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July 15, 2013 at 6:42 AM

Monday Memo: Rumbling skies … Rumbling propane tank … Cops shoot pit bull

What is this, the Midwest? The forecast calls for a 30 percent chance of thunderstorms Wednesday? With a high of 77 degrees and the possibility of thunderstorms, why, you’d think we were in Ohio or something. Thunderstorms also mean lightning and the increased chance of wildfires east of the Cascades. Yikes. Down here, though, it’s supposed to be sunny today and tomorrow, with highs in the upper 70s and low 80s.

That propane tank at the transfer station: We hope someone out there is cringing about tossing a propane tank into a recycling bin at the transfer station in Wallingford in Seattle. The tank exploded over the weekend. Fortunately no one was injured, but it scared the daylights out of a lot of people. What were you thinking?

Another dog shot dead by cops: This one was in Bellingham on Saturday. There was an assault at a skate park. When police arrived to investigate, the dog’s owner attacked one of the officers. The dog was Tasered, but that didn’t work … Did we mention it was a pit bull?

A cooler full of Pacific lamprey will be taken to tribal elders, who eagerly await the oily meat of the fish. (Photo by Mark Harrison / The Seattle Times)

A cooler full of Pacific lamprey will be taken to tribal elders, who eagerly await the oily meat of the fish. (Photo by Mark Harrison / The Seattle Times)

Eels, lampreys no less: They are an important part of Native American culture in the Northwest, but these slippery critters are threatened in number and there are efforts to restore their numbers in the Columbia River system. Like salmon, lampreys return to fresh water to spawn. Bet you didn’t know this:

Tough survivors, lamprey are even more athletic than salmon: They can get themselves up a 20-foot vertical rock wall, using their sucker mouth to inch up and along.

Are these our Mariners? They have won their first series sweep of the season. Took ‘em long enough.

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Nick Provenza: 206-464-2142 or nprovenza@seattletimes.com


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