Northwest (OR WA)

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.

"Economic Downturns Fuel Sagebrush Rebellion Events"

"When armed anti-federal government militiamen occupied the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, they added strain to Harney County, Oregon’s already-weighty list of woes, which include a shrunken economy and the decline of a once-abundant timber industry."

Source: High Country News, 01/19/2016

"Paiute Indians Assert Legacy on Occupied Wildlife Refuge Land"

"BURNS, Ore. — Hundreds of residents crammed into a building at the Harney County Fairgrounds here on Wednesday night, far surpassing the capacity of the rows of brown metal folding chairs set up on a concrete floor, to talk in often deeply emotional terms about their community — and just who should be in charge of its destiny."

Source: NY Times, 01/08/2016

"Militia Takes Over Malheur National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters"

"The Bundy family of Nevada joined with hard-core militiamen Saturday to take over the headquarters of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, vowing to occupy the remote federal outpost 30 miles southeast of Burns [Oregon] for years."

Source: Portland Oregonian, 01/04/2016

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