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February 19, 2015 at 6:28 AM

Kirkland latest to ban disposable plastic bags

The Associated Press Kirkland has joined a growing number of Western Washington cities to ban single-use plastic carryout bags. The City Council approved a law on Tuesday that will take effect March 1, 2016. The new ordinance requires retailers to stop using disposable plastic bags and to charge customers 5 cents for every paper bag they provide. Seattle,…

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August 11, 2014 at 5:58 AM

DNR bans all fires, including campfires, in Washington

UPDATE, 3:35 p.m.: The parks included in the ban are the private and public campgrounds that are under Washington DNR fire protection, said Janet Pearce, Communications manager for DNR. Campgrounds on federal land are not included in the ban at this time. Pearce suggests calling ahead to check on whether the campground where you are headed…

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September 13, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Poll: What do you think of NYC’s new ban on big sugary drinks?

Take Our Poll Big, sugary drinks were banned in New York City today. The city’s Board of Health passed a measure banning the sale of big sodas and other sugar-laden drinks at restaurants, concession stands and other eateries. There’s now a 16-ounce size limit on cups and bottles of non-diet soda, sweetened teas, and other high-calorie…

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July 18, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Smoking ban at Everett Community College come September

If you got ’em, don’t smoke ’em… at least on the Everett Community College campus. The college’s board of trustees voted yesterday to ban tobacco use on college property beginning Sept. 1. See the full story at our community news partner’s site, My Everett News. The board wants the school to be a healthier place…

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May 7, 2012 at 11:34 AM

Summer burn ban on Washington state lands

The Associated Press For the third straight year the Washington Department of Natural Resources will ban outdoor burning this summer in state forests and all lands protected by DNR firefighters. Spokeswoman Janet Pearce says it remains to be seen what effect the bigger-than-average snowpack this year will have on the wildfire season, which runs July through September. The…

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January 6, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Petitions opposing Seattle's plastic bag ban put into local newspapers

The effort to stop the ban on plastic bags in Seattle has a new wrinkle. Some 75,000 petitions have been inserted into newspapers in the city, including The Seattle Times, according to a story by our news partner KING5. The man behind the petition is Craig Keller, who told KING5 that he spent about $8,000,…

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December 19, 2011 at 11:50 AM

Seattle City Council plastic bag ban vote today

The Seattle City Council will vote Monday afternoon whether to ban plastic shopping bags in grocery, retail and convenience stores. With seven of nine council members signing on to the bill when it was introduced earlier this month, passage is expected. Environmental groups have urged Seattle to join three other Washington cities, Edmonds, Bellingham and Mukilteo,…

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