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October 26, 2014 at 6:45 AM

Power outages cause overflows at 4 King County pump stations

The strong windstorm overnight knocked out power and led to overflows at four of King County’s pump stations, sending wastewater into Puget Sound and Lake Washington, according to the county’s Wastewater Treatment Division. An overflow at the Murray Pump Station, 7015 Beach Drive S.W. in West Seattle, began at 9:40 p.m. Saturday and lasted about…


Comments | More in Weather Beat | Topics: King County Wastewater Treatment Division, Lake Washington, Puget Sound

August 12, 2014 at 11:37 AM

Local Shark Week: 25-foot rare shark seen in Puget Sound

Grace Coale, 19, wasn’t scared when she saw a 3-foot shark fin headed toward her fishing boat. She didn’t even scream. “I was really excited,” said Coale, who was fishing with her father near Meadowdale Wharf. She was so excited she leaned in closer to get a better look: The Edmonds native had spotted a 25-foot-long basking…


Comments | More in General news | Topics: basking shark, NOAA, Puget Sound

July 12, 2014 at 4:15 PM

Helicopter crash-lands in Puget Sound off Kingston

Update 6:55 p.m. The Kitsap County Sheriff’s Office has offered more details about Saturday’s helicopter crash near Kingston. There were three people, the male pilot and two women, aboard the helicopter that crashed into the Puget Sound. The pilot, a 79-year-old man from Kirkland, and a woman whose age and city of residence weren’t released were treated by medics on scene. The…


Comments | More in General news, The Blotter | Topics: accident, Coast Guard, helicopter

April 15, 2014 at 9:45 AM

Researcher aims to unlock secrets of harbor porpoises

By Kimberly Cauvel / Skagit Valley Herald ANACORTES — Small, dolphin-like creatures frequent the marine waters here, but they are so shy compared to their extroverted, tropical cousins that little is known about them. A marine biologist who spent 10 years swimming with energetic bottlenose and spotted dolphins in the Bahamas moved to the Pacific Northwest on…


Comments | More in General news | Topics: porpoises, Puget Sound

November 1, 2013 at 11:07 AM

Windy Saturday forecast for Puget Sound, snow at Snoqualmie, Stevens passes

The Associated Press Forecasters say a storm will blow into the state Saturday with strong winds on the coast and Puget Sound region and snow in the mountains down to the highway passes. The National Weather Service says a passing cold front could bring 50 mph wind gusts on the north coast, Strait of Juan de Fuca…


Comments | More in Environment, General news, Weather Beat | Topics: Puget Sound, snow at passes, windy

June 19, 2013 at 11:02 AM

Gray whale makes its way out of shallow Burley Lagoon

A gray whale that generated concern of onlookers on shore has successfully made its way out of the shallow waters of Burley Lagoon, near Purdy. Although a whale expert says the animal was probably never trapped in the lagoon, as some observers feared, the juvenile whale, perhaps about 25 feet long, does appear to be…


Comments | More in Environment, General news | Topics: Burley Lagoon, Pierce County, Puget Sound

November 26, 2012 at 10:54 AM

Feds to review whether Puget Sound orcas keep endangered status

The Associated Press  The federal government is reviewing whether Puget Sound orcas should keep its endangered status. NOAA Fisheries said Monday the review was prompted by a petition from the California-based Pacific Legal Foundation seeking to delist the killer whales. The petition asserts that orcas aren’t in danger of becoming extinct because they’re part of a larger…


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July 31, 2012 at 6:44 PM

Several Washington beaches closed to shellfish harvesting

Recreational beaches in a large area of Western Washington have been closed to shellfish harvesting because of dangerous levels of Paralytic Shellfish Poison (PSP), the Washington State Department of Health announced on Tuesday. The area affected by the sometimes-fatal poison includes beaches in parts of King, Snohomish, Pierce, Kitsap, Island and Jefferson counties, the department…


Comments | Topics: paralytic shellfish poisoning, Puget Sound

February 13, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Young orca from Puget Sound pod found dead

Associated Press LONG BEACH, Pacific County – Biologists say a dead killer whale that washed up near Long Beach over the weekend was a juvenile endangered Puget Sound orca. The National Marine Fisheries Service and Center for Whale Research identified the whale as L112, a female orca born in 2009. She was part of the L pod,…


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