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February 23, 2014 at 2:58 PM

Destroyed boats being raised following La Conner marina fire

Two of the six boats that sunk during a massive marina fire near La Conner were raised and put on barges Saturday and crews were working to raise two more Sunday, according to Larry Kibbee, president of the board for the Shelter Bay Community, owners of the Shelter Bay Marina. “Now they’ll be taken to a…

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March 27, 2012 at 2:38 PM

Wash. officials track Columbia River sewage spills

The Associated Press EAST WENATCHEE – The state Department of Ecology is tracking two sewage spills into the Columbia River. The agency is working with East Wenatchee officials to determine the cause of a 500,000-gallon sewage spill into the river overnight Sunday. An operator at the city’s wastewater treatment plant discovered the spill Monday. The plant has since…

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January 30, 2012 at 8:13 PM

$10,000 reward offered in sea-lion killings

Speaking by phone Monday from the Sea Shepherd ship Steve Irwin in Antarctica waters, Capt. Paul Watson said his group is offering a $10,000 reward to anyone providing information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who killed sea lions in Puget Sound. Washington wildlife officials say eight  sea lions have been…

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January 27, 2012 at 9:51 PM

8 sea lions, all apparently shot, found in Puget Sound area in recent weeks

Associated Press Washington wildlife officials say eight sea lions have been found dead in the Puget Sound region in recent weeks — all apparently shot. KING-TV reports  that both the state Department of Fish and Wildlife and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration are investigating the deaths. The bodies of seven sea lions with bullet wounds were…

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January 27, 2012 at 8:16 PM

Jury: Seattle business owner violated Clean Water Act

The owner of a South Seattle liquidation business was found guilty in federal court Friday of environmental-law violations and witness tampering in a chemical-dumping incident from August 2010. Patrick Dooley, 59, the owner of Bargains, Inc., aka AAA Liquidating Services, Inc., will be sentenced in U.S. District Court April 27 on three counts of violating the Clean…

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November 17, 2011 at 1:08 PM

Environmental groups call for Seattle plastic bag ban

Two environmental groups and a marine biology researcher Thursday called on the Seattle City Council to ban plastic bags as a way to protect Puget Sound marine life. City Councilmember Mike O’Brien is expected to introduce an ordinance Monday to ban single-use plastic shopping bags. The bill is modeled on one adopted earlier this year by Bellingham…

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November 9, 2011 at 5:44 PM

Meeting tonight: King Co. plan for sewage overflows

Tonight King County is hosting a public informational briefing at REI on proposed updates to the county plan for managing combined sewer overflows. The meeting will run from 6:30 to 8 p.m. We are talking some $711 million in public money for projects to contain occasional overflows of storm water mixed with dilute amounts of untreated…

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