Meet the newest otter pup at the Oregon Zoo

Meet the newest otter pup at the Oregon Zoo
Senior Keeper Julie Christie holds a one week old river otter during a checkup in the den room at the Great Northwest. © Oregon Zoo / photo by Michael Durham.

Tilly, a North American river otter at the Oregon Zoo, gave birth to another pup Nov. 8, her second this year. The new arrival weighed just shy of 5 ounces at birth and has nearly tripled that thanks to mom’s naturally high-fat milk.

Sorry python hunters, not this time around

Sorry python hunters, not this time around
FILE - In this Jan. 12, 2013 file photo, Bill Booth of Bradenton, Fla. wears a dead Burmese python he caught, Jan. 19, 2013 in the Florida Everglades as part of the month long "Python Challenge." Booth's snake measured an unofficial 11.59 feet. Florida won't be repeating a public hunt meant to reduce the population of invasive Burmese pythons in the Everglades. The state-sponsored Python Challenge attracted roughly 1,600 hunters in January and February and made headlines worldwide. It netted 68 of the snakes, the longest measuring more than 14 feet. (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee, File)

Florida won't be repeating a public hunt meant to reduce the population of invasive Burmese pythons in the Everglades.

More senior skiers hit the slopes

More senior skiers hit the slopes
This November 2012 photo provided by Turner PR and Klaus Obermeyer shows Obermeyer on his way up a mountain in Aspen, Colo., that he later skied down. Obermeyer is 93, and the National Ski Areas Association says the number of seniors on the slopes has been creeping up each year while other age groups hold steady or decline. (AP Photo/Klaus Obermeyer)

If you've walked into a ski lodge the past few years, likely as not you've seen tables filled with gray-haired skiers wearing sweaters so old they're back in style.

Hike to Pittock Mansion is relaxing, scenic

Hike to Pittock Mansion is relaxing, scenic
This photo shows the Pittock Mansion that is currently under construction but is still open for tours in Portland, Ore. (AP Photo/Statesman-Journal, Alisha Roemeling)

When I think of downtown Portland, hiking isn't necessarily the first thing that comes to mind.

Weekend storm dumps snow on the Cascades, more to follow

Weekend storm dumps snow on the Cascades, more to follow »Play Video

A weekend storm got the snow season off to a good start in the Cascade Range, dropping as much as a foot of fresh snow in some higher elevation areas.

The Oregon Department of Transportation is working to keep the major mountain passes clear, but officials predict another storm to roll in shortly. 

Photos: Seattle's Mustache Dash

Photos: Seattle's Mustache Dash
The Mustache Dache is a mustache-themed 5K, a Movember event, to raise awareness and funds for men’s health with an emphasis on prostate cancer. Over 2,000 men, women, and children all participated in the race growing or sporting a mustache for the run. November 16th 2013. (Joshua Lewis / KOMO News)

Controversial Playboy bunny art is being moved to a museum

Controversial Playboy bunny art is being moved to a museum
FILE - In this July 3, 2013 file photo, Playboy Marfa, a new art installation depicting the iconic Playbory bunny logo and a classic 1970's muscle car on a tilted platform, is shown along U.S. 90 about a mile West of Marfa, Texas. The neon bunny that’s part of the “Playboy Marfa” sculpture by New York contemporary artist Richard Phillips will be dismantled and moved from the roadside on U.S. 90 to the Dallas Contemporary museum near the city’s downtown. (AP Photo/El Paso Times, Ramon Renteria, File)

A 40-foot high Playboy bunny logo that had upset some residents of the West Texas town of Marfa will be removed from a roadside display and hauled to a Dallas museum, where it will be featured in an exhibition.

Soon, hotel signs may glow underfoot

Soon, hotel signs may glow underfoot
In this computer-generated image made available by Royal Philips NV, Monday, Nov. 18, 2013, a LED sign with glowing lights reading “Do Not Disturb” drives the message home in a fictional hotel corridor. (AP Photo/Philips)
Ever wish your hotel room could be marked "Do Not Disturb" in glowing lights, to drive the message home? That option is on its way.

Bouncing along Idaho's Big Baja Road

Bouncing along Idaho's Big Baja Road
In this photo taken on Oct. 30, 2013, a vehicle navigates the Big Baja Road near Kuna, Idaho, where the Big Black Butte landmark is visible. The Big Baja Road looks like a whole bunch of nothing, as is characteristic of a lot of the West's high-desert landscape. Desolate gray, green and brown goes on and on for miles and miles.(AP Photo/Pete Zimowsky, Idaho Statesman) LOCAL TV OUT (KTVB 7)

Stop! Don't turn onto Southwest Idaho's Big Baja Road if you're not into nothingness.

What's causing our sea stars to waste away?

Scientists are trying to figure out what's behind a massive die off of sunflower starfish across the country and right here in the Pacific Northwest. Not only are sea stars in the wild showings signs of disease, so are sea stars at several aquariums, including Vancouver which recently posted a time-lapse video showing just how quickly these marine critters are getting sick, losing legs and literally wasting away.

 

Unique submarine, its sailors maintain Cold War secrets

Unique submarine, its sailors maintain Cold War secrets
The research submarine NR-1 is moored at U.S. Naval submarine base, in New London, Conn. in a Feb. 2007 file photo provided by the U.S. Navy.
It could dive deeper than any other submarine, and when it reached the ocean floor, the one-of-a-kind Navy vessel could roll on wheels with lights illuminating the depths outside its windows.

Streetcars, nearly extinct, are making a comeback

Streetcars, nearly extinct, are making a comeback
In this Sept. 28, 2013 photo, passengers board the Johnstown (Kenosha) streetcar during Kenosha Streetcar Day in Kenosha, Wis. (AP Photo/Michael Schmidt)

When the auto plant here closed, this prosperous Wisconsin port city on Lake Michigan lost more than just its largest employer. Its sense of vitality seemed to drain away, and city leaders set out to find something that would inject life into the brick-storefront downtown while the economy went through a transition.