Tom Banse http://boisestatepublicradio.org en Donors Pay To Test Seawater For Traces Of Fukushima Radiation http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/donors-pay-test-seawater-traces-fukushima-radiation <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/072314TB_SeaTest_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>It's been more than three years since the Fukushima nuclear plant accident resulted in a spill of millions of gallons of radioactive cooling water into the Pacific. Oceanographers projected that it could take until this year for highly diluted traces of that spill in Japan to reach the West Coast of North America.<p> Wed, 23 Jul 2014 23:47:00 +0000 Tom Banse 49372 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Donors Pay To Test Seawater For Traces Of Fukushima Radiation Washington Governor Asks For Cooperation With Fire Evacuation Requests http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/washington-governor-asks-cooperation-fire-evacuation-requests <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/071814TB_Inslee2_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>More than a dozen wildfires in eastern Washington and eastern Oregon continue to threaten homes and cause numerous road closures. Washington Governor Jay Inslee Friday asked residents near those fires to heed evacuation notices when issued.<p> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 00:53:00 +0000 Tom Banse 49098 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Washington Governor Asks For Cooperation With Fire Evacuation Requests Endangered Species Listing For Wolverine Looking Doubtful http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/endangered-species-listing-wolverine-looking-doubtful <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/071614TB_Wolverine_web2.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A federal threatened species listing for the wolverine is looking increasingly unlikely.</span><p> Thu, 17 Jul 2014 15:44:00 +0000 Tom Banse 48990 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Endangered Species Listing For Wolverine Looking Doubtful Feds To Remove Fewer Wild Horses From Western Rangelands This Year http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/feds-remove-fewer-wild-horses-western-rangelands-year <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/071414TB_WildHorses_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The federal Bureau of Land Management plans to capture and remove fewer wild horses from Western rangelands this summer. An agency statement blames budget constraints and already-full holding pens.<p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 15:44:00 +0000 Tom Banse 48853 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Feds To Remove Fewer Wild Horses From Western Rangelands This Year How Wildland Firefighters Deal With Triple-Digit Heat http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/how-wildland-firefighters-deal-triple-digit-heat <p></p><p>Fire crews across the Northwest are dealing with sizzling hot temperatures not just from flames, but also a general heat wave.</p><p>You can't wear shorts and a T-shirt to a firefight. So how do you stay cool and functional on the fire line when the thermometer is pushing triple digits? U.S. Forest Service spokesman Joe Anderson says "the main thing is to stay hydrated" and pace yourself.</p><p></p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 20:35:19 +0000 Tom Banse 48817 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org How Wildland Firefighters Deal With Triple-Digit Heat Want More World Cup? 2015 Women's Final In Vancouver, BC http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/want-more-world-cup-2015-womens-final-vancouver-bc <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/071114TB_WorldCup_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Organizers of the next <a href="http://www.fifa.com/womensworldcup/index.html">FIFA Women's World Cup</a> hope to leverage the unusually high interest in this year's men's tournament in Brazil to their benefit. Group play and the 2015 World Cup final will take place just across the border in Vancouver, Canada.<p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 22:20:00 +0000 Tom Banse 48690 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Want More World Cup? 2015 Women's Final In Vancouver, BC Coastal County Tries Tax Gambit To Stop Recreation Fees http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/coastal-county-tries-tax-gambit-stop-recreation-fees <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/070714TB_Pay2Play_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Grays Harbor County, Washington, is the first county in the Northwest to strike back against pricey recreation permits now being required by some large timber companies. The county's commission voted unanimously Monday to take a tax deferral away from private timberland owners that charge for public access.<p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 00:32:00 +0000 Tom Banse 48403 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Coastal County Tries Tax Gambit To Stop Recreation Fees Feds Warn States Of Possible Highway Cash Holdback http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/feds-warn-states-possible-highway-cash-holdback <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/070314TB_DOTfund_web_3.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The Idaho Transportation Department has suspended advertising for bids for future highway projects. Oregon and Washington may soon do the same.<p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 01:00:00 +0000 Tom Banse 48228 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Feds Warn States Of Possible Highway Cash Holdback Proposed Tribal Recognition Changes Hold Promise, Pitfalls http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/proposed-tribal-recognition-changes-hold-promise-pitfalls <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/07/070114TB_NewTribe_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs wants to rewrite the rules for when a native tribe is officially a tribe in the eyes of the federal government. This again raises hopes for status and federal benefits among some unrecognized tribes in the West, but they still face a bumpy road.<p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 23:55:00 +0000 Tom Banse 48080 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org State Task Force Starts Work On New Drone Regulations In Washington http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/state-task-force-starts-work-new-drone-regulations-washington <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/06/063014TB_DroneLaw_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Imagine looking out your window to see a drone hovering outside. That happened in June to a partially-dressed Seattle woman who was startled and outraged.