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September 9, 2013 at 6:07 PM
Alaska Airlines, Filo Foods, BF Foods and the Washington Restaurant Association have filed a motion asking the state Supreme Court for an emergency review of last week’s Court of Appeals ruling that made it possible for a proposition to increase the minimum wage in SeaTac to be placed on the November ballot.
The companies filed the motion Monday after the Court of Appeals found a King County Superior Court judge had erred when she eliminated signatures supporting Proposition 1, the so-called Good Jobs Initiative, which would increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour at many businesses in SeaTac. The appeals court has not yet released its written opinion giving the legal reasons for the oral decision, made on the deadline to get the initiative on the ballot.
The companies are asking the state high court to hear the matter by Thursday because the ballots will be printed and mailed to voters this week. After that, it will be too late to change the ballots, according to the motion.
July 26, 2012 at 1:22 PM
Teamsters Local 117 drivers blocked entrances to the Waste Management facilities yard at 8111 First Ave. S. this morning, but day two of the local garbage strike was relatively quiet.
This morning district managers drove the green trucks off the lot to dump garbage left in the trucks Wednesday when drivers walked off the job at 10 a.m. The managers also drove the trucks to pick up waste at hospitals — considered essential service sites — with only minor resistance from strikers.
Some 153 drivers who pick up recycling and yard-waste materials are on strike over wages and other issues but the garbage haulers, who are represented by another union, walked off the job in support of the strike. The union is expected to offer an update this afternoon.
About 220,000 homes are affected in King and South Snohomish counties, and collections were not expected.
July 21, 2012 at 5:10 PM
A Mercer Island man is missing after he went out on his boat to do some repairs, according to the King County Sheriff’s Office.
Sheriff’s spokewoman Sgt. Cindi West said Richard Sweezey’s boat, a 1965 Chris Craft, Roamer, was found grounded in Kirkland on Friday night. The investigation began at 7 p.m. after a resident in the 300 block of Lake Ave West called police to report the boat had drifted into the shoreline.
Police boarded it, found a portable generator running and a tool in the water but didn’t find Sweezey, 67.
Fearing that Sweezey had fallen into the water, the King County Sheriff’s helicopter unit and deputies began a search with the assistance of the Coast Guard and Seattle Police Marine Patrol.
Deputies found Sweezey’s car at the Queen City Yacht Club in Portage Bay where he has a slip.
Early Saturday deputies talked to a friend of Sweezey’s at the yacht club who said he usually didn’t have life jackets on the boat but the friend had loaned him one
Deputies said a life jacket was still inside the boat.
Police searched the area between the slip and where the boat was found without success.
Deputies contacted Sweezey’s wife who had been out of town and had been trying to reach him.
Investigators ask or anyone who may have seen the boat on Lake Washington on Friday afternoon to call the King County Sheriff’s Office at 206- 296-3311.
July 21, 2012 at 1:18 PM
A 78-year-old pilot was hospitalized after his small plane crashed into a slough south of Harvey Field in Snohomish County, the Snohomish County Sheriff’s Office said today.
Witnesses said the plane, a 1946 Republic RC3 single-engine light aircraft, lost power as it came in for a landing, clipped some trees and crashed about 10 a.m.
Deputies arrived at the 9700 block of 111th St. S. E., to find the pilot conscious but suffering from a possible head injury.
Deputies said the plane was not fully submerged in the water. The Environmental Protection Agency has been notified to address possible contamination issues from any fuel spill and the National Transportation Safety Board has been notified and will investigate the crash.
July 10, 2012 at 4:58 PM
The recall petition filed against Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon will be heard in Skagit County, Snohomish County Judge Thomas Wynne ruled today, saying it was appropriate to move it out of Snohomish county.
Gold Bar attorney Anne Block filed the petition, accusing Reardon of breaking campaign laws by using his executive assistant and county resources for political fundraising and lobbying.
Reardon is currently under investigation by the state Public Disclosure Commission for allegedly using county cellphones and offices during his re-election campaign, an inquiry that was put on hold in February while the State Patrol looked into allegations that Reardon had misused public funds. The Island County Prosecutor’s Office last month declined to file charges against Reardon on those allegations.
