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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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PHOTO: It was a full house earlier this year for Kitsap County's first Suicide Prevention Forum, part of an ongoing effort to reduce the county suicide rate. Photo courtesy League of Women Voters of Kitsap County.
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PORT ORCHARD, Wash. - An epidemic is what the League of Women Voters in Kitsap County says it discovered looking into deaths statewide, and found suicides top the list. In Kitsap County, more than 80 percent of gun deaths are people taking their own lives. That statistic has prompted a Suicide Prev...Read More

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PHOTO: People who shared their reasons for supporting Wild Olympics legislation with reporters on Thursday included, from left, Michelle Sandoval (Port Townsend), Sen. Patty Murray, Rep. Derek Kilmer, Tim McNulty (Sequim), and Bill Taylor (Shelton). Photo credit: Thomas O'Keefe.

PORT TOWNSEND, Wash. - A push to add new wilderness acreage to Olympic National Forest gained some momentum Thursday, as members of Congress invited supporters and reporters to the area for an update on the legislation. The "Wild Olympics Wilderness and Wild and Scenic Rivers Act" lost some steam w...Read More

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PHOTO: State retirees in Washington say their quest to restore benefits trimmed by the Legislature hasn't ended with last week's Supreme Court rulings against them. Photo courtesy of the Retired Public Employees Council of Washington.

OLYMPIA, Wash. - The Washington state Supreme Court ruled last week that the Legislature can eliminate cost-of-living adjustments to the pension checks of retired state workers. The Retired Public Employees Council of Washington has said no one is getting rich living on a state pension, which avera...Read More

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PHOTO: They may be fierce, but are they tough enough to survive climate change? The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has withdrawn its proposal to classify the wolverine as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act. It is estimated there are fewer than 300 in the United States. Photo credit: kmwphotography/

SEATTLE - The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has decided wolverines should not be classified as "threatened" under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The agency has withdrawn its proposal to list the animals, citing uncertainty about whether wolverines might adapt to changing climate and shrinking h...Read More

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PHOTO: A volunteer prepares food at the Women and Children’s Free Restaurant in Spokane. The food-assistance program helps clients supplement SNAP benefits that don't always cover food needs. Photo courtesy Northwest Harvest.

SEATTLE - Hunger is often characterized as a big-city problem, but a new study shows that isn't the case based on who is receiving food stamp benefits, also known as Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). The Center for Rural Affairs examined SNAP data for a five-year period ending in 2...Read More

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MAP: The free map created by 10 outdoor recreation and conservation groups is credited with giving a much needed push to the local economy of Darrington, Wash., after the Oso mudslide cut access to the town for two months this spring. Image courtesy

DARRINGTON, Wash. – A visit from a U.S. senator and a newly launched science and technology program for school children are just two of the most recent developments in Darrington. The town of about 1,400 gained worldwide attention in March for its proximity to the deadly Oso mudslide, which ...Read More

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