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6:04 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

Once Free, Many Private Timberlands Begin Charging User Fees

Weyerhaeuser says vandalism and illegal dumping like this on the St. Helens Tree Farm was a key reason for the new access policy.

Originally published on Tue June 17, 2014 2:06 pm

It is getting more expensive to be a committed outdoor enthusiast in Washington state. An annual pass for state parks is $30. A National Forest pass could be another $20 to $30. There are also fees for campgrounds and snowmobile/ski trail parking.

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5:05 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Washington Juvenile Killers Could Get Second Chance At Release

A U.S. Supreme Court ruling spurred Washington legislators to require individualized sentence reviews for juvenile killers, after 25 years.
Daderot Wikimedia

In Miller v. Alabama, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that automatic life without parole for juvenile killers is unconstitutional.

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4:07 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Redwood Burl Poaching Spreads To Oregon

A redwood with poached burl in the Rogue-Siskiyou National Forest.
Wendell Wood Oregon Wild

Redwood burl poaching has long been an issue in the Redwood National Park in California. But now a conservation group says it's spotted evidence of this type of tree damage in a national forest in Oregon.

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3:32 pm
Fri June 13, 2014

Idaho’s Politicians Walk A Careful Line In Debate Over Bergdahl Release

Bowe Bergdahl at age 16.
Bergdahl family photo

Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl arrived at a military hospital in Texas Friday to continue his recovery process. There has been no shortage of strong opinions about the release of the former POW - except, that is, among Idaho's congressional delegation.

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9:47 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Washington Supreme Court Orders State To Contempt Hearing

Inside Washington state Supreme Court chambers.
Washington Supreme Court

A frustrated Washington Supreme Court appears ready to hold state officials in contempt.

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6:09 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Expedia Begins Accepting Bitcoin For Hotel Bookings

Expedia is now accepting bitcoin payments for U.S. hotel bookings.

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 6:45 pm

Bellevue, Washington-based Expedia just announced that it will start accepting bitcoin for hotel bookings. The online travel site is embracing the volatile, virtual currency on what it calls a "test-and-learn" basis.

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5:34 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Why Do Polls Show Dramatically Different Results In Senate Race?

Jeff Merkley and Monica Wehby.

Two polls released nearly back-to-back this week paint dramatically different pictures of the Oregon Senate race. 

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8:04 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Northwest Lawmakers Likely Not In Running For House Majority Position

Cathy McMorris Rodgers
U.S. House of Representatives

The surprising upset Tuesday for House Majority leader Eric Cantor has the GOP looking for a possible successor.

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7:45 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Washington Capitol Employees Train For Active Shooter Scenarios

About 50 state legislative and executive branch employees showed up for a lunch hour training on how to respond to an active shooter.
Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu June 12, 2014 11:22 am

Get out. Hide out. Take out. That’s the lesson employees at the Washington state Capitol got Wednesday in a class on active shooters. The refresher course comes in the wake of recent high profile shootings in the Northwest.

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5:01 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Idaho Commissioner Asks Media, American Public To Back Off

Blaine County, Idaho, Commissioner Larry Schoen has asked the media to community members more space in the wake of American POW Bowe Bergdahl’s release.
Blaine County

A county commissioner in Blaine County, Idaho, is asking critics of Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl to give Bergdahl's hometown some space. That includes members of the media. The commissioner says the town of Hailey is tired of being the target of people’s “misguided rage” over the former POW.

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