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Bloomberg launches $17M city contest; top prize $5M

Eager to help local leaders bypass Washington, New York billionaire Michael Bloomberg's foundation is putting up more than $17 million for a new contest that encourages the nation's mayors to address critical issues themselves.


$16B water tunnel project in California gets first OK

By ELLEN KNICKMEYER and SCOTT SMITH

This is the first in a series of federal and state rulings that will determine the fate of the twin 35-mile tunnels.


Engineers use replica of big California dam to decide how best to fix cracked spillway

By BRADY McCOMBS

The proposed $300 million reconstruction is set to be done by November, when water levels above the dam will start to rise again.

Six big trees will be getting a ride into their new home: the spheres

By JOURNAL STAFF

After an eight-day delay, this 55-foot ficus tree from California was finally dropped into place last week inside one of the glass-and-steel spheres on Amazon's Denny Triangle campus.


Interior OKs survey for Alaska wilderness road

By DAN JOLING

A national wildlife refuge stands between the town of King Cove and an all-weather airport in Cold Bay.


Evans, Bradley talk about Elwha dams

NatureBridge, a national nonprofit focused on environmental science education in national parks, is putting on an event Wednesday at Benaroya Hall at 7:30 p.m. about removing the Elwha dams, with Bill Bradley, former Democratic U.S. senator; and Dan Evans, former Republican U.S. senator and governor of Washington leading the discussion.

U.S. mayors back plan for cities to use only renewable energy

A bipartisan group of mayors from across the country unanimously backed an ambitious commitment for U.S. cities to run entirely on renewable sources such as wind and solar in two decades.


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