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July 22, 2014 at 10:27 AM

Sheriff: Found body is that of final mudslide victim

Update at 1:04 p.m.: Snohomish County Sheriff Ty Trenary has confirmed searchers have likely found the body of Molly Kristine “Kris” Regelbrugge at the site of the Oso mudslide. He said her body will be recovered sometime today. Her remains were found about 100 yards from where the body of her husband was recovered, the sheriff said. Trenary…

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Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: 530, body, Snohomish

July 21, 2014 at 10:15 AM

Okanogan County fire now largest in state history

Even as one of Washington’s wildfires became the largest in state history Monday — burning an area 4.5 times the size of Seattle —  fire crews and aid workers are bracing for the possibility that lightning could trigger a new round of fires by midweek. “It’s tough to say, at this point, what to expect,” said Ryan Fliehman, National Weather Service…

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Comments | More in General news, Weather Beat | Topics: biggest, Carlton, fire

July 18, 2014 at 8:47 AM

Blues festival goes on, despite highway closures

The Winthrop Rhythm & Blues Festival opens Friday, although most routes to the festival from Central and Eastern Washington were closed this morning. “That doesn’t help us,” said the event’s secretary Peter Dammann. It is still possible to get to Winthrop from Western Washington via the North Cascades Highway, and Dammann said that’s the way about 60 percent…

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Comments | More in General news | Topics: blues, North Cascades Highway, Winthrop

July 18, 2014 at 7:41 AM

Fires close several highways east of Cascades

UPDATE, 3:09 p.m.: I-90 eastbound is now open, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. Original post: The effects of fire and smoke continued to pose challenges for travelers in Central and Eastern Washington this morning. Among the high-impact closures: Highway 2 is closed through Tumwater Canyon west of Leavenworth. No detour was available Friday morning…

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July 17, 2014 at 11:06 AM

Methow Valley homes destroyed, others threatened as fires grow around state

Update |  6:05 p.m.: A total of four wildfires in the Methow Valley have claimed at least two primary homes, a fire spokesman said. Since lightning ignited a fire near Stokes Road in Carlton on Sunday night, the Carlton Complex fire has spread to 18,000 acres and includes the Cougar Flat fire, the Golden Hike fire and the…

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Comments | More in General news | Topics: Leavenworth, Methow Valley, wildfire

July 14, 2014 at 5:42 AM

Overnight brush fire causing large backup on Interstate 5

UPDATE 7:55 a.m. |Firefighters will likely be on the scene of the brush fire most of the morning, spraying any remaining hot spots, said Don Barberie of the Kent Fire Department, the lead agency on the fire. The fire, reported by motorists, broke out shortly before midnight and ran about 200 yards along the side of…

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Comments | More in Traffic & Transit | Topics: brush fire, commute, SeaTac

July 10, 2014 at 5:43 PM

STEM project to help Darrington students

A raft trip on the Sauk River near Darrington on Friday will highlight the creation of an effort to help Darrington students explore science-based avenues of study that could lead to careers in outdoor recreation or resource management. Oak Rankin, leader of the pilot project for the Darrington Youth Outdoor STEM (science, technology, engineering and math)…

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Comments | Topics: Darrington, mudslide, Oso

July 9, 2014 at 8:48 AM

Welder may have started smoky Georgetown fire

UPDATE: 10 a.m. |  The fire is believed to have been started by a welding torch being used near recycled wood scraps, said Kyle Moore, Seattle Fire Department spokesman. Moore said the fire was in an enclosed 18-foot-long aluminum trailer at a recycling company. Reports indicate a worker was welding a metal leg of the trailer when the sparks…

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Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: East Marginal Way, fire

June 29, 2014 at 9:40 AM

Hiker, rescue volunteer die at Pilchuck Falls

A hiker and a man who attempted to rescue the hiker fell to their deaths at Pilchuck Falls in Skagit County on Saturday, according to the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office. At about 9:40 p.m. Saturday, sheriff’s deputies from Skagit and Snohomish counties, along with Skagit County search and rescue personnel, were called to the scene near Lake Cavanaugh with…

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Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: hiker, rescue, Skagit

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