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Category: Environment
July 14, 2014 at 11:03 AM

Lottery winner fined for clearing brush, trees on San Juan Island

The Associated Press Washington state regulators have fined a property owner $79,000 for illegal clearing sensitive shoreline on San Juan Island. The Department of Ecology last week issued two penalties to Orca Dreams LLC for illegally cutting down at least 80 trees and allowing polluting material to enter False Bay. KUOW-reports that Orca Dreams was…

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May 29, 2014 at 8:25 PM

Washington brush fire burns 1,300 acres

MALAGA — Fire officials in Chelan County say a brush fire that burned 2 square miles east of Wenatchee, and damaged power poles and transmission lines is 90 percent contained. Chelan County Fire District 1 spokeswoman Cindy Blaufuss said several dozen firefighters were mopping up hot spots Thursday but that the threat to about 40 nearby homes…

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May 25, 2014 at 1:13 PM

Plan to save Enchanted Valley Chalet seeks comment

OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK (AP) — A plan to temporarily relocate the Enchanted Valley Chalet in Olympic National Park is open for public comment. KXRO Radio reports the historic building is being undercut by the East Fork of the Quinault River. The National Park Service wants to protect the river from environmental harm, while providing more time…

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May 14, 2014 at 4:09 PM

Mount Vernon PR firm to tout Stillaguamish Valley

BrandQuery, a marketing firm based in Mount Vernon, has been awarded a $150,000 contract to boost tourism in communities hit by the March 22 Highway 530 mudslide. The contract awarded today will be financed by an allocation Gov. Jay Inslee authorized last week from the state Department of Commerce’s strategic reserve fund. The campaign is expected to…

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May 5, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Billy Frank Jr., Nisqually elder who fought for treaty rights, dies

Billy Frank Jr., a Nisqually elder and fisherman who served for more than half a century as the charismatic voice of Northwest tribes fighting to exercise their treaty rights, died early Monday, tribal officials and his family confirmed Monday. Mr. Frank was 83. “We are all stunned and not prepared for this,” said W. Ron Allen, Jamestown…

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| More in Environment, General news | Topics: Billy Frank Jr, Native American fishing rights, Nisqually River

May 2, 2014 at 8:30 AM

$5 million contract awarded to clear Highway 530 slide

A Ferndale company has been awarded a $5 million contract to clear mudslide debris off Highway 530, even as those who live closer to the March 22 slide complain that work should have gone to them. IMCO General Construction was the lowest of nine bidders for the job, with a bid of $4,959,924. The state’s engineering…

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May 1, 2014 at 2:43 PM

Petitioners want slide-clearing work to go to local residents

A Darrington man says people and companies most affected by the Highway 530 mudslide are not being properly considered for the job of clearing the buried highway, and he has collected hundreds of signatures on a petition asking state officials to rectify the situation. Brian Roggenbuck said Thursday he had collected 700 signatures, and wrote to Gov. Jay…

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Comments | More in Environment, General news, Government, Weather Beat | Topics: Darrington, Inslee, jobs

April 27, 2014 at 9:47 AM

Temps may hit 80s this week in Seattle area

It  doesn’t feel like it now, but warm weather is on the way, with temperatures that could reach into the 80s around Puget Sound by late this week, including a sunny May Day Thursday that could tie or top the record for the date of 81 at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. First, though, comes a chill, and the…

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April 23, 2014 at 3:39 PM

23,600 meals, snacks served in month since mudslide

More than 23,600 meals and snacks have been served through the Red Cross in conjunction with Southern Baptist Disaster Relief; 1,000 items for comfort and relief have been handed out and 6,800 health-related contacts have been made. In addition, more than $300,000 in federal assistance — a number certain to rise — has been distributed and…

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