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PHOTO: This tiny sturgeon fry could grow up to be 5 to 6 feet in length, and can live for 70 years or more. This weekend's Columbia River Sturgeon Festival in Vancouver, Wash. pays tribute to this prehistoric fish species. Photo courtesy Wash. Dept. of Fish and Wildlife.

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Salmon get the lion's share of attention in the Pacific Northwest, but a festival this weekend in Vancouver calls attention to another fascinating fish species. The sturgeon may not be considered beautiful or iconic, but like salmon, it also requires careful management by ...Read More

PHOTO: A high percentage of people age 50 or older in Oregon don't apply for SNAP or food-stamp benefits even though they are eligible. For Hunger Action Month, AARP Oregon is calling attention to the need in this age group, particularly folks ages 50-59. Photo credit: Daniel Root for Oregon Food Bank.

PORTLAND, Ore. - Thousands of people in Oregon age 65 or older who qualify for the SNAP or food-stamp program don't sign up, according to a report from Partners for a Hunger-Free Oregon. In all but five Oregon counties, the study found, fewer than half of the eligible seniors receive federal food a ...Read More

PHOTO: California is poised to become the first state in the U.S. to institute a statewide ban on single-use grocery store plastic bags. Advocates say the measure will help the environment and save tax dollars. Photo credit: Heal the Bay.

SAN DIEGO - California is poised to become the first state in the nation to enact a statewide ban on single-use grocery store plastic bags, following the passage of SB 270 in the state Legislature. While opponents argue it will cost consumers and businesses money, advocates say the ban is the first ...Read More

PHOTO: Advocates from around the west attend the Justice Begins with Seeds conference in Portland, including (left to right) Cindy Black of Washington, Larry Pamm of California, former EPA senior scientist Ray Seidler, and conference organizer Rick North. Photo courtesy of Chris Hardy.

PORTLAND, Ore. - Some Oregon farmers set aside their harvest plans for a couple of days to learn more about a growing trend known as "food sovereignty," which offers more local control over foods grown and sold in an area. At a weekend conference in Portland, hundreds debated the merits of a food s ...Read More

PHOTO: A $16 million federal grant will be used to add and improve public transportation options in the Reno-Sparks area. Photo credit: Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County.

RENO, Nev. - Public transportation in the Reno-Sparks area is getting a $16-million boost from a federal grant. Joe Herrington is public information officer with the Regional Transportation Commission of Washoe County. He says the grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation will better connect ...Read More

PHOTO: Scout Camp, on the Middle Deschutes River, is one area hikers will explore as part of the Desert Conference and Wilderness Weekend. Photo credit: Gena Goodman-Campbell.

BEND, Ore. - A wild week is coming up in Bend, with the 27th annual Desert Conference starting Thursday. This year, with the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, three days of "Wilderness Weekend" activities are planned, from an outdoor-adventure film festival to a free block party. But there's ...Read More

PHOTO: This is the first year Common Core standards for math and English are being taught in Washington classrooms. Schools are reaching out to parents and community groups, asking them to find out more about the standards so they can help ease students' transitions. Photo courtesy School's Out Washington.
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SPOKANE, Wash. – More than a million children in Washington are back in school, and students, teachers and parents are all adjusting to the new Common Core learning standards for English and math. Many districts and communities are working to ease the transition. In the Spokane area, consu ...Read More

PHOTO: The California Legislature has declared September School Attendance Awareness Month, in an effort to urge families, communities and schools to prioritize student attendance. Photo credit: Humboldt State University.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - California kids are back in school - and now the goal is to keep them going back. State leaders have come together to declare September as "School Attendance Awareness Month." Assemblymember Shirley Weber, D-San Diego, who authored the recently passed resolution, said the first ...Read More

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