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May 5, 2013 at 6:28 PM

Sunny weather, but also two deaths on area waterways

Western Washington residents flooded parks and picnic areas Sunday to take advantage of the glorious May weather. But the sunny skies also led to a string of rescues and two deaths as adventurers took to area lakes and streams. Temperatures hit a high of 83 degrees around 4 p.m. at Seattle Tacoma International Airport, just a few degrees…

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Comments | More in Weather Beat | Topics: National Weather Service, rescue, water rescue

December 29, 2012 at 6:19 PM

Coast Guard battles raging seas before finally evacuating drifting oil rig near Kodiak

After raging seas and fierce winds settled down Saturday afternoon, the Coast Guard finally evacuated the crew of a traveling Shell Alaska oil rig that had started drifting near Kodiak, Alaska. For the second straight day, the Coast Guard had battled to rescue 18 crew members of the drifting Kulluk oil rig after efforts to tow…

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Comments | More in Environment, General news | Topics: Alaska, Arctic, Coast Guard

November 13, 2012 at 5:00 PM

UPDATE: Missing snowboarders cold, hungry but finally off Rainier after two long nights

  UPDATE: 4:30 p.m. A pair of snowboarders who spent two nights on Mount Rainier after getting trapped in a blizzard Sunday hiked off the volcano in snowshoes this afternoon – hungry, cold and tired but uninjured. Derek Tyndall and Thomas Dale, each in their early 20s, made it down to Paradise about 3:30 p.m. “I’ve spent the…

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Comments | More in The Blotter, Weather Beat | Topics: Mount Rainier National Park, mount rainier search and rescue

November 12, 2012 at 2:41 PM

UPDATE: Trapped snowboarders will have to spend a 2nd night on Mount Rainier

UPDATE, 8:25 P.M. | The search for the two missing snowboarders has been called off for the night and will resume at first light Tuesday. The two young men will have to spend a second night on the mountain, according to Kevin Bacher, Mount Rainier National Park spokesman UPDATE: 5 p.m. | Just before dark,…

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Comments | More in General news, Sports | Topics: Mount Rainier National Park, search and rescue

August 15, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Taylor Bridge wildfire not just one fire…

In a sense, it’s a misnomer to call the Taylor Bridge fire a single fire –- it’s really dozens of individual blazes often separated by tens of miles. This part of Kittitas County, halfway between Cle Elum and Ellensburg, is a kooky mix of criss-crossing, interconnected valleys that seemingly face every which way.  Fire seems to…

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Comments | More in General news | Topics: Cle Elum, Ellensburg, Taylor Bridge Wildfire

May 12, 2012 at 9:12 PM

Man dies in Green River rafting accident

King County marine crews found the body of a man in the Green River Saturday evening, about three hours after the raft he was in got into trouble. Authorities responded to reports of a raft in trouble near Kanaskat-Palmer State Park about 2:35 p.m. Saturday, said Paula Smith, a King County Sheriff’s communication supervisor. “There were three people in the raft, and…

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Comments | Topics: dead, Green River, marine

April 25, 2012 at 5:22 PM

Pioneer Square shooting victim dies

Nicole Westbrook The 21-year-old woman critically injured when she was shot in the neck during a drive-by shooting in Seattle’s Pioneer Square has died. Nicole Westbrook, who recently moved to Seattle from Albuquerque, N.M., died at Harborview Medical Center Wednesday afternoon, hospital spokeswoman Susan Gregg said. Westbrook was shot Sunday while walking home with her boyfriend….

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Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: Pioneer Square, shooting woman dies

April 24, 2012 at 10:43 PM

Body found in yard of bank-owned house in Everett

Everett Police are investigating a suspicious death after a resident called 911 and reported seeing a man’s body behind a garage about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. Police arrived at 22 West Madison in Everett to find a dead man who appears to be in his late 20s or early 30s. The man looks to have suffered trauma…

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Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: Everett Police Department, homicide

April 24, 2012 at 8:17 PM

Seattle police officer arrested in domestic-violence complaint

An off-duty Seattle police officer was arrested by Everett Police on Sunday for investigation of misdemeanor domestic violence, according to a statement from Seattle Police spokesman Jeff Kappel released Tuesday night. The unidentified male officer has been “re-assigned to home” while the matter is investigated, Kappel wrote. He said Seattle police were informed of the arrest…

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Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: domestic violence, Everett Police Department, Office of Professional Accountability

April 11, 2012 at 2:51 PM

New research shows acidic ocean waters contribute to oyster deaths

Researchers for the first time have found definitive evidence that changing ocean chemistry from increased carbon-dioxide emissions are at least partially responsible for massive oyster die-offs in the Pacific Northwest. The research published Wednesday by scientists from Seattle and Oregon State University is the first anywhere to show that increasingly corrosive seas already are killing marine…

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Comments | More in Environment | Topics: carbon dioxide, ocean acidification, oysters

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