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October 9, 2014 at 6:56 AM

Close call: Firefighters rescue man from dump truck

A person was was taken to the  hospital after being pulled from a garbage truck on Capitol Hill, according to a Seattle Fire Department tweet. The homeless man was sleeping in a dumpster at 11th Avenue and Pike Street when a dump truck emptied the dumpster, KIRO-TV reports. The dump truck driver started to compact the load…

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October 8, 2014 at 1:20 PM

Sheriff’s Office searching for hiker, dogs near Snoqualmie Pass

UPDATE, Thursday, 6:25 a.m. | The missing hiker has not been found and the search will resume at daylight Thursday morning, King County Sheriff’s Det. Jason Stanley says. ORIGINAL POST | The King County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a missing hiker and her dogs near Snoqualmie Pass, according to a news release. Paula Reuter, 21, …

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October 8, 2014 at 9:43 AM

Stink bugs looking for warm homes in Washington

Washington residents may be wondering about big brown bugs that have been seen crawling on the walls. They’re “stink bugs” looking to move into a warm, dry place. State Agriculture Department entomologist Arlo Pelegrin told KIRO-FM the Western conifer seed bug is more common in Eastern Washington but starting to show up west of the Cascades….

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October 7, 2014 at 6:02 AM

Fire burns hangar, planes at Camas airport

The Associated Press CAMAS, Wash. — Fire gutted 14 hangar bays and destroyed a number of small planes Monday night at Grove Field in Camas. The airport is owned and operated by the Port of Camas-Washougal. Executive Director David Ripp told The Columbian no one was reported inside the E Hangar when fire broke out. Firefighters from several…

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October 6, 2014 at 12:35 PM

7-year-old playground-accident victim identified

The Columbian The 7-year-old girl who died Friday two days after she reportedly sustained a head injury on the Fisher’s Landing Elementary school playground has been identified. Stormy Solis died of a closed head injury, according to the Multnomah County Medical Examiner’s Office. A family member of Stormy told KATU-TV that the girl walked home from school and…

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October 6, 2014 at 8:26 AM

Mercer Island remains on a boil-water alert Monday

UPDATE, 12:20 p.m.| Water samples taken Sunday have tested clean, according to a Mercer Island news release. This is the fourth day in a row that water samples have tested negative for E. coli contamination, but detective work on Mercer Island’s water pipes continue. Seattle Public Utilities, which sends Mercer Island its water from the Cedar…

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Comments | More in General news, Health | Topics: E. coli, Mercer Island, water

October 6, 2014 at 7:28 AM

Watch for Japanese transponders on Northwest coast

The Associated Press ASTORIA, Ore. — Scientists are asking Oregon beachcombers and anglers to watch for bright orange transponders on the shore. The floating instruments about the size of a 2-liter soda bottle were set in the ocean from Japanese ports in 2011 and 2012 to help research movement of debris from the 2011 tsunami. The Daily Astorian…

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October 6, 2014 at 5:46 AM

15-year-old boy accidentally shot in Spokane

The Associated Press SPOKANE — About a half-dozen teens were playing with a gun Sunday afternoon in Spokane when it fired and hit a 15-year-old boy in the chest. Police say the boy was critically wounded. He was taken to Sacred Heart Medical Center. Lt. Rex Olsen was told the teens removed the gun’s clip but didn’t realize…

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October 5, 2014 at 1:03 PM

Snowy plover making a comeback on Long Beach Peninsula

The Associated Press LEADBETTER POINT, Wash.  — A tiny shorebird that nearly went extinct is making a comeback thanks to a $150 million habitat- restoration effort. The Longview Daily News reports officials in Washington counted a record high 67 western snowy plovers in their last count in January. Oregon and Washington together, which are counted as…

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