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Stolen Statue
9:11 am
Tue September 20, 2011

Boy Scout statue stolen in Tacoma

The top of the 6-foot McKenzie statue of a Boy Scout youth that was stolen from the Creighton Scout Service Center over the weekend.
Courtesy of the Boy Scouts of America

TACOMA, Wash. — Tacoma Boy Scouts are asking metal recyclers in the region to watch for a 6-foot bronze statue of a Boy Scout that was stolen.

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Environment
5:16 pm
Mon September 19, 2011

Seattle zoo prepares to release imperiled frogs

A female Oregon spotted frog from the Owyhee Mountains of Southwestern Idaho, rests in the hand of a researcher in this undated file photo taken in Idaho.
Associated Press

The Woodland Park Zoo is getting ready to release about 1,400 Oregon spotted frogs into Washington wetlands in a move to try to save the imperiled species.

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Tacoma teacher strike
12:48 pm
Mon September 19, 2011

Judge: Tacoma could replace striking teachers

TACOMA, Wash. — A Pierce County Superior Court judge says he's considering giving the Tacoma school district the option to hire replacement teachers for those on the picket line.

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Medical Marijuana
10:57 am
Mon September 19, 2011

Ellensburg planning for medical marijuana gardens

In Ellensburg, marijuana gardens would have to be inside, if the council approves its latest measures.
Flickr

ELLENSBURG, Wash. — The Ellensburg City Council will take public testimony at Monday's meeting on proposed regulations for medical marijuana dispensaries.

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Tacoma teacher strike
9:41 am
Mon September 19, 2011

Tacoma teachers' strike keeps schools closed

TACOMA, Wash. — Schools are closed Monday for another day in Tacoma as negotiations continue between the school district and striking teachers.

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Soldier deaths
9:39 am
Mon September 19, 2011

JBLM soldier killed in Afghanistan

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. — A soldier from Joint Base Lewis-McChord died Saturday of combat injuries in Afghanistan.

The Defense Department says 27-year-old Staff Sgt. Michael W. Hosey, 27, of Birmingham, Ala., was fatally injured when insurgents attacked his unit using small arms fire.

Hosey was assigned to the 3rd Battalion, 1st Special Forces Group.

Hanford Nuclear Reservation
9:36 am
Mon September 19, 2011

Salazar pushes Hanford reactor as national park

Hanford's B reactor.

RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) — Interior Secretary Ken Salazar says the historic B Reactor at the Hanford nuclear reservation should be part of a national park to tell how the nuclear era was born out of World War II.

Salazar visited the reactor Sunday with Sen. Maria Cantwell, Rep. Doc Hastings and Gov. Chris Gregoire.

The Tri-City Herald reports the B Reactor would be a key attraction in the Manhattan Project National Historical Park along with properties at Los Alamos, N.M., and Oak Ridge. Tenn.

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Elwha River restoration
9:31 am
Mon September 19, 2011

Wild-fish groups to sue over Elwha River hatchery

One of the dams to be destroyed in the Elwha River restoration project. A fish hatchery slated to be part of the restoration has raised concerns.

SEATTLE — Wild-fish advocates say they plan to sue federal and Washington state agencies over a fish hatchery built as part of the Elwha River restoration project.

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Union unrest
2:20 pm
Fri September 16, 2011

Longshore workers from protest show up for arrests

Longshoremen, who refuse to be identified, hold down one of several picket camps outside entrances to EGT Development in Longview, Wash., on Thursday.
Associated Press

KELSO, Wash. — About 200 Longshore workers stopped by a courthouse in Washington state to turn themselves in but left a short time later after no arrests were made.

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NW Weather
9:35 am
Fri September 16, 2011

Signs of fall: snow level drops at the Cascades

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — It still may be technically summer this weekend, but the snow level is going to drop on the Cascade Mountains.

The Bellingham Herald reports that the snow level will drop from 10,000 feet to 5,500 feet in the North Cascades. It will drop to 6,500 feet in the Central Cascades.That means hikers and campers heading to the mountains may see a dusting of snow or cold rain.

The fall equinox is Sept. 23.

Union unrest
3:57 pm
Thu September 15, 2011

Longshoremen union held in contempt for terminal raid

Longshoremen actions at the Longview grain terminal have led to a judge holding the union in contempt of court.
Associated Press

TACOMA, Wash. — A federal judge has found a union in contempt of court after hundreds of its members raided a grain terminal in southwestern Washington, smashed windows and menaced security guards last week.

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Tacoma teacher strike
3:00 pm
Thu September 15, 2011

Update: Tacoma teachers will stay on strike

Teachers were given high-fives and other encouragements as they left the Tacoma Dome where they voted overwhelmingly to continue striking.
Erin Hennessey KPLU

Teachers in Washington state's third-largest school district have voted overwhelmingly to remain on strike, in defiance of a judge's order that they return to work.

Some 93 percent of the nearly 1,600 Tacoma School District teachers meeting in the Tacoma Dome arena today said they wanted to continue picketing. The teachers walked out Tuesday.

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Elwha River restoration
2:25 pm
Thu September 15, 2011

Watch the demolition of Washington dams - live and online

Watch the Glines Canyon Dam and others be demolitioned in real time. It will be the largest dam removal project in U.S. history.
National Park Service

Six webcams will snap pictures throughout the day during the three-year removal process the Elwha River dams.

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Economic woes
1:43 pm
Wed September 14, 2011

Felons reentering society have it even tougher in down economy

Getting out of jail in a tough economy can make reentry into society that much harder for people already hard to employ.
Thomas Hawk Flickr

VANCOUVER, Wash. — It can be hard to find a job these days – especially with a felony conviction on your record.

That's the position offenders in the Clark County work release program have found themselves in. The inmates, who are serving the last few months of their sentence, are tasked with finding work to help them build up savings and gain work experience to help them reenter society.

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Washington wildfires
11:16 am
Wed September 14, 2011

Fire crews reach 80 percent containment on Satus Pass fire

GOLDENDALE, Wash. — Fire crews are estimating a wildfire north of Goldendale is 80 percent contained.

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