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Hazen Audel Artworks

Spokane teacher Hazen Audel has an interesting summer job. He’s the host of a program on the National Geographic cable channel that takes him to exotic places all over the globe. And, along the way, he takes on adventures some people might consider crazy.

On Thursday evening, Audel will share more about his adventures during an event at Spokane’s Fox Theater.

Alaska Airlines is saying "Adios" to Cuba. The Seattle-based airline Tuesday announced it will discontinue flights to Havana after the holidays. Alaska joins a parade of other U.S. carriers who are trimming back flights to Cuba or dropping service entirely.

This summer’s total solar eclipse in Oregon came with a price tag. The Oregon Military Department is requesting an extra $260,000 to pay for the costs of managing crowds during the August 21 event.

The wildfires are largely out in places like the Columbia River Gorge and the south Oregon coast, but the economic fallout continues in many nearby Oregon communities. That was the message Tuesday during a meeting of the Oregon House Committee on Economic Development.

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Northeast Washington leaders say they hope a proposed silicon smelter will bring high paying jobs to an economically depressed part of the state. Many in the community of Newport aren’t so happy with the plan.