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May 29, 2012 at 6:45 AM

Morning Memo/Tuesday: Lost Seattle climber … M’s swept … Fires at WSU

Weather: Although the forecast calls for clouds and drizzle over the next several days, at least the temperatures are going to get into the 60s, even up to 68 on Thursday. Yeah, right. June is usually cloudy and rainy, so what did we expect, sun? Hahaha. The National Weather Service forecast.

Traffic: The map and cams.

A climber missing for nearly four decades: Perhaps it’s the many climbers in our state who account for the large number of readers of staff writer Ron Judd’s story on Walter H. “Wally” Somers Jr., of Shoreline, who disappeared when he went off to climb Sloan Peak in the North Cascades.

From Judd’s story:

THIRTY-NINE YEARS ago this September, Walter H. “Wally” Somers Jr., of Shoreline kissed his wife goodbye and drove off to climb Sloan Peak, a craggy tooth in the lower jaw of the North Cascades mountains. He has never returned. …  After a couple weeks, most of the world stopped waiting. Wally, 28, was presumed dead from a climbing accident. But because no trace of him was ever found, the tight-knit Seattle family that Wally left behind — particularly his two adoring sons, aged 4 and 6 when he went missing — still, in its own way, waits. Not for him to come waltzing through the door. Just for resolution. Explanation. Some answers to the basic questions — where, when and especially how — that eat away at any family left squinting into the wind rushing through the gaping hole torn in lives when a loved one simply vanishes.

Gotta love the M’s:  Angels complete four-game sweep of Mariners

Three orphaned otters have died: Three young otters brought to a shelter after they were discovered under a Bremerton waterfront home have died, according to one of our community news partners Inside Bainbridge. Someone shot the mother dead. Despite shelter operators’ efforts to feed the young otters and do as much as they could, they were unable save the weak, underfed animals. The Inside Bainbridge story goes on to say how difficult it is to rehabilitate small wild animals.

Another suspicious fire at WSU:  Suspicious fire No. 3 hit Washington State University Tuesday, this one at McCoy Hall. A fire damaged the university-owned Chief Joseph apartments Saturday, and a week ago a fire burned the university’s Nez Perce apartment complex. What’s up there?

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