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February 4, 2015 at 12:23 PM

Feds list orca Lolita held in Miami Seaquarium as endangered

The federal government has decided to list Lolita, an orca caught 44 years ago in Penn Cove and held at Miami Seaquarium, as protected under the Endangered Species Act. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on Wednesday announced the listing decision of Lolita under the same law that now protects Puget Sound’s wild southern resident killer…


Comments | More in Environment | Topics: endangered species act, killer whale, lolita

December 30, 2014 at 7:20 PM

State Transportation Commissioner retiring; replacement named

Jeffrey Golz is retiring on Wednesday from the state Utilities and Transportation Commission, and Gov. Jay Inslee has appointed Ann Rendahl, a 21-year veteran with the agency, to replace him. The commission regulatory responsibilities include oversight of the state’s investor-owned electric and natural-gas utilities, land-line telephone companies, solid-waste haulers, and private water systems. The commission also manages safety…


Comments | More in General news, Government, Traffic & Transit

November 6, 2014 at 6:52 PM

Lewis-McChord air transport specialists to aid Ebola fight

Fifteen air transportation specialists are scheduled to leave Joint Base Lewis McChord on Saturday for Dakar, Senegal, to help support the campaign against Ebola. These are  reservists now on active duty with the 446th Airlift Wing’s 36th and 86th Aerial Port Squadrons and they will serve in Africa until May of next year. They are expected to assist…


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September 11, 2014 at 6:54 PM

Polar icebreaker Healy back in Seattle after research mission

The Coast Guard Cutter Healy returned to its homeport in Seattle Thursday after a 130 days of operations and scientific research in the Bering Sea, Chukchi Sea and Arctic Ocean. Through the course of the voyage, the 420-foot long polar icebreaker hosted researchers involved in three separate scientific missions. Stanford University scientists used plankton and zooplankton nets,…


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June 1, 2014 at 1:07 PM

Families of dead climbers meet with National Park Service and climbing guide service officials

On Sunday morning at Longmire west of Mount Rainier, family members of the six climbers met with National Park Service and Alpine Ascents officials. “They are devastated and are in a taking care of themselves mode,” said Patti Wold, a National Park Service spokeswoman. The Park Service said this morning that it was going to release the…


Comments | More in General news | Topics: accident, climbers, families

April 3, 2014 at 11:11 AM

Options to prevent flooding at slide site being studied

The Army Corps of Engineers has been meeting with Snohomish County officials to come up with a plan to  help deal with high water expected to flow through the debris-laden stretch of Stillaguamish River left behind by the March 22 mudslide. One option would involve building a temporary berm to protect state Highway 530 from flooding by the North…


Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: Oso mudslide, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

April 1, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Search crews find more remains at mudslide site

DARRINGTON –  An increasingly high-tech search effort is under way for human remains within the massive deposits of mud, logs and other debris left behind by the March 22 collapse of a hillside along the North Fork of the Stillaguamish River. Search teams are using a long-arm excavator to help probe through mud that reaches depths of up to 70…


Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: Darrington, Oso mudslide

March 29, 2014 at 1:27 PM

National Guard units work alongside volunteers

Master Sgt. Thomas Siegel serves in a Washington Air National Guard unit based out of Spokane that specializes in search-and-rescue missions. He has deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan under his belt, but has spent the past few days much closer to home: in the muck of the Oso-area mudslide. Siegel is leading a recovery team making its way through the debris…


Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: National Guard, Oso mudslide

March 28, 2014 at 2:30 PM

Therapy dogs give comfort, raise spirits in aftermath of mudslide

Pongo is a 9-year-old black Labrador retriever with graying eyebrows who favors belly rubs He was going to be a guide dog but never quite made it through the program, ending up as a therapy and crisis-response dog. Through these awful days in Darrington, the town east of the slide, Pongo has been doing a standout…


Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: comfort, mudslide, Oso mudslide

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