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All Hallows' Eve
9:09 am
Mon October 31, 2011

Old Port Townsend hotels known for ghosts

Guests and visitors to the Palace Hotel in Port Townsend, WA have claimed to either see or sense the presence of "The Blue Lady" since the 1960s.
studio-d Flickr

PORT TOWNSEND, Wash. — A couple of historic hotels in Port Townsend may give visitors more than a pleasant night's sleep.

The Peninsula Daily News reports some guests say they are haunted by ghosts.

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Other News
9:01 am
Mon October 31, 2011

Tests on mastodon bone vindicate WSU prof

This CT scan image shows a section of mastodon rib where researchers found a spear point lodged in the bone. The spear would have passed through more than 10 inches of hide, tissue and muscle.
Center for the Study of the First Americans

Modern tests have vindicated the theory of a now-retired Washington State University professor who found a mastodon bone in Sequim in 1977 with a shaft sticking in it.

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Environment
4:32 pm
Fri October 28, 2011

State of Alaska sues over Pebble Mine initiative

JUNEAU, Alaska — The state of Alaska is suing to invalidate the results of a voter initiative that could stop a massive gold and copper mine near one of the world's premier salmon fisheries.

Residents of Lake and Peninsula Borough voted earlier this month to ban large-scale resource extraction that would "destroy or degrade" salmon habitat. The measure was aimed at the Pebble Mine development located near the headwaters of Bristol Bay.

Alaskan Way Viaduct
12:49 pm
Fri October 28, 2011

Seattle viaduct to reopen mid-day Saturday

Watch as an entire section collapses:

The Washington Transportation Department says Seattle's Alaskan Way Viaduct will reopen at mid-day Saturday, ending traffic congestion drivers call "viadoom" a day-and-a-half early.

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Other News
10:19 am
Fri October 28, 2011

Interior Dept. denies claim in Olympic goat goring

PORT ANGELES, Wash. — The Interior Department has denied a $10 million wrongful death claim from the family of a man who was gored by a mountain goat in Olympic National Park.

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Other News
4:46 pm
Thu October 27, 2011

Bellingham police: Man severed own arm with guillotine

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Bellingham police say a man who walked into a medical clinic with his right arm severed has indicated he cut his own limb off with a home-made guillotine.

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Environment
2:30 pm
Wed October 26, 2011

Washington's Condit Dam breached

Crews have blasted a hole in a nearly century-old hydropower dam in Washington's south Cascades today, marking another step in efforts to restore habitat for threatened and endangered fish in the Pacific Northwest.

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Alaskan Way Viaduct
10:30 am
Wed October 26, 2011

WashDOT says Seattle viaduct work on schedule, releases photos

Work to demolish the viaduct's southern mile near S. Royal Brougham Way is well under way.
WSDOT

The Washington Transportation Department says the work that has shut down the Alaskan Way Viaduct in Seattle is on schedule.

WSDOT has published a new round of photos on it's Flickr site.

Spokesman Travis Phelps says the viaduct is scheduled to reopen early Monday. He said Wednesday it's unlikely the work would wrap up ahead of schedule. Some had hoped it would reopen in time for Sunday's Seahawks game in CenturyLink Field.

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Protesting Wall Street
4:20 pm
Tue October 25, 2011

Cold chills Occupy Spokane; Seattle votes to head to college

Oakland police officers sift through possessions left behind by Occupy Oakland protestors Tuesday in Oakland, Calif. Occupy Oakland protestors were evicted from Frank H. Ogawa plaza early this morning by police in riot gear.
Associated Press

Spokane's version of the Occupy Wall Street protest has dwindled to only a handful of demonstrators, just a few weeks after a march through downtown drew some 300 people.

Meanwhile, in Seattle, Occupy protesters at Westlake Park voted yesterday to move from the park to Seattle Central Community College.

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Aerospace workers
2:03 pm
Mon October 24, 2011

Boeing employs 80,000; many more workers needed soon

Boeing moved to Chicago, but it's still employing more than 80,000 workers in Washington state.
Boeing

The same day Boeing announced it is employing more than 80,000 workers in Washington for the first time in nearly a dozen years, Sen. Maria Cantwell said the state needs 21,000 more educated and trained workers to fill jobs in the aviation industry in the next decade.

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Environment
12:48 pm
Mon October 24, 2011

National outdoors effort includes 2 Washington trails

Olympic Discovery Trail along the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
Maria M Flickr

A national initiative to improve access to the outdoors will focus on expanding two trails in Washington state.

President Barack Obama's Great Outdoors Initiative includes efforts to extend the Pacific Northwest Trail on the Olympic Peninsula and create a water trail along the entire length of the Columbia River through Washington.

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Traffic Woes
9:17 am
Mon October 24, 2011

Seattle 'Viadoom' traffic congested but moving

The Monday morning commute in Seattle was congested but moving slowly as drivers dealt with "Viadoom," the closure of the Alaskan Way Viaduct, one of the city's main north-south highways.

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Alaskan Way Viaduct
3:31 pm
Fri October 21, 2011

Roller derby, human pyramids replace cars in 'Viadoom' opening

Some members of the Rat City Rollergirls and a stunt motorcycle club will take over the viaduct just before construction begins.
Klaufi Flickr

The Rat City Rollergirls and a motorcycle stunt team will be taking over the Alaskan Way Viaduct for half an hour Saturday before demolition begins on the Seattle elevated highway.

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Budget cuts
12:33 pm
Fri October 21, 2011

222 state unemployment workers becoming unemployed

OLYMPIA, Wash. — The Washington agency that processes unemployment claims is planning layoffs of their own. The Employment Security Department issued notice Friday that it will cut 222 jobs in January.

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Expect the unexpected
10:30 am
Fri October 21, 2011

Hanford worker taken for ride in portable toilet

RICHLAND, Wash. — A Hanford worker was taken for a ride in a portable toilet when it was picked up by a fork lift driver who didn't realize it was occupied.

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