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2009-04-29 17:29:00

ROCKVILLE, Md., April 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- The Department of Energy (DOE) has selected a team led by Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) to manage and operate the new Mission Support Contract at its Hanford site in south central Washington State. The latest DOE determination was made following a protest lodged by a competing bidder and a review last fall by the Government Accountability Office. With a total program value of $3.059 billion over a 10-year period, the contract includes a...

2009-04-28 10:09:00

VANCOUVER, Wash., April 28 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- West Coast Bank is a partner sponsor of the Columbia Land Trust Wild Splendor Dinner and Auction for the third consecutive year. The fundraiser will be held at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland, Oregon on May 30, 2009, and will feature a formal dinner, live auction, inspiring speakers and videos. West Coast Bank Regional President Dave Hansen said, "The Columbia Land Trust conserves signature landscapes and vital habitat together...

2009-04-13 17:21:00

WASHINGTON, April 13 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- California Shellfish Company Inc., doing business as Point Adams Packing Co. (PAPCO), was sentenced today by U.S. District Court Judge Garr M. King in Portland, Ore., to pay $75,000 for a felony violation of the Clean Water Act for unpermitted discharges of wastewater into the Columbia River, the Justice Department announced. As part of the criminal fine, $26,250 will be placed in the congressionally-established National Fish and Wildlife Fund...

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2009-03-09 09:45:00

A federal judge said on Friday that the federal agency in charge of saving salmon in the Columbia River Basin from extinction should have a plan in place to remove dams on the lower Snake River if necessary, the AFP reported. There has been a long running dispute over how to balance energy and utility needs in the Columbia Basin with salmon and steelhead populations. U.S. District Court Judge James A. Redden said he has not eliminated the possibility that the hydroelectric dams could come...

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2009-03-03 06:50:00

A bottle found at a dumpsite has the oldest example of plutonium prepared in a nuclear reactor, scientists announced yesterday. The sample is from 1944 and is an artifact from the early years of the US nuclear weapons program. Scientists from the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory utilized nuclear forensic methods to precisely date and find the origins of the sample. The researchers have labeled this "nuclear archaeology." The bottle of plutonium was found in a trench at the Hanford...

2009-01-15 15:15:00

PORTLAND, Ore., Jan. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- This morning, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee panel conducted the nomination hearing for Senator Ken Salazar, incoming Secretary of the United States Department of the Interior. As the chief steward of our public lands, Interior Secretary Nominee Salazar will inherit one of Oregon's most significant land use decisions -- a proposal to build Oregon's first off-reservation casino in the heart of the Columbia River Gorge. Leaders...

2009-01-14 05:00:00

WASHINGTON, Jan. 14 /PRNewswire/ -- National Geographic Society's Center for Sustainable Destinations has joined organizations in Washington and Oregon to publicize the world-class natural and cultural attractions of the Central Cascades. The pilot project seeks to contribute to the economic health of communities by promoting geotourism: tourism that sustains and enhances the geographical character of a place -- its environment, culture, aesthetics, heritage and the well-being of its...

2008-10-01 09:00:41

By David Lester By DAVID LESTER YAKIMA HERALD-REPUBLIC Residential and small-farm customers of Pacific Power will soon get something back they lost more than a year ago: a credit on their monthly bills as a share of the benefits from the region's low-cost hydroelectric power system. But it probably won't lower their electric bills; it's just expected to offset a rate hike expected to hit just about the same time. Customers lost the credit in June 2007 after the Bonneville Power...

2008-10-01 09:00:22

By Scott Mayes By Annette Cary Tri-City Herald The plan guiding management of the Hanford Reach National Monument for the next 15 years has been approved by the regional director for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Ren Lohoefener signed a record of decision Thursday on the much- discussed management plan. It calls for leaving the White Bluffs boat launch open to motorized boats and opening more acreage to the public, although the Rattlesnake Mountain area will remain off- limits....

2008-10-01 00:00:00

By Scott Mayes By K.C. Mehaffey The Wenatchee World MOSES LAKE -- Three new reservoirs in North Central Washington will be studied and a fourth is slated for major improvements. The grants total just over $10.94 million in funds from the state Department of Ecology, part of $46 million granted to 17 water storage projects in Eastern Washington. It's the first round of grant awards since the 2006 Legislature made $200 million available to develop new water supplies in Eastern...


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2013-04-19 16:35:47

The Columbia Plateau ecoregion is a Level III ecoregion designed by the United States Environmental Protection Agency in the U.S. states of Oregon and Washington, with little areas over the Washington state border in Idaho. This ecoregion stretches across a wide swath of the Columbia River Basin from the Dalles, Oregon to Lewiston, Idaho to Okanogan, Washington near the Canadian border. It incorporates nearly 500 miles of the Columbia River, as well as the lower reaches of major tributaries....

2012-06-15 07:32:22

Symbol: GRCO Group: Dicot Family: Asteraceae Duration: Biennial Growth Habit: Forb/herb Native Status: L48    N Synonyms:   GRNAC Grindelia nana Nutt. ssp. columbiana Piper   GRNAD Grindelia nana Nutt. var. discoidea (Nutt.) A. Gray Distribution: County distributions for the following U.S. states are available at PLANTS:ID, OR, WA Classification:       Kingdom   Plantae – Plants Subkingdom   Tracheobionta – Vascular...

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2005-06-15 14:36:36

The Short-horned Lizard is a small lizard that occurs in North America. Like other horned lizards, it is often wrongly called the "Horned Toad", but it is not a toad at all. It is a reptile, not an amphibian. It is also one of five species of lizards found in Canada. Taxonomy The taxonomy of the Short-horned Lizard is in the midst of a major revision based on recent research. As of 2004, accepted nomenclature recognizes two species: Phrynosoma douglasii (Bell 1829), the Pygmy...

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omphalos
  • The navel or umbilicus.
  • In Greek archaeology: A central boss, as on a shield, a bowl, etc.
  • A sacred stone in the temple of Apollo at Delphi, believed by the Greeks to mark the 'navel' or exact center-point of the earth.
'Omphalos' comes from the ancient Greek.
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