NFL, union agree to new drug policy

FILE - In this Aug. 28, 2014, file photo, Denver Broncos wide receiver Wes Welker (83) watches the action from the sideline in the second half of a NFL preseason football game against the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas. The NFL reached an agreement with the players association on changes to its performance-enhancing drug policy, including the addition of human growth hormone testing, which will allow the Welker and two other previously suspended players to return to their teams this week. Under the new rules announced Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014, players who test positive for banned stimulants in the offseason will no longer be suspended. Instead, they will be referred to the substance abuse program. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

NEW YORK (AP) — The NFL finally will have HGH testing, perhaps as early as the end of this month.

Kayaking in Alaska’s “bear utopia” is a thrill

In this July, 2013, photo, a mother brown bear nurses her yearling cub at Admiralty Island's Pack Creek near Windfall Harbor, Alaska. The area around Pack Creek, a bear-viewing area on Admiralty Island, offers some amazing sights not too far from Juneau, Alaska.(AP Photo/Juneau Empire, Mary Catharine Martin)

WINDFALL HARBOR, Alaska (AP) — Last summer, my boyfriend, Bjorn, and I went for a three-day sun-drenched kayak trip at Admiralty Island’s Windfall Harbor. We squinted into the merciless horizon to see an orca with a hooked fin swimming slowly past us. Two brown bear cubs played in the water like they were auditioning for a Disney movie while their overheated mother lay on her back in the shallows with her paws up in the air.

Journey on the Elwha River shows its wild nature

In an Aug. 19, 2014 photo, rafters float the Elwha River during a rafting tour between two removed dams in the Olympic National Forest southwest of Port Angeles, Wash. A $325-million dam removal and restoration project now allows the Elwha to flow unfettered 45 miles from its' source in the Olympic Mountains to the Strait of Juan de Fuca.(AP Photo/The Olympian, Tony Overman)

OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK, Wash. (AP) — As it winds through Olympic National Park, it doesn’t take long to discover the character of the Elwha River is different, wilder.

Eliminate the fear factor by joining Toastmasters

Bryant Pergerson presents a “Tall Tale” speech at a meeting of the Jack C High Toastmasters Club on Friday. Toastmasters International is an organization that helps members improve their public speaking. Monte LaOrange / mlaorange@postregister.com

For some, speaking before an audience — even one peppered with familiar faces — can be a nerve-wracking experience, eliciting butterflies, sweaty palms and a shaky voice.

Risch, INL reps attend first National Lab Day

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Idaho Sen. Jim Risch and several Idaho National Laboratory representatives were among a local contingent who attended the inaugural National Lab Day on Capitol Hill, in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday.

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