KWSO News Mon., Sep. 17, 2018

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. (AP) — The number of summer visitors to Crater Lake National Park in south-central Oregon has dropped for the second consecutive year because of smoke from wildfires. Park Superintendent Craig Ackerman says wildfires inside and outside of the park kept people away during July and August, traditionally the park’s two busiest months.

VANCOUER, Wash. (AP) — School will begin today for thousands of students in the southwest Washington city of Battle Ground after teachers ratified an agreement to end a strike. Members of the Battle Ground Education Association on Sunday approved an agreement that was reached with the district over the weekend. Teachers had been on strike since late August. Tensions mounted Friday when Clark County Superior Court judge signed an injunction ordering teachers back to work. Battle Ground Public Schools serves about 13,000 students.

A federal appeals court Friday upheld a lower court ruling in a case that revolves around metals pollution in the Columbia River south of the Canadian border. Spokane Public Radio’s Doug Nadvornick reports it’s the latest development in a case that goes back 14 years…