October 20, 2014
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State computer system goes down, idling agency workers for four hours

The cause of a massive internal computer network shutdown last week is still under investigation, but problems with a pair of routers appears to be part of the problem. Email, internal phone systems and many websites were shut down for about four hours Tuesday, idling thousands of state workers. The issue was noted in departments including the Governor's Office, the state prison system and the Department of Social and Health Services, according to The Olympian.



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Northwest must preserve salmon and hydro dams

By Terry Flores, executive director of Northwest RiverPartners

Last month at Bonneville Dam, an extraordinary coalition of Northwest tribes, government agencies and river users -- including farmers, businesses and utilities -- gathered to celebrate a landmark event for our region's iconic salmon.

This year's return of about 2.3 million salmon and steelhead to the Columbia River Basin shattered the modern-day record for total annual salmon returns -- an abundance we haven't seen since fish counting began at the dam more than 75 years ago.
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