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December 28, 2011 at 1:01 PM

520 bridge to close eastbound overnight for pre-tolling work

The state Department of Transportation is closing the 520 bridge eastbound from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. while it puts up signs for tolling which begins tomorrow. The state also expects rolling slowdowns westbound across the bridge.


Comments | More in Traffic & Transit | Topics: 520 bridge, closed eastbound, rolling slowdowns

December 27, 2011 at 3:25 PM

Arrests down, fatalities up, over Christmas holiday

The number of drunk drivers arrested over the Christmas holiday weekend was down, according to the Washington State Patrol, but the number of fatalities was up. The State Patrol arrested 161 drivers suspected of being impaired by drugs or alcohol over the holiday weekend.  That’s down from 194 arrests during the same period last year.  It…


Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: Chehalis, fatalities, Snohomish County

December 23, 2011 at 11:42 AM

UPDATE: Kalakala declared hazard, mooring inadequate

The Kalakala lists in its mooring on the Hylebos Waterway, in Tacoma in this photo taken in March this year. Supporters have not been able to raise the millions needed to restore the ferry.(Photo by Janet Jensen / The News Tribune, Tacoma) Take Our Poll UPDATE: 3:35 pm. The ferry Kalakala has been declared a…


Comments | More in General news | Topics: Coast Guard, hazard, Kalakala

December 19, 2011 at 2:47 PM

UPDATE: Kalakala to move to New York? Well…

The historic ferry Kalakala at a private dock in Tacoma. Its owner says he has a buyer for the leaking and listing boat. The Coast Guard gave owner, Steve Rodrigues, until today to move the rusting vessel. The selling price was $1. UPDATE: 2:40 p.m. The historic ferry Kalakala may move to New York… or maybe…


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December 14, 2011 at 10:01 AM

AAA on holiday travel: where we're going, how we're getting there

More than 90 million Americans will travel at least 50 miles from home during the Christmas holiday, a 1.4 percent increase over last year. The predicted travel is the second highest in the past decade. Of the travelers, 91 percent will drive, which AAA said is tied to lower gas prices. That’s a 2 percent increase compared…


Comments | More in General news | Topics: AAA, Christmas, holiday

December 13, 2011 at 10:59 AM

Seattle Aquarium mourns the loss of a fur seal

A northern fur seal in declining health was euthanized at the Seattle Aquarium. The seal, named Al, was 19-years-old. “Losing an old friend is always difficult, but Al had a wonderful history that we will always be remembered,” Traci Belting, marine mammal curator at the Aquarium said in a news release. The fur seal was discovered in a…


Comments | More in General news | Topics: fur seal, Hoquiam, National Marine Fisheries

December 9, 2011 at 11:42 AM

Human rights award for Suquamish tribal member

Heather Purser, who last summer convinced the Suquamish Tribe in Kitsap County to legalize same-sex marriages, has been awarded Seattle Human Rights Commission’s 2011 Seattle Human Rights Award. Purser, a commercial diver who lives in  Seattle but was raised in Kitsap County off the reservation, went to a tribal meeting last March and said she wanted…


Comments | More in General news | Topics: Heather Purser, Seattle Human Rights Commission, Suquamish Tribe

December 2, 2011 at 4:07 PM

Trip into space contest draws 49,384 entries

Astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second man to walk on the moon, came to Seattle when the Space Needle space trip contest was announced earlier this year. (Photo by STEVE RINGMAN / THE SEATTLE TIMES) When the Space Needle announced in August that it will send someone into space to celebrate it’s 50th birthday, it expected to…


Comments | More in General news | Topics: contest, Seattle, Space Age

December 2, 2011 at 10:46 AM

City Light: Voltage testing finds two problem poles

Seattle City Light completed its annual contact voltage testing of its 85,000 street lights and found two were energized with at least  30 volts of electricity. One was a metal streetlight pole near the corner of Magnolia Boulevard West and West Raye Street which tested at 110 volts of electricity.  Bad connections at the pole were…


Comments | More in General news | Topics: City Light, dogs, electricity

December 1, 2011 at 12:28 PM

520 Bridge closure canceled

This weekend’s planned nighttime construction closures of the Highway 520 floating bridge are canceled and will be rescheduled. Crews had planned to close all lanes of the highway the nights of Dec. 3 and 4 to install girders at Evergreen Point Road and 92nd Avenue Northeast. The work is being rescheduled to minimize effects on weekend holiday…


Comments | More in Traffic & Transit | Topics: 520, Eastside, Evergreen Point Bridge

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