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December 3, 2013 at 7:03 AM
A whole lotta shaking going on: Jumping fans register a magnitude 1 or 2 quake during Seahawks TD fumble return. What can you say about the Hawks, but they’re the best. Some numbers: 68,387 at CenturyLink Field did all that jumping; 34-7 win against the Saints; an 11-1 record; Russell Wilson throws for 310 yards; total net yards 429.
Speaking of football: How can Steve Sarkisian’s decision to leave the UW for USC, immediately, sit well with most anyone (except USC), especially with a chance the UW could see itself in a bowl game? Do you think it’s fair to the Huskies that Sarkisian is leaving right now? Vote in our poll.
How tragic is this? A man at a farm in Roy in Pierce County is missing after two grain silos holding some 1,000 tons of corn collapsed yesterday afternoon. It has been too dangerous to go in and look for him.
Cold this morning, isn’t it? Look out for black ice in spots on your way to work. These chilly days could last all the way through the weekend, and there’s a chance of snow on Sunday. We’ll see about that. National Weather Service forecast
Amazon and delivering packages on small drones: How many of you believe it was merely coincidence that Jeff Bezos told “60 Minutes” about the pie-in-the-sky idea of the drone delivery scenario the day before cyber Monday?
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October 6, 2013 at 3:56 PM
By The Associated Press
YAKIMA — A 23-year-old woman reported missing while hiking the Pacific Crest Trail in southwest Washington has been found safe, but a search for an Oregon man has been suspended.
Alejandra Wilson was located yesterday afternoon, authorities said. She was cold and tired but otherwise OK.
A search team spotted the Oregon woman walking in the Crest trail area as she started hiking out. She was reported missing after becoming overdue for a trail check Sept. 30.
Sgt. George Town of the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office said Wilson reported that she got stranded by a snow storm about a week ago and waited until conditions improved before walking out.
“She said the snow was almost waist deep and she was pretty well stuck. She wasn’t lost, she was just stuck,” Town said in an interview today.
Wilson told authorities she hunkered down and set up camp under some trees to wait out the storm, he said. From there, she said she spotted the Coast Guard helicopters that went up in search of her. The helicopters flew overhead but she wasn’t able to flag them down in time, Town said.
“The Coast Guard guys were right on track. They did a good job. She wasn’t able to make herself visible,” but their presence “gave her real confidence,” Town said.
He noted that she still had food when she was located yesterday. She was reunited with her dad, grandparents and friends.
Some of the volunteer searchers included hiking companions who had been on the trail with her earlier in her trip, Town said today.
Meanwhile, the search was suspended for Kristopher Zitzewitz, 31, of Portland, who was last seen Sept. 28 in the Big Lava Beds area of the Gifford Pinchot National Forest
Skamania County Undersheriff Dave Cox said more than 100 people searched yesterday. Further searching was suspended pending new information about his whereabouts.
October 3, 2013 at 11:50 AM
CHEHALIS (AP) — The Lewis County sheriff’s office says about two dozen people continue to search Thursday for a mushroom hunter from Auburn who has been missing since Saturday near Packwood.
Spokeswoman Stacy Brown says friends and relatives of the 48-year-old Auburn man are among the searchers.
He was reported overdue Sunday by his family. His vehicle was found Tuesday on a Forest Service road five miles northwest of Packwood. He is described as an experienced mushroom picker, but he was not equipped to be outside for more than a few hours
Heavy rains fell over the weekend in the area and light rain has been falling this week with low temperatures in the 40s.
Brown says the search area is rugged with cliffs.
October 2, 2013 at 10:13 AM
UPDATE: 7:53 p.m. | The ground searches for a 31-year-old man missing in the Big Lava Beds area of Gifford Pinchot National Forest and a 23-year-old woman who has been hiking on the Pacific Crest Trail have been suspended, according to a news release from Skamania County Undersheriff Dave Cox.
Kristopher Zitzewitz, was looking for caves with his partner when the two were separated around 2 p.m. Saturday, the release said. A a team of 18 searchers spent Wednesday scouring the area where he was last seen, but they were unsuccessful and eventually weather conditions led them to call the search off, the release said. A Coast Guard helicopter called in to help had to be turned back because of the weather, the release said.
