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10:54 am
Thu August 18, 2011

Late train from Seattle to Vancouver, B.C., to stay on track

Evening Amtrak service to Vancouver, B.C., will remain on the books.
SP8254 Flickr

The late train from Seattle to Vancouver, British Columbia, will no longer be coming to a stop.

The nightly service was scheduled to end on October 31, when Canadian officials said they expected Amtrak to start paying for the extra border staff it requires. The Canada Border Services Agency wanted $1500 a day to compensate for keeping patrol agents around later into the evening, according to Railway Age Magazine:

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Traffic news
10:37 am
Thu August 18, 2011

Wildfire closes Highway 2 near Leavenworth

LEAVENWORTH, Wash. – About 90 firefighters are working to contain a 100-acre blaze that is burning in steep terrain northeast of Leavenworth and has forced the closure of Highway 2.

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Salmon recovery
10:23 am
Thu August 18, 2011

Condit Dam in southwest Washington coming down

Condit Dam on the White Salmon River.
River Drifters Flickr

VANCOUVER, Wash. – Work is under way to remove the Condit Dam in southwest Washington and restore salmon and steelhead habitat on the White Salmon River.

The 125-foot tall dam was built in 1913 about three miles from the Columbia River.

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NOAA leaves seattle
9:43 am
Thu August 18, 2011

Newport, Ore., prepares to welcome NOAA

Newport has been rolling out the welcome mat for NOAA's new facility.
Chris Lehman Northwest News Network

NEWPORT, Ore. – A fleet of federal research ships is moving from Seattle to the Oregon coast. This weekend, state and local leaders in Newport are celebrating the transition with festivities. The state of Oregon kicked in nearly $20 million to help Newport lure the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Pacific operation center from its long-time home.

From the Yaquina Bay Bridge, a huge bridge over the harbor, you can get a good view of the new NOAA pier. It can hold up to a half-dozen ocean-going ships.

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Business
9:20 am
Thu August 18, 2011

Senator Murray touts new jobs legislation

Senator Patty Murray said in Seattle yesterday that the best way to improve employment in the manufacturing sector is by updating the nations Workforce Investment Act and creating other similar programs.

It seems like everyone is talking about the J word lately. That would be JOBS. The President was on the road in the Midwest talking about them this week.

Now Democratic Senator Patty Murray spent a couple hours at a local Seattle factory talking about how to keep them, how to create them and how to train people for them.

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Record Bin Roulette
4:00 am
Thu August 18, 2011

Chime in as we sing away the recession!

Please, sir, I want some more.
wikimedia

Things are so bad, a picture is now only worth 200 words. People are using the sun to get a tan. Everyone is downsizing — CEOs are even playing miniature golf.

Recession has us in depression, and we are certainly not going to let a good crisis go to waste, hence this week’s episode on songs about hard times ...

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Education
5:10 pm
Wed August 17, 2011

University of Washington tops America's coolest schools

Students Rachel Malinen, Brady Ryan, and Elizabeth Wheat tend to their cabbage crop at the University of Washington. Student activists created the Campus Sustainability Fund, which support projects that increase campus sustainability.
Mary Levin UW

What’s the coolest university in America? According to Sierra Magazine, it’s the University of Washington.

The official publication of the Sierra Club has named the University of Washington the top university in the country for its initiatives to operate sustainably and limit its contributions to global warming.

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Fisheries
3:18 pm
Wed August 17, 2011

Efforts growing to control the smaller fish of the seas

School of Pacific Jack Mackerel at Santa Catalina Island, Calif.
Aleph1 Flickr

WARRENTON, Ore. – Perhaps you've had salmon, tuna or swordfish for dinner recently. Or maybe it's on the menu tonight. Every big fish that lands on your plate got that big by eating lots and lots of little fish.

If you don't have abundant small fish in the ocean, you won't have the big fish. That's why some scientists, fishery managers and advocacy groups are paying more attention to the small prey in the sea.

Some environmental group now also want tighter regulation, and that's making fishermen nervous.

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Environment
3:00 pm
Wed August 17, 2011

Volunteers needed for annual count of bicyclists and pedestrians

Participants in the Cascade Bicycle Club's Chilly Hilly ride, gathering at Seattle's Coleman Dock for the ferry trip to Bainbridge Island. Feb 27, 2011
WSDOT flickr.com

It's become an autumn tradition: the annual survey of bicyclists and pedestrians in Washington. For the fourth year in a row, volunteers are needed to help the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) and Cascade Bicycle Club take a statistical snapshot of the number of people who get around by walking and biking.

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Pacific laboratory
11:40 am
Wed August 17, 2011

Roman artifact helps nuclear storage research

Denis Strachan, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory fellow, traveled to Italy last summer in search of the corroded glass to study how modern-day glass will hold up when storing nuclear waste.
Northwest News Network

Scientists are experimenting with 1,800-year-old glass to better understand how nuclear waste storage will hold up for millennia to come.

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Seattle History
11:05 am
Wed August 17, 2011

Amazon founder Bezos gives Seattle museum $10 million

An artist's depiction of the armory's interior after renovations are made to house the Museum of History and Industry.
Courtesy of Museum of History and Industry

A Seattle history museum says Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos has given the institution a $10 million gift.

It's the largest donation in the 59-year history of the Museum of History and Industry. The money will be used to establish a "Center for Innovation" at the new home of the museum, which is set to open in fall 2012.

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Economy
10:43 am
Wed August 17, 2011

Wash. jobless rate notches back up to 9.3 percent

Washington's jobless rate is turning back up, reaching 9.3 percent in July after falling to as low as 9.1 percent earlier this year.

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Food
9:36 am
Wed August 17, 2011

New policy could mean more outdoor cafes in Seattle

Seattle outdoor cafe with more to come.
Steven List Flickr

If it's not raining, it's nice to sit outside, sipping a drink or tucking into a meal. Outdoor cafes are great for this and now it looks like more of them are coming our way.

The Washington State Liquor Control Board this week has adopted an interim policy allowing Seattle restaurants to establish sidewalk cafes in more locations.

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Culture
7:25 am
Wed August 17, 2011

'65 on 65' – Baby boomers reflect on aging

Though she has since learned to use an iPad, Kaycee Krysty says she wrote her "65 on 65" essay the old fashioned way, with pen and paper.
Bellamy Pailthorp KPLU

The first of the nation’s 75 million baby boomers are turning 65 this year. That’s a milestone that incites a lot of fear. But at least one woman thinks it doesn’t have to be that way. 

Kaycee Krysty, the former CEO and now "president emerita" of the Seattle wealth management firm, Laird Norton Tyee, believes baby boomers are redefining an age once known as the end of work and productivity. She is challenging her generation to write 65 words on turning 65.  (If you'd like to join her, click here.)

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Elections
7:01 am
Wed August 17, 2011

Voters green light Seattle's waterfront tunnel

SR 99 bored tunnel south portal design concept based on Seattle Tunnel Partner's design-build proposal for the tunnel.
WSDOT

The results are in for the primary election and the majority of Seattle voters have given the go-ahead to a tunnel that would replace the Alaskan Way Viaduct along the city's waterfront. Nearly 60% of the voters said yes – bringing over a decade of debate to a close.

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