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April 23, 2014 at 9:42 AM

Snorkeler who died in Hawaii was Washington state woman

The Associated Press LIHUE, Hawaii — A snorkeler who died off the coast of the Hawaiian island of Kauai has been identified as a Washington state resident. The Garden Island says the drowning victim is identified as 65-year-old Gayle Kelly. Kelly died after getting caught in a current while snorkeling with other swimmers off Haena Beach Park…


0 Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: drowning, Hawaii, snorkeling

April 22, 2014 at 8:24 PM

Lake Washington, Everett school-bond issues failing

Voters were rejecting the Lake Washington school district’s school-construction bond issue, which barely cleared 50 percent in  first-day returns Tuesday night, falling short of the 60 percent required for passage. The measure — scaled back from $755 million to $404 million — was one of only a handful of school-district measures on the special-election…


0 Comments | Topics: Everett School District, Lake Washington School District, Lakewood School District

April 22, 2014 at 8:23 PM

Voters rejecting measure to fund King County buses, roads

King County voters are rejecting Proposition 1, the measure to fund buses and roads, 55 percent to 45 percent. The results from Tuesday night mark what appears to be a major defeat for King County Executive Dow Constantine, County Council Chairman Larry Phillips and the labor and business interests that backed the measure. Assuming a countywide turnout…


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April 22, 2014 at 5:43 PM

Brother of mudslide victim calls Obama visit ‘heartfelt’

DARRINGTON – The brothers of Steve Hadaway, 53, one of the two people still missing in the Oso mudslide, said today’s visit with President Obama at Oso Community Chapel was much more sincere and comforting than they expected. “I was worried it was going to be in and out, and kind of a smokescreen, but it definitely was not,”…


0 Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: Oso mudslide

April 22, 2014 at 5:15 PM

President Obama’s remarks at Oso Fire Department

Here is the text of President Obama’s remarks at the Oso Fire Department: Well, good afternoon, everybody. I just had a chance to tour some of the damage from last month’s mudslide.  And, most importantly, I had a chance to spend some time with the families whose loved ones have been lost. I also had a chance to…


0 Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: Oso mudslide, President Obama

April 22, 2014 at 1:36 PM

Snohomish County may ban development in landslide-prone areas

The Snohomish County Council will consider an emergency moratorium on development in areas at risk of landslides. Dave Somers, president of the council, said he’ll propose a vote on the six-month ban at a council meeting Wednesday. Somers, who was in Arlington today during President Obama’s visit to the site of the March 22 mudslide, said the…


0 Comments | More in General news, Government, The Blotter | Topics: Oso mudslide, Snohomish County Council

April 22, 2014 at 1:28 PM

Tunnel contractors: Bertha stall may cost $125M

The costs to repair and restart Bertha, the Highway 99 tunneling machine, are somewhere close to $125 million, a senior executive says. Chris Dixon, project director for Seattle Tunnel Partners (STP), mentioned the figure during a midday briefing today to The Seattle Times’ Editorial Board, which is responsible for writing and choosing opinion pieces. However, the $125 million…


0 Comments | More in Traffic & Transit | Topics: bertha, Highway 99 tunnel, Seattle Tunnel Partners

April 22, 2014 at 1:13 PM

State kills 300 Thurston County cockfighting birds

The Associated Press OLYMPIA — The state Gambling Commission says about 300 birds seized in a cockfighting raid on Monday at Rochester were killed. A spokeswoman says about 240 roosters and 60 hens were euthanized, although several birds are saved as evidence in the case. A 35-year-old Rochester man was arrested and accused of raising and training birds…


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April 22, 2014 at 1:02 PM

Obama to Oso: ‘Whole country thinking about you’

UPDATE at 4:20 p.m.: | President Obama has met with the families of the missing and dead from the Oso mudslide, and stopped to thank first-responders gathered at the Oso Fire Station. Obama said the “strength in adversity” demonstrated by the community “should be an inspiration to all of us.” “The whole country is thinking about you,” the…


0 Comments | More in General news | Topics: Oso mudslide, President Obama

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