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August 15, 2014 at 12:10 PM

Drones a threat to firefighters, wildfire managers say

The Associated Press BOISE, Idaho  — Wildfire managers say unmanned drones flying over wildfires could lead to firefighter injuries and force retardant bombers to be called off. The National Interagency Fire Center in Boise says so far this year, at least three drones have flown within or near restricted airspace intended for wildfire fighting aircraft. The center on…


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July 11, 2014 at 6:55 AM

Washington’s blueberry crop growing to 45,000 tons

The Associated Press Washington blueberry growers expect to harvest 90 million pounds — 45,000 tons — of blueberries this summer. The Washington Blueberry Commission says that’s 10 million pounds more than last year and ranks the state fourth in the nation in blueberry production behind Michigan, Oregon and Georgia. The commission says production is up because of Asian…


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March 10, 2014 at 5:38 AM

Drier forecast and a taste of spring by mid-week

The Associated Press The National Weather Service says the steady rains should turn to showers Monday and the state should dry out with a mostly clear period from Tuesday through Thursday. It could feel like spring mid-week when temperatures reach the 50s and 60s under sunny skies across the state. Until then, flood warnings for the Snohomish, Snoqualmie,…


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August 23, 2013 at 10:56 AM

4 universities in state make national best-deal list

Four Washington public universities have made Washington Monthly magazine’s list of 100 “Best Bang for the Buck” schools in the nation. The University of Washington’s Seattle campus is 19th on the list. Western Washington University is 54th, Central Washington University 70th and Washington State University 91st. When the list is narrowed down to just national universities,…


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February 3, 2013 at 10:42 AM

Fire destroys Vancouver school

The Associated Press and The Columbian VANCOUVER, Wash. — An early Sunday morning fire destroyed Crestline Elementary School in east Vancouver. The fire at the brick school, 13003 S.E. Seventh St., was reported at 3:17 a.m. Evergreen Public Schools spokesman Carol Fenstermacher said officials don’t know what started the fire. As of 9 a.m. the fire was…


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October 22, 2012 at 8:34 AM

AAA: Average price of gasoline in Washington $3.99

The Associated Press The AAA auto club reports the average price of a gallon of gasoline in Washington is $3.99. That’s an 11-cent drop in a week and it’s four cents lower than a month ago. It’s 32 cents higher than the national average. Some metro prices from Monday’s AAA survey: Bellingham $4.08, Bremerton $3.97, Seattle-Bellevue-Everett $4.02, Tacoma $3.94,…


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May 4, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Seattle-based landscape architecture firm chosen to redesign Washington, D.C.’s Union Square

A Seattle-based landscape architecture firm has been selected to redesign Washington, D.C.’s Union Square, adjacent to the U.S. Capitol. The firm, Gustafson Guthrie Nichol (GGN) along with New York-based architects Davis Brody Bond (DBB) was chosen from six finalists to revamp a 17-acre area that has been a neglected portion of the National Mall, the…


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November 2, 2011 at 10:19 AM

Dancing with the Stars: Hope Solo in top five

Hope Solo has advanced to the top 5on the ABC reality-TV competition “Dancing With the Stars.” The former UW Husky and World Cup soccer goalkeeper now faces TV personality Nancy Grace, actress and talk-show host Ricki Lake, celebrity sibling Rob Kardashian and former soldier J.R. Martinez in pursuit of the show’s “mirror ball trophy.” Solo and her…


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