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March 30, 2014 at 10:55 AM

Volunteer crews looking for family mementos for mudslide victims; rescue dogs on break

Search-and-rescue dogs are taking a 2-day break, but search-and-rescue teams and volunteers are at the site of the mudslide today combing through the mud and debris left by the slide. As of March 30, there are  620 people actively working in all capacities on both sides of the slide and 125 people actively working the search…

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March 27, 2014 at 6:24 PM

Rescuers find body of 4-month-old Sanoah Huestis

Rescuers today found the body of 4-month-old Sanoah Huestis about 10 feet from where the body of her grandmother, Christina Jefferds, was found earlier this week following the mudslide near Oso, said Natasha Huestis, mother of Sanoah and daughter of Jefferds. Natasha and Sanoah Huestis lived with Christina and her husband, Seth Jefferds in…

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March 25, 2014 at 6:36 PM

Family confirms death of Christina Jefferds

The body of Christina Jefferds — a wife, mother, grandmother and dental office manager who is being remembered for her kind and loving presence — has been found, said her father-in-law, Peter Jefferds. Christina Jefferds, 45, had been missing since the Highway 530 mudslide near Oso struck last weekend. Sanoah Huestis, Christina Jefferds’ 4-month-old granddaughter, is…

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February 17, 2014 at 5:59 PM

Skier dies after hitting rocks at Stevens Pass

A man died today after apparently hitting some rocks while skiing at Stevens Pass. Officials did not have details today about whether the man, who was identified only as in his 30s, was doing jumps or just skiing when he hit the rocks, said Lt. Brandon Vargas with the Gold Bar Fire Department. Fire department crews this…

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February 17, 2014 at 4:20 PM

I-90 east re-opens; another storm to hit Snoqualmie Pass

Update 6:06 p.m.: Interstate 90 eastbound at milepost 34, near North Bend, to the summit has re-opened. The state Department of Transportation re-opened the road late this afternoon after closing it earlier due to multiple spin-outs. Eastbound drivers are required to chain up their vehicles at milepost 47, near Denny Creek, before heading over the summit. Original post: Interstate…

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0 Comments | More in Traffic & Transit, Weather Beat | Topics: Snoqualmie Pass

June 8, 2013 at 12:38 PM

West Seattle jogger injured in hit-and-run

A 54-year-old woman sustained what police are calling life-threatening injuries after a hit-and-run collision in West Seattle. Police responded to a call at about 7:04 a.m. Saturday from a passerby who reported a woman — apparently a jogger — lying unconscious on the side of the road in the 2300 block of Fairmount Avenue Southwest. There were…

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May 27, 2013 at 12:25 PM

Crews begin removing vehicles, debris from Skagit River bridge collapse

A travel trailer that fell into the Skagit River when the Interstate 5 bridge collapsed Thursday has been removed from the river — the first major retrieval as work got underway Sunday night removing the mass of tangled steel and debris. Barges transporting cranes and excavators — which have mounted hydraulic shears to cut damaged beams,…

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May 26, 2013 at 12:44 PM

Inslee says temporary fix for Skagit River bridge by mid-June

Gov. Jay Inslee and other state officials presented a plan Sunday afternoon to erect a temporary fix for the Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River. The governor said the temporary fix could be in place by mid-June and that a permanent fix could be open by September. Before its collapse, about 71,000 vehicles used the…

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May 25, 2013 at 2:21 PM

Envelopes leaking sulfur-smelling liquid cause evacuation

The Whole Foods store at the corner of Denny Way and Westlake Avenue was evacuated for a short time Saturday afternoon after employees found two envelopes in public areas of the store leaking liquids that gave off a sulfur smell. The Seattle Fire Department, which evacuated the store as a precautionary measure, said the substance tested negative for…

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March 16, 2013 at 12:41 PM

Former Gov. Booth Gardner has died at 76

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Former Gov. Booth Gardner in 2011. (Photo by John Lok / The Seattle Times)

Gov. Booth Gardner, Washington state’s 19th governor, has died from complications of Parkinson’s disease. He was 76.

Gov. Gardner, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 1994, died late Friday at his Tacoma home. He served two terms as governor of Washington, from 1985 to 1993.

Arrangements for a public memorial service will be announced shortly.

“We’re very sad to lose my father, who had been struggling with a difficult disease for many years, but we are relieved to know that he’s at rest now and his fight is done,” Gov. Gardner’s daughter, Gail Gant, said in a news release.

“I learned so much from Booth because he was a man that led by example,” Sen. Patty Murray said after learning of Gov. Gardner’s death. “He demonstrated that governing is about the people you serve – and serve with – by learning everyone’s name, what issues they cared deeply about, and by taking the time to work with anyone that shared his desire to make Washington state a better place to live. Booth also showed that compromise and compassion were not competing ideals by being pragmatic when he needed be, but by always working to protect the needs of the most vulnerable.”

Under Gov. Gardner’s tenure, with an economy that was largely booming, the state took notable steps on education and the environment and on expanding social and health services.

The state started instituting requirements for students to pass standardized tests before graduating from high school, raised state university faculties’salaries, enacted the Growth Management Act, started the Basic Health Plan and began First Steps, which helps low-income pregnant women get health and social services.

Gov. Gardner also had an astute eye for talent, assembling a cabinet whose members — including former Gov. Chris Gregoire — have gone on to further prominence.

“Gov. Gardner was a progressive visionary ahead of his time, said Gregoire. “His leadership helped give us environmental and land-use laws that shaped the successful Washington of today.”

“He brought people together and he had a vision,” said John C. Hughes, author of the book “Booth Who?,” a biography of the former governor that is part of the Office of the Secretary of State’s project documenting Washington’s history makers.

For Gov. Gardner, “the importance of educaton was paramount — investing in programs that helped young people escape poverty and drugs,” Hughes said. And he had “just his sunny optimism and idealism. He had this bully pulpit that investing in people was crucial and would pay real dividends.”

In recent years, Gov. Gardner was perhaps best known for championing an initiative allowing physicians to prescribe lethal doses of medication for terminally ill patients seeking to hasten their own deaths. Voters passed that measure by a wide margin in 2008.

Throughout his life, Gov. Gardner had a likability that served him well, from his days as a business leader to those serving as the first Pierce County executive, from the statehouse in Olympia to working as a U.S. deputy trade representative in Geneva.

The late David Olson, former professor emeritus of political science at the University of Washington, once said of Gov. Gardner, ”He had his opponents but I don’t know that he had enemies.”

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