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Mark Brown, right, a general manager for DeLaval Dairy Service, explains the automated systems to visitors at the Averill family dairy in Tillamook, Ore., Oct. 22, 2015. To many, this scenario represents the future of farming. As labor costs increase and the labor pool shrinks, farmers, such as the Averills, are turning to robotics and other technology to provide better care for their animals and increase efficiency.

Robots tend the cows at dairy

Mark Brown, right, a general manager for DeLaval Dairy Service, explains the automated systems to visitors at the Averill family dairy in Tillamook, Ore., Oct. 22, 2015. To many, this scenario represents the future of farming. As labor costs increase and the labor pool shrinks, farmers, such as the Averills, are turning to robotics and other technology to provide better care for their animals and increase efficiency.

November 9, 2015, 6:01am Northwest

TILLAMOOK, Ore. -- The cows at the Averill family's dairy seem unimpressed by the high-tech gadgetry surrounding them. Read story

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife employees leave a trail of the pesticide rotenone, used to kill tui chub fish, in Diamond Lake, Ore., on Sept. 14, 2006.

Tui chub back after $6 million eradication

Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife employees leave a trail of the pesticide rotenone, used to kill tui chub fish, in Diamond Lake, Ore., on Sept. 14, 2006.

November 8, 2015, 7:34pm Northwest

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Biologists found a tui chub at Diamond Lake in southern Oregon, nine years after an expensive project to eliminate the invasive minnow. Read story

Gabriel Ruthford fixes his gaze on the television as he watches his favorite documentary about trains at his home in Maple Valley.

Premature baby beats medical odds

Gabriel Ruthford fixes his gaze on the television as he watches his favorite documentary about trains at his home in Maple Valley.

November 6, 2015, 11:43pm Northwest

SEATTLE -- When Gabriel Ruthford was born at Seattle's Swedish Medical Center in 2012, he was so premature that doctors seriously doubted they could save him -- and almost didn't try. Read story

A Shadow unmanned aircraft operated by the 16th Combat Aviation Brigade comes to a stop on an airstrip at the U.S. Army Yakima Training Center in Yakima.

Lewis-McChord helicopter pilots may soon help fly unmanned drones

A Shadow unmanned aircraft operated by the 16th Combat Aviation Brigade comes to a stop on an airstrip at the U.S. Army Yakima Training Center in Yakima.

November 1, 2015, 5:45am Northwest

Daniel Fernandez used to have a fast and dangerous mission on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan as an Army scout helicopter pilot. Read story

Stair Creek Falls drops into Mule Creek Canyon on the wild section of the Rogue River east of Agness, Ore.

Wild Rogue backpacking route opens in Southern Oregon

Stair Creek Falls drops into Mule Creek Canyon on the wild section of the Rogue River east of Agness, Ore.

October 31, 2015, 5:56am Northwest

MARIAL, Ore. -- A 25-mile backpacking route in southwest Oregon's Wild Rogue Wilderness has been restored. Read story

Scott Clement, taking a break from cooking at his Spring Lake Cafe in Fircrest, says most customers are shocked to learn he can&#039;t serve them a glass of wine or a beer. (Ellen M.

Washington’s last ‘dry’ town

Scott Clement, taking a break from cooking at his Spring Lake Cafe in Fircrest, says most customers are shocked to learn he can&#039;t serve them a glass of wine or a beer. (Ellen M.

October 30, 2015, 6:02am Northwest

FIRCREST -- Ninety years of being "dry." The last town in this state where you can't buy liquor by the drink. Read story

Initiative promoter Tim Eyman waits for his turn to speak before the Senate Ways and Means Committee on Feb. 9 at the state Capitol in Olympia.

State’s voters will weigh in on anti-tax measure

Initiative promoter Tim Eyman waits for his turn to speak before the Senate Ways and Means Committee on Feb. 9 at the state Capitol in Olympia.

October 26, 2015, 9:41am Latest News

There has been no shortage of efforts to limit Washington state lawmakers’ ability to raise taxes over the years, both legislatively and on the ballot. The latest ballot measure before voters gives lawmakers a choice: send a constitutional amendment to voters that would reinstate a two-thirds legislative majority requirement to… Read story

Volunteer Zoey Schwartz organizes pet supplies to be handed out in Corvallis, Ore., for pets whose owners&#039; budgets are deeply limited.

Team effort provides health care for pets of homeless people

Volunteer Zoey Schwartz organizes pet supplies to be handed out in Corvallis, Ore., for pets whose owners&#039; budgets are deeply limited.

October 26, 2015, 5:45am Latest News

Program in Oregon addresses small part of ongoing crisis Read story

An adult female orca, identified as J-16, is photographed in September as she&#039;s about to surface with her youngest calf, born earlier in the year, near the San Juan Islands in Puget Sound. Federal biologists flying a drone have taken thousands of rich images of endangered Puget Sound orcas, showing the whales are in good condition this year.

Drone flown to track health of endangered N.W. orcas

An adult female orca, identified as J-16, is photographed in September as she&#039;s about to surface with her youngest calf, born earlier in the year, near the San Juan Islands in Puget Sound. Federal biologists flying a drone have taken thousands of rich images of endangered Puget Sound orcas, showing the whales are in good condition this year.

October 22, 2015, 6:02am Northwest

SEATTLE -- Federal biologists flying a drone have taken thousands of rich images of endangered Puget Sound orcas showing the whales are in good condition this year and that several appear to be pregnant. Read story

Water pours out of the Lower Granite Dam on the Snake River in July 2006 near Pomeroy. Farmers, shippers and other dam supporters fiercely defend the structures as keys to the region&#039;s economy.

Critics of Snake River dams say it’s time to tear them down

Water pours out of the Lower Granite Dam on the Snake River in July 2006 near Pomeroy. Farmers, shippers and other dam supporters fiercely defend the structures as keys to the region&#039;s economy.

October 19, 2015, 5:50am Latest News

The issue of breaching four giant dams on the Snake River to help endangered salmon runs has percolated in the Northwest for decades, but the idea has gained new momentum. Read story