Last night, 3,117 people had no shelter in King County, a 14 percent increase from the 2,736 people volunteers counted living without shelter last year, according to the Seattle/King County Coalition on Homelessness’s One Night Count. Volunteers counted 2,392 unsheltered homeless people in Seattle, with about a third staying in cars or trucks. One Night Count…More
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The Associated Press Washington state has approved rules for its new legal marijuana industry. After nearly a year of research, planning and public hearings, the three-member state Liquor Control Board adopted the rules today. The regulations cover everything from the security and size of licensed marijuana gardens, to how many pot stores can open in cities across the…More
A man in his 30s was shot in the 3100 block of Airport Way South tonight and Seattle police are searching for a suspect. The department reported that the victim, a resident at an apartment complex there, was shot multiple times and taken to the hospital with life-threatening injuries. A suspect — possibly two — is at-large,…More
Cheering Seahawks fans at CenturyLink Field reached 136.6 decibels during the third quarter of Sunday night’s game against the San Francisco 49ers, officially making The CLink the Guinness World Record holder for loudest stadium. An earlier measurement showed the noise at 131.9 decibels. Both readings were louder than the previous record of 131.76 decibels, set…More
Seahawks fans at CenturyLink Field tonight are loud, but not record-breaking loud. At least not yet. Crowd noise in the first quarter measured 130.1 decibels, just short of the 131.76 decibels needed to set a new Guinness World Record. “1st reading 130.1 so close!!! Let’s get louder!!!” said a tweet from former Seahawks defensive end Joe Tafoya,…More
Snohomish County Sheriff John Lovick was named county executive this morning, replacing Aaron Reardon, who resigned after a series of scandals. Lovick had served five and a half years as sheriff, and his name already was on the door of Reardon’s old office as the Snohomish County Council interviewed him and two other candidates before…More
By Rick Lund
Seattle Times news designer
It was shaping up to be another routine commute home. That is, if you can call the 56-mile-each-way commute between south Mount Vernon and Seattle I’ve been doing now for more than two decades ordinary.
But as I got off the Sound Transit bus in Everett and hopped in my truck to drive the remaining 30 miles, I received a call from Times night editor Cathy McLain that would make this evening anything but ordinary.
“The Skagit River Bridge between Mount Vernon and Burlington has fallen in the river,” said the voice on my cell phone. “How soon can you get there?”
I struggled for a few seconds to wrap my mind around that. How can that happen? I had crossed that bridge hundreds of time in my life. And my mind raced about the real possibility of unimaginable loss of human life. Perhaps even someone I knew. I told her I’d get there as soon as I could.
I sped on, looking for the first signs of backup on I-5. Knowing the lay of the land, I got off at the Anderson Road exit, just south of when traffic lurched to a standstill. I snaked through downtown Mount Vernon and on to Freeway Drive, which parallels I-5, to get to WalMart, where I knew I could get close to the bridge. It was about 8 p.m., a little less than an hour after the collapse.
As I walked up to the dike that borders the south bank of the river I saw a sight that made my jaw drop: The north end of the bridge, a mass of twisted steel , was submerged in the river. Rescue boats were humming around some vehicles. As this point I couldn’t tell how many. I snapped a couple shots with my iPhone, e-mailed them to the newsroom, and called my editor.
When I got off the phone I heard a big cheer from the hundreds of people lined along the north dike. A rescue boat had delivered what appeared to be a survivor to safety. I knew at this point I had to get to the north side of the river. The only camera I had was my iPhone. I had no telephoto lens. I had recently taken a newsroom training course from Genevieve Alvarez, our videographer, who taught me to “zoom with your feet.” I had to move. Going back to my truck and driving there was not an option. It would have taken too long. So I walked east along the dike to the Riverside Bridge, walked across the bridge and circled back to the collapsed bridge on the north dike.More
Full-time rangers will patrol Seattle’s Cal Anderson and Occidental parks this summer, and police will have emphasis patrols at both, Mayor Mike McGinn announced this morning. “We heard from the community that they’re concerned about their safety in the parks, and we want to address that,” McGinn said. The rangers are not police officers,…More
Washington state has selected one consulting firm to advise the Liquor Control Board on all four parts of its new marijuana law, according to Medical Marijuana Business Daily. According to the trade publication, Botec Analysis Corp., based in Massachusetts, has received the initial go-ahead to provide consulting services in each of the four major…More
A federal judge ordered a Jefferson County man to repay the U.S. Forest Service $84,000 for stealing as many as 100 trees from Olympic National Forest. Reid Johnston previously had been sentenced to a year in federal prison in one of the largest timber-theft prosecutions in Washington history. After a lengthy restitution hearing on Tuesday, U.S….More