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Boat Woes
5:04 am
Thu July 31, 2014

Ferry Delays Almost Everywhere As State Repositions Fleet

The fight is on over proposed ferry-service cuts in Gov. Gregoire's budget plan. At a Bremerton meeting last night, lawmakers said they'll oppose reductions to mid-day service.
AP Photo

There are big delays on Washington State Ferries just about anywhere you go this week. The fleet has been redistributed to make up for some out-of-service vessels, which is having ripple effects that are nearly system-wide.

Some examples:

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Veterans Affairs
4:33 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Patty Murray Praises VA Reforms But Warns Of More Troubling Revelations

U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., said the reforms are a step in the right direction.
Gabriel Spitzer KPLU

Washington’s senior U.S. Sen. Patty Murray says a new deal to spend billions on fixing the Department of Veterans Affairs is an essential step, but she warns the reform efforts are likely to unearth even more problems.

Bipartisan negotiators in Congress took a while to settle on a $17 billion package of reforms meant to address long waits for care at VA hospitals and clinics across the country.

As the Senate voted to confirm Robert McDonald as the new VA Secretary, Murray, the former chairwoman of the Senate veterans affairs committee, praised both the nominee and the reforms he’ll be overseeing. But she also warned there could be more troubling revelations to come.

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Seafair
9:30 am
Tue July 29, 2014

Blue Angels' Flights Won't Damage Hearing, But Will Affect Traffic

anaxila Flickr

People can expect to hear the roar of the Blue Angels zooming above Lake Washington this weekend. After missing last year’s Boeing Seafair Air Show due to sequestration cuts, the Blue Angels have returned to Seattle.

The noise of the planes may be bothersome to neighbors, but audiologist Susan Anderson says it doesn’t pose a health risk.

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Bertha The Boring Machine
4:55 pm
Mon July 28, 2014

Tunnel Company Says Bertha Rescue Is Already A Month Behind Schedule

Placing the concrete pilings, as seen in this conceptual drawing, is taking longer than expected.
Seattle Tunnel Partners

Just six weeks after the contractor managing the State Route 99 tunnel project laid out its timeline for getting back to digging, the company said it’s about a month behind on repairs to its tunneling machine.

Crews are working to burrow down from the surface to where the machine known as Bertha is sitting idle. An early step is to sink a circle of interlocking concrete pillars that will line the access shaft and protect surrounding structures, but that’s proving harder than what the company was planning for in mid-June.

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Obituary
12:19 am
Mon July 28, 2014

Former Seattle Mayor Paul Schell Dies

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Barry Sweet AP Photo

Former Seattle Mayor Paul Schell, who led the city during the World Trade Organization protests in 1999, has died. He was 76.

Seattle Mayor Ed Murray says Schell died Sunday morning.

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Other News
1:05 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

Inslee Says Feds Will Help Restore Power In Fire Zone

Map of current large fire locations in the Northwest

Originally published on Tue July 22, 2014 5:42 pm

Washington Governor Jay Inslee said Tuesday President Obama has pledged immediate federal aid to help fire-swept areas of north central Washington.

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Life Reinvented
5:00 am
Wed July 23, 2014

Four Years After A Life-Changing Tragedy, A Pilot Meets His Rescuers

Lance Leone embraces Darryl Penn, one of his rescuers.
Ed Ronco KPLU

In a thick Pacific fog, James Island completely disappears from view. But it sits just a few hundred yards from La Push, a small community on the outer edge of Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. Even with the landmark obscured by heavy gray, Lt. Lance Leone can point to where it all happened. The power lines extended out this way. The helicopter broke apart in mid-air right here. The cockpit hit the water over there.

Of the four on board, Leone was the only survivor of the crash. Four years later to the day, he returned to meet the people who saved him, and to tell them how the crash changed his life and ended his Coast Guard career.

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Wildfire Danger
10:57 am
Tue July 22, 2014

Fire Evacuees Find Help With Donation Centers, Shelters

Volunteers hang cardboard signs to point people in the direction of donation centers and shelters.
Courtney Flatt

The Okanogan County Sheriff’s Department ordered more homeowners to evacuate Monday afternoon after firefighters saw a brief relief from high winds and hot weather Sunday.

