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Hiking death
9:54 am
Tue September 13, 2011

Man falls off Mount Rainier cliff as son watches

A 59-year-old man was taking pictures with his son on a cliff above waterfalls in Mount Rainier when he fell and died.

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Tacoma teacher strike
9:46 am
Tue September 13, 2011

Strike day one: Tacoma teachers begin picketing

(Twitter feed at bottom of story.)

TACOMA, Wash. — Teachers in Washington state's third-largest school district have begun picketing, hours after they overwhelmingly voted to walk away from the classroom.

The strike keeps 28,000 students at home.

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Earthquakes
2:16 pm
Fri September 9, 2011

6.4 quake reported off Vancouver Island, no damage

Wickaninnish Beach, Tofino, BC 5/22/2010
"somecanuckchick" flickr.com

A 6.4 magnitude earthquake occurred about 73 miles off the coast of Vancouver Island at 12:41 this afternoon. There are no reports of damage or injuries. A Royal Canadian Mounted Police dispatcher in Tofino, British Columbia, said most people there barely felt the quake. 

Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) says it has inspected area bridges and all appear undamaged.

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Washington wildfires
1:44 pm
Fri September 9, 2011

Wildfire spreading near Satus Pass in Washington

A transportation worker stops traffic on U.S. Highway 97 north of Goldendale, Wash. on Thursday.
Associated Press

GOLDENDALE, Wash. — More firefighters are being dispatched to the wildfire that has burned nine homes near Satus Pass in south central Washington.

Department of Natural Resources spokesman Chuck Turley says the number of firefighters will double by Saturday to 600 as the state mobilizes resources.

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Labor dispute
5:05 pm
Thu September 8, 2011

Update: Judge orders Longshoremen to stand down

A Cowlitz County Sheriff grabs a union worker by the throat as police move in on several hundred union workers blocking a grain train in Longview, Wash., on Wednesday. Longshoremen blocked the train as part of an escalating dispute.
Associated Press

LONGVIEW, Wash. — A federal judge is ordering union protesters to halt illegal activity as they battle for the right to work at a new grain terminal in Washington state. The judge issued a preliminary injunction to restrict union activity, saying today there is no defense for recent aggressive tactics.

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Washington wildfires
3:45 pm
Thu September 8, 2011

9 homes, 10 buildings burn in Washing wildfire

Three sisters from Saint Johns Monastery, about 10 miles east of Goldendale, Wash., race across Highway 97 on Wednesday. The nuns were running garden hoses across the highway to fight the fire and using rags to beat the flames down near the monastery.
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GOLDENDALE, Wash. — State officials say nine homes and 10 outbuildings have burnt in a wildfire near Status Pass in south central Washington.

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Washington wildfires
8:59 am
Thu September 8, 2011

100 homes evacuated near Satus Pass wildfire

GOLDENDALE, Wash. — Firefighters say one unoccupied structure has burned and at least 100 homes have been evacuated because of a wildfire burning near Satus Pass in south central Washington.

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Labor dispute
5:05 pm
Wed September 7, 2011

Union protesters hold off police in Longview dispute

A crowd of union workers and supporters gather at a crossing in Vancouver, Wash., on Wednesday. Hundreds of Longshoremen were at the crossing as part of an escalating dispute about labor at the EGT grain terminal at the Port of Longview, Wash.
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LONGVIEW, Wash. — Hundreds of union protesters blocking a grain shipment in southwest Washington state rushed police officers who tried to make arrests and forced them to retreat.

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Washington wildfires
4:07 pm
Wed September 7, 2011

Wildfire closes US Highway 97, forces evacuations in Wash.

YAKIMA, Wash. — A wildfire has closed U.S. Highway 97 between Goldendale and Toppenish and is threatening about 30 homes.

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Food
2:15 pm
Wed September 7, 2011

Some raw Washington oysters may make you sick

Warning: Some raw oysters will make you sick, says the Washington state Health Department .
Swamibu Flickr

OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Washington state Health Department has closed some beaches to oyster harvesting at Samish Bay and the Hood Canal near Hoodsport because several people who ate raw oysters were sickened by a bacterial disease called vibriosis.

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9/11 Anniversary
1:53 pm
Wed September 7, 2011

Heightened security at JBLM, Fairchild for 9-11

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. — Visitors to Joint Base Lewis-McChord now have to be sponsored by a Defense Department identification card holder to enter the base near Tacoma.

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Law
9:01 am
Wed September 7, 2011

Cowlitz Humane Society overrun with 'illegally large' snakes

One snake too many.
Courtesy of Cowlitz County Humane Society

LONGVIEW, Wash. — The Cowlitz County Humane Society seized two big boa constrictors on Monday and seven more large boas and pythons on Tuesday from homes in Longview.

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Washington wildfires
8:43 am
Wed September 7, 2011

High wildfire danger in Cascades, Olympics

As in Washington, fire conditions in Oregon are high. In this photo the Dollar Lake fire smolders Tuesday near Laurance Lake, on Mount Hood, Ore. Firefighters labored to build containment lines before windy conditions return early this morning.
Associated Press

SEATTLE — The National Weather Service is warning of high wildfire danger over most of Washington's Cascades and Olympics.

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Business
1:05 pm
Tue September 6, 2011

Everett to host pre-Olympics gymnastics event

EVERETT, Wash. — The Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championships are expected to draw more than 300 gymnasts from 14 nations for the three-day event next March at the Comcast Arena in Everett.

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Washington wildfires
10:53 am
Tue September 6, 2011

Crews contain Port Townsend fire as temps rise

PORT TOWNSEND, Wash. — Fire crews have contained a wildfire that burned about 30 acres near Port Townsend.

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