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August 15, 2014 at 12:10 PM

Drones a threat to firefighters, wildfire managers say

The Associated Press BOISE, Idaho  — Wildfire managers say unmanned drones flying over wildfires could lead to firefighter injuries and force retardant bombers to be called off. The National Interagency Fire Center in Boise says so far this year, at least three drones have flown within or near restricted airspace intended for wildfire fighting aircraft. The center on…

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Comments | More in General news | Topics: drones, Washington, wildfires

July 15, 2014 at 6:32 PM

Washington to use drone to monitor wildfires

The Associated Press OLYMPIA — Washington state says the Federal Aviation Administration has given it authorization to use an unmanned drone to monitor wildfires that pose an urgent threat. Public Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark said Tuesday that the additional “real-time information” will make things safer for firefighters. The state Legislature earlier this year gave the state Department of…

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Comments | More in The Blotter | Topics: drones, Washington State Department of Natural Resources, wildfires

June 27, 2014 at 6:00 AM

Naked Marshawn, and other beasts you might have missed this week

My my, there was a whole lot of inappropriate (or perceived-to-be-inappropriate) behavior around town this week: bears crashing parties, creepy people who aren’t really creepy, and creepy people who truly are. On the more tasteful side of things, there’s Seahawks superstar Marshawn Lynch, who’s planning to bare more to the media than ever before. Read on for…

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Comments | More in List, Roundups, Weird news | Topics: animals, drones, ESPN

July 17, 2013 at 7:19 AM

Wednesday memo: Thunderstorms … Felix shines … Spying on nature

Did you wake up? Lots of thunder and lightning this morning between 2 and 3 a.m. Plus, there’s a chance of thundershowers today before 12 p.m. If you’re from the Midwest, you’re probably feeling right at home. Drones for science: Scientists are using unmanned aircraft to survey wildlife, spy on potato plants and check out…

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Comments | More in Morning Memo | Topics: Danny Westneat, drones, felix hernandez

April 25, 2013 at 12:49 PM

UW, others seek to establish federal drone testing facility in Washington

Washington is joining the crowded competition to land one of six federal drone testing facilities across the country. A consortium of 10 state organizations,  including the University of Washington and the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, announced Thursday that they will be submitting a bid soon to the Federal Aviation Administration. Research and tests conducted at the winning…

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Comments | Topics: drones, FAA, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory

March 18, 2013 at 5:20 PM

City Council approves new surveillance rules

The Seattle City Council today unanimously approved legislation requiring city departments to get prior approval before purchasing or using any surveillance equipment, including drones and cameras. Departments would have to spell out how they plan to use the devices and the City Council would hold a public hearing on the proposal before giving its okay. But the…

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Comments | More in Politics | Topics: drones, Seattle City Council, surveillance

February 7, 2013 at 6:56 AM

Thursday Memo: Postal poll … Pot and driving … Raccoon aerialists

Oh no, no mail on Saturdays. Now that the U.S. Postal Service has decided to stop delivering mail on Saturdays starting in August, we’re wondering how you feel about that. Vote in our poll. (And then there’s this from the secretary of state: Ending Saturday mail affects Washington balloting.) You don’t often hear the words Nazi,…

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