Category Archives: KUOW

KUOW – Does cuteness count? A cost-benefit analysis of the sea otter return to Oregon

A study of sea otter restoration in British Columbia is giving encouragement to a group that wants to bring sea otters back to the Oregon Coast. A research report in the June 12 issue of the journal Science found that the return of sea otters yields far more in ecological benefits and ecotourism dollars than […]
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Interior Dept. Grant To Help States With Wildlife Road Crossings. One In North Idaho Is A Chokepoint

A new federal grant aims to ease road congestion and interactions between motorists and wildlife in the Northwest. About $100,000 is going to a project related to a wildlife underpass that will be built under U.S. Highway 95 in North Idaho. It’s a piece of the $3.2 million granted by the U.S. Interior Department Friday […]
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Bringing back Oregon’s sea otters gets federal bucks for feasibility study

A group that wants to bring back wild sea otters to the Oregon Coast is taking a big step forward. The federal government has awarded them a grant to launch a feasibility study for a possible reintroduction effort. Source: Bringing back Oregon’s sea otters gets federal bucks for feasibility study

Chinook tribe back in court Monday on long quest to regain federal recognition

The decades-long quest of Chinook tribal members to regain federal recognition gets another airing in court on Monday. A U.S. District Court judge is scheduled to hear oral arguments on cross-claims for summary judgment in a lawsuit brought by the tribe against the Department of the Interior. The Chinook people are the original inhabitants around […]
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‘That ID won’t fly.’ A deadline looms for Pacific NW air travelers

State officials are worried about a possible mess at Pacific Northwest airports and driver licensing offices. Next October, the Transportation Security Administration will stop accepting regular Washington and Oregon driver licenses to pass through airport screening checkpoints. Source: KUOW – ‘That ID won’t fly.’ A deadline looms for Pacific NW air travelers

KUOW – Bullet train for Cascadia urged on despite electorate’s anti-tax mood

Tuesday’s vote in Washington state to roll back car registration fees has scrambled transportation budgets. But Pacific Northwest rail advocates are undeterred in pursuing their vision of a bullet train connection between Portland, Seattle and Vancouver, Canada. Microsoft hosted a high-power meeting of state policymakers, train manufacturers and rail supporters at the software giant’s headquarters […]
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Amazon to expand data centers in northeastern Oregon, reaping more tax breaks

Amazon’s ever-expanding footprint in Seattle — and the polarizing growing pains that accompany it — contrasts what’s currently happening in northeastern Oregon. Source: Amazon to expand data centers in northeastern Oregon, reaping more tax breaks

Prepping for the Big One: Oregon coastal hospitals get creative with disaster planning

The state of Oregon is pushing the community hospitals along the Oregon Coast to improve their earthquake resilience. This comes after a state report predicted none of them would be able to sustain operations after the feared Big One — a magnitude 9 offshore Cascadia earthquake and tsunami. State Library Ed. Note: Same story available […]
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Eugene prepares to host 2021 world track champs, but needs more money

Public funding for big-time sports tends to generate static. So, Oregon Governor Kate Brown is building her case now for additional taxpayer support for the IAAF World Track and Field Championships, which are coming to Eugene in two years. The local organizing committee for the world outdoor track championships, Oregon21, says it needs a state […]
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More state money sought as Eugene prepares to host 2021 world track champs

Public funding for big-time sports tends to generate static. So, Oregon Governor Kate Brown is building her case now for additional taxpayer support for the IAAF World Track and Field Championships, which are coming to Eugene in two years. Source: More state money sought as Eugene prepares to host 2021 world track champs