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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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Comments | More in General news | Topics: body, Skykomish, Snohomish

June 12, 2014 at 10:41 AM

Wreck causes four-mile backup on I-5 near Boeing Field

Traffic was backed up about four miles on northbound Interstate 5 near Boeing Field after a multi-vehicle collision shortly after 9:30 a.m. today. Reports from the scene indicate up to six vehicles may have been involved. There were no immediate reports of injuries. The accident initially blocked four lanes, but by 10 a.m., three lanes were open. Traffic…

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Comments | More in General news, Traffic & Transit | Topics: backup, Boeing Field, i-5

June 10, 2014 at 2:40 PM

Times takes four top ‘Best of the West’ awards

Seattle Times staffers won four first-place awards, including three for the newspaper’s “Sea Change” series on the dangers of ocean acidification, in “Best of the West” journalism awards announced today. The “Sea Change” package took first place for project reporting –- by reporter Craig Welch and photographer Steve Ringman –- as well as top honors…

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Comments | More in General news | Topics: awards, sea change, Seattle Times

June 9, 2014 at 9:26 AM

SPU hero’s first statement credits ‘God’s grace’

In his first public statement since Thursday’s shootings at Seattle Pacific University, acclaimed hero Jon Meis today credited “God’s grace” for his actions in subduing the gunman, and asked that people send further donations not to him, but to the victims through the university. Meis, 22, who has declined interview requests since the shootings, issued a statement through SPU saying he finds his…

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Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: Meis, Seattle Pacific University, statement

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