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April 14, 2014 at 5:20 PM

Seattle’s new bike plan: ride on calmer backstreets

The Seattle City Council voted unanimously Monday to overhaul its Bicycle Master Plan, to provide separated bike lanes as well as a network of calm backstreet routes known as greenways. The 2014 version is meant to serve what Councilmember Sally Bagshaw likes to call “willing but wary” riders.  That’s a shift from earlier thinking — to…

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0 Comments | More in Traffic & Transit | Topics: bicycles, Seattle

April 12, 2014 at 4:21 PM

Renton police: Man says he killed girlfriend

Renton police found a 20-year-old woman dead in a South End apartment today after a man called 911 to say he killed his girlfriend. Police say the man, 20, claimed to have booby-trapped the apartment, just before noon, and that he was armed. When officers arrived, the man ran back into the apartment building. He later emerged…

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| More in The Blotter | Topics: domestic violence, Renton

April 11, 2014 at 11:55 AM

Traffic snarls coming to Snoqualmie Pass for 2 weeks

Construction-related bottlenecks in the big city will be relatively minor this weekend, but motorists crossing the state Sunday can expect delays as long as two hours for crews east of Snoqualmie Pass  building detour routes for the summer work season. The state Department of Transportation (DOT) will reduce travel to one lane in each direction for two…

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0 Comments | Topics: Snoqualmie Pass, Traffic

April 8, 2014 at 3:31 PM

A noise wall for work on tunnel machine Bertha

Workers at the Highway 99 tunnel site are building a plywood noise wall this week, so Seattle Tunnel Partners can get permission from the city to work at night. STP will dig an 83-foot diameter, 120-foot deep circular pit to perform front-end repairs on the drill called Bertha, which has advanced only four feet since Dec….

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0 Comments | More in General news, Traffic & Transit | Topics: bertha, Highway 99 tunnel, Pioneer Square

April 3, 2014 at 3:14 PM

Late-summer start for Seattle bike share

After weathering a sponsorship drought and the bankruptcy of a bicycle vendor, the new Puget Sound Bike Share should be ready to hit the streets by late summer, its director says. The opening phase will cover Seattle Children’s, the University of Washington, Eastlake, Capitol Hill, South Lake Union, downtown and the central waterfront, with 500 bicycles at…

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0 Comments | More in Traffic & Transit | Topics: Puget Sound Bike Share

April 2, 2014 at 1:48 PM

Slide victim gives donated money to another family instead

Gerald Farnes, who lost his wife, Julie, and 23-year-old son Adam to the Oso mudslide, has been “paying forward” thousands of dollars in donations to other victims he believes need the money more. Friends of the couple in their former hometown of Cordova, Alaska, donated $3,000 last Friday during a benefit at Harborside Pizza, according to pizzeria owner Brian Wildrick. Another $500…

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0 Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Oso mudslide

March 26, 2014 at 9:34 PM

Jobs and supplies: Oso community talks of struggles ahead

OSO, Snohomish County  — When the shock subsides and the time comes to rebuild, will anybody displaced by the mudslide be able to afford to move back to the Stillaguamish River Valley? Even before Saturday’s disaster, the valley was hurting economically, local upholsterer Olan Flick told 60 people meeting in the Oso Community Chapel, built…

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0 Comments | More in General news | Topics: Darrington, Oso, Oso Community Chapel

March 26, 2014 at 1:09 PM

Grim search Wednesday reveals more bodies

OSO,  Snohomish County – Wednesday’s grim search of the Oso-area mudslide has revealed additional victims. Some 200 emergency responders, volunteers who live in the area, heavy equipment operators and at least three dogs are looking through the gray debris on the west side of the slide area. Additional teams from Darrington are searching the east side, where a…

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0 Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: Oso mudslide

March 25, 2014 at 5:15 PM

Sound Transit to add double-decker buses in 2015

Sound Transit is about to buy five double-decker express buses, similar to the popular Double Tall fleet operated by Community Transit. Transit-board members will vote Thursday on a $5.1 million purchase, including taxes and contingency.  These five will run only on Sound Transit’s routes from Snohomish County, where Community Transit employees will drive and maintain them. Each…

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0 Comments | More in Traffic & Transit | Topics: Community Transit, Double Tall, double-decker buses

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