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  • Some mountain snow on the way, but will it be enough to open all ski resorts?

    SEATTLE — If you’re a skier or boarder, you’re getting antsy. The turkey has been carved. The leftovers thrown away. But with only a few mountain resorts open for minimal operations, skiers and snowboarders are left twiddling their thumbs. When will Northwest ski resorts open in full? Q13 News Meteorologist Tim Joyce says most resorts want to see about a 24-inch base before full operations. Most are still a ways off. Gwyn Howat, the operations manager and executive vice president […]

  • Orca task force finalizes plan to save endangered southern resident killer whales

    The state's southern resident killer whale task force handed its plan to save the endangered animals to the governor Friday.

  • To serve those in service: Family business has covered JBLM for 60 years

    STEILACOOM, Wash. — With more than 9,000 service members moving in and out of Joint Base Lewis-McChord every year, it’s easy to feel like a stranger on one of the country’s largest military bases. But one company and one family has made it their mission to help. The Ranger weekly newspaper out of Steilacoom, Washington has been on and around the base for 3,475 editions. The paper covers everything from specific goings on in the military, to where active duty […]

  • Orca task force to recommend moratorium on southern resident killer whale watching

    PUYALLUP, Wash. — The governor’s orca task force will likely recommend a moratorium on whale watching the endangered Southern resident orca in the Puget Sound. The group voted on an action Tuesday that would “suspend viewing” of the endangered southern resident for three to five years. The action would prohibit all vessels in the Puget Sound from “watching” the marine mammals. Washington State’s Department of Fish and Wildlife would be in charge of rulemaking and regulation. The rule is expected to […]

  • Washington weed retailer says Canada’s legalization ‘will help’ business

    At 12:01 a.m. Wednesday, Canada became the largest country in the world to legalize recreational marijuana. And at least one marijuana retail shop less than two miles from the border isn't worried legalization will cut into stateside profit.

  • Good news, arachnophobics! ‘There’s no need to watch out for any venomous spiders’ in Western Washington

    SEATTLE — No, your aunt Susie in Puyallup didn’t get bit by a brown recluse while she was cleaning out her woodshed. Or any other venomous spider dangerous to humans. That’s because there isn’t a brown recluse within “1,000 miles of Washington,” said Rod Crawford, the curator of arachnids at the Burke Museum of National History and Culture at the University of Washington. And asides from “very small” populations on the San Juan Islands, there aren’t any black widows in […]

  • State congressman applauds vote to remove federal protections for wolves

    OLYMPIA, Wash. — Congress is considering removing gray wolves from the federal list of endangered and threatened species, potentially opening them up to more hunting outside of Washington state. House Bill 6784, known as the “Manage Our Wolves Act,” would push wolves off the Endangered Species Act. It would remove certain habitat protections and open them up to hunting. The bill passed out of the House Committee on Natural Resources Wednesday. Congressman Dan Newhouse, R-Sunnyside, praised the move, saying delisting […]

  • 500,000 sign petition to breach Snake River dams in effort to save orcas

    More than 500,000 people have signed a petition to breach the Lower Snake River dams in an effort to boost wild salmon recovery, putting pressure on state leaders to consider the controversial move.

  • Multiple southern resident orcas are pregnant but another is ailing, researchers say

    Another orca is sick and several others are pregnant in the critically endangered family of southern resident killer whales in the Pacific Northwest.

  • Whale watching boats still disturbing endangered killer whales despite efforts

    FRIDAY HARBOR, Wash. — Southern resident orca numbers are the lowest they’ve been in more than three decades. But you’d never know it by the bustling port of Friday Harbor on a bright September day. Bold white letters on red signs say it everywhere: Whale Watching. Tours depart multiple times daily, taking literal boatloads of tourists from places like New Jersey and Texas out to see the majestic plumes of humpbacks and orcas. It’s not just Friday Harbor. The whale […]