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Train tracks already run along the Columbia. Tracks like these would cary the coal laden trains along the river. Photo: Bryn Fluharty

Coal Export Threatens a Pacific Northwest Legacy

4/19/2012 // By Bryn Fluharty

The Columbia River is a Pacific Northwest legacy. Its mighty waters have inspired songs like the Washington State folk song ‘Roll on, Columbia, Roll on,’ which brings lyrical majesty to the might of a river which provides our region with […] Read more >

An Orca breaches near Washington State's San Juan Islands (photo: TheGirlsNY/flickr.com)

Protect the Northwest’s Endangered Orcas from Dirty Coal

1/27/2012 // By Peter LaFontaine

Coal exports threaten the health of people and wildlife in the Pacific Northwest. Speak up now to protect Orcas and other endangered species. Read more >

Looking out at Mt Rainier as the Sun Rises. Photo By: Bryn Fluharty

A Mountain Wonderland

1/10/2012 // By Bryn Fluharty

Just because it is winter doesn’t mean that you have to stay inside! There are many ways Be Out There and explore even if it is cold out! This past weekend I bundled up and headed out for a cross […] Read more >

Hike and Seek – Getting Outdoors With a Kid in Your Life This Weekend

9/29/2010 // By Larry Schweiger

By Larry Schweiger As a child I was fortunate enough to spend many hours outdoors with my father, who was a dog trainer and hunter. My dad died more than thirty years ago, yet when I go to the woods […] Read more >

Extreme Heat in Summer 2010: A Window on the Future

8/11/2010 // By Miles Grant

Could the sweltering summer of 2010 be considered mild compared to the typical summers of the future? It depends on whether America & nations around the world act now to curb our global warming pollution. That’s the conclusion of a […] Read more >

New Tourist More Than DC Can Bear?

6/6/2010 // By Miles Grant

Here in the Washington, DC area, we’re used to a summer tourist invasion. But this may be a bit much — a bear spotted less than two miles northwest of the National Zoo: A bear was caught on security camera […] Read more >

Irony: Record Daily Steelhead Counts At Bonneville Dam Due To Heat Wave

8/16/2009 // By Kevin Coyle

The old daily record at the giant Dam on the Columbia River near Portland, Oregon was around, 14,000 steelhead trout.  So what is the new peak of 34,000 fish in a single day all about?  It seems that the fish […] Read more >

Stuffed Animals Help Baby Beavers

8/2/2009 // By Kevin Coyle

Animal rescue always has the risk of wild animals becoming too dependent on humans.  To save some baby beaver kits, PAWS Wildlife Center in Lynnwood, WA found that stuffed animals helped. KOMO News.com reports: “PAWS tries to minimize human interaction, but […] Read more >

Prison Inmates Raise Endangered Frogs With Greater Success Than Experts!

7/8/2009 // By Kevin Coyle

Two prison inmates in Washington State have discovered they have an extraordinary knack for endangered species TLC. Jennifer Sullivan from the Seattle Times reports: Since spring, Greer and fellow inmate Albert Delp have spent the bulk of their days inside […] Read more >

Mysterious Three-Foot Earthworm Up for Protection

7/7/2009 // By Kevin Coyle

The Giant Palouse Earthworm lives in the deep soils of the Palouse region of Idaho and Washington and has been seen only a few times over the course of a century. (Photo University of Idaho and AP archives) The Star […] Read more >