<p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 22:44:00 +0000 Tom Banse 48012 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org State Task Force Starts Work On New Drone Regulations In Washington Western Cities Top Rankings Of Auto Theft Hot Spots http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/western-cities-top-rankings-auto-theft-hot-spots <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/06/062714TB_CarTheft_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>In what Northwest city is your car most likely to be stolen? According to a new insurance industry report, the answer is Spokane, Washington.<p> Sat, 28 Jun 2014 00:34:00 +0000 Tom Banse 47887 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Western Cities Top Rankings Of Auto Theft Hot Spots Yakima Labor Dispute Led To Presidential Powers Ruling http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/yakima-labor-dispute-led-presidential-powers-ruling <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/06/062614TB_SCOTUS_web_1.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>A noteworthy decision by the U.S. Supreme Court Thursday about presidential powers stemmed from a labor dispute in Yakima, Washington. The court's ruling <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/06/26/325801235/in-narrow-ruling-supreme-court-invalidates-3-obama-appoinmtments">narrowed the president's power to make recess appointments</a> when the Senate is not in session.<p> Thu, 26 Jun 2014 23:03:00 +0000 Tom Banse 47824 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Yakima Labor Dispute Led To Presidential Powers Ruling Federal Judge In Portland Orders Changes To No-Fly List http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/federal-judge-portland-orders-changes-no-fly-list <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/06/062414TB_NoFlyList_1.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>A federal judge in Portland Tuesday <a href="http://media.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/other/NoFlyOpinion.pdf">ordered the U.S. Justice Department and FBI</a> to come up with new rules for the government's no-fly list. The court found travelers labeled as potential terrorists had been deprived of their constitutional rights to due process.<p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 00:01:00 +0000 Tom Banse 47678 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Washington State Jobless Rate Holds Steady In May http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/washington-state-jobless-rate-holds-steady-may <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/06/061814TB_Turek_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The unemployment rate in Washington state is <a href="https://fortress.wa.gov/esd/employmentdata/docs/economic-reports/current-monthly-employment-report">holding steady at 6.1 percent</a> according to the latest numbers out Wednesday from the state Employment Security Department.<p> Wed, 18 Jun 2014 21:51:00 +0000 Tom Banse 47333 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Delta's New Seattle Hub Could Lead To Lower Airfares http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/deltas-new-seattle-hub-could-lead-lower-airfares <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/06/061614TB_DeltaHub_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>Can two airlines be partners and rivals at the same time? Seattle-based Alaska Airlines and Delta Air Lines are <a href="http://news.delta.com/index.php?s=20295&item=122465">long-term contractual allies</a>. But now the relationship is being tested.<p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 15:48:00 +0000 Tom Banse 47227 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Delta's New Seattle Hub Could Lead To Lower Airfares Once Free, Many Private Timberlands Begin Charging User Fees http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/once-free-many-private-timberlands-begin-charging-user-fees <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/06/061614TB_Bucks4Bucks_web_2.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>It is getting more expensive to be a committed outdoor enthusiast in Washington state. An annual pass for state parks is $30. A National Forest pass could be another $20 to $30. There are also fees for campgrounds and snowmobile/ski trail parking.<p> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 01:04:00 +0000 Tom Banse 47208 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Once Free, Many Private Timberlands Begin Charging User Fees Expedia Begins Accepting Bitcoin For Hotel Bookings http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/expedia-begins-accepting-bitcoin-hotel-bookings <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/06/bitcoin-expedia_0.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Bellevue, Washington-based Expedia just announced that it will start accepting bitcoin for hotel bookings. The online travel site is embracing the volatile, virtual currency on what it calls a "test-and-learn" basis.</span><p> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 01:09:00 +0000 Tom Banse 47000 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Expedia Begins Accepting Bitcoin For Hotel Bookings The Blob: Not The Horror Movie, The Summer Weather Influencer http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/blob-not-horror-movie-summer-weather-influencer <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/06/060614TB_WarmBlob_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>"The Blob" was the title of <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0051418/">a 1958 sci-fi horror movie</a>. It's also the nickname Washington State Climatologist Nick Bond has given to a large patch of warmer-than-normal seawater off the Pacific Northwest coast.<p> Fri, 06 Jun 2014 23:30:00 +0000 Tom Banse 46684 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org The Blob: Not The Horror Movie, The Summer Weather Influencer FBI Offers Big Reward To Rat Out People Who Aim Lasers At Aircraft http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/fbi-offers-big-reward-rat-out-people-who-aim-lasers-aircraft <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/06/060514TB_Lasing_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>The FBI is offering rewards up to $10,000 for information that leads to the arrest of people who have aimed laser pointers at aircraft. Deliberate targeting of aircraft in flight has increased significantly in the last couple of years in the Northwest.<p> Thu, 05 Jun 2014 22:34:00 +0000 Tom Banse 46608 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org FBI Offers Big Reward To Rat Out People Who Aim Lasers At Aircraft Lamprey Fishing Blessing Ceremony Has Tribal Sovereignty Undertone http://boisestatepublicradio.org/post/lamprey-fishing-blessing-ceremony-has-tribal-sovereignty-undertone <a href="http://cpa.ds.npr.org/northwestnews/audio/2014/06/060314TB_Lamprey_web.mp3" class="asset-audio"></a><p>For centuries, Native Americans from Boise to Wenatchee to the southern Oregon coast have harvested <a href="http://www.fws.gov/Pacific/Fisheries/sphabcon/lamprey/index.cfm">Pacific lamprey</a>, colloquially called eels. The ugly-looking critter resembles an eel, but it is actually a primitive fish with a distinctive, toothy suction cup mouth.<p> Tue, 03 Jun 2014 15:13:00 +0000 Tom Banse 46421 at http://boisestatepublicradio.org Lamprey Fishing Blessing Ceremony Has Tribal Sovereignty Undertone