In brief: McGinn widens lead in Seattle
SEATTLE – Environmentalist Mike McGinn has widened his lead over cell phone executive Joe Mallahan to 2,384 votes in the race for Seattle mayor.
King County released updated vote totals twice Friday.
The first update increased McGinn’s lead to 1,209 votes and the Friday night tally put McGinn even further ahead.
On Thursday, McGinn’s lead was just 515 votes. Thousands of votes remain to be counted next week.
State law requires a recount if the margin is fewer than 2,000 votes and less than one-half of 1 percent of the total vote.
In the August primary, McGinn and Mallahan finished ahead of incumbent Mayor Greg Nickels.
130 to lose jobs in closure of mill
OMAK, Wash. – Colville Indian Precision Pine plans to shut down its Omak lumber mill in December, ending 130 jobs.
CEO Randy Williams said the closure is forced by low demand and low lumber prices.
The Colville Indian Plywood and Veneer mill closed in January, idling about 230 workers. Both are ventures of Colville Tribal Enterprises Corp.
Transient arrested in beating death
SEATTLE – Police arrested a transient in the beating death of another man at a homeless camp in Seattle.
Police say the body of a 46-year-old man was found Wednesday covered by a blanket.
The 43-year-old suspect was identified by other transients, and he was booked into the King County Jail for investigation of homicide.