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  • Non-federal employees plan to study health of sick orcas as shutdown continues

    ORCAS ISLAND, Wash. — A group of scientists not employed by the federal government is coming together to make sure the shutdown doesn’t impact one of the state’s most vulnerable species. Marine biologists, veterinarians and southern resident orca experts will assess the health conditions of J17 and K25 in the coming days. They plan to gather fecal and breath sample from the ailing orca, and then send them to the lab for analysis. Typically, work like this would fall under […]

  • Video, photos of new orca calf show energetic youngster keeping up with pod

    Photos and video of the endangered southern resident orca population's newest member were released late last week, showing the newborn calf "bouncing around" in good health.

  • New southern resident orca born, giving hope to critically endangered species

    A new southern resident killer whale was spotted alongside its mother Friday, becoming the first calf born to the critically endangered species and seen alive since 2015.

  • Landmark deal between BPA, states and tribes could mean better salmon survival rates

    OLYMPIA, Wash. — Federal, state and tribal groups have agreed to a landmark deal allowing for flexible water spillover on Columbia River and Snake River dams, a compromise partners hope will save salmon and manage costs. The deal calls for increased spillover at dams for certain times of the day and year. The agreement covers the eight lower Columbia and Snake River dams and lasts for three years. Spillover can increase chances of young salmon survival. But it lessens the amount […]

  • Some mountain snow on the way, but will it be enough to open all ski resorts?

    SEATTLE — If you’re a skier or boarder, you’re getting antsy. The turkey has been carved. The leftovers thrown away. But with only a few mountain resorts open for minimal operations, skiers and snowboarders are left twiddling their thumbs. When will Northwest ski resorts open in full? Q13 News Meteorologist Tim Joyce says most resorts want to see about a 24-inch base before full operations. Most are still a ways off. Gwyn Howat, the operations manager and executive vice president […]

  • Orca task force finalizes plan to save endangered southern resident killer whales

    The state's southern resident killer whale task force handed its plan to save the endangered animals to the governor Friday.

  • To serve those in service: Family business has covered JBLM for 60 years

    STEILACOOM, Wash. — With more than 9,000 service members moving in and out of Joint Base Lewis-McChord every year, it’s easy to feel like a stranger on one of the country’s largest military bases. But one company and one family has made it their mission to help. The Ranger weekly newspaper out of Steilacoom, Washington has been on and around the base for 3,475 editions. The paper covers everything from specific goings on in the military, to where active duty […]

  • Orca task force to recommend moratorium on southern resident killer whale watching

    PUYALLUP, Wash. — The governor’s orca task force will likely recommend a moratorium on whale watching the endangered Southern resident orca in the Puget Sound. The group voted on an action Tuesday that would “suspend viewing” of the endangered southern resident for three to five years. The action would prohibit all vessels in the Puget Sound from “watching” the marine mammals. Washington State’s Department of Fish and Wildlife would be in charge of rulemaking and regulation. The rule is expected to […]

  • Washington weed retailer says Canada’s legalization ‘will help’ business

    At 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, Canada became the largest country in the world to legalize recreational marijuana. And at least one marijuana retail shop less than two miles from the border isn't worried legalization will cut into stateside profit.

  • Good news, arachnophobics! ‘There’s no need to watch out for any venomous spiders’ in Western Washington

    SEATTLE — No, your aunt Susie in Puyallup didn’t get bit by a brown recluse while she was cleaning out her woodshed. Or any other venomous spider dangerous to humans. That’s because there isn’t a brown recluse within “1,000 miles of Washington,” said Rod Crawford, the curator of arachnids at the Burke Museum of National History and Culture at the University of Washington. And asides from “very small” populations on the San Juan Islands, there aren’t any black widows in […]

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