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Kittitas Fire Update, And Grays Harbor Coal Terminal Plan Abandoned

Ross Reynolds
08/15/2012 at 12:00 p.m.

The Latest On The Kittitas Fire: More than 900 people have been evacuated and scores of structures destroyed as a result of the fire burning in central Washington. Ross Reynolds gets the latest update from KUOW's Patricia Murphy.

Chimpanzee Sanctuary Survives Fire: Firefighters on the scene of a destructive wildfire in central Washington are hoping to make major progress today toward containment of the blaze. The Kittitas County sheriff's office estimates more than 70 homes and cabins have been destroyed. But correspondent Tom Banse found an unusual story of survival among the ashes. He reports on a chimpanzee sanctuary that wasn't able to evacuate.

Oil Containment Barge Source Of Small Oil Spills? More problems for the oil-spill containment barge being built on the Bellingham waterfront: Coast Guard officials say Shell Oil's Arctic Challenger has caused several small spills of its own in the past few weeks. KUOW's John Ryan reports.

Puget Sound Tidal Energy Project Challenged: The Washington coast is home to some of the strongest tidal currents in the country. Some want to harness those tides for power. Ashley Ahearn reports a proposed tidal power facility in Puget Sound is running into some trouble.

Grays Harbor Coal Terminal Plan Abandoned: One of the six proposals to build coal export terminals in the Northwest has been abandoned. The company RailAmerica has abandoned any current plans to construct a coal storage and export facility at the Port of Grays Harbor Terminal 3 in Hoquiam. EarthFix reporter Ashley Ahearn sits down with Ross Reynolds for an update.

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