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August 15, 2012 at 7:02 AM

Morning Memo / Wednesday: Just stupid … Rock blasting … Hot, hot, hot

Weather: Nice weather expected today, but hot, hot, hot tomorrow and Friday when the temperatures could reach the mid-90s. Sunscreen anyone? How about air conditioning? If you go swimming in lakes and streams to beat the heat, be careful. The National Weather Service forecast.

Traffic: Rock blasting on I-90 at Snoqualmie Pass will cause delays. Blasting is scheduled at 7:30 p.m. tonight and Thursday and that means you can expect up to an hour of added travel time tonight, according to the state Transportation Department. During Thursday’s closure, you can expect up to two hours or more of added travel due to the nature of the blasting and the clean up. Traffic will be stopped eastbound near milepost 54. Westbound traffic is stopped near milepost 61. The map and cams.

Volunteers from left, Samantha Spencer, Alex Walker, Luke Parmenter and Liam Shaw help a neighbor cut a fire line in Horse Canyon Tuesday. (Photo by Bettina Hansen / The Seattle Times)

The many stories of Taylor Bridge wildfire destroying the homes, pets and livestock of the people in the path of the blaze are heartbreaking. And it’s easy to forget that the livestock is how many of the people make their living. Hay farmers, too.

Just stupid: Two teens in Spokane Valley thought it would be fun to put a log in the road so that a car would come along and hit it. Well, a State Patrol car did. The trooper suffered a back injury. The 16-year-old teens were busted. Like we said, just stupid.

Donating a kidney to save mom: This isn’t your typical story of a family member donating an organ to another member of the family. It’s a KING5 story of a Redmond software engineer who lost 90 pounds so he was able to donate a kidney to his mother. Problem was, he was too heavy to safely make the donation because it might cause him health problems of his own down the road. That’s why he dropped all the weight. What a gift.

Most-read stories this morning on seattletimes.com: 

  1. Longtime TV anchorwoman Kathi Goertzen dies after battle with tumors
  2. Liquor sales drop 9.4 percent in June, first month without state stores
  3. Hypersonic aircraft WaveRider to roar into future
  4. Tracking the wildfire’s progression
  5. NEW: Street views of Amazon’s skyscrapers | Brier Dudley’s Blog

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