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Well drilling booms in drought-stricken Calif.


In some counties, requests for permits to dig new wells have soared, more than doubling over this time last year.

Snohomish County PUD has new plan for the Skykomish: no dam


The earlier proposal for an inflatable dam or weir near Sunset and Canyon falls was opposed by environmental groups who said the scenic river should be preserved.

Longview man gets prison for dumping sewage

Prosecutors say that for more than 10 years, Ray Caldwell and his company secretly pumped waste into the city's sewer system.

States and feds try to fight seafood fraud


In a nation where 92 percent of seafood is imported, lawmakers are looking at new laws to help customers get the seafood they are paying for.

Portland terminal operator fined $20K

The company that operates the Port of Portland's container terminal has been fined nearly $20,000 following a safety inspection by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

Cracked dam can handle fish migration this week

Modifications on the cracked Wanapum Dam will allow migrating salmon to pass through the structure starting this week on their journey to spawning grounds, the Grant County Public Utility District said Tuesday.

Oso road clearing could take months

The Transportation Department says it could take one to three months to clear debris from the mile-long stretch of Highway 530 covered by the Oso mudslide. It blocks direct access between Darrington and the Interstate 5 corridor.

Seismographs heading for central Idaho

Three portable seismographs will be installed in the Challis area in central Idaho to help experts better understand a recent flurry of earthquakes.

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Disaster-resiliency expert Stephen Flynn says we can do a better job preparing for the worst.

The case involved a contractor’s attempt to foreclose a lien that included the unpaid balance of its written contract plus unwritten change orders.

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