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East of the Cascades in Washington and Oregon, it’s been about five to 10 degrees warmer than normal for most of the winter. Those unusually warm conditions have buds on fruit trees and grapevines starting to “push,” or emerge early.

And that has farmers worried.

Coeur d'Alene Basin Cleanup Projects Soon To Get Underway

Feb 13, 2018
The Lands Council

After taking the winter off, the crews working on the mining waste cleanup projects in the Coeur d’Alene Basin will soon get back out in the field.

Immigration Advocate Predicts "Skinny" Immigration Bill

Feb 12, 2018
National Immigration Forum

The head of an immigration advocacy group yesterday (Monday) predicted the U.S. Senate would take a winding road before deciding on changes to federal immigration law.

Ali Noorani is the executive director of the National Immigration Forum. He spoke last night at a public forum at Whitworth University.

Doug Nadvornick/SPR

Last week Avista announced plans to create what it calls its Catalyst Building along East Sprague in Spokane’s University District. It’s a facility the company hopes will drive economic development in the district. It will be a state-of-the-art building in terms of energy, with solar panels on the roof, to reduce or eliminate its need for outside power.

As part of that, the Catalyst Building is also expected to serve as the first piece of something called an "eco district."

Reaction in the Pacific Northwest was swift to President Trump’s proposed cuts to the cleanup budget at the Hanford Site.

Sen. Ron Wyden, a Democrat from Oregon, called the proposed $230 million cut “downright dangerous for everyone who lives near the Columbia River.”