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    Snow piling up at Stevens Pass, Crystal Mountain as another storm slams northern Cascades

    STEVENS PASS, Wash. — The northern Cascades are getting snow at the higher elevations, and road crews are making sure Stevens Pass is clear for drivers. We measured at least 4 inches of fresh powdery snow at Stevens Pass. Traction tires were advised Wednesday morning. Traction tires were also advised on Snoqualmie Pass, but the road appeared to be bare and wet with slush in some places. CASCADES WEATHER: Snow tapering off today. WET tomorrow & Friday. Lots of snow […]

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    Haggen closing 27 stores; local employees rallying for their jobs

    SPANAWAY, Wash. — Haggen is preparing to shut down 27 grocery stores in the western U.S., including the Spanaway location. Local employees planned to rally on Friday in protest of the closure. But there may be some good news for employees, the Seattle Times reports Haggen says it is “cooperating” with a request to let Albertsons hire back some of its former workers. Haggen purchased more than 100 Albertsons and Safeway stores in a major expansion bid up and down the […]

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    Smoke gone, blue skies back: Chelan just needs tourists to return

    CHELAN — The water is sparkling, the air is clear, and sky blue. Still, because of the recent wildfires and smoke, Miki and Brian Welfringer nearly skipped their visit to Lake Chelan. “I kept saying, ‘should we, shouldn’t we?’ At the last minute, we figured, let’s just go,” said Miki. It’s a decision that payed off. The Welfringers were greeted with clear air and sun. But they also feel like they are the only visitors around, calling Chelan “a ghost […]

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    Firefighters holding their own against state’s largest wildfire

    CHELAN, Wash. (AP) — Officials say firefighters are holding their own against the largest wildfire on record in Washington, even as rising temperatures and increased winds stoked the flames. The National Weather Service had issued a red-flag warning Thursday for the fires near Okanogan, saying the weather conditions had the potential to spread the flames. But fire spokesman Bernie Pineda says fire lines are holding and portions of the 450-square-mile fire were actually burning back on itself because of winds. […]

  • City, ferry system set for big crowds, congestion in Seattle tonight (VIDEO)

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    Tax hike plan in the works to fix Tacoma’s ‘historic problem’

    TACOMA — Travelling through Tacoma can be a bumpy ride. Drivers like Patty Cowan say potholes are becoming an epidemic. “Roads are getting pretty bad,” said Cowan. “They really need to be looked at.” City leaders say they already spend $11 million a year on the pothole problem, and it’s still not enough. “I think we’ve got an historic problem with the roads across the city,” said City Councilor Robert Thoms,  “The problem is real and it’s acute and it […]

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    Jimi Hendrix’s boyhood love affair with hydroplanes during Seafair

    SEATTLE — You may know Jimi Hendrix grew up in Seattle. But with the Seafair weekend upon us, did you know Jimi loved hydroplanes? His sister, Jainie Hendrix, says he fell in love with hydros in the 1950s when the family first began camping out on the shores of Lake Washington and watching the races during Seafair. “It’s definitely part of our history and legacy in Seattle,” said Jainie Hendrix. “This has always been an exciting time. Seafair is a […]

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    Special patrols target drunken boaters on Seafair weekend

    SEATTLE — By land, and by boat, thousands are trekking to Seafair this weekend. During the annual summer event, hydroplanes push the limits on Lake Washington. Not far off shore, there is also a contingent of boats on the water watching for other boat operators who may be over the legal alcohol limit. “It’s super important the boat operators aren’t drinking any alcoholic beverages,” said Leslie Burns, of the Mercer Island Police Department. Several agencies make up the special emphasis […]

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    Cop killer sentenced to life; victim’s family, defiant Monfort speak

    SEATTLE – Christopher Monfort, the man convicted of ambushing and killing Seattle police officer Timothy Brenton on Halloween night six years ago, was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole Thursday. Monfort was found guilty of aggravated murder and attempted murder in June. The jury later came to the decision of life in prison for Monfort, instead of death, after deliberating for only an hour. At Monfort’s sentencing hearing Thursday, family members of Brenton spoke to the court. […]

  • Morgan Scherer, a local cargo rider, says, “I could load up vaccines, or any kind of medical supplies.”

    Cargo bikers to come to the rescue if the Big One hits Seattle

    SEATTLE — Many around the Northwest are still on edge over a New Yorker magazine article that described the devastating damage Seattle and the surrounding communities might see if and when a major earthquake hits. A Federal Emergency Management Agency official was quoted in the article as saying that everything west of I-5 would be “toast,” if a magnitude 8.0 or higher struck. Scientists predict many people would be trapped without access to supplies. “Mostly people are going to be […]