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February 18, 2015 at 7:33 PM

Kirkland council OKs measure to curb plastic-bag use

The Kirkland City Council approved a plastic-bag reduction law this week that will be effective next year on March 1. The city will join Seattle, Shoreline, Issaquah, Mercer Island and Bellingham in instituting similar plastic-bag reduction policies. Kirkland’s new ordinance will require large retailers to stop using single-use plastic bags and to charge customers five cents for…

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Comments | More in Environment, General news, Government | Topics: Kirkland, plastic bags

January 17, 2015 at 7:38 PM

Thousands still without power during NFC Championship game

UPDATE, 8:30 p.m.: As many as 10,000 customers of area utilities were still without power Sunday evening. Puget Sound Energy was working to restore power to about 8,000 customers, mostly in Kitsap County, it said at 6 p.m. Snohomish County Public Utility District had about 2,000 customers affected as of 4 p.m., largely in the southern part of…

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Comments | Topics: high winds, power outages, Puget Sound Energy

December 31, 2014 at 5:28 PM

Cross Kirkland Corridor no longer threatened by rail-service request

The Ballard Terminal Railroad Company’s request to return rail service to an 11.2-mile portion of the Eastside Rail Corridor between Bellevue and Woodinville has been denied, officially eliminating a threat to trails such as the Cross Kirkland Corridor. The Surface Transportation Board, a federal agency that settles railway disputes, said in a ruling issued Tuesday…

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Comments | More in General news, Traffic & Transit | Topics: Ballard Terminal Railroad Company, Cross Kirkland Corridor, Eastside Rail Corridor

December 16, 2014 at 2:23 PM

Chewbacca, Seattle Aquarium seal, dies

Chewbacca, Seattle Aquarium’s northern fur seal, has died following surgery he underwent  last week. The 13-year-old male seal, known at the aquarium as “Chewy,” seemed to be recovering from an operation last Thursday that removed a mass from his gastrointestinal system, but he died Sunday morning, according to the aquarium. In the wild, the average lifespan…

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December 16, 2014 at 9:49 AM

What’s special about Seattle? We’re all about volunteering, study says

The Seattle metro area has the highest young adult (16-24) volunteer rate in the country, according to a report released Tuesday by a federal agency. Overall, the Corporation for National and Community Service’s report found that Seattle had the fourth highest volunteer rate with 34 percent of the area’s residents–972,400 people–volunteering in 2013. Collectively, the…

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November 18, 2014 at 2:46 PM

Bellevue pursued Minneapolis assistant chief for police chief

After interviewing five police chief candidates last month, the City of Bellevue was ready to continue the hiring process with one:  Matthew Clark, assistant chief at the Minneapolis Police Department. But Clark said he withdrew from the hiring process earlier this month. “It was an honor to have been selected as a finalist for the Bellevue…

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October 26, 2014 at 3:06 PM

Police chase for stolen-car suspect ends in North Seattle

King County Sheriff’s deputies chased, crashed into, stunned with a Taser and ran down a suspected car thief before catching him early this morning in Shoreline. The 42-year-old suspect would not stop driving the stolen vehicle he was in when a deputy tried to pull him over around 3:30 a.m. near North 145th Street and Aurora…

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