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Motorcycle crash kills passenger

A Puyallup woman died Sunday afternoon and her husband was critically injured when their motorcycle went off State Route 25 and crashed into a tree in Stevens County south of Hunters.

Jodie Lynn Robinson, 54, who was a passenger on the motorcycle, died at the scene, the Washington State Patrol said. The driver, Randy M. Robinson, 46, of Puyallup, was flown to Sacred Heart Medical Center, where he was listed in critical condition Sunday night.

The WSP said the wreck occurred shortly before 2 p.m. near milepost 41, when the 2007 Harley-Davidson failed to negotiate a corner, left the road and struck a tree. Both people were wearing helmets. Officers said no drugs or alcohol were involved, and no charges are pending.

Fire near Yakima grows quickly

YAKIMA – A wildfire about 30 miles northwest of Yakima has grown to 300 acres in one day.

Nick Mickel of the Washington Incident Management Team said the Forrest fire was reported Saturday morning.

By evening Sunday, with 186 firefighters on the job, the blaze was 50 percent contained, Mickel said. He expected full containment sometime Tuesday afternoon.

Mickel said the cause of the blaze was under investigation, but noted that there was a lot of lightning in the area when the fire started.

Janitor rescues historic artifacts

HELENA– A Capitol janitor is being thanked by the governor for pulling century-old articles on Jeannette Rankin out of the trash.

Janitor Tammy Moore said she was throwing out boxes last week when she noticed an old, yellow news clip fall out of one. She opened the box to find 1916 articles on the first woman elected to Congress.

Included is a full-page Los Angeles Sunday Tribune piece written by Rankin – famous for taking often lonely votes against involvement in both World Wars – that is now safely headed to the Montana Historical Society.


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