Three more areas proposed for Umatilla National Forest

KENNEWICK — Three additional areas of potential wilderness are proposed for the Umatilla National Forest in a draft long-term management plan discussed Friday night in Kennewick.

Storms not enough to lift Southern Oregon drought

GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Early spring storms helped improve snowpacks and reservoir levels across Oregon, but not enough to lift drought concerns in the parched southern part of the state.

Rockies gray wolf numbers steady

A minimum of 1,691 wolves roamed the six-state region at the end of 2013, studies report.

Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo to expand elephant program

The revamping of the aging, landlocked exhibit is planned even as mounting research shows that captivity is harmful to the world’s largest and most humanlike land mammals.

Water spills begin at four Lower Snake River dams to help fish

PORTLAND — Water spills at four dams on the Lower Snake River started Thursday as part of operations to aid migration of juvenile salmon and steelhead.

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Chinook season extended on Columbia River

CLACKAMAS, Ore. – Spring Chinook anglers on the lower Columbia River will get six more days of salmon fishing under a season extension adopted today by Oregon and Washington fishery managers.

Idaho school district bans book by Sherman Alexie

MERIDIAN, Idaho – Trustees at the Meridian School District in southwest Idaho have voted to remove an award-winning novel after some parents complained.

Costs run into millions for Snohomish County after disaster

EVERETT — Money was the last thing on anyone's mind when rescuers rushed to search for survivors and retrieve the dead.

State high court upholds $57 million verdict for home care workers

SEATTLE — Washington’s Supreme Court on Thursday narrowly upheld a $57 million verdict against the state in a case brought by workers who care for severely disabled people. But the justices declined to give the workers pre-judgment interest — throwing out an additional $39 million awarded by a lower-court judge.

Oregon DOJ asks for dismissal of megaloads petition

The Oregon Department of Justice is asking a Marion County Circuit Court judge to throw out a petition that would keep so-called “megaloads” off the road without increased public input.

Commission: Court’s campaign finance decision won’t affect state races

Wednesday’s major U.S. Supreme Court decision regarding political donations will almost certainly not affect races governed by Washington state law, according to a spokeswoman for the Public Disclosure Commission (PDC).

Single lane closures to cause delays next week over Snoqualmie Pass

In preparation for major width and lane restrictions starting April 12, contractor crews will reduce Interstate 90 east of Snoqualmie Pass to a single lane in each direction 24 hours a day next week.

Man burned during helicopter crash recovering

SEATTLE — Doctors say a man who pulled himself out of his burning car in the aftermath of a fiery March 18 news helicopter crash in Seattle has undergone two surgeries for burns on his torso and arm.

Hey, wait a minute, Mr. Postman! Please don’t deliver pot to me!

SEATTLE — Police say a Seattle man came to them with a problem: someone keeps mailing him packages of marijuana.

Chance of showers at Oso mudslide site; 29 confirmed dead

SEATTLE — After several mostly dry, clear days that allowed recovery workers to find more bodies in the Oso landslide, rain is forecast to return to Western Washington by the end of the week.