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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Alternative Energy
11:23 am
Wed September 7, 2011

Snohomish PUD drilling for geothermal energy in Cascades

Graphic from the Snohomish County PUD brochure on its geothermal projects.

The same forces of nature that create natural hot springs and volcanoes may soon become a source of electricity in Snohomish County. The county’s Public Utility District has broken ground on a deep geothermic well, just north of the town of Skykomish.

The exploratory well is the first of its kind in Washington. 

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9/11 Anniversary
11:07 am
Wed September 7, 2011

Slade Gorton says 9/11 Commission got to the facts

Former U.S. Senator Slade Gorton interviewing witnesses appearing before the 9-11 Commission in June of 2004.
9-11 Commission

'NORAD provided us and the public with a highly erroneous history of what happened ...'

On Sept. 11, 2001, former U.S. Senator Slade Gorton was at a conference in Leavenworth, Wash.  He'd gone out for an early morning run when he got word a plane had flown into the World Trade Center in New York.  He drove home to Seattle over a  Steven's Pass, which had almost no traffic on it,  trying to absorb the news of the attacks.

Gorton was later tapped to serve on the 9/11 Commission by President George Bush.  He considers the work he did some of the most important of his life.

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Humanosphere
9:55 am
Wed September 7, 2011

Contagion: What can we learn from movies about killer viruses?

Image cropped from the poster for the movie "Contagion." Killer viruses make for great movies, but do those movies teach us anything?

Time for another movie about a killer virus that spreads across the planet: "Contagion" by Steven Soderbergh is due out in a few days. Can these movies teach us anything?

Humanosphere’s Tom Paulson writes about the movie and his science-writing colleague, “one of the top public health and pandemic journalists out there," who was a consultant for it.

“Despite her misgivings, Garrett agreed to work as a consultant to the filmmakers for 'Contagion.' She says it is definitely based on an extraordinarily virulent bug that spreads fast. But the science is solid, she says, and there are some valuable lessons contained in the drama.”

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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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Law
8:33 am
Wed September 7, 2011

MLK parade bomb suspect to change plea

An FBI evidence photo shows the backpack that held a pipe bomb. It was found along the route of Spokane's Martin Luther King Day parade in January.

The man accused of planting a backpack bomb along the Martin Luther King Day parade route in Spokane is set to change his plea today. Kevin Harpham originally entered a plea of not guilty in what the FBI has deemed a case of domestic terrorism.

Thirty-seven-year-old Kevin Harpham was arrested in March. He faces charges related to a pipe bomb that Spokane city workers found on a downtown bench the morning of Jan. 17. Prosecutors later added federal hate crime charges. Together, the allegations carry a sentence of up to life in prison.

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Food for Thought
5:00 am
Wed September 7, 2011

Here's how to make pfabulous Polish pickles

Proud pickle packer Margaret.

... and you don't even have to be Polish to make 'em.

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Business
6:22 pm
Tue September 6, 2011

Update: Starbucks CEO calls for lower corporate tax rate

During his much publicized "town hall" meeting called to criticize Washington D.C. partisanship, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz also called for a lower corporate tax rate.
Associated Press

Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz is calling for a lower corporate tax rate. Schultz made his comments during a town hall meeting Tuesday night hosted by the anti-partisanship group “No Labels”

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Energy development
5:41 pm
Tue September 6, 2011

Grants awarded to improve hydropower generation in Wash.

RICHLAND, Wash. – New projects in the Pacific Northwest may soon improve the efficiency and reduce costs of hydropower generation, thanks to a new round of federal spending announced today.

Two projects in Washington received grants to help improve hydropower generation.

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