NOAA.Orca_pod_southern_residentsThe whales that are the emblem of the Northwest are threatened, writes Lynda Mapes in the Seattle Times. Lynda reviews a new scientific report with a grim outlook for orcas, based on 40 years of data on their food supply and the quality of their environment. State and NOAA officials have proposals to protect the whales, Lynda reports, but no one has an easy fix. Follow @LyndaVMapes for more environmental news. image: NOAA