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Math Error May Be Cause For $60M Wanapum Dam Crack

A team of engineers discovered the mathematical error while examining the original design calculations

CBS Seattle–05/13/2014

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Columbia River Dam Repairs Will Cost Estimated $61M

Estimated cost could change as the utility continues to investigate the cause of the fracture

CBS Seattle–04/23/2014

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Best Summer Backpacking Trips In America

While it’s important to understand how to be prepared and stay safe during a backpacking trip, even if it’s only for the day, there’s a wealth of natural beauty to explore throughout the country. The following are just five of the best summer backpacking trips in America.

CBS Seattle–04/22/2014

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Blast Rocks Washington Gas Plant, 5 Workers Hurt

A large explosion rocked a natural gas processing plant on the Washington-Oregon border Monday, injuring five workers, causing about 400 people to evacuate from nearby farms and homes, and emitting a mushroom cloud of black smoke that was visible for more than a mile.

CBS Seattle–04/01/2014

The town of The Dalles is seen on the Columbia River.  (credit: Craig Mitchelldyer/Getty Images)

Fire Lends Ore. Town’s Water Smoky Taste And Smell

Residents of an Oregon town on the Columbia River gorge have complained about a smoky taste and smell in their water.

08/26/2013

File photo of a police boat in the water.  (credit: Tim Graham/Getty Images)

Washington State Dispatcher Sends Mom To Rescue

A 911 dispatcher in Washington state called on her own mother to rescue a stranded boater in the Columbia River, knowing her mother could kayak to the area faster than sending the sheriff’s office patrol boat.

CBS Seattle–04/03/2013

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Plans For New I-5 Bridge Over Columbia River In The Works

Oregon business leaders and Gov. John Kitzhaber on Monday called on the Legislature to approve funding for a new bridge carrying Interstate 5 across the Columbia River.

CBS Seattle–12/04/2012

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Wind and Rain Pummel Pacific Northwest

Rain and wind pounded Washington and Oregon on Monday, flooding streets, toppling large trucks, cutting power to more than 20,000 people and causing at least one death.

11/19/2012

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US News Names Columbia Gorge One of America’s Best Fall Drives

According to an article in USNews.com, the Northwest ranks right up there with New England when it comes to lush fall color and beautiful road trips.

10/01/2012

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Police Think Astoria, Ore., 40-bomb Threat A Hoax

Police in Astoria, Ore., say a man’s telephoned threat to detonate 40 bombs in the community at the mouth of the Columbia River is likely a hoax.

06/12/2012

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