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Category: Environment
November 19, 2014 at 12:46 PM

King County joins Pierce on burn ban, agency lifts it in Snohomish

Due to continued weather conditions and air pollution levels, the Puget Sound Clean Air Agency has issued a Stage 2 burn ban for King County. Pierce Country remains on a Stage 2 ban, but restrictions were lifted in Snohomish County on Wednesday at noon. The burn bans in King and Pierce counties will be lifted at 6…

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November 19, 2014 at 6:15 AM

Thieves steal 9 wildlife cameras near North Bend

NORTH BEND — Nine wildlife cameras used to track elk near North Bend have been stolen. The Transportation Department was using the cameras in a project to prevent elk collisions on Interstate 90. KOMO reports workers noticed the cameras worth $7,000 were gone Tuesday. Crews removed nine other remaining cameras as a precaution. One of the cameras took…

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November 18, 2014 at 12:59 PM

Reservoir behind Wanapum Dam to begin filling

EPHRATA — Enough repairs have been made to the cracked Wanapum Dam to soon allow the reservoir to partially refill. The Grant County Public Utility District said Tuesday the reservoir could be raised 17 feet above its current level by the end of the year. It was lowered 26 feet after a crack was discovered last…

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November 14, 2014 at 4:53 PM

SPD officer credited with assisting ‘erotically entangled’ eagles

A Seattle police officer is credited with putting herself in harm’s way to protect a crowd from two erotically entwined eagles in Leschi Park on Wednesday. You read that right: erotically entwined eagles. Officer Vanessa Flick noticed a large crowd gathering around a bald eagle lying on a paved pathway as she drove past Leschi Park on…

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November 3, 2014 at 3:59 PM

Seattle Aquarium awarded grant to study sea-star wasting disease

The Seattle Aquarium has been awarded a $75,000 grant from the Boeing Company to support the aquarium’s efforts to investigative and respond to a disease that has affected millions of sea stars along the West Coast. An outbreak of Sea Star Wasting Syndrome was first reported from Olympic National Park in the summer of 2013…

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October 29, 2014 at 5:14 PM

Remains found in Oregon are those of missing Spanaway man

The Associated Press KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — Human remains found earlier this month in Klamath County have been identified as those of a Washington state man missing since 2012. The sheriff’s office said Wednesday indications at the time Joseph Aaron Marsh disappeared suggested he was despondent, and an autopsy has confirmed that the cause of death was…

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October 29, 2014 at 1:46 PM

Mercer Island water continues to test clean for E. coli

The city of Mercer Island says 400 waters samples tested since Oct. 2 have all been found to be free of E. coli the prompted back-to-back boil water advisories. The Seattle suburb also said Wednesday that one resident who became sick during the incident was tested and found to have a serious strain of the bacteria…

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October 12, 2014 at 11:23 AM

1 injured after car strikes bear in Grays Harbor County

A teenage passenger was injured when a car struck a black bear on Highway 12 in Grays Harbor County on Saturday evening, according to the Washington State Patrol. A Ford Focus was westbound on Highway 12 about two miles east of Oakville around 9 p.m. when it hit a bear that was standing in the middle…

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October 8, 2014 at 9:43 AM

Stink bugs looking for warm homes in Washington

Washington residents may be wondering about big brown bugs that have been seen crawling on the walls. They’re “stink bugs” looking to move into a warm, dry place. State Agriculture Department entomologist Arlo Pelegrin told KIRO-FM the Western conifer seed bug is more common in Eastern Washington but starting to show up west of the Cascades….

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