If Block’s recall petition is allowed, she will have 180 days to collect 47,444 signatures, or 25 percent of the votes cast in the November election.
The hearing has not yet been scheduled.
July 7, 2012 at 4:27 PM
A 600-acre wildfire eight miles north of Entiat, Chelan County, continued to burn slowly to the south and east Saturday amid hot and dry weather conditions, the U.S. Forest Service reported.
Earlier Saturday the Forest Service said the fire was about 75 percent contained, but that estimate was being re-evaluated as the fire expanded.
The Navarre fire was first reported Thursday and is burning in grass, brush and pockets of trees.
One home has been evacuated in the Johnson Creek area and 13 others are under a Level 2 evacuation notice, meaning any residents must be prepared to leave at a moment’s notice.
The Forest Service has called for more fire-fighting help, including two additional helicopters, two more 20-person crews to dig fire lines around structures, an air tanker and other equipment and personnel.
About 160 crew members are fighting the fire.
All campground and recreation areas near Chelan are open. The Forest Service cautions motorists traveling along State Route 97A to watch for fire-suppression helicopters dipping water from the Columbia River.
May 26, 2012 at 1:26 PM
Just as hikers and motorists were thinking of heading to the scenic beauty of Chinook Pass on State Route 410 for the Memorial Day holiday, the state Department of Transportation once again has closed the highway due to snow slides.
The closure is in effect between Morse Creek and SR 123. Highway officials say slide removal and avalanche control work are in progress but the roadway will remain closed until at least Saturday night.
The summit of the pass is 5,430 feet and DOT had just opened the pass for the season at 12:30 p.m. Friday. Chinook Pass provides the east entrance to Mount Rainier National Park and sits between the towns of Enumclaw and Naches. The state closes the pass every winter because of the extreme avalanche danger.
May 26, 2012 at 1:03 PM
Four people walked away from a small plane crash Saturday after a Cessna 182 crashed on takeoff on Vashon Island.
According to Ian Gregor, spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration, the accident happened about 10:40 a.m. when the plane flipped over. The cause of the crash, which badly damaged the plane, is unknown, Gregor said. No further information is available. The FAA is investigating.
December 2, 2011 at 4:35 PM
Occupy Seattle protesters must leave the Seattle Central Community College campus where they’ve been camping, a Thurston County judge ruled on Friday,
According to Braden Pence, the attorney for the group and one of the protesters, the judge allowed the college to post an eviction notice at the site on Monday, giving the group three days to move before the police are called.
About a month ago the group moved to the college from Westlake Park after several clashes with police.
In making the ruling, the judge cited health and safety risks as a reason for evicting the campers but did not rein in their right to protest.
Under the Washington Administrative Code college campuses must allow protest space, and Pence said that staying overnight – as opposed to occupying the area only in the daytime – is part of the protest. It allows the group to build community, he said.
Mark Taylor-Canfield, spokesman for the group, said the ruling was expected “because all across the country the encampments are being evicted.”
He said the group is looking for a place to camp in a warehouse, where it may be able to lease the space.
November 8, 2011 at 3:59 PM
The 15-year-old girl charged with stabbing two Snohomish High School schoolmates last month will be in Snohomish County Superior Court Juvenile Division at 1:30 p.m. Jan. 18 for a “decline hearing,” in which attorneys for the prosecution and the defense will argue whether the girl should be tried as a juvenile or as an adult.
Criminal sentences for juveniles cannot extend past their 21st birthdays, unlike sentences imposed on adults.
According to charging documents, the 15-year-old girl walked out of a restroom stall on the morning of Oct. 24 and stabbed April Lutz, 14, from behind. April’s friend, Bekah Staudacher, 15, tried to intervene and was stabbed in the arm.
April’s doctors later told reporters she suffered 10 stab wounds in her heart, lungs, neck and thigh and numerous lacerations. Both victims are expected to fully recover.
The alleged attacker has been charged with one count of first-degree attempted murder and one count of first-degree assault. The Seattle Times is not naming her because she is charged as a juvenile.
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