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Saving the Kalakala
11:04 am
Mon January 23, 2012

Historic ferry Kalakala listing at Port of Tacoma

The historic Kalakala in better days - relatively speaking.

TACOMA, Wash. — Recent storms have apparently been hard on the historic ferry Kalakala. It's listing at its mooring at the Port of Tacoma.

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Winter Storm
1:15 pm
Fri January 20, 2012

Storm knocks out power in Washington capital campus

A thick coat of ice is seen on tree branches Friday morning.
The Associated Press

OLYMPIA, Wash. — The massive snow and freezing rain storm that pummeled the Pacific Northwest has caused a power outage at Gov. Chris Gregoire's office, legislative buildings and other state agencies in Olympia.

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Winter Storm
1:01 pm
Fri January 20, 2012

Seattle asks residents to clear storm drains

As snow and ice melt on Seattle streets, the city is asking residents to clear storm drains of slush and debris to help prevent urban flooding.

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Winter Storm
10:45 am
Fri January 20, 2012

250,000+ out of power; transportation disrupted; but storm is over ... for now

More than 250,000 people are without power and all modes of transportation are still a mess, but “this snow/sleet/freezing rain event is basically done,” reports KPLU weather expert Cliff Mass.

However, Mass said on his weather blog, “Now I hate to bring this up ... but the forecast models for the next week indicate some intense weather in store for us. Heavy rains, strong windstorms.”

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Winter Storm
8:33 am
Fri January 20, 2012

I-5 near Centralia reopened

CENTRALIA, Wash. — The Washington Department of Transportation had closed both directions of Interstate 5 for about 8 miles north of Centralia because of power lines on the roadway.

The roadway has been cleared.

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Winter Storm
4:32 pm
Thu January 19, 2012

Snowmageddon after all: Seattle says go home; state of emergency; 200,000+ without power

Associated Press

Gov. Chris Gregoire has declared a state of emergency for an ice storm that landed on top of heavy snow in western Washington, causing treacherous travel, power outages and threats that buildings could collapse. So far, the storm has left more than 200,000 people without power.

Seattle city officials are asking residents to get home before dark, if possible, because they fear even worse icing conditions by night fall.

Ice closed Sea-Tac Airport in the early morning before one runway was reopened. The State Patrol said it had responded to about 2,300 accidents in a 24-hour period ending at 9 a.m. Thursday, roughly quadruple the average number.

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Other News
2:38 pm
Thu January 19, 2012

Amtrak suspends Seattle-Portland run

PORTLAND, Ore. — Amtrak says it's suspending service between Portland and Seattle because of bad weather.

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Museum of Flight
5:07 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

NASA to turn over keys to Seattle's shuttle trainer Thursday

Retired astronaut Bonnie Dunbar, left, and Museum of Flight board chairman Kevin Callaghan unveil in Seattle a rendering of a full-fuselage shuttle trainer that the museum will receive.
The Associated Press

NASA plans to officially turn over the keys to a full-size Space Shuttle trainer to Seattle's Museum of Flight on Thursday morning.

The ownership transfer ceremony will be held in Houston at the Johnson Space Center.

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Winter Storm
1:34 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

Snow cracks ceiling at PLU swimming pool building

PARKLAND, Wash. — The weight of Wednesday's snow on the roof apparently caused cracks to appear in the ceiling of the building that houses the swimming pool at Pacific Lutheran University in Parkland.

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Winter Storm
1:21 pm
Wed January 18, 2012

Baby born in stuck elevator at Tacoma hospital

TACOMA, Wash. — A baby was born on an elevator stuck between floors Wednesday at St. Joseph Medical Center in Tacoma.

Blake Thacker entered the world early at 7 pounds, 15 ounces, just short of the 14th floor.

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Mount Rainier
11:20 am
Wed January 18, 2012

4 people still overdue on Mount Rainier

The two parties missing on Mount Rainier are believed to be well-equipped with tents, sleeping bags and other gear needed to survive.
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ASHFORD, Wash. — Heavy snow has prevented Mount Rainier National Park rangers from searching for two climbers and two campers overdue from winter outings.

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Winter Storm
8:41 am
Wed January 18, 2012

State emergency officials activate operations

The state Emergency Management Division activated its operations center at Camp Murray on Wednesday to help deal with the snowstorm.

Spokesman Mark Clemens says cities and counties are handling the situation on their own, and there's been no request for state aid as of 8 a.m.

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Winter Storm
7:23 am
Wed January 18, 2012

Thousands in Oregon without power as snow turns to rain

An Oregon Department of Transportation employee checks on a crash victim in Beaverton, Ore., on Tuesday.
Associated Press

PORTLAND, Ore. — Western Oregon woke up to rain and slush instead of significant snow accumulations on Wednesday, but a storm that moved in overnight left thousands without power.

The winter weather brought 2 to 4 inches of snow to the region overnight, but temperatures warmed and it changed to rain, leaving a slushy mix on roads and trees.

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520 tolling
12:59 pm
Tue January 17, 2012

Update: 520 toll system fixed after electrical problem

An electrical glitch caused the new toll system on the Highway 520 bridge to malfunction Tuesday morning, meaning drivers crossed the span for hours without being charged.

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Washington State Legislature
8:55 am
Tue January 17, 2012

Olympia hearing Wednesday on medical marijuana

Some Washington lawmakers are trying to pass a new medical marijuana law that would legalize nonprofit dispensaries.

Supporters hope it will clear up the uncertainty that followed Gov. Chris Gregoire's partial veto last year of a medical marijuana law.

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