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May 31, 2014 at 11:04 AM

Saturday Memo: 520 bridge closed … Inslee lunches with billionaire … It’s Darrington Day

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Traffic: The Highway 520 bridge is closed until 5 a.m.  Monday.  Lots of summer roadwork and traffic tie-ups are ahead. Here’s a guide to the gridlock.

Which billionaire did Inslee invite for lunch? California billionaire Tom Steyer, a major political ally in Gov. Jay Inslee’s efforts to pass climate-change legislation. Salmon (Copper River?) was on the menu for the governor and Steyer, a hedge-fund manager turned climate activist, who has pledged to spend $100 million this year to defeat Republicans who deny the reality of human-caused climate change. The lunch this week at the governor’s mansion was private, and not publicized. Inslee’s communications director, David Postman, provided details after an inquiry from The Seattle Times.

Darrington Day: As the communities of Oso and Darrington try to regain their footing after the deadly March mudslide, today is a day to celebrate local arts, music and heritage — and for visitors to show support. It’s Darrington Day, with events all over town. Highway 530 near Oso opens today as a single-lane road for the first time since the slide. Workers spent nearly four weeks clearing 130,000 tons of mud and debris off the 1.5-mile stretch of road.

Casey Kasem update: A Kitsap County judge has granted Casey Kasem’s daughter daily, one-hour visits with her father. She also can have a doctor of her choosing examine her father. The family fight — between Kasem’s wife Jean and his children — is over care for Kasem, who gained fame with his radio music countdown show, “American Top 40.” Jean and Casey Kasem have been staying with family friends on the Kitsap Peninsula.

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