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Spokane Public Radio

Now that the air we breathe has become almost opaque over most of eastern Washington, it's not unusual to see people resorting to face masks trying to filter out some of the tiny smoke particles.

The Blue Creek Fire burning 10 miles east of Walla Walla, Washington, has grown to 5.500 acres and is the top priority fire in the Northwest for federal resource managers.

Rural Nepalese Find Help From Spokane-Based Company

May 28, 2015
Conscious Connections Foundation

Nepalese people recovering from the disastrous earthquake one month ago now face a different threat: monsoon season from June to August. A Spokane-based company is racing to send money to rural mountain villages otherwise not reached by relief organizations.

Conscious Connections Foundation

The founders of the Spokane company Ganesh Himal work with producers in Nepal’s Kathmandu valley, less than 20 miles from the epicenter of the earthquake. They are using connections worldwide to track down their Nepalese friends.

Washington Drought
Department of Ecology

Friday, Washington’s governor declared a drought emergency in about 44 percent of the state, and the Department of Ecology has taken the lead on preparedness.

Washington state’s two chambers are cross-examining each other’s bills on oil transportation this week. Monday, Representatives held an executive session on the Senate’s proposal, and Tuesday Senators were scheduled to act on the House proposal. The House version poses stricter spill response measures.

Paige Browning / Spokane Public Radio

The Washington Department of Ecology has completed a draft report to the legislature outlining safety recommendations to deal with increased oil train traffic in the state. The ecology department worked with the Utilities and Transportation Commission and the state’s Emergency Management Division to prepare the draft report on improving public safety.

August was a crummy month for central and eastern Idaho wheat and barley farmers - and for beer drinkers. The problem was rain - too much of it at just the wrong time - harvest time. The Twin Falls agricultural region in southeastern Idaho got about two-and-a-half inches of rain in the first week of August, an amount that would be unremarkable in some parts of the country, but which was astonishing in an area which ordinarily gets 10 or 11 inches a year.