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The U.S. Supreme Court issued a narrowly focused ruling Monday that favored Masterpiece Cakes, a Colorado bakery, which refused to make a wedding cake for a gay couple.

On Oregon’s highest court, women justices outnumber men, five to two. But never in its history has the court had a woman serve as chief justice.

Until now.

Firefighters scrambled Sunday night at the Hanford nuclear reservation to corral a 2,800-acre wildfire. Hanford officials said the wildfire started Sunday evening.

In the aftermath of the school shooting in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 students and staff dead, the state of Washington established a “work group” on mass shootings. It will hold its third meeting on Tuesday.

Two projects that would convert cropland in Oregon and Washington into large solar farms are hitting new bumps.

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The first two days of negotiations on modernizing the Columbia River Treaty between the US and Canada have concluded.

The United States and Canada began negotiations this week to modernize the Columbia River Treaty. During two days of talks, the U.S. and Canadian negotiators discussed objectives and reaffirmed the spirit of cooperation between the two countries.

The Olympia city prosecutor's office confirmed to public radio Thursday that it will file animal neglect charges in the next day or two against the owner of an Oregon-based sloth sanctuary. This is fallout from a raid two months ago on a satellite center under development in Olympia, Washington.

The first round of talks to modernize the U.S.-Canada Columbia River Treaty took place this week. Officials from the U.S. negotiating team briefed reporters on Thursday on progress at the talks, which are aimed at revising the 54-year-old agreement which governs hydropower and flood control along the Columbia River. 

Gov. Kate Brown is declaring an emergency and mobilizing Oregon National Guard soldiers in response to an ongoing water quality situation in and around Salem.

Inland Journal, May 31, 2018

May 31, 2018
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Inland Journal for May 31, 2018

▪    We talk with three Inland Northwest residents who are trying to preserve some of the region’s agricultural history through rediscovering and saving varieties of apples.
    ▪    We’ll also meet the director of an Oregon non-profit to which these apple detectives send samples for identification.
    ▪    The geography of north Idaho’s Silver Valley makes it prone to inversions that degrade the area’s air quality. We’ll talk with one state official about how incentives are helping to improve that.