Officials are also still looking for 23-year-old Alejandra Wilson, the Pacific Crest Trail hiker who was reported missing Monday after she didn’t check in with her father at the designated time, the release said. Wilson is believed to be somewhere north of Riley Creek in Northern Skamania or Yakima Counties, the release said.
Search and rescue officials expect to mount “an extensive air search” tomorrow, and a ground search will resume on Saturday, if needed, Cox said in the release.
ORIGINAL POST | Search and rescue officials renewed their efforts Wednesday to find a man and a woman missing in separate, remote parts of Southwest Washington after a helicopter rescued two other hikers from waist-deep snow.
Hikers Matt Margiotta and Kyla Arnold were hoisted aboard a Coast Guard helicopter Tuesday evening from the snowy Pacific Crest Trail where it crosses the western flank of 12,280-foot Mount Adams. The helicopter rescue came after a group of ground searchers made it to within less than a mile of the couple, only to be stopped by deep snow and failing daylight.
The helicopter also picked up the five ground searchers, including one who had sprained an ankle, the Coast Guard said.
Two other hikers remained missing Wednesday. One, Kristopher Zitzewitz, was last seen Saturday in the Big Lava Beds area of Gifford Pinchot National Forest, southwest of the mountain. Ground crews resumed searching for him Wednesday morning, said Skamania County Undersheriff Dave Cox, and though there was at least a brief break in the weather it remained unclear whether crews would be able to look by helicopter as well.
Meanwhile, officials were coming up with a game plan for finding Alejandra Wilson, who had also been hiking the Pacific Crest Trail and was believed to be about a day’s hike north of where Margiotta and Arnold were found.
Wilson’s father, Dane Wilson, of Portland, last heard from her Friday, as she was leaving Trout Lake, a hamlet south of Mount Adams, for White Pass. He reported her overdue after she failed to check in again by Monday, but it wasn’t clear whether she needed any assistance.
Margiotta, Arnold and Wilson were all hiking the length of the Pacific Crest Trail, which runs 2,650 miles from Mexico to the Canadian border, and kept online journals of their travels.
In an update Friday, Arnold mentioned having run into Wilson. She also described having nearly run out of food after heavy rains forced her and Margiotta to huddle under a tarp for four days last week — long delaying their arrival in Trout Lake.
“We finally made it to Trout Lake today and another huge storm is rolling in,” Arnold wrote. “Everyone says we can’t make it because of the weather situation, and to be honest it’s quite terrifying, but I can’t fathom coming this far and giving up.”
The Yakima County Sheriff’s Office search and rescue team was on standby to provide assistance as needed, Sgt. George Town said Wednesday. He noted that it isn’t uncommon for late-season Pacific Crest Trail arrivals to run into snow and sometimes need help, but the hikers are usually experienced and prepared after more than 2,000 miles on foot.
“They get a fair amount of experience between Mexico and here,” he said. “They’re adept, generally speaking, but this was a pretty good early snowfall.”
Wilson was apparently far enough north that she would be out of cellphone range, unlike Margiotta and Arnold, who managed to call for help Monday and give rescuers their coordinates, Town said.
September 23, 2013 at 1:00 PM
NAMPA, Idaho (AP) — A microchip and a volunteer effort to neuter stray cats in Nampa helped reunite a Middleton woman with a cat that ran away during a storm in February 2011.
Laura Foster had given Dalo up for dead after searching him for weeks.
But on Sunday, her cat was home and Foster was crying tears of joy.
Dalo was trapped Sunday by Spay Neuter Idaho Pets (SNIP). He was among a group of cats getting regular feedings from a resident.
The Press-Tribune reports that when volunteers trapped Dalo they noticed he was unusually friendly for a feral cat.
They checked for a microchip and called Foster.
Foster got Dalo from a shelter in 2002 and says the cat never left the house until it was spooked by the storm.
June 26, 2013 at 7:49 AM
PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The family of a climber lost since Saturday on Mount Hood is holding out hope he’ll be found alive.
The search continues for Kinley Adams, a 59-year-old dentist from Salem. But searchers were frustrated Monday and Tuesday by white-out conditions. They’re hoping for clearing weather. A National Guard helicopter is on standby.
