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April 19, 2014 at 8:55 PM

Cyclist badly hurt in Seattle may have been drinking

A cyclist who was seriously hurt after running head-on into an SUV on Capitol Hill early Saturday showed signs of impairment from alcohol, police said. Seattle police said the collision happened about 12:15 a.m. near the intersection of Boren Avenue and Pike Street. Police said a preliminary investigation indicates the 43-year-old male cyclist was travelling westbound on…

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0 Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: cyclist, Harborview, police

April 19, 2014 at 7:32 PM

Boy, 12, killed by falling tree in Olympic forest

A Mason County sheriff’s spokesman said a 12-year-old boy was struck and killed by a falling tree while hiking in the Olympic National Forest. Detective William Adam said the boy was struck in the head and died Saturday. He was hiking with his father on the popular Lower Lena Lake trail in a remote forested area…

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0 Comments | More in Environment, General news, The Blotter | Topics: Olympic, sheriff

April 18, 2014 at 8:18 PM

High-surf advisory issued for Washington coast

The Associated Press Clam diggers on the Washington coast this weekend should be alert for big waves. The National Weather Service forecasts a high surf Saturday night into Sunday, with 16- to 19-foot waves. Forecasters say the waves could race up beaches farther than normal and surprise diggers. The state Fish and Wildlife Department has approved More

0 Comments | More in General news, Weather Beat | Topics: clam digging, Copalis, Long Beach

April 18, 2014 at 6:04 PM

Washington pools to host ‘April Pools Day’ this Saturday

Pools around the state will host their annual April Pools Day events on Saturday for families and community members to learn about water safety and enjoy free swim time. April Pools Day attendees will learn proper life-jacket fitting and use, drowning-prevention strategies and rescue techniques in case of a water emergency at the 25 participating city,…

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0 Comments | More in General news | Topics: Pools, Public Health - Seattle & King County

April 18, 2014 at 8:16 AM

N. Idaho poachers taking heavy toll on game

The Associated Press LEWISTON, Idaho — State wildlife officials in northern Idaho say poachers are killing far more game animals than wolves. Officials tell the Lewiston Tribune that last year in northern Idaho they confirmed poaching of 30 elk, four moose, 13 mule deer and 57 whitetail deer. Officials say a realistic detection rate is 5 percent, meaning…

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April 17, 2014 at 6:12 PM

Fecal bacteria levels close Pierce County shellfish harvesting area

Shellfish harvesting in part of Vaughn Bay in Pierce County has been closed because of high levels of fecal bacteria, and health officials have identified 14 additional shellfish growing areas that could be closed if fecal pollution worsens, the Washington state Department of Health said today. The samples taken at growing-area stations failed to meet classification…

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0 Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: shellfish, Vaughn Bay, Washington State Department of Health

April 17, 2014 at 9:38 AM

Rideshare companies move toward forcing vote on new rules

Seattle’s rideshare services submitted signatures today to place a referendum on the August ballot that would overturn new regulations limiting their numbers. Brad Harwood, spokesman for Keep Seattle’s Ride Options, said the group has collected “way more” than the 16,510 signatures needed to get the measure before voters. The city is  immediately blocked from enforcing…

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0 Comments | Topics: Keep Seattle's Ride Options, Lyft, Seattle rideshare services

April 17, 2014 at 7:42 AM

All 39 victims identified in Snohomish County mudslide

All 39 victims of the Oso-area mudslide have been identified by the Snohomish County Medical Examiner’s Office. This morning the office released the names of victims: Wyatt Ruthven, 4,  Sandra K. Miller, 64, and Ronald P. DeQuilettes, 52. Wyatt was killed with his parents, Shane Ruthven and Katie Ruthven, his brother, Hunter, 6, and his grandparents, JuDee Vandenburg and Lou Vandenburg. Miller…

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April 16, 2014 at 8:22 PM

Man uses Portland reservoir as toilet; city plans to flush it

PORTLAND (AP) — Portland officials are once again preparing to flush millions of gallons of treated water because someone urinated in a city reservoir. Water Bureau Administrator David Shaff said 38 million gallons will be discarded after a 19-year-old was videotaped in the act Wednesday. Three years ago, the city drained a 7.5-million-gallon reservoir at the same…

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0 Comments | More in General news | Topics: Mount Tabor reservoir

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