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7:37 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Weather Delays Megaload Shipment In Eastern Oregon

A megaload bound for Alberta tar sands sits on the shoulder of Highway 395 near Pendleton, Ore. Weather is delaying the shipment

A blast of winter weather blanketed Eastern Oregon roads in snow and ice Tuesday, once again delaying movement of the megaload convoy bound for the oil sands of Alberta, Canada.

The controversial shipment of massive refinery equipment left the Port of Umatilla Monday night, arriving at its first extended parking turnout off Highway 395 just south of Pendleton. It will remain there until conditions improve, according to the Oregon Department of Transportation.

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7:17 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Three Things About The Political Pep Rally In Klamath Falls

A mat of algae in the Sprague River, an important tributary in the Upper Klamath Basin.

Originally published on Tue December 3, 2013 9:17 pm

But that's what's in the works for Wednesday morning, when U.S. Sens. Ron Wyden and Jeff Merkley and Gov. John Kitzhaber will all converge on Klamath Falls to hail the almost-done deal for dividing up scarce water in a thirsty corner of the Northwest.

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7:26 am
Tue December 3, 2013

Megaload Pulls Out Of Northeast Oregon Port Despite Protesters

Cathy Sampson-Kruse is a member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Reservation. Police arrested her after she laid down in front of the so-called megaload bound for Canada.

A massive load of oil equipment is on its way to Canada, along a winding route that began near Hermiston, in northeast Oregon.

Protesters tried to stop the shipment by getting in the way. But the so-called megaload rumbled forward, on its journey through Oregon and Idaho.

About two-dozen protesters held signs and blew horns while police kept them away from the truck and trailer. The megaload takes up two lanes and stretches 380 feet.

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10:00 am
Fri November 29, 2013

EarthFix Conversation: Author Calls For Philosophical Shift On Use Of Hatcheries In The Northwest

Author Jim Lichatowich's new book takes a hard look at the use of fish hatcheries in the Northwest.

In the late 1800s, when dams were first built around the Northwest, salmon and steelhead stocks began to decline. Fish hatcheries were put forth as a solution. Wild fish were taken from Northwest rivers and spawned in captivity, ensuring future generations of fish could be released back into the wild every season.

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2:00 am
Fri November 29, 2013

Idaho Company Pushes 'Poop' Compost In Super Bowl Ad Contest

Author Jim Lichatowich's new book takes a hard look at the use of fish hatcheries in the Northwest.

A small Northwest compost company is one of four finalists vying for a free 30-second Super Bowl ad.

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1:00 am
Wed November 27, 2013

Displaced By Development, Urban Goat Herd Needs A New Home

Twelve goats living in Portland's Central Eastside Industrial District will have to move out so a developer can break ground on a new apartment building.

A dozen goats tromp around on their very own playground while traffic zooms by in Southeast Portland's industrial district.

Here, on the city's so-called "goat block," bike tours and families with children stop to visit the goat herd outside a chain-link fence. Each goat has a name and a "friendliness" rating posted outside the fence and once a day, a caretaker walks one of the friendly goats around the neighborhood for people to pet.

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12:08 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

New Hope For An Endangered Deer

Workers move an endangered 159-pound buck into a crate to be transported to a refuge 60 miles away. Biologists moved the deer because a dike could have breeched at any moment. Now biologists are recommending to list the deer as threatened.

Washington's Columbian white-tailed deer have had a rough time surviving. In fact, their population fell so much they were once thought to be extinct.

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9:17 am
Tue November 26, 2013

How Wyden’s O&C Bill Walks The Line Between Logging And Conservation

Foresters visit an old clear-cut on BLM land near Roseburg, Oregon.

Oregon Sen. Ron Wyden has introduced a bill that sets the stage for sweeping changes in the management of 2.1 million acres of federal forest in Western Oregon.

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1:00 am
Tue November 26, 2013

Coal Ships And Tribal Fishing Grounds

Tribal treaty fishing rights give Washington tribes the opportunity to weigh in on, and even block, projects that could impact their fishing grounds.

This is the second installment of a two-part series. Read part one here.

BELLINGHAM, Wash. -- Dozens upon dozens of crab pot buoys dot the waters around Jay Julius’ fishing boat as he points the bow towards Cherry Point. The spit of land juts into northern Puget Sound.

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10:15 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

California Finds No Reason To Protect Wolves

Wolf OR7 was the first known gray wolf in California for decades. He's since returned to Oregon. A new study suggests wolves need no protections in the state since there are no wolf populations

As U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service considers removing the gray wolf from the federal list of protected species under the Endangered Species Act, a study by California’s Department of Fish and Wildlife finds that the gray wolf does not need protections in the state, according to a Capital Press report:

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