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August 29, 2014 at 8:50 AM

Competency check for teen accused in 6-year-old Jenise Wright’s death

The Associated Press PORT ORCHARD — Kitsap County prosecutors say a 17-year-old accused in the rape and killing of 6-year-old Jenise Wright will be evaluated next week to see if he’s competent to stand trial. The Kitsap Sun reports Gabriel Gaeta made a brief appearance in Kitsap County Superior Court on Thursday. At that hearing, Deputy Prosecutor…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Bremerton, Jenise Wright, murder

August 29, 2014 at 7:45 AM

Eatonville Post Office to be named for slain park ranger

The Associated Press EATONVILLE — The U.S. Postal Service is paying tribute to National Park Ranger Margaret Anderson, who was shot and killed in 2012 while doing her job at Mount Rainier National Park. The Eatonville Post Office was set to be dedicated in her honor at a ceremony Friday. Congressman Dave Reichert sponsored legislation to authorize…

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Comments | More in General news | Topics: Eatonville, National Park Ranger

August 29, 2014 at 7:16 AM

Friday Memo: Hello, fall … Bumpin’ at Bumbershoot … King Felix … Methow bound

Hey fall. Long time, no see:  Get your sweaters out for Labor Day weekend. The highs aren’t even expected to reach 70 until maybe Monday, according to the National Weather Service forecast. It’s a weekend to embrace your love of Northwest gray skies, drizzle and cool days. Weather be damned. There’s still fun…

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Comments | More in General news | Topics: Bumbershoot, Mariners, rain

August 29, 2014 at 6:19 AM

Moses Lake man to be sentenced in Montana for meth trafficking

The Associated Press BILLINGS, Mont. — A Washington state man faces sentencing Friday in federal court on charges he led an interstate meth-trafficking ring that exploited workers in eastern Montana’s oil patch. Robert Farrell Armstrong of Moses Lake, Washington, will appear before U.S. District Judge Susan Watters in Billings. Under a deal with prosecutors, he pleaded guilty in…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: meth, Montana, Moses Lake

August 29, 2014 at 5:58 AM

Bird-feeder-raiding bear released back into the wild

The Associated Press MONROE, Wash. — An underweight black bear that used to live off a Redmond family’s bird feeder has been rehabilitated and released back into the wild. KOMO-TV reports the 1-year-old bear weighed around 45 pounds when it was captured in June, about half the expected weight for a bear of that age. During rehab, naturalists…

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Comments | More in General news | Topics: bear, Lynnwood, monroe

August 22, 2014 at 12:40 PM

Auvil Fire grows to 1,000 acres

ORONDO — Thursday afternoon lightning sparked a fire that quickly grew to 1,000 acres overnight near Daroga State Park, north of Wenatchee. The Auvil Canyon Fire was burning in grasses and scattered timber on private property, and was moving toward the bluff and away from homes Friday morning, said Douglas County Sheriff Harvey Gjesdal. Precautionary evacuation advisories…

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Comments | More in General news | Topics: Daroga State Park, Wenatchee, wildfire

August 22, 2014 at 10:26 AM

Lost baby mountain lion to be sent to zoo

The Associated Press SPOKANE — A 3-week-old mountain-lion kitten that was found dehydrated and malnourished on a homeowner’s front porch will get a one-way ticket to a Pennsylvania zoo. State Fish and Wildlife officers responded to the Kettle Falls homeowner’s call and searched the area for signs of the mother mountain lion, but didn’t find her, said…

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Comments | More in General news | Topics: kitten, mountain lion, Spokane

August 22, 2014 at 7:13 AM

Friday Memo: Avoid 99 … Pot buses won’t roll … Pre-Beast Mode … Grizzly comeback

Slow going: If you haven’t been paying attention this week, Seattle DOT is closing Highway 99 for four days. Because they think traffic might be lower, they decided to add a pothole repair near North 40th Street on Tuesday. Hey, why not? That’s how we (don’t) roll: In case you were planning…

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Comments | More in Morning Memo | Topics: grizzlies, pot, Seahawks

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