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Bateman Island causeway removal discussed again (KNDU-TV)
Bateman Island causeway removal discussed again (KNDU-TV)
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State Officials Think Bateman Island Causeway Removal Would Be “Cool”

Others, not so much. After a flurry of discussion earlier this year, the subject of removing the causeway, or land path that joins Bateman Island to the shoreline is again on the table.

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Waitsburg has apparently rejected huge Nestle' bottling plant (Google Earth)
Waitsburg has apparently rejected huge Nestle' bottling plant (Google Earth)
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What On Earth (and Water) is Going on In Waitsburg? Town Rejects Nestle’ Plant

Most small towns, especially those with gradually shrinking populations, or heavily dependent upon the uneasy world of farming, would welcome an opportunity to add a company with a LOT of jobs.

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Water levels should be good for irrigation this summer (Getty Images)
Water levels should be good for irrigation this summer (Getty Images)
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It’s Early, But Irrigators Say No Drought Or Restrictions This Summer

Thanks to vastly improved weather conditions, and other factors, the Kennewick Irrigation District issued word Thursday that will have homeowners, and farmers breathing somewhat of a sigh of relief.

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Search continues for man believed drowned at Palouse Falls (KNDU-TV)
Search continues for man believed drowned at Palouse Falls (KNDU-TV)
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Man Presumed Drowned at Palouse Falls, Search Suspended [UPDATE]

Authorities continue to search for the body of a 22-year-old man who most likely drowned at Palouse Falls. Columbia Basin Dive Rescue continues to search under and around the waterfall for the as yet unidentified man. (UPDATE SEE BELOW)

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Unlike Tri-Cities (pictured) Idaho hydro race postponed for another year (Townsquare media)
Unlike Tri-Cities (pictured) Idaho hydro race postponed for another year (Townsquare media)
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Coeur’ D’ Alene Unlimited Hydro Race Cancelled for 2016

We're so used to having an exciting and eventful week of unlimited hydroplane racing in the Tri-Cities, it seems 'strange' when other areas in the Northwest struggle with staging a similar event. But that's the case on Lake Coeur' D' Alene, where for the second year in a row, a large unlimited racing event slated for July  has been cancelled.

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USA Today report claims thousands of water systems with too much lead across U.S. (Getty Images)
USA Today report claims thousands of water systems with too much lead across U.S. (Getty Images)
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Report Claims Excessive Lead in Many WA Water Systems, Two in Franklin County

We've heard so much about the Flint, Michigan water woes, where lead from old, decaying water pipes has rendered the city water undrinkable. Now, USA Today as released a report claiming some 2,000 other water systems across the county have lead levels that exceed the EPA 'safe' standards, including several dozen in our state.

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Amnesty granted to illegals in Flint over water issues (Getty Images)
Amnesty granted to illegals in Flint over water issues (Getty Images)
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‘Water’ Amnesty Given to Illegals in Flint Michigan

You've probably heard the news about the failing, tainted city water system in Flint, Michigan. What you might NOT know is the shocking policy adopted by officials concerning illegal aliens.

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Don't skate on frozen ponds in Mid-Columbia (KNDU TV)
Don't skate on frozen ponds in Mid-Columbia (KNDU TV)
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Don’t Skate on Frozen Mid-Columbia Ponds!

Columbia Basin Dive Rescue and first responders remind folks despite the temptation, DON'T skate on the frozen ponds in our region.

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Old Detroit (North Santiam Historical Society)
Old Detroit (North Santiam Historical Society)
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Low Reservoir Levels Reveal Lost Oregon Town

The Northwest drought of 2015 has produced another rare, but fascinating history find. (Photo courtesy of North Santiam Historical Society)

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The Imperial Valley
2016 could bring more dry conditions like 2015 (Getty Images)
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2015 Drought Could Be Felt Again in 2016

With some irrigation districts only able to supply as little as 40, 45 or 47% of water normally allocated to farmers in Southeastern Washington, farmers and water suppliers are already preparing for what is expected to be a repeat of this year, in 2016.

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