Former defense secretary to investigate EPA evaluation of Alaska mine proposal

By   /  March 25, 2015  /  National, News, Northwest  /  No Comments

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A former defense secretary in the Clinton administration plans to investigate the Environmental Protection Agency’s controversial evaluation of a potential mining project in the Bristol Bay watershed in Alaska – an evaluation, critics say, was heavy-handed and employed bad science.

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Oregon’s first lady admits to past ‘green-card marriage’ with 18-year-old

By   /  October 10, 2014  /  Ethics, Northwest, Oregon, Politics & Elections, State Government, Watchdog Arena  /  No Comments

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By Josh Kaib |
Talk about an October surprise!
The first lady of Oregon — though she’s technically not married to the governor yet —tearfully admitted Thursday that she once married an 18-year-old Ethiopian immigrant in exchange for around $5,000 so he could get a green-card.
Cylvia Hayes was forced to come clean after the the Willamette Week, an alternative newspaper, began […]

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‘International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature’ behind pocket gopher hoax

By   /  October 3, 2014  /  Energy and Environment, Northwest, Washington, Watchdog Arena  /  No Comments

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Larry Weaver wants his gopher blood back.

That smidgen of gopher blood means the world to both Weaver and many in his Rochester community in southwest Thurston County, Wash.

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Seattle City Council passes dollar compost fine

By   /  September 25, 2014  /  Energy and Environment, Northwest, Washington, Watchdog Arena  /  No Comments

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By Brad Matthews |
You may want to think twice before dumping your food in the trash if you’re in Seattle.
A new Seattle ordinance passed on earlier this week says citizens could be fined a dollar for having too much table scraps in the trash that could have gone into a compost bin, according to the Seattle Times.
Collectors […]

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Gopher wins ESA listing based on genitalia size

By   /  August 11, 2014  /  Energy and Environment, Local Government, Northwest, Transparency, Washington, Watchdog Arena  /  No Comments


By Melissa Genson |
Does size really matter? According to the Washington State Department of Fish and Wildlife and U.S. Fish and Wildlife, it sure does.
The odd claims of state and federal officials have been enough to earn a small group of this incredibly prolific and destructive rodent an Endangered Species Act listing, based on a 36-year-old loophole in the […]

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Ecology official who sees citizens as prey can keep his job

By   /  July 30, 2014  /  News, Northwest, Washington, Watchdog Arena  /  No Comments

OFF THE MARK: A Washington state officials who compared citizens to human prey is going to keep his job.

By Melissa Genson |
Washington Department of Ecology’s Ben Penhale, who compares citizens to a hunter’s prey, can keep his job, benefits and authority, the department says.
The brouhaha started on Dec. 7, 2012, when Penhale was asked to clarify regulatory jurisdiction to San Juan County Planner Colin Maycock.
Instead, he wrote a bizarre, rambling email where […]

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