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This Is 'New Normal' for Wildfire Season, Says Wash. Department Of Natural Resources

4/25/2018
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Wildfire season used to start in mid-June, say state officials coordinating the response. Now they’re already out fighting wildfires in April, even in places west of the Cascades. "Fire season is already here,” said Washington Commissioner of Public Lands Hillary Franz.

Duration:00:01:16

Demolition Of Historic Buildings At Bothell Country Village Before Landmark Preservation Board

4/24/2018
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Concerns about the future of Bothell Country Village top the agenda of the city’s Landmark Preservation Board meeting Tuesday evening.

Duration:00:01:32

New Kids Book Aims To Encourage Next Generation To Protect The Salish Sea

4/23/2018
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A new book is out that will likely be of interest to anyone who has just moved to the region and maybe even to some old-timers. Explore The Salish Sea is a nature guide for kids. It’s about the unique marine ecosystem that connects Puget Sound with Canada. It’s aimed at fifth and sixth graders and based on a previous edition made for adults. Both books use lots of colorful photos and facts to showcase the abundant life that depends on the Salish Sea.

Duration:00:02:19

State And Feds Battle In Supreme Court Over How To Fix Culverts

4/19/2018
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The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments Wednesday in what many observers are calling a historic showdown that will determine who has to pay to fix our "roads" for salmon – and how quickly.

Duration:00:01:32

Latest NAFTA Talks Raise Environmental Concerns, Including Possible Coal Exports From Longview

4/18/2018
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The renegotiation of the North American Free Trade Agreement, or NAFTA, is raising concerns among environmentalists.

Duration:00:02:09

Navy Growler Noise Spurring Community Action Beyond Whidbey Island

4/16/2018
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Community groups are building coalitions region-wide, aiming to stop expansion plans by the U.S. Navy. Operating since 1942, the naval air station on Whidbey Island is not new. But the recent replacement of its electronic warfare aircraft has upset many residents in the area.

Duration:00:02:29

Feds Seeking Endangered Species Protection For Rare Island Marble Butterfly

4/11/2018
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Federal wildlife officials want to protect a rare green-and-white butterfly that is only found on San Juan Island by listing it as an endangered species . The tiny creature has been declining since it was rediscovered twenty years ago. Its population is now estimated at fewer than 200 in the wild.

Duration:00:01:27

No Hydropower At Sunset Falls: Controversial Skykomish River Project Canceled

4/10/2018
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A hydroelectric project that threatened to diminish scenic waterfalls on the South Fork of the Skykomish River near Index will not be built.

Duration:00:01:09

Kinder Morgan Cites Uncertainty, B.C. Opposition In Halting Pipeline Expansion

4/10/2018
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The Kinder Morgan Pipeline expansion “will be built,” according to Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who says it’s in the national interest. However, opposition in British Columbia caused the company on Sunday to put the $7-billion dollar project on hold till the end of May , citing too much uncertainty.

Duration:00:01:41

Kinder Morgan Pipeline Expansion On Hold: Here's What You Need To Know

4/9/2018
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Opposition groups are applauding an announcement from Kinder Morgan Canada. The oil giant has put expansion of its Trans Mountain Pipeline on hold until the end of May as the company seeks clarity on a path forward.

Duration:00:04:36

Row4Climate: UW Rower Planning 2,400-Mile Pacific Crossing To Hawaii

4/2/2018
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Confronting the likely effects of climate change can feel overwhelming. One recent graduate in atmospheric sciences at the University of Washington is channeling that fear into an ambitious athletic feat. Eliza Dawson is joining three other women to row across the Pacific to Hawaii this summer . They hope to beat the world record in what she’s calling a race for the climate.

Duration:00:02:06

30th Anniversary Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference To Convene In Seattle

3/29/2018
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More than 1,300 scientists, policy makers and other interested parties are attending next week’s Salish Sea Ecosystem Conference in Seattle. The meeting happens every two years and alternates between the U.S. and Canada. This year, the 30th anniversary since the first one took place in 1988, there’s an emphasis on ecosystem recovery across the international border.

Duration:00:01:29

Normal NW Spring Weekend Ahead: Rainy And Cold With Possible Thundershowers And Hail

3/23/2018
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When you think of spring, visions of daffodils and cherry blossoms under warm, sunny skies may come to mind. Turns out the more typical aspects of this season, meteorologically speaking, come from the unstable atmosphere, which produces lots of wet and showery, cool weather.

Duration:00:05:22

Study: National Park Bird Populations Likely To Change Because Of Climate Change

3/22/2018
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Scientists from the Audubon Society and the National Parks Service have teamed up to look at the effects of climate change on birds. The study predicts the behavior of 513 species across 274 national parks in summer and winter. The authors found on average nearly a quarter of the bird species found in popular park destinations could be completely different by mid-century.

Duration:00:01:30

Plastics, Recyclable Cups Among Shareholders’ Issues At Starbucks Annual Meeting

3/22/2018
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The pressure is on Starbucks to create a disposable coffee cup that doesn’t end up in the trash. After a lengthy campaign that featured a huge puppet made of discarded cups and a petition with more than 800,000 signatures, the company announced a new $10 million initiative to develop a cup that is fully recyclable or compostable.

Duration:00:01:21

Tribes Tap Late Leader’s Memory For Inspiration At First Salmon Summit

3/20/2018
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Local tribes are calling on the memory of legendary civil rights activist Billy Frank Jr. to rev up the fight for salmon recovery. They met in Tulalip Monday for what they dubbed a “first-annual” Pacific Salmon Summit , named in his honor.

Duration:00:02:00

State Seeks Input On Plan To Move Mountain Goats From Olympics To North Cascades

3/20/2018
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A proposed federal management plan aims to eliminate the growing population of mountain goats in and near Olympic National Park by relocating as many as possible to areas in the North Cascades. If approved, captures would start this summer. Public meetings about the plan take place all week in towns near the areas that would receive the animals, starting Tuesday evening in Sedro Wooley.

Duration:00:01:25

Community Group Opposes PSE’s ‘Energize Eastside’ Transmission Line Upgrade Project

3/16/2018
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A major upgrade to the electric grid along the eastern shores of Lake Washington is facing public opposition. Puget Sound Energy has plans to build a new substation and improve about 18 miles of existing transmission lines from Redmond to Renton. Cost estimates for the project range from $150-300 million.

Duration:00:01:26

Wash. Environmental Coalition Says Progress Made, Despite Failure Of Key Climate Policies

3/12/2018
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Environmental groups had high hopes going into the special legislative session that ended Thursday in Olympia. But even with Democratic majorities in both chambers of the legislature, passage of critical climate policies did not happen.

Duration:00:01:41

Thousands Expected To March Against Kinder Morgan Pipeline Expansion In B.C.

3/9/2018
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A massive, indigenous-led protest is scheduled to start 10 a.m. Saturday in Vancouver, British Columbia, against the planned expansion of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline. More than 7,000 people have signed up , with several groups on this side of the border lending support.

Duration:00:01:16

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