Scientists prepare to lift tusk from Seattle pit

Scientists prepare to lift tusk from Seattle pit
In this handout photo provided by the Rafn Company, a mammoth tusk is fully exposed after being excavated overnight and into early Friday morning, Feb. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Rafn Company, Craig Leckness)
Scientists on Friday partially encased a mammoth tusk in plaster as they prepared to extract it from the 30-foot-deep pit where it was found this week at a downtown Seattle construction site.

Construction crew finds ancient mammoth tusk in Seattle

Construction crew finds ancient mammoth tusk in Seattle »Play Video
Photos courtesy of Transit Plumbing Inc
An extremely rare piece of history was discovered this week in a South Lake Union construction site.

Oregon minnow to be 1st fish taken off endangered list

Oregon minnow to be 1st fish taken off endangered list
This Jan. 16, 2014 photo provided by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife shows an Oregon chub at the William L. Finley National Wildlife Refuge near Corvallis, Ore. The tiny fish found only in Oregon has become the first fish in the country removed from Endangered Species Act protection because it no longer faces extinction. It was put on the endangered species list 21 years ago. (AP Photo/Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, Rick Swart)

A tiny minnow that lives only in Oregon backwaters is set to become the first fish ever taken off U.S. Endangered Species Act protection because it is no longer threatened with extinction.

Study warns Douglas fir root rot could get worse

Study warns Douglas fir root rot could get worse
Old growth Douglas fir trees stand along the Salmon river Trail on the Mt. Hood National Forest outside Zigzag, Ore., in this June 25, 2004 file photo. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

A new study has warned that a fungus that devours the roots of Douglas fir trees in the Northwest could become a bigger killer as the climate changes.

Outdoor-gear expo has luxury for people and dogs

Outdoor-gear expo has luxury for people and dogs
James Gould holds a puppy wearing the Web Master Harness in the Ruffwear booth at the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market show Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2014, in Salt Lake City. Ruffwear, is a maker of performance dog gear in Bend, Ore. Bringing together 1,000 of the world's manufacturers and distributors, it is a showcase for the latest gear and fashions. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

A trend at the world's largest outdoor-gear trade show is equipment and apparel that's also fashionable, easy to use or comfortable — from roomy spoon-shaped sleeping bags and pillow-top air mattresses to espresso makers and camp stoves that do double duty boiling water and charging electronic devices. Other vendors offer rugged leashes, life vests and even energy bars just for dogs.

Oregon DOT photos show state in motion

Oregon DOT photos show state in motion

The men and women of the Oregon Department of Transportation cover the state from border to border. Here's a look at some of the photos they've taken over the course of 2013.

Volunteers gear up for winter whale watching

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Al Wilson, a volunteer with Whale Watching Spoken Here, searches the Pacific Ocean at Depoe Bay, Ore. Thursday for migrating whales.

Spend just a little time with Al Wilson, and you can tell this is a guy who loves coming to work.

Oregon winter whale watch week begins Thursday

Oregon winter whale watch week begins Thursday
This blue whale was encountered during a tagging expedition by the OSU Marine Mammal Institute in 2006 near the Channel Islands of California. (Photo by Craig Hayslip, courtesy of OSU Marine Mammal Institute)

The winter whale watch begins Thursday along the coast of Oregon and two neighboring states.

Report: Wash. state parks system needs taxpayer help

Report: Wash. state parks system needs taxpayer help
In this photograph taken Saturday, July 6, 2013, a couple walks down Shi Shi Beach in Washington state's Olympic National Park. (AP Photo/Manuel Valdes)

Four years ago, Washington lawmakers set out to make the state parks system self-sufficient - surviving on visitor fees alone. A new report says it's not going to happen.