Dead whale gives new life to debate over dams in Pacific Northwest

One image was clear -- a dead orca calf being carried across the ocean by its apparently grief-stricken mother. The calf may well have died from malnutrition. The Southern Resident Killer Whales in its pod are facing a critical shortage of their main food source: fat, juicy salmon.

Utility plans prolonged low levels at lake over quake fears

CENTRALIA, Wash. (AP) — Updated earthquake concerns for Mossyrock Dam, the tallest structure of its kind in Washington, have prompted Tacoma Power to commit to a new, reduced water level at Riffe Lake that will likely stretch well into the next decade.The Chronicle reports ( http://bit.ly/2m60zMl ) the lower water level will be employed during the spring and summer months when mountain snow runoff is typically allowed to fill the reservoir.