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January 20, 2015 at 10:42 AM

Kalakala headed to demolition site this week

The owner of the former state ferry Kalakala said the 1927-vintage vessel  will be moved this week to a site where it can be demolished. The 276-foot boat, which has been moored in Tacoma’s Hylebos Waterway since 2004, will be moved Wednesday night and Thursday morning to a type of dry dock called a “graving dock,” on the nearby…

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January 5, 2015 at 11:19 AM

Ferry Kalakala soon to be scrapped

After a series of unsuccessful attempts to restore and revive it, the art deco ferry Kalakala will soon be scrapped. Owner Karl Anderson tells the News Tribune of Tacoma the boat may be cut apart later this month. Badly deteriorated, it is sitting in a Tacoma waterway.    

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December 25, 2014 at 7:35 PM

Storm could mean 18 to 30 inches of snow in Cascades

UPDATED, Friday at 7:30 a.m. Skiers and folks returning across the Cascade passes could be in for a difficult go Saturday. Between 18 and 30 inches of snow is forecast in a storm expected to hit Friday night and last through late Saturday night, according to a winter storm watch from the National Weather Service (NWS). Meteorologist Chris…

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December 23, 2014 at 1:15 PM

2014 on track to be warmest ever for Seattle area

The year 2014 is on track to be the warmest ever recorded at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, in records going back to 1945, according to the National Weather Service. Sea-Tac’s average temperature so far in 2014 has been 55.5 degrees — surpassing the 1995 mark of 54.4 degrees, said Ted Buehner, warning coordination meteorologist at the Weather…

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December 23, 2014 at 9:03 AM

Travelers: By air or land, planning could pay off

Update at 6:30: Rain may be mixed with snow at elevations above 500 feet in the interior lowlands Tuesday evening and early Wednesday, the National Weather Service said Tuesday afternoon. Heavy rain is forecast to continue through Wednesday morning, with the possibility of snow. If snow does fall, it will be too warm to stick on roads…

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December 3, 2014 at 6:54 AM

Driver dies as car plunges off Puget Drive in Renton

UPDATE, 9:45 a.m. | Police say the 2014 Lexus was speeding erratically when it left the road at a curve, plunged over an embankment and crashed into trees. ORIGINAL POST | One person was killed when a car traveled off South Puget Drive and down an embankment in Renton early Wednesday, Renton police reported. Police said the…

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November 26, 2014 at 6:06 AM

Minor flooding under way; more rain expected

UPDATE, 7:50 a.m. | Minor flooding was occurring this morning on parts of the Snoqualmie River near Carnation and Snoqualmie, on the Stillaguamish River at Arlington and on the Cowlitz River in Lewis County. Flooding also occurred along the Puyallup River at Orting, where recent levee work was crediting with keeping floodwaters away from the town. Major flooding is not expected, although…

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November 25, 2014 at 8:43 AM

WSDOT offers Thanksgiving travel tips

Traveling in-state for Thanksgiving weekend?   Your destination is likely set, but if you can be flexible about when you make the trip, you might save yourself a headache. The state Department of Transportation (WSDOT) has posted some helpful information online, including color-coded, hour-by hour looks at what to expect on some of the state’s most heavily traveled sections of…

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November 25, 2014 at 7:06 AM

NB Highway 99 reopens after accident in Battery Street Tunnel

UPDATE, 6:24 a.m. | The accident in the Battery Street Tunnel has cleared and all lanes are open, but long delays are expected as traffic begins to clear, according to the Seattle Department of Transportation. ORIGINAL POST | A collision at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday closed all northbound lanes of Highway 99 through the Battery Street tunnel…

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November 21, 2014 at 8:23 AM

One dead, five injured in Pasco shootings

Tri-City Herald One person is dead and five others are injured following a series of shootings in Pasco that police say may be gang related. Three shootings occurred within a 24-hour span and appear to be connected, said Capt. Jim Raymond. The first shooting late Tuesday left three men with non-life threatening injuries, police said. At least a dozen…

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