Northwest (OR WA)

Maine Law Hid Threats to Public from Oil Trains

Maine passed a law in 2015 that allowed railroads to keep oil-train routing information from the public — over the governor's veto. In the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting's Pine Tree Watchdog, Dave Sherwood reports how the provision was a bait-and-switch.

2 Bundys Arrested, Finicum Killed Outside Malheur Refuge

"BURNS – Oregon standoff spokesman Robert "LaVoy" Finicum was killed and other leaders of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation were arrested Tuesday after the FBI and state police stopped vehicles about 20 miles north of Burns."

Source: Portland Oregonian, 01/27/2016

As Wash. Mulls Stronger Toxics Law, Residents Breathe Flame Retardants

"A new generation of chemicals added to furniture, building insulation and baby products like car seats to slow the spread of flames are escaping into air at higher levels than previously thought, according to a new study out of Washington state."

Source: EHN, 01/25/2016
February 15, 2016

DEADLINE: Mineral School Residencies for Writers

The Mineral (WA) School will host 15 writers in their historic school house near Mount Rainier in summer 2016, for writers whose work focuses on travel, adventure, and the outdoors. Deadline is Feb 15.

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