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Aerial Firefighters Note Increasing Pacific Northwest Wildfire Activity

Washington State News Wire - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 20:22
For example, CHI Aviation has spent more time on wildfires in Washington State compared to previous years, according to Larry Kelley, the operator's Director of Fire Operations in Boise, Idaho.  In that regard, the company's Ogden, Utah-based Bell 212 has been flying out of Wenatchee, Washington, for the past 30 days. "We almost never got to Washington in previous years, but now we're seeing ...

Man appeals to VA for gay partner’s federal benefits

Washington State News Wire - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 08:26
Joe Krumbach and Jerry Hatcher married in Seattle in 2003, nine years before Washington state legalized same-sex marriage. Hatcher, a Vietnam veteran, died in 2008. Now Krumbach is seeking $80,000 in retroactive federal benefits as Hatcher’s widower.

Man appeals to VA for gay partner’s federal benefits

Washington State News Wire - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 08:17
Joe Krumbach and Jerry Hatcher married in Seattle in 2003, nine years before Washington state legalized same-sex marriage. Hatcher, a Vietnam veteran, died in 2008. Now Krumbach is seeking $80,000 in retroactive federal benefits as Hatcher’s widower.

State Parks announces ‘free day’ for Aug. 25

Washington State News Wire - Sun, 08/24/2014 - 21:05
NEW – 6 a.m. Aug. 24, 2014 The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission wants the public to know that Monday, Aug. 25, is a state parks “free day.” Day-use visitors will not need a Discover Pass to visit state parks, including Lake Sammamish State Park and Squak Mountain State Park locally. The free day is in honor [...]

Washington's ailing ferry Tacoma out until at least December

Washington State News Wire - Sun, 08/24/2014 - 11:58
Washington State Ferries says the ferry Tacoma likely will be out of service until at least December.

First Fires, Now Floods: More Rain For Washington

Washington State News Wire - Sun, 08/24/2014 - 08:26
More rain is expected in Washington state, where flash floods have developed on land scarred by wildfires and destroyed at least 10 homes.

First Fires, Now Floods: More Rain For Washington

Washington State News Wire - Sun, 08/24/2014 - 08:05
More rain is expected in Washington state, where flash floods have developed on land scarred by wildfires and destroyed at least 10 homes.

Washington State to face Rutgers in final Seattle hurrah

Washington State News Wire - Sun, 08/24/2014 - 07:56
Cougars athletic director Bill Moos says WSU will not play any of its home games in Seattle, at least in the immediate future

Washington State to face Rutgers in final Seattle hurrah

Washington State News Wire - Sun, 08/24/2014 - 07:45
Cougars athletic director Bill Moos says WSU will not play any of its home games in Seattle, at least in the immediate future

Eastern Washington tops Sam Houston State, 56-35, in season-opening thriller

Washington State News Wire - Sun, 08/24/2014 - 07:38
The season's first Division I football game did not disappoint. No. 2 Eastern Washington hosted No. 14 Sam Houston State Saturday afternoon to kick off the 2014 Division I college football season. Those looking forward to a high-scoring affair after last year's 49-34 Sam Houston State victory were not disappointed, as Eastern Washington emerged with a 56-35 victory in a game with a number of big ...

More rain forecast for wildfire-singed Washington

Washington State News Wire - Sun, 08/24/2014 - 07:06
TWISP, Wash. (AP) — A slow-moving front bringing heavy rain and thunder is expected to arrive in areas of Washington state scarred by wildfires on Sunday — days after flash floods destroyed at least 10 homes and closed down highways.

Governor, attorney general response to Washington state Supreme Court psychiatric boarding decision

Washington State News Wire - Sun, 08/24/2014 - 03:20
Attorney General Bob Ferguson, in conjunction with a broad coalition of organizations, filed a motion in the Washington state Supreme Court to address the impacts of the court’s recent decision on psychiatric boarding.

UPDATE: Two hospitalized in suspected DUI crash

Washington State News Wire - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 22:49
SPOKANE VALLEY, Wash. - The Washington State Patrol says they are charging a driver with vehicular assault after a DUI related crash early Saturday morning south of Spokane Valley. The crash happened on State Route 27 near E. Mica Cemetery Road, about 6 miles south of Spokane Valley. E. Mica Cemetery Road was closed for for several hours Saturday morning. 

Rain after wildfires triggers mudslides in Washington state

Washington State News Wire - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 08:15
Mudslides on land left bare by fires knock house off its foundation, maroon vehicles on highways as extreme weather plagues much of U.S.

Washington wildfire burn scars turn into mudslides

Washington State News Wire - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 05:09
TWISP, Wash. (AP) — Rain in Washington state unleashed mudslides on land left bare by wildfires, washing down hillsides, damaging homes and closing highways as the threat of more storms loomed Friday.

GUN-RIGHTS BLITZ Group persuading towns to repeal firearms regs

Washington State News Wire - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 04:00
WASHINGTON – A Washington state-based gun rights group is steadily persuading cities and towns across the country to repeal local firearms regulations and give that power back to the states.

State ferry system adds service, staff & security in advance of Seahawks game

Washington State News Wire - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 02:41
SEATTLE — Washington State Ferry officials say they are staffing up key runs in advance of tonight’s Seahawks game. Pressure could be even greater as a series of Highway 99 closes through Seattle begin at about the same time. MORE: MAJOR FOUR-DAY HIGHWAY 99 CLOSURE STARTS TONIGHT IN DOWNTOWN SEATTLE (MAP) Ferry officials say there […]

Mishaps prompt questions about Washington ferries

Washington State News Wire - Sat, 08/23/2014 - 00:35
The July 29 breakdown was the start of a tough summer for the nation's largest ferry system, which hauls about 23 million passengers — commuters, locals and tourists alike — among the islands, peninsulas and mainland cities of western Washington state. Officials are wondering whether the series of problems is just coincidence, or a more troubling sign of how deeply the state has cut into a ...

Washington State Motorists Stranded after Floods and Mudslides

Washington State News Wire - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 22:43
Heavy rainfall in a wildfire-charred area of North Central Washington state triggered flash flooding and mudslides that stranded motorists and closed highways, a forecaster said on Friday. Vehicles... -- Read more on ScientificAmerican.com

Washington voters will face two conflicting background check initiatives

Washington State News Wire - Fri, 08/22/2014 - 21:31
Now, voters in Washington state are confronted with a choice about whether or not more background checks on gun sales would prevent similar tragedies.