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Fishing Season
11:33 am
Fri April 6, 2012

Pacific fishermen prepare for big salmon season

SAN FRANCISCO — Federal regulators will allow plenty of opportunity for fishermen to troll for Pacific Coast salmon as biologists forecast a dramatic rebound in populations of the prized fish.

The Pacific Fishery Management Council on Thursday approved salmon seasons that provide ample fishing time for commercial and recreational anglers in California, Oregon and Washington.

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Salmon run
8:20 am
Fri April 6, 2012

2 salmon-eating sea lions killed at Bonneville Dam

2008 file photo shows several seal lions sitting in two traps on the Columbia River near the Bonneville Dam shortly before the doors are closed.
The Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. — A Washington state wildlife spokesman says two salmon-eating California sea lions have been captured this week at Bonneville Dam and killed by lethal injection.

The Oregonian reports the deaths are the first this year after a federal judge ruled last month the program could proceed.

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High Court
8:09 am
Fri April 6, 2012

Washington Supreme Court limits police searches

OLYMPIA, Wash. — A Washington Supreme Court ruling says police in the state need a warrant to search a car for evidence after someone has been taken into custody.

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traffic woes
4:12 pm
Thu April 5, 2012

Crash snarls I-5 traffic for miles

A multiple-vehicle collision involving a semi has closed all four southbound lanes of Interstate 5 in downtown Seattle, causing an eight-mile backup.

The accident was reported at 2:14 p.m. on Thursday.

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Global Health
10:36 am
Thu April 5, 2012

'Three Cups' author Mortenson mismanaged group

HELENA, Mont. — An investigative report has concluded that "Three Cups of Tea" author Greg Mortenson mismanaged the charity he co-founded to build schools in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

The Montana Attorney General's office report released Thursday found Mortenson spent Central Asia Institute money on personal items, family vacations and charter flights.

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Odd news
8:22 am
Thu April 5, 2012

Dog eats tickets to Masters tournament; tickets recovered

Arnold Palmer will be there, too.
The Associated Press

Russ Berkman's dream came true when he won a lottery for four passes to Wednesday's practice round at the Masters golf tournament. But the Seattle-area resident's stomach turned when he found his dog, Sierra, had eaten them.

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Education
7:18 am
Thu April 5, 2012

Seattle schools to make up 3 snow days

SEATTLE — The Seattle School Board has told the district that classroom instruction is important — and it needs to make up all three days lost to a snowstorm in January.

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School shooting
1:08 pm
Wed April 4, 2012

Boy in Bremerton school shooting: 'I'm sorry'

A 9-year-old boy who accidentally shot and seriously wounded a classmate in a Bremerton elementary school has written a letter apologizing to the little girl.

The letter written on ruled schoolbook paper says: "I'm sorry I hurt you because I brought a gun to school.... I wish everyone was okay."

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Washington State Legislature
11:59 am
Wed April 4, 2012

GOP staffer wants $1.75 million because of Sen. Pam Roach

Sen. Pam Roach, R-Auburn, was banned from the Republican caucus two years ago after an investigation determined that she had mistreated staff.
The Associated Press

OLYMPIA, Wash. — A Senate Republican senior attorney is seeking to settle with the state for $1.75 million, arguing Senate Republicans have created a hostile work environment by allowing Sen. Pam Roach back into the caucus in exchange for a vital vote on their budget plan last month.

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winter Weather
11:55 am
Wed April 4, 2012

Washington snowpack 137 percent of average

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.

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Cityscape
9:58 am
Wed April 4, 2012

Ferris wheel to spin on Seattle waterfront

Construction began Tuesday on a Ferris wheel that will sit on the end of a pier on the Seattle waterfront.

It will stand 175 high and have 42 gondolas, which will have heating and air conditioning. The wheel will extend 40 feet from the end of Pier 57, so riders on that side will be suspended over Elliott Bay.

Developer Hal Griffith told KING-TV the Ferris wheel should be spinning this June.

What's in a name?
9:52 am
Wed April 4, 2012

Lake Smokiam? Name change proposal stirs Soap Lake residents

Should the name of this place be Lake Smokiam?
Erik Shin Flickr

SOAP LAKE, Wash. — A proposal to change the name of Soap Lake to Lake Smokiam is drawing opposition from many residents of the city of Soap Lake.

Comments to the state Committee on Geographic Names say it would take away their identity and cause confusion.

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State taxation
8:58 am
Tue April 3, 2012

Eyman aims to renew Washington anti-tax initiative 

EVERETT, Wash. — Initiative activist Tim Eyman of Mukilteo has started collecting signatures on a measure limiting the tax power of Washington state lawmakers.

If passed, I-1185 would require a two-thirds majority in the Legislature or a vote of the people to create or raise taxes. Sound familiar?

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Election 2012, Governor’s race
4:10 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

Inslee's seat to be filled; McKenna sides with GOP in budget talks

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Gov. Chris Gregoire is calling a special election to fill former U.S. Rep. Jay Inslee's seat for just one month.

Meanwhile, Republican gubernatorial candidate Rob McKenna is calling on lawmakers to pass several reform bills as part of their negotiated budget deal, and he strongly criticized House Speaker Frank Chopp, saying he is blocking a vote on those bills.

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Weather
9:46 am
Mon April 2, 2012

Windy day for parts of Western Washington

The National Weather Service forecasts high winds Monday night for the Washington coast and northwest interior.

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