Donations are coming in by the truckload to the Pateros High School in central Washington. Piles of clothes hip-deep fill the gym. Stacks of food, water and pet food line the hallways.

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Housing
11:50 am
Mon July 21, 2014

'It’s Not Going To Be The Same': How The Kids Of Yesler Terrace Feel About Leaving

Yesler Terrace resident plays basketball at "Say Yes To Yesler" party on Saturday, July 19, 2014.
Alison Marcote KPLU

When 10-year-old Mohamed Mohamed thinks of Yesler Terrace, the word “community” comes to mind.

“It’s not one of those quiet neighborhoods where you’re staying at home playing video games or anything like that,” he said. “It’s somewhere where you can play outside and meet new people.”

Mohamed says he has lived in Yesler Terrace, Seattle’s oldest housing project, his whole life.

“It’s very sad they’re changing it into like houses that have elevators,” he said. “It’s not going to be the same; it’s not going to be low-income anymore. It’s just going to be sad.”

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Wildfire Danger
11:16 am
Mon July 21, 2014

Most Destructive Wildfire In Wash. Leaves Thousands Without AC, Gas, ATMs

A helicopter preparing to drop water is dwarfed by a billowing cloud of smoke from a wildfire Friday, July 18, 2014, in Twisp, Wash. A fire racing through rural north-central Washington destroyed about 100 homes.
Elaine Thompson AP Photo

The most destructive wildfire currently burning in the Northwest has left thousands of people without air conditioning and refrigeration. The so-called Carlton Complex fire has closed gas stations and shut down ATMs in north-central Washington.

Okanogan County currently estimates 150 to 200 homes burned to the ground. The Okanogan County Utility District says its electrical system is almost a complete loss.

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Wildfire Danger
9:32 am
Fri July 18, 2014

Fire Evacuees In Pateros, Wash. Await Information On Their Town's Fate

About 80 people woke up in a Red Cross shelter in central Washington Friday morning after a wildfire forced the town of Pateros to evacuate overnight. Initial reports are that 40 homes and a church have burned in the small town on the Columbia River.

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Prisoner Of War
2:31 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Bergdahl's Attorney Expects Army Questioning To Begin Soon

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AP Photo

The attorney representing rescued POW Bowe Bergdahl expects the Army sergeant to be interviewed by military investigators within the coming weeks. The probe into how Bergdahl fell into Taliban hands while off-base in 2009 is already underway.

Bergdahl's attorney Eugene Fidell says it's hard to find other cases that serve as precedent for Bergdahl. Fidell, who teaches military justice at Yale Law School, met with Bergdahl in San Antonio for the first time last week after Bergdahl asked Fidell to represent him.

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Wildfire Danger
10:58 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Wildfire Threatens Hundreds Of Homes In Central Washington

A plane drops fire retardant on the Chiwaukum Creek Fire near Leavenworth, Wash., Thursday, July 17, 2014.
Ted S. Warren AP Photo

Residents of 860 homes have been told they should evacuate as a wildfire burns out of control in central Washington state.

The Chiwaukum Creek fire in Chelan County, believed to have been started by lightning and first detected on Tuesday, remains zero percent contained. It has now burned approximately 4,500 acres.

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Hanford Nuclear Reservation
8:07 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Hanford Workers Say They’re Not Satisfied With Working Conditions At Tank Farms

Dozens of workers from the Hanford Nuclear Reservation gathered for public meeting organized watchdog group Hanford Challenge.
Anna King

Hanford Nuclear Reservation workers who are worried about getting sick turned out in droves for a public meeting Wednesday night in Richland organized by a Seattle-area watchdog called Hanford Challenge.

About 45 people squeezed into tight rows in a small conference room.

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Traffic!
5:00 am
Thu July 17, 2014

Here's What The Big I-90 Closure Will Look Like. How Will You Survive?

Get ready for some big delays on Interstate 90. Starting Friday night, westbound traffic will have to squeeze down from four lanes to one, beginning at Bellevue Way. Several ramps will also be closed. 

It's going to last an entire week, and yes, the Washington State Department of Transportation says it’s going to be messy.

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