Adams’ wife, Lorraine, and two sons went to the mountain Tuesday. They told reporters they’r optimistic Adams is alive in a snow cave.|
Most climbers summit the mountain about 50 miles east of Portland in the spring. Climbing the 11,239-foot mountain becomes riskier as warming temperatures melt ice and loosen rocks
June 24, 2013 at 12:18 PM
PORTLAND (AP) — The search for an Oregon climber missing on Mount Hood resumed Monday amid poor visibility that limited the scope of the effort.
Kinley Adams, a 59-year-old Salem dentist, was reported missing by family Saturday night, roughly six hours after his expected return from a climb on the west side of the mountain. The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office found his vehicle at Timberline Lodge.
Steve Rollins, spokesman for Portland Mountain Rescue, said conditions Monday likely will keep searchers tethered to the lower elevation of the mountain, near timberline. Though frustrating not to go higher, he said it’s a search area that could bear fruit.
“If a climber gets lost, they often wander down into the woods,” he said.
Described as an experienced climber, Adams indicated he would take the Leuthold Couloir route to the summit. Crews searched that area Sunday, but found no trace of him as they struggled against white-out conditions. The skies are not expected to clear until Thursday.
It’s easy to miss Leuthold and get into steeper gullies, Rollins said. Moreover, the ice that holds Mount Hood’s notoriously crumbly rock is melting.
“It’s maybe getting a little bit late in the season,” Rollins said.
“Everyone’s focus is on bringing him home as soon as possible,” Kelli Watcherson, the office manager at Adams’ dental practice, said in a brief phone interview Monday.
Besides Portland Mountain Rescue, volunteers from Mountain Wave Communications, American Medical Response Reach and Treat Team and Hood River Crag Rats are taking part in the search coordinated by the sheriff’s office.
Mount Hood, the tallest mountain in Oregon, is a popular climbing site that has seen dozens of accidents and fatalities over the years. Thousands climb the 11,239-foot peak each year, mostly in the spring.
June 19, 2013 at 11:29 AM
JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Coast Guard has ended its active search for a Washington man missing from a fishing boat west of Juneau.
KINY-radio reports 25-year-old Alan Young of Chehalis fell Monday night from the Swift into Icy Strait 30 miles west of Juneau during the chum salmon fishery.
The skipper, 47-year-old Tim Lane of Sitka, launched a dinghy and attempted a rescue but also fell into the water.
Alaska state troopers say Lane spent several hours floating with a personal flotation device. A Coast Guard helicopter hoisted Lane to safety from a beach east of Excursion Inlet.
Lt. Sarah Morin says Coast Guard searchers are confident they would have spotted the missing man if he were alive.
The crew of the Pacific Horizon found the Swift and reported it unoccupied.
June 17, 2013 at 8:38 AM
Chelan County detectives are investigating whether missing mushroom hunter Hildegard Hendrickson may have been the victim of “foul play” – not because they think she was, but because no trace of her has been found.
“We’re definitely not ruling that out, but we have nothing that specifically points to it,” Sheriff Brian Burnett said today.
The search for the 79-year-old retired Seattle University educator and well-known mushroom hunter was suspended after six fruitless days that involved more than 60 searchers on foot, eight dog teams, plus searchers on horseback and in a helicopter.
Hendrickson was last seen June 8 by other mushroom hunters at the Minnow Creek Trailhead, about 15 miles northeast of Lake Wenatchee.
Although the search has been suspended, Burnett said the case is still open and detectives are assigned to it. Anyone who may have seen Hendrickson before she disappeared June 8, or who has any information on the case, is asked to call 509-663-9911.
Sheriff Sgt. Kent Sisson, who coordinated the search, said, “We need to step back and look at some other aspects of the case.”
June 13, 2013 at 6:59 PM
Authorities and volunteers are continuing to scour Southwest Washington’s Gifford Pinchot National Forest for 19-year-old Maureen Kelly, although a formal search-and-rescue mission has been temporarily suspended, according to the Skamania County Sheriff’s Office.
The Sheriff’s Office said Tuesday night it had suspended the search pending further investigation.
An employee with the office said Thursday she did not have any details about an investigation. Undersheriff Dave Cox did not respond to a message seeking comment.
Kelly was reported missing after not returning from a hike Sunday evening. Before departing, she apparently told fellow campers she was going on a “spirtual quest.” Then, she left wearing only a fanny pack.
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