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    Popular ’10 Things I Hate About You’ movie night in Tacoma to scale back

    TACOMA – Attention movie lovers who bought tickets to the “10 Things I Hate About You” movie night in Tacoma: You’re going to have to re-buy your tickets. Pretty Gritty Tours in Tacoma said due to an “overwhelming response,”  the tour group needed to start the sale process over. “As safety is our number one concern, all parties involved have decided it would be best to lower the number of attendees in the Stadium Bowl,” the company said on their […]

  • Seattle could see more backyard cottages, mother-in-law units

    SEATTLE — More backyard cottages and mother-in-law units could be heading to Seattle, in a move proponents say will be good for people struggling to find affordable housing. A hearing examiner decided Monday that an environmental review of rule changes to backyard cottages and mother-in-laws was adequate. The ruling clears the way for changes in height, size and the number of people that can reside in the accessory-dwelling units. It also may pave the way for units at homes where […]

  • Some Washington industries, agriculture wary of more China tariffs

    OLYMPIA — China’s plan to raise tariffs in retaliation to U.S. tariffs has some growers and farmers in Washington state wringing their hands. Following Monday’s news of the tariffs, Q13 News reached out to a variety of agriculture groups in the state. The groups included the Washington Apple Commission, the Washington Potato Commission, the Washington Grain Commission and the shellfish industry, among others. Many said a variety of issues come from raising tariffs, including lost revenue. Chris Voigt of the […]

  • Parents, providers feel the pinch in state’s ‘child-care crisis’

    TACOMA, Wash. — Any parent can tell you good child-care is hard to find. But a child-care crunch in Washington is making any care – not just good care – tough. And finding a licensed provider to watch your infant? Sometimes, it feels impossible. Q13 News heard from parents who struggled to find care, talked with a major child-care advocacy group in the state and learned what steps lawmakers are taking to ease what many are calling a “child-care crisis.” […]

  • Auburn’s rich farming history still shines today, despite challenges

    AUBURN, Wash. — You may think of Auburn as little more than a Seattle suburb. But ask any longtime Washingtonian, and they’ll tell you it’s also known for its crunchy cucumbers, crisp lettuce and fragrant rhubarb. In fact, many will argue some of the best farming in the state sits on the west side of the Cascades. Rosella and Burr Mosby’s 350-acre farm rests on the fertile soil of the Auburn Valley. The first-generation farmers grow zucchini, cucumbers, leeks, beats, […]

  • Orca Pod-Cast Episode 1: The Last Generation of Southern Resident Orcas?

    We begin with a mother orca's 17-day "tour of grief." How J35's display captured the attention of the world as she pushed her dead calf for more than 1,000 miles. And how Q13 News' Simone Del Rosario began diving deeper into the plight of the iconic killer whales.

  • Too many elk? Some ranchers struggle as state works to find solutions

    SKAGIT COUNTY, Wash. — Drive the Cascade foothills from Monroe to the Canadian border and you could spot them. Elk. People passing through stop to take pictures of the massive herds. Admire their antlers, marvel at their haunches. But many in Snohomish and Skagit counties say the elk are a threat to a way of life. “It is compromising agriculture for 80 farms registered for elk damage from Sedro Woolley up to Concrete,” said Skagit River Ranch owner George Vojkovich. […]

  • Police: Vigilante group held up suspected truck thief in OfferUp sting

    EVERETT – Police arrested a suspected thief after a small group of vigilantes tracked him down and set-up an informal sting operation. Officers were called to a report of two armed men holding another man down on the ground Wednesday morning in the parking lot of an Everett Safeway store. When officers arrived, the men pointing their weapons at the person on the ground told police they were making a citizen’s arrest, police said. They believed the man was selling […]

  • Non-federal employees plan to study health of sick orcas as shutdown continues

    ORCAS ISLAND, Wash. — A group of scientists not employed by the federal government is coming together to make sure the shutdown doesn’t impact one of the state’s most vulnerable species. Marine biologists, veterinarians and southern resident orca experts will assess the health conditions of J17 and K25 in the coming days. They plan to gather fecal and breath sample from the ailing orca, and then send them to the lab for analysis. Typically, work like this would fall under […]

  • Video, photos of new orca calf show energetic youngster keeping up with pod

    Photos and video of the endangered southern resident orca population's newest member were released late last week, showing the newborn calf "bouncing around" in good health.

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