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Category: Government
July 16, 2014 at 7:23 AM

Wildfires prompt state of emergency declaration

OLYMPIA (AP) — A state of emergency has been declared in 20 Eastern Washington counties because of multiple wildfires that threaten several hundred homes. The declaration allows officials to get help from the Washington National Guard and the State Guard if needed. It also directs state agencies to help local governments in responding to wildfires. State officials…

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July 15, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Poll: Strong support for gun background checks

The Associated Press A new poll shows strong support among Washington voters for a ballot initiative that would require background checks on all firearm sales in the state. The Elway Poll found that 70 percent of people were inclined to vote for Initiative 594. The same poll showed that 46 percent of people were inclined to vote…

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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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July 10, 2014 at 7:35 AM

Lawn watering limit requested in Bellingham

BELLINGHAM (AP) — The city of Bellingham is asking residents to limit lawn watering to conserve drinking water this summer. Residents with odd-numbers addresses are asked to limit watering to Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Residents with even-number addresses are asked to water only on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. KGMI reports no one should water on…

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July 7, 2014 at 4:39 PM

Seattle council repeals ride-service regulations

The Seattle City Council, in a 6-3 vote today, repealed regulations it approved just months ago for app-dispatched ride services like uberX and Lyft. With hopes of ending a year-and-a-half-long debate over how to fairly and safely regulate all ride services, including taxis and for-hire vehicles, most if not all council members hinted they were ready…

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July 2, 2014 at 4:12 PM

Murray names new city transportation chief

A former big-city transportation deputy with experience in developing transit, street cars, bike lanes and pedestrian routes is Seattle Mayor Ed Murray’s choice to lead the city transportation department. Scott Kubly, who was previously a deputy transportation director in both Washington D.C. and Chicago, will take over the Seattle Department of Transportation (SDOT) July 28 on an interim basis…

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June 29, 2014 at 1:07 PM

Sea-Tac sees many escalator accidents

The Associated Press State officials say it’s not easy to prevent people from falling and injuring themselves on escalators, even when they’re working properly. Nobody knows that better than the people who run Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The airport has more escalators than any other location monitored by the state, The News Tribune reports. State records show that…

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June 24, 2014 at 4:06 PM

Sea-Tac airport workers could get $13 an hour by 2017

From staff reporter Zahra Farah The Port of Seattle Commission introduced a proposal today to raise the minimum wage to $11.22 in January and $13 in 2017 for airfield-support workers at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. The wage increase would affect about 3,000 employees, including those who check in passengers, handle cargo and baggage, and workers such as wheelchair…

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June 23, 2014 at 4:58 PM

City approves taller buildings, more density near Mount Baker station

The Seattle City Council voted 8-1 today in favor of a plan designed to increase urban density in the 10-block area surrounding the Mount Baker light-rail station. Councilmembers said the rezone will work in conjunction with the larger-scale neighborhood plan to make walking and biking safer, while creating space for new jobs and housing. The legislation also will…

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