In the late 1930s, a sweet-voiced singer from the Northwest helped propel the nation into a new era of music, known as swing. Her name was Mildred Bailey -- sometimes called the “Rockin’ Chair Lady,” for her signature song.

Bailey went down in history as a white vocalist who helped popularize jazz singing. Except, she wasn’t white. Bailey was half Coeur d’Alene Indian – a fact that received little attention, until recently. Correspondent Jessica Robinson has this story of two women, both named Julia, who Mildred Bailey brought together decades after her death.

Two-Headed Trout Spur Scrutiny Of Mine Pollution

Apr 18, 2012

SODA SPRINGS, Idaho - Here’s an image you usually don’t see without the help of Photoshop: two-headed fish. Pictures of deformed baby trout with two heads show up in a study of creeks in a remote part of southeast Idaho.

The study examined the effects of a contaminant called selenium. It comes from a nearby mine owned by the agribusiness giant, J.R. Simplot. Critics say the two-headed trout have implications beyond a couple of Idaho creeks.

The deteriorating situation in Afghanistan may hinder the most likely avenue for bringing a captured Northwest soldier home safely. Bowe Bergdahl of Hailey, Idaho, is the only known U.S. soldier in Taliban captivity.

Peace talks between the U.S. and a faction of the Taliban were already on unstable footing. Now the Taliban says it’s suspending contact with U.S. officials. The announcement came just days after the massacre of Afghan civilians, allegedly carried out by an American staff sergeant from Washington’s Joint Base Lewis-McChord.

SALEM, Ore. – Oregon is putting the finishing touches on a gleaming new mental health hospital. The Salem facility replaces a crumbling 130-year-old building and is hailed as a new chapter in the state's troubled history of treating people judged guilty but insane. But there are far more mentally ill people in Oregon’s standard prisons. And the inmates with the most severe mental problems are housed in a ward designed for hardened criminals. That facility isn’t designed for treatment.

VANCOUVER, Canada - Usually it is good news when the Northwest appears on a top five list. But this one is not. Our region ranks near the top of a list of global hotspots for disappearing languages. The reason is that speakers of Native American languages are dwindling. Now digital technology is coming to the rescue of some ancient tongues.

Members of the Siletz tribe on the Oregon coast take pride in a language they say "is as old as time itself." But today, you can count the number of fluent speakers on one hand. Bud Lane is one of them.

Negotiations to release an Idaho soldier in Taliban captivity will be a long and slow process. That’s according to Middle East experts following peace talks about Afghanistan. News reports over the weekend suggested negotiations over a ceasefire had broken down.

Bowe Bergdahl of Hailey, Idaho, has been held by the Taliban since July of 2009.

Videos released by his captors show the 25-year-old Army sergeant ragged and pleading to come home. And that's a feat negotiators are reportedly trying to accomplish through a prisoner swap.

Peruvian Herders Changing The Dynamics Of Wolf Conflicts

Oct 24, 2011

MCCALL, Idaho – The Spanish word for wolf is "lobo." That's a useful word to know for our next story. Many of the people who deal most closely with wolves are migrant workers from Peru and other Latin American countries. They're sheep herders. And they're changing the dynamics of wolf conflicts in the Northwest.

We're at nearly 6,000 feet in the mountains above McCall, Idaho. But the sheep -– they look like the sea. The band of 2,000 greyish animals flows and swells through the forest and the mud.

A herder named Nequar Pocomucha Huaroc gives a nod to the sky.

Reeling In Fishy Business At The Seafood Counter

Oct 23, 2011

SEATTLE - Some seafood sold in the Northwest isn't what it seems. Mislabeled fish is more common than you might think according to the few cops trying to make sure you get the species you paid for. Now those who are on patrol are looking for higher penalties to deter fish cheaters.

Washington Fish and Wildlife Officer Erik Olsen trained to become a game warden, but his job has also turned him into a seafood connoisseur.

U.S. Designates Idaho Soldier's Captor As Terrorist

Aug 16, 2011

The Obama administration has officially designated the man linked with the capture of a Northwest soldier as a terrorist. Bowe Bergdahl of Hailey, Idaho, is the only U.S. soldier in Taliban captivity.

Mullah Sangeen Zadran is believed to be a key commander of the Taliban-affiliated Haqqani Network. The State Department says Sangeen is responsible for numerous kidnappings and IED attacks in Afghanistan.

The Haqqanis have also taken credit for the capture of 25-year-old Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl.

OLYMPIA, Wash. - Wildlife biologists are employing a little trickery to stop the downward spiral of a rare grassland bird in Western Washington. Friday, biologists are taking eggs from healthier larks in Oregon and swapping them into western Washington nests, hoping the lark mothers don't notice.

The streaked horned lark is a songbird native to western Oregon and Washington. This little guy recorded by researchers is slightly smaller than a robin.

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