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October 29, 2014 at 1:46 PM

Mercer Island water continues to test clean for E. coli

The city of Mercer Island says 400 waters samples tested since Oct. 2 have all been found to be free of E. coli the prompted back-to-back boil water advisories. The Seattle suburb also said Wednesday that one resident who became sick during the incident was tested and found to have a serious strain of the bacteria…


Comments | More in Environment, General news | Topics: E. coli, Mercer Island, water

October 6, 2014 at 8:26 AM

Mercer Island remains on a boil-water alert Monday

UPDATE, 12:20 p.m.| Water samples taken Sunday have tested clean, according to a Mercer Island news release. This is the fourth day in a row that water samples have tested negative for E. coli contamination, but detective work on Mercer Island’s water pipes continue. Seattle Public Utilities, which sends Mercer Island its water from the Cedar…


Comments | More in General news, Health | Topics: E. coli, Mercer Island, water

October 4, 2014 at 9:49 AM

Mercer Island to residents: keep boiling water

Mercer Island’s boil-water advisory remains in effect Saturday, and it is still unclear when it will be lifted. Test results from 18 water samples collected Friday, including seven from residential properties, revealed no presence of E. coli or other bacteria. Thursday’s samples were also clear. Another 18 samples were collected Saturday, to be analyzed overnight. The results…


Comments | Topics: E. coli, Mercer Island, water

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…


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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

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