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8:07 am
Mon January 24, 2011

"Off limits" skiers could be fined

Every winter we hear about skiers and snow boarders at nearby ski resorts who end up in dangerous situations after wandering into areas marked “off limits."  That often triggers expensive search and rescue operations.

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News Roundup
7:58 am
Mon January 24, 2011

Monday morning's headlines

The east tunnel portal of the Brightwater treatment plant, under construction north of Woodinville. A 13-mile tunnel from the plant to Puget Sound is on its way to completion.
KCWTD Flickr

Making headlines this morning:

  • Investigation Begins into Port Orchard Shootings
  • King County's 'Brightwater' Grinds Toward Completion
  • All Aboard: Amtrak Ridership Gains in Northwest
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Kitsap County
6:58 am
Mon January 24, 2011

Shooting outside Port Orchard Walmart leaves two dead, two deputies injured

Updated Monday, Jan. 24th, 7:01 a.m.

A man and a young woman were killed in a shooting incident outside a Walmart store in Port Orchard Sunday afternoon. Two Kitsap County Sheriff deputies were injured, and are reported in satisfactory condition late Sunday evening, according to the Kitsap Sun.

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News Roundup
6:02 am
Fri January 21, 2011

Friday morning's headlines

A view of Olympiad Drive in Southworth on the Kitsap Peninsula during a January "king tide" from the state Dept. of Ecology's Flickr photo page.
Courtesy Ray Garrido WSDoE

Making headlines this morning:

  • Inquest of Woodcarver's Shooting Raises More Questions
  • Everett to WSU: Shall We Dance?
  • Here Come the High Tides
  • Huskies Zap Arizona for Pac 10 Lead

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John T. Williams shooting
4:15 pm
Thu January 20, 2011

Inquest jury split over questions about Seattle police shooting

Four of eight jurors in a coroner's inquest say woodcarver John T. Williams didn't have enough time to put down his knife before he was shot and killed by Seattle police Officer Ian Birk.

Only one juror found Williams had time to put down the knife. The other three answered "unknown." Thursday's conclusions are only findings of fact by the jury, which did not have to be unanimous. 

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Elections
11:06 am
Thu January 20, 2011

Washington could become all vote-by-mail state

A voter drops an absentee ballot into a collection box
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

Washington would become an all vote-by-mail state under a bill being considered by a State Senate committee.

Pierce County is the last in the state that still allows polling places and some of the county’s voters want to keep it that way.

Lakewood resident Erika Cranmer testified that she has not missed an election since she became an American citizen in 1951. The German native told lawmakers she does not trust vote-by-mail:

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highways
8:23 am
Thu January 20, 2011

Seattle area traffic tied for 10th worst in U.S.

Traffic on Highway 520 in Seattle's Montlake area
Oran Viriyincy Flickr

Traffic congestion in the Seattle area is tied (with Atlanta) for tenth worst in the nation. 

A decade ago, traffic here made headlines for being second worst, in annual rankings by the Texas Transportation Institute.  But, researchers found more accurate ways of measuring congestion, and Seattle’s dubious ranking dropped, as Mike Lindstrom writes in The Seattle Times:

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News Roundup
7:18 am
Thu January 20, 2011

Thursday morning's headlines

Video captured at an underwater storm drain in Elliott Bay earlier this week, showing mud and contaminants billowing into the Sound. The images were captured by divers, including Laura James.
Courtesy Laura James

Making headlines this morning:

  • Puget Sound Murky From Stormwater Runoff
  • More Heavy Rains Coming, with Potential Flooding
  • Tacoma Considers Closing a High School

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Lewis County
7:13 am
Thu January 20, 2011

Explosion at Chehalis power plant; no injuries reported

A blast and fire at a natural-gas fired power plant in Chehalis was caused by a transformer explosion. No one was injured, according to a plant spokeswoman.

Jan Mitchell says the PacifiCorp-owned facility’s damage is limited to a large transformer on the edge of the property. 

The fire did not involve the plant itself or natural gas.

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MLK Parade Scare
7:25 am
Wed January 19, 2011

Spokane backpack bomb 'unusually sophisticated'

"FBI evidence photo of backpack found on a downtown Spokane street corner bench
FBI

The FBI says a backpack bomb found along the Martin Luther King Day parade route in Spokane could have hurt many people. A bomb disposal unit safely defused the device Monday. Now the federal government has enlisted a joint terrorism task force to track down the would-be bomber.

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Basic Health Plan Budget
7:12 am
Wed January 19, 2011

House Democrats unveil plan to save basic health

These are uneasy times for the 56,000 Washingtonians on the Basic Health Plan. The state-subsidized health insurance program is tentatively slated to end March 1st. But House Democrats presented a Hail Mary proposal to possibly save it.

Washington's current two-year budget is still $600,000,000 out of whack. Finding hundreds of millions of dollars in savings between now and the end of the fiscal cycle in June is no easy task.

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Public Safety
7:08 am
Wed January 19, 2011

Seattle City Light finds 56 streetlights with voltage issues

Street light near condos in the Belltown neighborhood of Seattle.
Paula Wissel

Seattle City Light has identified 56 streetlights in the Seattle area that could give off potentially dangerous voltage.  That’s the final tally from an inspection of nearly 37,000 metal streetlights for voltage issues.

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News Roundup
6:56 am
Wed January 19, 2011

Wednesday morning's headlines

Seattle's Old Federal Building, at First Avenue and Madison Street, is directly over the planned path of the Alaskan Way Viaduct replacement tunnel
Wikimedia Commons

Making headlines this morning:

  • Seattle Tunnel Project Hits Federal Snag
  • Audit Singes State Over Highway 18 Costs
  • 787 Delivery Plans Face More Questions
  • State's Newest Congresswoman Takes on Health Care Reform
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Humanosphere
3:27 pm
Tue January 18, 2011

New website wants your failures (and for you to admit you've had them)

Alex E. Proimos Flickr photo

It's uncommon to hear dialog about failure in our society, including among the leaders and agencies who work in the field of global health and development. Those organizations rely on funders who are banking on success to further international missions, according to Humanosphere's Tom Paulson

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News Roundup
7:25 am
Tue January 18, 2011

Tuesday morning's headlines

A worker climbs aboard a 787, the first of the model scheduled to fly, at the plant in Everett, Wash, in April 2009. Company officials have announced another delay in the first delivery of the new plane, an event postponed to July.
AP

Making headlines around western Washington this morning:

  • Another 787 Delay
  • A Break in Flooding
  • Potential Hits to K-12 and Community College Construction
  • Huskies Drop in Polls

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