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March 1, 2014 at 10:49 AM

Saturday Memo: Bertha to be stuck all summer … Pearl Jam embezzler sentenced … Bluegrass in Bellevue

sat_weatherTraffic: Expect delays in downtown Seattle this weekend as Highway 99 between Denny Way and South Spokane Street will close from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. The closures allow crews to conduct a routine inspection of the Alaskan Way Viaduct and, on Sunday, a charity race.

Weather: In the 40s today. Windy, starting in the afternoon, and the chance for rain and snow in some areas increases as the day goes along. National Weather Service forecast

Bertha to stay put until Sept. 1, or longer: Seattle Tunnel Partners will try to get the stranded Highway 99 tunnel machine going again by Sept. 1, says the team’s project director, Chris Dixon. But, he added, even that could be slightly optimistic. A Sept. 1 Bertha restart would amount to a nine-month stoppage overall.  Officials are now trying to figure out how to create an underground staging area in front of the machine so workers can repair broken seals and perhaps a damaged bearing.

Columbia River dam crack:  A huge crack in a major Columbia River dam is causing enough worry about a possible dam failure that Grant County authorities have activated an emergency-response plan. There is no threat to the public from the 65-foot crack in the Wanapum Dam, officials say, but they are lowering water levels because to ensure the safety of inspectors.

Prison for man who embezzled from Pearl Jam: A former financial officer for Pearl Jam’s management company was sentenced Friday to 14 months in prison for embezzling more than $300,000 over three years. Rickey C. Goodrich, 55, pleaded guilty in December to using company accounts to pay personal debts and fund lavish family vacations, spa treatments, life insurance and pricey California wines, according to the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. Prosecutors say he had paid back $125,000 when he pleaded guilty. Read more about the case.

Wintergrass: Bluegrass comes to Bellevue. Wintergrass takes place on four stages at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, through Sunday. Here’s our preview. The Hyatt is at 900 Bellevue Way N.E., Bellevue. Tickets: $30-$140 (253-428-8056 or www.acousticsound.org).

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