Articles by Gillian Flaccus

Parts Fall from Colorado Sky in Boeing 777 Scare

David Delucia was settling back into his airplane seat and starting to relax on his way to a long-awaited vacation when a huge explosion and flash of light interrupted an in-flight announcement and put him in survival mode. The Boeing …

Bad Air From Western Wildfires Just Won’t Ease up

Relief from putrid, dangerous air spewing from massive wildfires across the West won’t come until later in the week or beyond, scientists and forecasters say, and the hazy and gunk-filled skies might stick around for even longer. People in Oregon, …

Officials Say Portland Businesses Lost $23M Due to Ongoing Protests

Downtown businesses in Portland, Ore. have sustained about $23 million in damages and lost customers because of violent nightly protests that have brought the city to its knees, authorities said Wednesday. At a police briefing, Deputy Chief Chris Davis said …

Oregon Pot Racketeering Lawsuit Allowed to Proceed

A judge has ruled that a racketeering lawsuit brought by a vineyard against a neighboring marijuana operation can go forward despite attempts to have it dismissed – a ruling that could increase the odds for vineyards and other agricultural businesses …

Oregon Marijuana Growers Turning to Hemp as CBD Extract Explodes

A glut of legal marijuana is driving Oregon pot prices to rock-bottom levels, prompting some nervous growers to start pivoting to another type of cannabis to make ends meet, one that doesn’t come with a high. Applications for state licenses …

Amtrak in Washington 50 Mph Over Speed Limit Before Deadly Derailment

Federal officials confirmed an Amtrak train was hurtling 50 mph over the speed limit when it careened off an overpass south of Seattle, spilling cars onto the highway below and killing at least three people. Bella Dinh-Zarr, a National Transportation …

Modest Mouse Singer Sued in Oregon over 2016 Traffic Accident

The lead singer of the alternative rock band Modest Mouse is being sued in a Portland, Ore. court for nearly $1 million over a traffic accident last year. Isaac Brock was cited after the Aug. 3, 2016, accident for crashing …

4,500 Evacuated as Oregon Wildfires Burn

Wildfires in Oregon are burning an area roughly equivalent to half the state of Rhode Island, affecting air quality throughout the state and forcing the evacuations of more than 4,500 people, fire authorities said on Aug. 30 Two dozen fires …

Group Asking Residents Use Drones to Map El Niño Flooding in California

Forget about selfies. In California, residents are using smartphones and drones to document the coastline’s changing face. Starting this month, The Nature Conservancy is asking tech junkies to capture the flooding and coastal erosion that come with El Niño, a …

Exxon Deficiencies Found In California Refinery Blast, Probe Shows

An explosion at an ExxonMobil oil refinery in California last year could have been prevented if managers had taken into account aging safety equipment and shut down a key, spark-generating part of the refinery before attempting repairs elsewhere, federal investigators …