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In Seattle, startup companies and entrepreneurship are viewed as old hat. University of Washington medical researchers, for example, have long worked to turn ideas into products and services. In Spokane, that entrepreneurial spirit is still in the development phase. While Spokane does have some venture capital, this is not yet a place known as a hot spot for angel investors.

If you’re looking to get outside on Memorial Day weekend, you might first check your phone. The U.S. Forest Service launched a mobile app this week that provides trail maps and updates on wildfires and road conditions for all of the Pacific Northwest’s national forests, a national grassland and one scenic area.

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“Population throughout the United States and northern Idaho is driving demand for more building materials, energy, consumer goods and agricultural products, which all move by rail."

This message comes from a video produced for Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway — BNSF — making a case for an expansion of its rail line in and around Sandpoint.

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Health officials in northeast Washington say if you get your water from a private well, it’s a good idea to have it tested for uranium.

A new survey by the USGS confirms the uranium threat is widespread.

This story has been updated.

The United States and Canada next week will begin the official process of re-negotiating the Columbia River Treaty, which expires in 2024. The 1964 agreement governs the upper reaches of the 1,200 mile Columbia River.

The U.S. House of Representatives recently failed to pass a farm bill and Northwest farmers are worried that the process is not plowing ahead.

Kicker Coming? Oregon Tax Revenues Might Exceed Estimates

May 23, 2018

Oregon’s surging tax collections show no signs of abating—and that means you’re probably going to get some money back. Again.

Aptly nicknamed Washaway Beach, in Pacific County, Washington, has long suffered from the most extreme coastal erosion along the whole U.S. West Coast. Now a relatively low cost defense is raising hopes among property owners and nearby cranberry growers.

Former Washington State Auditor Troy Kelley rejected a pair of plea offers from federal prosecutors that would have allowed him to avoid a second trial and his ultimate conviction on multiple felony counts related to his past business practices.

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The waters of the Pend Oreille River in northern Idaho and northeastern Washington continue to creep higher. The river is officially above flood stage, causing damage to some residences and forcing the closure of several roads. County officials fear the warm weather this week will lead to more significant flooding during the next seven days.