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October 23, 2014 at 1:10 PM

Free health care offered at KeyArena clinic

A giant, four-day, free health care clinic offering medical, dental and vision services for “people in need” is being held Thursday through Sunday at the Seattle Center. More than 500 doctors, dentists, optometrists, nurses and other health-care professionals are volunteering, said Deborah Daoust, spokeswoman for the Seattle Center. She said no ID or proof of citizenship is…

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October 9, 2014 at 9:49 AM

Alleged driver in fatal shoplifting incident faces murder charge

By Evan Marczynski / Skagit Valley Herald SEDRO-WOOLLEY — A first-degree murder charge has been filed against the alleged driver of an SUV that hit and killed a Sedro-Woolley shop owner last week as she attempted to stop an apparent shoplifter. According to the Skagit County Jail roster, Matthew John Tobin, 19, is being held on $750,000…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: hit and run, Sedro Woolley

October 8, 2014 at 6:28 AM

Ranchers at Colville meeting say wolves threaten livelihood

COLVILLE, Wash. — Angry sheep and cattle ranchers told Fish and Wildlife Department officials that wolf attacks threaten their livelihood. More than 200 people packed a meeting Tuesday night in Colville on the department’s wolf management plan. The department is trying to establish at least 15 breeding pairs of wolves across Washington. Most of the packs so…

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Comments | More in Environment, General news | Topics: Colville, ranching, wolves

October 7, 2014 at 7:45 AM

Endless summer is over: Cold, wet coming to Northwest

The Associated Press Tuesday may be the last day of summer-like weather across the Northwest. The National Weather Service says the change to the fall pattern will occur this week with cooler temperatures and increasing rain. Many areas saw the summer pattern ending in a blaze of sunshine Monday with some record temperatures. The 78 at Sea-Tac…

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October 6, 2014 at 2:02 PM

Teens sought in Okanogan homicide arrested in Oregon

Update at 4:31 p.m.: The Associated Press OKANOGAN — The Okanogan County sheriff’s office says two 16-year-olds sought in the death of a man whose body was found Sunday evening have been located south of Eugene, Ore. Sheriff Frank Rogers said Oregon authorities advised Monday afternoon that they had the teens in custody in connection with the stolen…

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October 6, 2014 at 12:46 PM

Federal permits limit Idaho cities’ pollution in Spokane River

The Associated Press POST FALLS, Idaho — Federal officials have issued permits to three northern Idaho cities that limit how much pollution can be put into the Spokane River. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued the permits to Coeur d’Alene, Post Falls and the Hayden Area Regional Sewer Board, the Coeur d’Alene Press reported in a story…

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Comments | More in Environment | Topics: phosphorous, pollution, Spokane River

October 5, 2014 at 10:18 AM

Forest Service considers using more herbicides on invasive plants

By Kimberly Cauvel / Skagit Valley Herald With a 10-fold increase in invasive plant sites over the last 10 years, Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest land managers propose updating the invasive plant management program to increase its effectiveness, possibly with the use of more herbicides. The U.S. Forest Service is accepting comment on a draft environmental impact statement…

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Comments | More in Environment | Topics: forest service, herbicides, invasive plants

October 2, 2014 at 5:54 AM

Shoplifting suspect stabbed in Bellevue

UPDATE, 6:30 a.m. | The suspected shoplifter allegedly hit the employee with a bottle before the employee stabbed the suspected shoplifter, according to a Bellevue police tweet. ORIGINAL POST |  Police say a grocery store employee stabbed a shoplifting suspect in a confrontation Wednesday night in Bellevue. Police say the employee confronted the 37-year-old suspect inside a…

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October 1, 2014 at 8:58 AM

Father charged in alleged Amber Alert abduction of son

By Evan Marczynski / Skagit Valley Herald MOUNT VERNON — A man accused of forcibly taking his 2-year-old son from a home near La Conner last week, leading the Skagit County Sheriff’s Office to issue an Amber Alert, has been charged in Superior Court. Ryan Thomas Hall, 25, faces felony counts of first-degree custodial interference and residential…

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