Fire Forces Evacuation of 900 Homes in Central Washington

Posted by Cort Johnson on July 17, 2014
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CENTRAL WASHINGTON – Authorities in Central Washington are asking residents in nearly 900 homes to evacuate, as the Chiwaukem Creek Fire continues to grow.

The fire has zero percent containment, being fed by high temperatures and steady wind.  Nearby, the town of Leavenworth is full of smoke.

So far, the lightning caused wildfire has burned over 1,300 acres, an area of nearly …

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New Study On Washington’s Expanded Liquor Sales Confirms Lawman’s “Worst Concerns”

Posted by Steve Leader on May 29, 2014
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A preliminary report for the Washington State Liquor Control Board ties an increase in emergency room visits in the Seattle area to expanded liquor sales.

The study found a 50% increase in hospital visits in King county, related to alcohol, from June, 2012 (when liquor began being sold in private stores) and September, 2013.  During roughly that same time researchers also …

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Washington State Archives Spring a Leak

Posted by Christina Kemp on April 25, 2014
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Not what you want to walk into work and find on a Friday morning. A staffer at the state archive building in Olympia arrived around 7 am to find several inches of standing water on the main floor. State archivist Steve Excell described the scene as a swimming pool and what’s worse the water started to seep through the floor …

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Widespread 9-1-1 Outage Overnight

Posted by Pat Boyle on April 10, 2014
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Clark County, Washington – 9-1-1  emergency service in Washington State and Northwest Oregon was not working for more than five hours over night. Clark County  Regional Emergency  Agency manager Anna Pendergrass says they noticed the system was down around 1 am and it didn’t start coming back on line  until after 6:15 am this morning.

She says  they …

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California Meat Recall extended to Oregon, Washington

Posted by Chris Brown on February 17, 2014

A recall of meat products harvested from diseased animals has been expanded to include locations in Oregon and Washington. Rancho Feeding Corps. of Petaluma, California recalled nine million pounds of meat products just over a week ago after it was disclosed they had harvested meat from sick animals between January, 2013 and the 7th of last month.

The USDA now says …

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