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Washington Governor Jay Inslee was on the shore of Lake Union in Seattle Wednesday to launch a cross-border flight service between the Emerald City and Vancouver, British Columbia.

Two  projects launched in April aim to help bees in the Pacific Northwest, at a time when pesticides, parasites and loss of habitat make survival harder for both wild bumble bees and domesticated honeybees. 


Oregon officials have hired outside lawyers to investigate allegations of discrimination, harassment and abusive behavior at the state's economic development agency. 

Senator Maria Cantwell questioned the acting head of the U.S. Forest Service, Vicki Christiansen, this week. Among the senator's top concerns: there may not be enough air support for fires in the West this year.

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An official challenge has been filed in connection with a land sale connected to a proposed silicon smelter that would be built in Newport, Washington.

The challenge comes in the form of a letter sent by attorneys working with the Gonzaga Environmental Law and Land Use Clinic to the Pend Oreille County Public Utility District, which sold land in Newport to the Canadian company Hi Test Sand.