quest Casino in Airway Heights. The casino has been a major success for the Kalispel Indian Tribe. The tribe opposes a proposal by the Spokane Tribe to open a rival casino in this suburb of Spokane.

September 7, 2015, 11:06am Latest News

AIRWAY HEIGHTS -- In some ways, Gov. Jay Inslee controls the economic future of the Spokane Tribe of Indians. Read story

ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, SEPT. 5-6 - In this photo taken Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, Nathan Harris, a fourth grade teacher at Adams Elementary School, looks at macroinvertebrates at Tripp Island along the Willamette River near Corvallis, Ore. Harris was one of the teachers participating in an education program coordinated by the Institute of Applied Ecology.

Teachers learn to make outdoors their classroom

ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND EDITIONS, SEPT. 5-6 - In this photo taken Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015, Nathan Harris, a fourth grade teacher at Adams Elementary School, looks at macroinvertebrates at Tripp Island along the Willamette River near Corvallis, Ore. Harris was one of the teachers participating in an education program coordinated by the Institute of Applied Ecology.

September 7, 2015, 6:00am News

Bonni Villaman and Deanna Wilson, both elementary school teachers, set the tone of the day early by ramming their canoe into a kayak being piloted by another teacher. Read story

In this photo taken July 31, 2015, an orca whale breaches in view of Mount Baker, some 60 miles distant, in the Salish Sea in the San Juan Islands, Wash. The Southern Resident killer whales living in the area have lost about 20 percent of their population since the 1990s, likely because of dwindling food sources and contamination. This particular group of whales, now numbering at 81, is endangered.

To protect killer whales, patrols keep boaters in check

In this photo taken July 31, 2015, an orca whale breaches in view of Mount Baker, some 60 miles distant, in the Salish Sea in the San Juan Islands, Wash. The Southern Resident killer whales living in the area have lost about 20 percent of their population since the 1990s, likely because of dwindling food sources and contamination. This particular group of whales, now numbering at 81, is endangered.

September 4, 2015, 11:04pm Northwest

Against the backdrop of rocky bluffs, a pod of orcas repeatedly jumped out of the emerald waters of the Puget Sound one recent sunny afternoon before splashing their massive black-and-white bodies back into the water. Read story

U.S. Marine Corps veteran, Bill Marino, who served in Vietnam, is photographed at Marino's Boots and Saddles in Coquille, Ore., on Aug. 21, 2015. He is a member of the Marine Corps League Coquille River Detachment 1042.

Bootmaking Marine tracks success back to boot camp

U.S. Marine Corps veteran, Bill Marino, who served in Vietnam, is photographed at Marino's Boots and Saddles in Coquille, Ore., on Aug. 21, 2015. He is a member of the Marine Corps League Coquille River Detachment 1042.

August 31, 2015, 6:23pm Northwest

Oregon business owner says it shaped his work ethic Read story

A U.S. Forest Service truck passes as firefighters salute the arrival of a motorcade for a memorial service for three firefighters killed in a wildfire, Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, in Wenatchee, Wash. Richard Wheeler, Andrew Zajac and Thomas Zbyszewski died Aug. 19 in a fire near Twisp, Wash.

Thousands gather to honor fallen heroes

A U.S. Forest Service truck passes as firefighters salute the arrival of a motorcade for a memorial service for three firefighters killed in a wildfire, Sunday, Aug. 30, 2015, in Wenatchee, Wash. Richard Wheeler, Andrew Zajac and Thomas Zbyszewski died Aug. 19 in a fire near Twisp, Wash.

August 30, 2015, 7:07pm Latest News

WENATCHEE -- Several thousand people gathered Sunday to honor three U.S. Forest Service firefighters killed battling wildfires in Washington state. Read story

In this Thursday, July 30, 2015 photo, Edmonds Community College biology student Jessica Pal, center, picks through sand and rocks in search of sea-stars during a survey at Camano Island State Park in Wash.

Volunteers survey sea stars to monitor devastating disease

In this Thursday, July 30, 2015 photo, Edmonds Community College biology student Jessica Pal, center, picks through sand and rocks in search of sea-stars during a survey at Camano Island State Park in Wash.

August 30, 2015, 2:34pm Northwest

CAMANO ISLAND -- Michael Kyte and his team were more than an hour into their search when they spotted their first dying sea star. Read story

FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2013 file photo, a volunteer walks through a hemp field at a farm in Springfield, Colo.One of Oregon&iacute;s first hemp farmers says a lack of seed is making it tough to get going. Josephine County Commissioner Cheryl Walker says that fertile seed is expensive and hard to come by, because the federal government prohibits imports. Harvesting machinery is expensive, and there is no plant in Oregon to process the plants into fiber, seed and oil.  (AP Photo/P.

Oregon hemp farmer says startup going slow

FILE - In this Oct. 5, 2013 file photo, a volunteer walks through a hemp field at a farm in Springfield, Colo.One of Oregon&iacute;s first hemp farmers says a lack of seed is making it tough to get going. Josephine County Commissioner Cheryl Walker says that fertile seed is expensive and hard to come by, because the federal government prohibits imports. Harvesting machinery is expensive, and there is no plant in Oregon to process the plants into fiber, seed and oil.  (AP Photo/P.

August 29, 2015, 3:34pm Northwest

GRANTS PASS, Ore. -- One of Oregon's first hemp farmers says a lack of seed is making it tough to get going. Read story