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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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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

June 15, 2014 at 2:54 PM

$9,000 grant to help Arlington schools with mudslide costs

The Arlington School District has received a $9,090 federal grant to help cover expenses incurred following the March 22 Highway 530 mudslide. The money will help pay the costs of bringing in substitute teachers who stood in for classroom staff who were receiving counseling. In addition, the grant will help with additional transportation costs, such as extra…

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Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: Cantwell, mudslide, Murray

June 15, 2014 at 9:45 AM

Body found along Skykomish River is likely missing hiker

Investigators say the body found Saturday along the Skykomish River in Snohomish County is believed to be that of a male hiker who had been reported missing earlier in the week. Foul play is not suspected. The Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office said the body was reported about 6 p.m. by a woman who found it earlier in the…

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