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August 5, 2013 at 6:50 AM

Monday Memo: Lost in Alaska waters … She wrote her own obituary … Sounders FC

Lost in Alaska waters: What a tragic and harrowing story of three men, all high school friends from Montesano, Wash., who were thrown into the water near Sitka, Alaska last week. After overshooting their destination in the borrowed aluminum boat they were in, they turned around, but faced strong winds and big waves. They tried to make it to shore, but only one man made it. Read the story.

Woman dies on Grayland area beach: A woman who told her 8-year-old daughter to wait in the car parked on the beach while the woman went fishing was found dead on the beach Sunday. The girl was found alive inside the car which was surrounded by the high tide. A person walking on the beach found the car with the girl inside. The girl was not injured and is staying with relatives. The Pacific County Sheriff is investigating.  KING-TV has the story.

She wrote her obituary: Sixty years old and dying of cancer, Jane Catherine Lotter of Seattle, a writer, had time to pen her own obituary. She did and it is both moving and uplifting. Her obituary, published in The Seattle Times, is making its way around the Internet and has been written about in The New York Times. Take the time to read it.

Clint Dempsey holds up the scarf of his new team after being introduced to the Centurylink Field crowd before kickoff on Saturday. (Photo by Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)

Clint Dempsey holds up the scarf of his new team after being introduced to the Centurylink Field crowd before kickoff on Saturday. (Photo by Dean Rutz / The Seattle Times)

Dempsey and the Sounders: For soccer fans in this soccer loving city, the news that U.S. Men’s National Team captain Clint Dempsey is now a Sounder is about as good as it gets. But it’s a hefty price: $32 million guaranteed over four years. Cross your fingers.

The average price of a gallon of gas in the state is $3.91, says the AAA auto club in Washington. That’s 12 cents higher than a month ago and 30 cents higher than the national average. Some numbers around the state: Bellingham $4.02, Bremerton $3.92, Seattle-Bellevue-Everett $3.93, Tacoma $3.87, Olympia $3.90, Vancouver $3.89, Yakima $3.92, Tri-Cities $3.82, Spokane $3.83.

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