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Counties across the Northwest that are heavily dependent on timber revenue from federal lands have been struggling to provide public health services.

Number Of Gonorrhea Cases Increasing Outside Urban Hubs

Jul 15, 2014
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Public health officials in the Northwest say they're seeing gonorrhea infections at levels they haven't seen in years. Three counties in Washington state are now in the midst of an outbreak. Parts of Oregon and Idaho are set to top even last year's high numbers.

UpstateNYer / Wikimedia

Abortion services providers say the Supreme Court’s ruling on 35-foot “buffer zones” around Massachusetts clinics won’t have much effect in the Northwest.

Fire Season Increases Potential For Hazardous Smoke

Jun 19, 2014
Douglas Forest Protective Association.

Hot and dry conditions are expected to create above-normal wildfire conditions in parts of the Northwest this summer. While relatively few people will have to flee the flames, many more will experience a side effect of the fires: thick, acrid smoke.

Public workers in Oregon will soon receive health care under a new model that's meant to rein in costs.

Anna King / Northwest News Network

Doctors in Wenatchee have been passing out some unusual prescriptions lately – not pills, but mountain hikes. It’s called the Foothills Hiking Challenge.

Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

One of the largest concert venues in the Northwest is in trouble with the Washington State Department of Health. The Gorge Amphitheater turns into a small city during summer music festivals like Sasquatch and Paradiso.

How To Remove Ticks -- And Why A Hot Match Won’t Work

May 23, 2014
Washington State Department of Health

Memorial Day weekend in the Northwest coincides with prime time for ticks. These arthropods can drink your blood for days without you knowing.

Jessica Robinson / Northwest News Network

Over three days, the annual pilgrimage of 25,000 rollicking concertgoers to the Sasquatch Music Festival turns central Washington's picturesque Gorge Amphitheater along the Columbia River into the largest city in Grant County.

CDC

A disease-causing fungus thought to be confined to the deserts of the U.S. Southwest has been discovered in soil samples from eastern Washington.

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