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September 3, 2014 at 7:45 PM

Oregon forestry board moves to protect cool water

The Associated Press SALEM, Ore. — The Oregon Board of Forestry has voted unanimously to keep moving forward on developing rules to making sure logging sites leave enough trees standing along salmon streams to keep the water shaded and cool. The vote Wednesday in Salem directs the Department of Forestry to finish developing various alternatives – including…


Comments | More in Environment | Topics: fish, Oregon, salmon

May 24, 2014 at 2:09 PM

Portland lifts boil order for water

The Associated Press PORTLAND — On Saturday, the city lifted a 24-hour boil-water order, the largest in the city’s history. The news was welcomed by an array of coffee shops, restaurants and bars that had to close or serve limited menus on Friday evening and Saturday morning. Tests discovered the presence of the E. coli bacterium in…


Comments | More in General news | Topics: boil order, Portland, water

May 23, 2014 at 11:28 AM

E. coli detected; Portlanders told to boil water

UPDATE, 12:23 p.m.:  Oregon Health Authority officials say the contamination in the water was either human or animal fecal matter, according to If you’re headed to Portland for the holiday weekend, The Oregonian is following the story. UPDATE, 11:56 a.m.: The boil notice applies to 670,000 customers, according to officials. Portland supplies drinking…


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May 15, 2014 at 4:44 PM

Man taken to hospital after car lands upside down and underwater in Auburn

The driver of a car that flipped over and landed upside down in a water-filled ditch off of West Valley Highway on Thursday had been driving recklessly just prior to the accident, according to the Auburn Police Department. Police spokesman Cmd. Mike Hirman said an officer had been driving north on the West Valley Highway when…


Comments | More in The Blotter, Traffic & Transit | Topics: Auburn, collision, Highway 18

March 23, 2014 at 12:11 AM

WSDOT: Water surge could weaken bridge supports

UPDATE, Sunday, 9 a.m. | WSDOT officials say they’ll have “hours” to close bridges (I-5, SR9, SR530) if the debris dam breaks. ORIGINAL POST | Besides the threat of a surge of debris damaging bridges, state transportation officials are preparing for the chances that bridge supports could be scoured and weakened by heavy water flow. One of…


Comments | More in Environment, General news, The Blotter | Topics: bridge, Oso mudslide, surge

September 14, 2012 at 5:50 PM

Crowd helps save man after his car plunges into Lake Washington

A crowd saved a 19-year-old man from drowning after his car plunged into Lake Washington Friday afternoon, according to witnesses. While driving south on Lake Washington Boulevard South near Genesee Park at about 5 p.m., the driver apparently over-corrected his steering and drove over an embankment at about 30-40 mph, according to cyclist…


Comments | Topics: car, rescue, Seattle fire

June 12, 2012 at 11:07 AM

Rachel Beckwith honored for inspiring $1.26M in charity

Rachel Beckwith, the 9-year-old Bellevue girl who sought to raise $300 to provide clean water to those in need, but whose untimely death moved readers to contribute more than $1.26 million, has been named the sole recipient of Rainworks Omnimedia’s Rainmaker of the Year 2012. “As we look back at the world of…


Comments | More in General news | Topics: campaign, charity:water, Rachel Beckwith

April 4, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Washington snowpack 137 percent of average

The Associated Press Plenty of snow in the mountains means it should be a good year for the water supply in Washington. The Natural Resources Conservation Service says the mountain snowpack as of April 1 — when it typically peaks — is 137 percent of average. Water supply specialist Scott Pattee compiles the report at his office in…


Comments | More in Environment, General news | Topics: march, snowpack, storms

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