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September 12, 2013 at 11:28 AM
The Associated Press
The Washington Transportation Department says the North Cascades Highway is reopening at noon Thursday, after the second closure this summer due to mud and rock slides.
Spokesman Jeff Adamson in Wenatchee says the way was cleared Thursday morning when the last big boulder on the roadway was pulverized by a dynamite blast. The boulder was about 10 feet by 25 feet by 35 feet in size.
The section of Highway 20 was closed early last Friday morning by slides set off by heavy thunderstorms. Similar storms and slides closed the highway from Aug. 10 to Aug. 19 mostly in the area around Rainy Pass.
The North Cascades Highway also is closed each year by winter snow and opened April.
February 29, 2012 at 8:46 AM
A Lower Queen Anne food bank that closed in November because it lacked funding has reopened.
Staff at the Sacred Heart of Jesus, a Catholic Church a few feet from Seattle Center, held a re-opening ceremony at 8:30 this morning. The food bank quietly reopened last week, said Elise Hale-Case, who runs the food bank.
For decades, people in need found a hot breakfast, a sack lunch and groceries at Sacred Heart of Jesus, a Catholic Church near Seattle Center. The program closed on Nov. 18 because it lacked the $2,500 per month it needed to pay for its single full-time employee.
Case, the full-time employee who had been running the program, said that hundreds of donations had been received since a story ran in The Seattle Times last year about the program closing.
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