Northern Lights make for brilliant show over Pacific Northwest

Northern Lights make for brilliant show over Pacific Northwest
Photo: Holly Davison Photography

Western wildfires: Firefighters battle blazes in 4 states

Western wildfires: Firefighters battle blazes in 4 states
A “Bambi Bucket,” hanging from an Alaska National Guard helicopter releases hundreds of gallons of water onto the Stetson Creek Fire near Cooper Landing, Alaska.
Wildfires are tearing through some drought-stricken areas of the West. They include a massive blaze in a remote area and some smaller but dangerous fires.

$700 million plan to help salmon habitat faces new challenge

$700 million plan to help salmon habitat faces new challenge
FILE--In this July 24, 2007, file photo, dust and debris fly as explosives are set off at the Marmot Dam on the Sandy River near Sandy, Ore., in the first step towards its, complete removal. Plans for various iterations of salmon restoration in the Columbia River Basin have been litigated in court for more than two decades and the battle is about to resume. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, Pool)

A massive federal habitat restoration effort in the Columbia River Basin has spent more than $700 million on breaching levies, restoring tidal channels, reconnecting floodplains and other actions meant to boost salmon and steelhead populations imperiled by hydroelectric dams.

Warm water leads to early spring Chinook salmon deaths

Warm water leads to early spring Chinook salmon deaths
Chinook salmon moving upstream (FILE Photo: Wikicommons)

State wildlife officials are blaming warm water in the northwest for unusually high numbers of chinook salmon carcasses found in the Willamette, Clackamas and Santiam rivers.

Trail drawing upsurge of hikers seeking a "Wild" adventure

Trail drawing upsurge of hikers seeking a "Wild" adventure
File--In this Aug. 30, 2007, file photo, Andrew Schurr leads Cal Seabaugh up the Pacific Crest Trail near Santiam Pass, Ore., in the Oregon Cascades. For the first time, the U.S. Forest Service has restricted, to 50 per day, the number of "thru-hikers" embarking from the trail's southernmost point in Campo, Calif. (David Patton/Albany Democrat Herald via AP, file)

Build a trail from Mexico to Canada, and a trickle of hardy souls will see if they can cover it, pushing through parched desert, driving rain and sky-high fields of snow. Let Hollywood glamorize the trail a half-century later and the masses will arrive, prepared or not.

Photos: Pike Place fishmongers toss salmon to WPZ bears

Photos: Pike Place fishmongers toss salmon to WPZ bears
What do you get when you cross the Pike Place Fishmongers with grizzly bears at the zoo? A high-flying treat! Two fishmongers brought their world-famous salmon toss to Woodland Park Zoo on Thursday, and grizzly bear brothers Keema and Denali loved it. The event previews the zoo's annual "Bear Affair," which is Saturday, June 6th, 2015. Zookeepers and conservation experts will be on hand to offer tips on how to safely coexist with bears and other Northwest wildlife. (Joshua Lewis / Seattle Refined)

What's the difference between tossing a fish to tourists, and to bears? A lot more risk...check out these pics from earlier in the week as the Pike Place Market fishmongers threw to Woodland Park Zoo bears!

Photos: Intricate natural designs on Earth as seen from space

Photos: Intricate natural designs on Earth as seen from space
Sometimes the #world seems to shimmer. #YearInSpace (Photo & Caption: Scott Kelly, courtesy NASA)

Eruption like Mount St. Helens: 'It will happen again in Cascades'

Eruption like Mount St. Helens: 'It will happen again in Cascades' »Play Video
Mount St. Helens viewed aerially from the northeast before the 1980 eruptive activity. Dashed line marks boundary of area removed by the May 18 blast.

"I think this was a turning point in the way people approached these kinds of potentially active, explosive volcanoes," said Mike Dungan, a volcanologist with an office at the University of Oregon.

Razor clamming closed along entire Oregon Coast

Razor clamming closed along entire Oregon Coast
Photo courtesy of the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife.

Razor clamming is closed along the entire Oregon Coast due to elevated levels of domoic acid, the Oregon Department of Agriculture and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife said Thursday.

What's happening this year at Crater Lake National Park

What's happening this year at Crater Lake National Park
FILE - In this undated file photo, boats float on Crater Lake at the dock area in Crater Lake National Park, Ore. Major road and parking lot improvements, a possible Sister City agreement with China, the Crater Lake Lodge’s 100th anniversary, the National Park Service’s 2016 Centennial, expanded vehicle-free days and creation of a possible Crater Lake symphony are among many projects at a busy Crater Lake National Park slated for the 2015 season. (Alisha Roemeling/The Statesman Journal via AP, File)

Major road and parking lot improvements, a possible Sister City agreement with China, the Crater Lake Lodge's 100th anniversary, the National Park Service's 2016 Centennial, expanded vehicle-free days and creation of a possible Crater Lake symphony are among many projects at a busy Crater Lake National Park slated for this season.

Undersea volcano may be erupting off Pacific Northwest coast

Undersea volcano may be erupting off Pacific Northwest coast
The chain is all that is visible of an ocean-bottom hydrophone buried in about six feet of new lava from an April 2011 eruption of Axial Seamount. (photo courtesy of Bill Chadwick and Bob Dziak of Oregon State University; copyright Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution)

An active volcano located about 300 miles off the Pacific Northwest coastline may be erupting, geologists say.