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August 20, 2012 at 6:41 AM

Morning Memo / Monday: Tent city problem … wildfire might be contained today

Weather:  After a warm weekend, it’s starting to feel like Seattle again. Today will be mostly cloudy with highs in the mid 70s. Later in the week, we’re back to the good ol’ 60s. The National Weather Service forecast.

Traffic: A reminder for Spokane St. Viaduct drivers: The 1st Avenue South offramp is scheduled to be closed for more than a month starting today, the West Seattle Blog reports. For any drivers headed through Sodo, remember there’s an M’s game at 7:10 p.m. that could cause congestion and delays.  The map and cams.

Taylor Bridge wildfire update: Officials are hoping the Taylor Bridge wildfire near Cle Elum will be fully contained today, weather permitting. Last night, the fire was 47 percent contained. If you see fresh smoke plumes today, don’t worry — crews will be burning a 150-food-wide strip to help with containment.

Motorcycle crash:  The Bellingham Herald reports that a 35-year-old Mount Vernon man was killed yesterday when he crashed his motorcycle on the North Cascades Highway. He was driving too fast around a curve near Ross Lake, the accident report said.

Seattle has no easy answers on its homeless situation.  In today’s A1 story, reporter Lynn Thompson explores the situation at tent encampment Nickelsville, where homeless have been living for 15 months without electricity, running water or plumbing. Seattle officials are divided over how to regulate the situation. Read the full story.

Yesterday there was a memorial for the late Kathi Goertzen, Seattle’s KOMO anchorwoman who died after a 14-year battle with brain tumors. The memorial was packed with friends, family and admirers, with dozens more outside on the lawn. Read more about the event and see photos.

Most-read stories this morning on seattletimes.com:

  1. Russell Wilson sparkles again as Seahawks beat Denver, 30-10
  2. Herb Alpert’s ‘Whipped Cream Lady’ now 76, living in Longview and looking back
  3. Three things we learned: Seahawks 30, Broncos 10 | Seahawks Blog
  4. Taylor Bridge fire: A glimpse of what’s ahead?
  5. Seattle police lieutenant faces new criminal investigation

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