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Erupting Chilean Volcano Is a Frighteningly Spectacular Sight

Chile's Calbuco erupted on Wednesday for the first time in 40 years on Wednesday, causing some 4,000 people in a 12-mile radius to be evacuated.

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Best drinking water honored by state
Best drinking water honored by state (Townsquare media image)
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State Honors “Best Drinking Water” – We Don’t Make List

The Washington State Department of Health Thursday released the results of their 'best drinking water in Washington' program.

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Kennewick Irrigation District
Kennewick Irrigation District (Courtesy Kennewick Irrigation District)
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Eastern Washington Drought Numbers Get Worse

A few weeks ago state and federal officials estimated many irrigation districts would receive anywhere from 70-78 percent of their normal water allocations for 2015. Now, those numbers have dropped again.

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Washington state drought emergency expanded
Washington state drought emergency expanded (Photo by Brent Stirton/Reportage for Getty Images.)
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Gov. Inslee, Ecology, Expand Drought Emergency Statewide

As more information is gathered about the lack of snowpack in the Cascades and other mountain areas, The State Department of Ecology (DOE) and Gov. Inslee have expanded the 2015 drought emergency to include most of Washington state.

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Washington farmers join fight against Inslee carbon tax
Washington farmers join fight against Inslee carbon tax (Photo by Darren Hauck/Getty Images)
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Washington Farmers Join Fight Against Gov. Inslee’s Energy Tax [VIDEO]

The effort began a few months ago with the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), and now the Washington State Farm Bureau (WFB) has joined in the fight.

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Oregon study looks at potential effects of tsunami - like Japan's in 2011
Oregon study looks at potential effects of tsunami - like Japan's in 2011 (Photo by Athit Perawongmetha/Getty Images)
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Oregon Study Says To Survive Potential Tsunami, “Walk Faster “

Perhaps inspired by the events in Japan four years ago with the major tsunami, a recent study has been completed about the effects of such an event on the coasts of CA, Oregon and Washington state.

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Lack of snow sets new snowpack low record
Lack of snow sets new snowpack low record (Photo by ChinaFotoPress/Getty Images)
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Washington Snowpack Sets New Record Low for April

The previous all-time low was 33%.  Now, it's well below that.

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Water conservation garden tour coming April 25th
Water conservation garden tour coming April 25th (Photo by Matt Cardy/Getty Images)
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Don’t Let Drought Kill Your Garden – Water Conservation Event Coming April 25th

We won't really know the full impact of this year's projected drought until the weather warms up more, but we could potentially be in for a very dry summer.

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Inslee to stage college virtual round table on climate change
Inslee to stage college virtual round table on climate change (Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)
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Gov. Inslee to “Use” College Students to Gain Support for Climate Change Initiatives

Tuesday, Gov. Jay Inslee plans to have a "virtual" climate change conversation.  Translation:  seeking to get college students to support his carbon tax ideas.

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Environmentalists want carbon tax initiative on ballot in 2016
Environmentalists want carbon tax initiative on ballot in 2016 (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)
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Environmental Group Wants Carbon Tax on 2016 Ballot

No, that's not a typographical error. Perhaps an example of how close the ties are between extreme environmentalists and Gov. Inslee, supporters of Initiative 732 began their quest to get enough signatures to get it on the 2016 ballot.

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