The Associated Press MOUNT BAKER — The Washington Transportation Department has closed its first section of a highway for the winter. With snow on the ground and more forecast, crews closed the gate Thursday on Highway 542 from the Mount Baker Ski area to Artist Point. The three-mile road to Artist Point is typically the first to close…More
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Gunfire overnight in Seattle’s Mount Baker neighborhood left multiple cars damaged, but no reported injuries. Police started receiving calls of shots fired at 10:30 p.m. Friday night in the 2100 block of 26th Avenue South. When they arrived, they found two abandoned cars with bullet holes — one crashed into a fence and the other in…More
Seattle police are investigating two non-fatal shootings, only minutes apart, overnight. At 11:26 p.m. police were called to the 7500 block of 24th Avenue Southwest, in West Seattle, for a report of gunfire. The 911 caller told dispatchers they had heard possibly five gunshots followed by with screams, according to a police report. When officers arrived they found a…More
The woman who died in a fire in Seattle’s Mount Baker neighborhood Sunday morning has been identified as Adrienne Wind, 29, according to the King County Medical Examiner’s Office. The fire started shortly before 1 a.m. at a house in the 3700 block of Cascadia Avenue South, Seattle Fire Department spokes Kyle Moore said Sunday….More
The Seattle City Council voted 8-1 today in favor of a plan designed to increase urban density in the 10-block area surrounding the Mount Baker light-rail station. Councilmembers said the rezone will work in conjunction with the larger-scale neighborhood plan to make walking and biking safer, while creating space for new jobs and housing. The legislation also will…More
The Associated Press BELLINGHAM — The Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office says a climber who suffered a severe head injury in a fall Thursday on Twin Sisters Mountain was dead when ground rescuers arrived. The Sheriff’s Office says weather prevented a helicopter from reaching the scene Thursday, and officials were still trying Friday to arrange for a helicopter…More
By Kimberly Cauvel / The Skagit Valley Herald The state Recreation and Conservation Office has awarded more than $130,000 in grants to help maintain backcountry and snow-park trails in Skagit and Whatcom counties over the next two years. The state Parks and Recreation Commission will receive $109,000 to plow six Sno-Parks and maintain 166 miles of snowmobile…More
The blast that knocked a building six inches off its foundation today in the Mount Baker neighborhood is one of several recent explosions or fires suspected to be caused by the manufacture of a marijuana-based product.
Seattle police and firefighters are on scene of the blast, which occurred inside a vacant apartment at 2802 S. McClellan St. No one was hurt and the building has been evacuated.
Seattle Fire Department spokesman Kyle Moore blamed the blast on the process used to create hash oil.
The most popular way of making hash oil — a high-potency extract of marijuana — now involves the use of flammable solvents, particularly butane, which can be purchased in hardware stores.
A substance, believed to be butane, was being stored in containers in a freezer in the building. The butane apparently leaked from the freezer into the refrigerator below and into the appliance’s electrical system. When the refrigerator kicked on today an explosion occurred, Moore said.More
A Mount Baker Highway closure is likely to continue into the weekend because heavy snow has snapped more than 100 trees onto the roadway, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation. The road is closed east of Maple Falls, about 10 miles west of the Mount Baker Ski Area, which is also closed. Crews tried…More
Highways in the Mount Baker area and near Hood Canal have been closed after heavy snow caused scores of trees to fall across the roadway in the past 24 hours. The Washington State Department of Transportation has closed the Mount Baker Highway (state Route 542) east of Maple Falls until at least Friday, excluding everyone except emergency personnel…More