Today we honor Martin Luther King, Jr. and the civil rights movement he embodied. To get the news of the week started, here is a link to the full video recording of the I Have a Dream speech given on March 28, 1963 in Washington D.C. You can also visit any national park for free today.
Continuing a recent trend, NOAA confirmed that weather data from 2014 shows it was the hottest year on record. All 10 of the hottest years have occurred since 1998. It was also the second hottest year on record for Oregon and the fifth for Washington.
Tommy Caldwell and Kevin Jorgeson completed the historic climb of the 3,000 Dawn Wall on El Capitan. The rock face in Yosemite Valley was once considered impossible to free climb. The climbers, along with members of the media and their support team, captured these incredible images showing their progress on the way to the accomplishment.
Wildlife officials have confirmed that another wolf has been found roaming in the area of OR-7 and his newly designated pack in Southern Oregon. Wolf tracks have been found in near Klamath Falls, and a motion-triggered camera caught a partial photo of the wolf. The sighting gives conservationists more reason to be optimistic about wolf recovery in Oregon.
Monarch butterflies need milkweed to breed, but due to pesticide applications the availability of the plant has been in steep decline. To make up for the loss, gardeners have been planting milkweed in their gardens. However, it turns out the only species of milkweed available in the U.S. also exposes the butterflies to a harmful parasite, disrupting the conservation effort.
Scientists have been tracking the movement of radiation released by the disaster at Fukushima, Japan in 2011. It took just over 2 years for the radioactive plume to cross the Pacific Ocean. The concentrations of radiation reaching North America are well below levels considered hazardous and are not expected to reach dangerous levels.