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6:00 am
Fri February 14, 2014

To Combat Urination And Littering, Olympia Bans High-Alcohol Sales In Downtown Core

Flickr Photo/Steve Snodgrass (CC-BY-NC-ND)

At $1.39, less than the price of a pack of gum, you can get up to four servings of alcohol at a store selling high alcohol beverages. Starting Saturday, though, that store will have to be located outside of downtown Olympia.

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Tacoma City Council
2:14 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Tacoma Council Member Returns With New Perspective From Marine Training

Tacoma City Councilmember Anders Ibsen.

Anders Ibsen is back in his seat on the Tacoma City Council after returning early from officer training in the Marine Corps Reserves.  

Ibsen, 27, was originally expected to be gone until November of this year but said that he was determined medically unfit to continue training. In an interview with KUOW, Ibsen described the grueling training regimen where the “tempo and intensity never ends.”

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Transportation
1:17 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Legalizing Rideshare: Seattle Council Wrestles With How To Regulate The New Marketplace

A Lyft driver identifies his or her car with a distinctive mustache.
Flickr Photo/Spiros Vathis

Rideshare companies have been flourishing in Seattle – illegally. On Friday, the City Council will consider a new plan to finally regulate taxi-alternatives like Lyft, Sidecar and UberX.

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Utility Rates
9:34 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Seattle City Light Customers: Brace For Higher Bills This Year

Flickr Photo/Seattle Municipal Archives

Customers of Seattle City Light are likely to see an increase in their bills later this year.

The utility is facing lower than expected revenues, and that could mean an automatic 3 percent surcharge for customers.

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EarthFix Reports
9:17 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Navy Says Failed Pump Led To Oily Wastewater Spill In Puget Sound

The view from an airplane window of the sheen on Hood Canal in Puget Sound following Monday's Naval Base Kitsap Bangor.
Washington Department of Ecology

Originally published on Wed February 12, 2014 2:08 pm

The Navy is blaming a failed pump for its spill of nearly 2,000 gallons of oily wastewater into Puget Sound.

Tom Danaher, spokesman for Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor, said the Navy was using a pumping system on one of its piers to remove oily bilge water from a ship late Monday.

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Snow Safety
8:50 am
Thu February 13, 2014

What To Do If You're Caught In An Avalanche

The recent heavy snow in the region means the risk of avalanche is higher.
Scientif38 Wikimedia

Originally published on Thu February 13, 2014 4:44 pm

As snow continues to pound the region's ski resorts, plenty of skiers  are expected to hit the slopes. But with the increased snowpack comes the risk of avalanches.

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EarthFix Reports
8:41 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Coal Terminal Near Longview Set For Environmental Review

The Washington Department of Ecology announced details Wednesday for its assessment of the environmental impact of a proposed coal export terminal in Longview, Wash. It would transfer trainloads of coal onto ocean-going vessels.
Katie Campbell

Originally published on Wed February 12, 2014 1:06 pm

The coal export terminal proposed for the Columbia River town of Longview, Wash. is moving to the next phase in the environmental review process.

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Environment & Planning
8:39 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Hikers Aim To Preserve The Tri-Cities' Dramatic Ridgelines

Sharon Grant heads down the ridge of Candy Mountain in the Tri-Cities, Wash. Badger Mountain can be seen in the distance.
Anna King Northwest News Network

Originally published on Thu February 13, 2014 9:30 am

The close proximity of a group of mountains known as The Rattles to the the Tri-Cities in southeast Washington, means urban dwellers can hike a 1,500 foot peak and enjoy dramatic views on their lunch break -- or even after supper.

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EarthFix Reports
8:39 am
Thu February 13, 2014

EPA Finds No Contamination Related To Oregon Cancer Cases

EPA investigators found no contamination they could connect to a string of childhood cancer cases in West Salem. Walker Middle School was one of the sites tested.
West Salem Neighborhood Association

A U.S. Environmental Protection Agency investigation into possible environmental causes for a string of childhood cancer cases in West Salem, Ore. has turned up no contamination or other issues.

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Northwest Athlete
7:23 am
Thu February 13, 2014

Sun Valley Snowboarder Grabs Olympic Gold In Sochi

Olympic gold medalist Kaitlyn Farrington
Sarah Brunson U.S. Snowboarding

Originally published on Wed February 12, 2014 9:46 pm

A snowboarder raised in Sun Valley, Idaho soared over better known and more experienced rivals to grab the gold medal in women's halfpipe at the Winter Olympics.

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Sex Trafficking
9:31 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Moving Past 'The Life': New Bill Would Allow Erasing Prostitution Convictions From Record

Flickr Photo/Brian

Those caught up in it call it "the life." It usually involves a pimp, coercion and prostitution.

For young victims of sex trafficking, getting out of that life and building a new one can be a monumental task. Having a rap sheet for prostitution makes it  incredibly difficult to apply for jobs, or housing, or school — the things it takes to start over.

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EarthFix Reports
9:12 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Up To 2,000 Gallons Of Oil Spilled In Hood Canal

A flyover by the Washington Department of Ecology yielded this photo of Monday's spill at Hood Canal Bridge. The spill, traveled 10 miles from Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor.
Flickr Photo/EcologyWA

Officials are responding to an oil spill in Washington’s Puget Sound. The spill occurred at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor and has spread 10 miles north to Hood Canal.

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Death Penalty
9:02 am
Wed February 12, 2014

For One Family, Inslee’s Moratorium Has ‘Reopened A Lot Of Wounds’

AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Governor Jay Inslee’s announcement of a de facto moratorium on the death penalty on Tuesday has been making waves through the state.

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Snow Condition
9:00 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Snow On The Mountains Comes With Heightened Avalanche Risk

A skier is nearly caught in an avalanche in central Oregon.
Kevin Grove

Originally published on Thu February 13, 2014 4:46 pm

The Baker County Sheriff in eastern Oregon says two cross-country skiers died Tuesday in an avalanche in the southern Wallowa Mountains. Two others were seriously injured. 

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Marijuana
8:58 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Bans Or Legalization? Discussing Pot In Oregon's Capitol

File photo of a cannabis plant.
Wikimedia

Originally published on Tue February 11, 2014 4:58 pm

Oregon lawmakers are considering two very different approaches to regulating marijuana this month.

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