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September 24, 2014 at 6:38 AM

Spokane sewage could be tested for marijuana level

SPOKANE (AP) — The author of Washington’s recreational pot law has suggested that Spokane test its sewage for traces of the cannabis chemical THC as a general measure of pot use by residents. American Civil Liberties Union lawyer Alison Holcomb proposed the idea at a Tuesday meeting of the City Council’s marijuana policy subcommittee, More

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September 24, 2014 at 6:09 AM

Wednesday Memo: Port secrecy … Exploding Marshawn? We hope not … Pot in the potty

National Weather Service forecast Is secrecy in government ever a good idea? Secrecy of meetings by Seattle, Tacoma ports questioned Not quite sure what the headline means, so you’ll just have to read the story. What Seahawks learned: Exploding Marshawn Lynch myth and more Measuring pot use by testing sewage … No really. They’re…


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August 10, 2014 at 4:45 PM

Sewage spill closes Bainbridge Island beaches

Officials have closed the beaches at Eagle Harbor on Bainbridge Island to swimming and shellfish harvesting after a sewage spill. KIRO-TV reports that the spill began about 10:30 a.m. Sunday when there was a break in a sewer main on the Eagle Harbor shoreline near the state ferry terminal. The spill was stopped by 1:30 p.m. The…


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April 11, 2014 at 7:27 AM

Friday Memo: Tragic accident on I-5 … romance in the air … excitement in the outfield

National Weather Service forecast Tragic accident on I-5 in California: A FedEx tractor-trailer crossed over a grassy median on Interstate 5 north of Sacramento and slammed into a bus carrying more than 40 high-school students in an explosive crash that left 10 people dead. The students were on their way to visit Humboldt State…


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March 9, 2014 at 11:10 AM

Rains send sewage into Port Angeles Harbor

PORT ANGELES  (AP) — Public health officials in Port Angeles are warning people away from waters of Port Angeles Harbor after heavy rains sent about 6 million gallons of combined rain and raw sewage into the harbor. The Peninsula Daily News reports that last week’s rainfall overwhelmed the stormwater system, forcing untreated sewage and…


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January 24, 2014 at 7:40 PM

Water advisory issued for Bainbridge Island’s Eagle Harbor

Kitsap Public Health District has issued an advisory to avoid human and pet contact with Eagle Harbor waters off Bainbridge Island because of a sewage spill reported Thursday evening. Sewage flow to the beach was stopped around 9:30 p.m. Thursday, according to Bainbridge Island Public Works, but the amount spilled into Eagle Harbor is unknown. The flow…


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September 28, 2012 at 3:04 PM

Treatment plant operator pleads guilty in Mount Rainier sewage dumping case

The Associated Press TACOMA — The man who operated the wastewater treatment plant in Mount Rainier National Park pleaded guilty today to violating the Clean Water Act in August 2011 when he let hundreds of thousands of gallons of sewage run into the Nisqually River.  Plant operator James Barber, 52, pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor charge in U.S….


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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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