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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

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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

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PHOTO: More parents in Washington are being asked not only if their children have health insurance, but if they are covered as well. A new national report says these outreach efforts are paying off with fewer uninsured adults for states that agreed to expand Medicaid. Photo credit: JackF/

OLYMPIA, Wash. - States such as Washington that have expanded their Medicaid programs with federal funding are making far more progress in covering lower-income parents than are states that have rejected Medicaid expansion, according to a new Urban Institute study. In some areas, said Genevieve Ken...Read More

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PHOTO: Few things are as maddening as a slow Internet connection. That's why many websites are participating in today's online protest of a proposal to allow some companies to offer faster Internet speeds at higher prices to some customers, leaving others in the virtual slow lane. Photo credit: Nelik/

SEATTLE - The Internet may seem to be a bit sluggish today - but it's actually part of an effort to prevent a future where, according to advocates for Internet freedom, some people online would have priority over others. If you visit websites such as Reddit, Netflix, Kickstarter, Foursquare or Vime...Read More

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PHOTO: There isn't much time for sitting as a member of this youthful crew working to relocate the Kelly Creek Trail in the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest. It's one of 50 projects across the country to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act. Photo courtesy of Northwest Youth Corps.

SEATTLE - As part of a campaign to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Wilderness Act, and to introduce young people to their public lands heritage, 50 wild places across the country have been chosen for conservation and trail maintenance work this fall. In Washington, crews are working in the ...Read More

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PHOTO: The popular Edmonds Fishing Pier is almost 40 years old and needs major renovations to keep it safe. The city says it has all but given up counting on scarce Land and Water Conservation Fund dollars to help complete the work. Photo courtesy City of Edmonds.

EDMONDS, Wash. - A coalition of hunting and fishing organizations says the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) could be doing a lot more for local economies if Congress would stop raiding the money. In a new report, 17 sportsman's groups cite examples of recreation and conservation projects in ...Read More

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IMAGE: Passenger pigeons once numbered in the billions in North America and were easy targets for hunters as they flew in such large numbers. Artist and palaeontologist Julian Pender Hume has studied and written extensively about them, and other birds now extinct. Image used with permission of Hume.

SEATTLE - Monday marks the 100th anniversary of the extinction of the passenger pigeon. Folks in the bird world and the conservation world are taking notice. In the 1800s, there were perhaps 5 billion passenger pigeons in North America, known for migrating and nesting in giant flocks that made them...Read More

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PHOTO: The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) made a major statement recommending caution in cell phone use earlier this year. Then, last week, the agency mysteriously took it back. The CDC had been the first federal agency to acknowledge risks from electromagnetic frequencies emitted by mobile phones. Photo credit: Antonio Diaz/

SEATTLE - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently became the first federal agency to acknowledge health risks from cell phone use. Then, without explanation, the agency suddenly and quietly backtracked. Sometime before early June, the CDC posted significant new wording in a "F...Read More

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