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November 23, 2014 at 11:50 AM

University of Puget Sound student earns Rhodes scholarship

The Associated Press TACOMA — A University of Puget Sound student has been selected for a prestigious Rhodes scholarship. The Rhodes Trust announced Sunday that William J. Rathje of Lake Oswego, Ore. was among 32 Americans selected for the scholarship. Rathje is a senior at the Tacoma university studying computer science and English literature. He co-founded a literary magazine…

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November 23, 2014 at 11:04 AM

Former Idaho trooper reaches deal, pleads guilty

The Associated Press COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho — A former Idaho state trooper faces up to five years in jail after he was convicted of a variety of charges, including stealing 15,000 rounds of ammunition from the state police. Daniel Charles Howard entered guilty pleas on several charges Friday and Alford pleas on others after reaching a deal with prosecutors…

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November 23, 2014 at 10:30 AM

Mercer Island home heavily damaged in fire

A fire that broke out in a gazebo spread through a Mercer Island home early Sunday morning, causing extensive damage. Fire officials said they received a 911 call about 6 a.m. from a home in the 4300 block of East Mercer Way. Firefighters arrived to find the attached gazebo in flames and the fire spreading through the top…

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November 23, 2014 at 9:29 AM

Tornado warning issued for Pacific County

Update at 9:45 a.m.: The National Weather Service says the tornado warning for west-central Pacific County and northwest Wahkiakum County has expired as the storm has weakened. Update at 9:33 a.m.: The tornado warning has been extended until 9:45 a.m. and now includes northwestern Wahkiakum County. Original post: The National Weather Service has issued a tornado warning for…

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November 23, 2014 at 7:44 AM

Seattle U.S. attorney collects $6.9 million in cases

The Associated Press SEATTLE — Federal prosecutors in Seattle say they collected $6.9 million in criminal and civil cases in the 2014 fiscal year. Annette Hayes, the acting U.S. attorney for the Western District of Washington, says federal authorities took in an additional $12.2 million in forfeited assets related to criminal activity. She says the collections show…

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November 22, 2014 at 12:41 PM

Lake Stevens boy, 3, shot in mouth while playing at home

UPDATE at 6 p.m.: A 3-year-old boy is in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center after being shot in the mouth Friday night at his Lake Stevens home in the 600 block of East Lake Shore Drive. The boy’s father told the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office the boy was playing in a bedroom with a 4-year-old neighbor shortly before…

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November 22, 2014 at 12:14 PM

Weekend snow in the mountains

Update at 4:30 p.m.: Traction tires are now required for both directions of Highway 2 at Stevens Pass. Chains are required for vehicles over 10,000 pounds gross trailer-vehicle weight, or larger than a Ford F-350.

Update at 2 p.m: Westbound Interstate 90 near Snoqualmie Pass is now open. Traction tires are advised for both eastbound and westbound traffic.

The view of both Stevens Pass summit and Snoquamie Pass summit from WSDOT webcams as of 4:15  Saturday afternoon.

The view of both Stevens Pass summit and Snoquamie Pass summit from WSDOT webcams as of 4:20 Saturday afternoon.

Update at 1:10 p.m.: Eastbound Interstate 90 near Snoqualmie Pass has reopened; westbound is still closed. Chains are required on all vehicles except those with all-wheel drive.

The current travel time between Ellensburg and North Bend is 88 minutes.

Original: If you are planning on driving over the pass for Sunday’s Seahawks game, or to get a jump on Thanksgiving travel, you may need to give yourself some extra time.  A winter weather advisory is in effect until 5 p.m. Saturday, increasing to a winter storm watch Saturday night.

On Saturday, 4 to 7 inches of snow is expected for elevations above 2,500 feet, with another 12 to 18 inches expected Saturday night through Sunday afternoon for elevations above 3,000 feet — which includes both Stevens and Snoqualmie passes.

Snoqualmie Pass closed in both directions on Saturday morning due to spinouts, with hopes of reopening by 1 p.m., according to Washington State Department of Transportation. Traction tires are advised for Stevens Pass.

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November 22, 2014 at 10:11 AM

Cinder’s paws healed; bear cub will spend winter in Idaho

Cinder, the black bear cub burned in the Carlton complex wildfires, is moving to Idaho for the winter. The veterinarian for Lake Tahoe Wildlife Care, where Cinder has been recovering since August, has released the cub from his medical care, and Cinder will leave Sunday for the Idaho Black Bear Rehabilitation Center to hibernate for the winter, according…

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November 21, 2014 at 8:14 PM

2,000 attend memorial for slain college student from Woodinville

The Associated Press MCMINNVILLE, Ore. — Nearly 2,000 people attended a celebration-of-life memorial service for Parker Moore on Thursday evening in the gym at Linfield College. The 20-year-old from Woodinville was stabbed to death last Saturday in a random attack at a convenience store near campus. The suspect was shot and killed when he confronted police with…

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November 21, 2014 at 6:12 PM

1 dead, 1 injured in collision in Burien

One person died after a two-car collision in Burien Friday evening, officials said. The collision was reported in the 15300 block of Ambaum Boulevard Southwest, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office. One person was pronounced dead at the scene and another taken to a hospital. The road will be closed for at least a few hours…

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