JoDe Goudy, chairman of the Yakama Nation, calls on Monday for the removal of three dams on the lower Columbia River. “Dams or salmon,” he said in an emotional plea at the Celilo Village park near The Dalles Dam. (Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)
JoDe Goudy, chairman of the Yakama Nation, calls on Monday for the removal of three dams on the lower Columbia River. “Dams or salmon,” he said in an emotional plea at the Celilo Village park near The Dalles Dam. (Steve Ringman / The Seattle Times)
Environment

Yakama, Lummi tribal leaders call for removal of three lower Columbia River dams

While calls for removal of the four dams on the Lower Snake River have been heard for decades, the demand to knock out some of the region's larger main-stem dams is a first. How that would proceed, and what it would mean for power generation or salmon recovery has never been analyzed.

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Education

Happy World Maths Day! Washington state is ranked one of the nation’s most math-loving states

It may come as no surprise that math is more popular in a tech-savvy state like Washington than it is almost anywhere else in the country. That's according to a new survey that shows Washington and South Carolina tied at first place for math popularity, with 75% of respondents indicating they enjoy math. The survey...

Health

Scrutiny of vaccine exemptions banishes some from schools

BUFFALO, N.Y. (AP) — Some parents say a crackdown on medical exemptions for student vaccines in New York state is unfairly keeping their children out of school. The state made it harder to obtain a medical exemption after doing away with all other exemptions for vaccines. State officials say they want to make sure only...

Science

NASA moves up 1st all-female spacewalk to fix power unit

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (AP) — NASA is moving up the first all-female spacewalk to this week because of a power system failure at the International Space Station. Astronauts Christina Koch and Jessica Meir will now venture out Thursday or Friday, instead of next Monday, to deal with the problem. It will be the first spacewalk...