What’s news in the Northwest today:
KENNEWICK — One person has been killed and one seriously burned in a mobile home fire at Kennewick where two more people have not yet been accounted for. Benton County Coroner John Hansens says a body was visible in the home. KONA reports firefighters are still going through the debris. A man who broke a window to escape was taken to Kennewick General Hospital with burns. The home was fully engulfed in flames about 3:30 a.m. Monday when firefighters arrived at Columbia Mobile Village.
House panel due to vote on booting Occupy Boise
BOISE — An Idaho House panel is listening to what’s expected to be the final day of testimony on a proposal to boot Occupy Boise protesters’ tents from state property across from the Capitol. Today marks the second day of testimony on the bill, sponsored by Republican Rep. Scott Bedke, to ban camping from the Capitol Mall. Bedke says his bill isn’t aimed at restricting free speech, rather to preserve aesthetic values and appropriate uses of state land. But Occupy Boise backers say forcing them to remove their tents from the old Ada County Courthouse just southeast of the Capitol building would unfairly muzzle them. They say they aren’t camping, rather trying to bring attention to their concerns that U.S. government now answers to corporate interests, rather than regular people.
Big waves, high tides threaten Washington coast
ABERDEEN, Wash. — The National Weather Service says 20-foot waves and high tides threaten some communities on the Washington coast. Forecasters say they threaten severe erosion of the jetty protecting La Push and the lower Quileute tribal village during high tide around noon Monday. During high tide Sunday, water covered sidewalks in Westport near the marina. City Administrator Randy Lewis told KBKW water didn’t appear to get into buildings.
Search resumes for young girl in Oregon River
ESTACADA, Ore. — Oregon authorities say the search is resuming this morning for a 6- or 7-year-old girl who fell into the Clackamas River in the Mount Hood National Forest. The search started Sunday evening after the sheriff’s office received a 911 call from the girl’s father saying she was swept away near Austin Hot Springs, which is about 30 miles southeast of Estacada and 60 miles southeast of Portland. The Clackamas River is running very fast and cold because of the winter storm that brought rain and snow to the region.
Thousands still without power in Western Washington
BELLEVUE, Wash. — Tens of thousands of electrical customers remain out of service because of power lines that were knocked down by falling trees in last week’s snow and ice storms in Western Washington. Most are customers of Puget Sound Energy. The utility said late Sunday night that about 71,000 homes and businesses were without power in King, Pierce and Thurston counties. PSE says it has about 1,000 linemen in 270 crews assisted by tree crews in the field. Although repair work is continuing around the clock, PSE says it could take until the middle of the week to get everyone back on line.
Montana man pleads guilty to eagle crime in SD
SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — A Montana man has pleaded guilty to illegally selling parts from federally protected eagles in South Dakota. Thirty-three-year-old Ernie Stewart of Wyola, Mont., faces up to a year in prison and a $100,000 fine when he is sentenced March 30. U.S. Attorney Brendan Johnson says Stewart sold eagle feathers, wings and a tail to another person in June 2010 near Spearfish. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service investigated.
Search resuming Monday for 4 on Mount Rainier
MOUNT RAINIER NATIONAL PARK, Wash. — A search is resuming today for four overdue climbers and campers on Mount Rainier. Park spokeswoman Patti Wold says that rescuers on Sunday didn’t find signs of the parties. But she says “we’re optimistic, so we’ll keep searching.” Wold is hopeful that weather permitting an aerial search could be conducted Monday. Officials say the two groups are equipped for camping in winter weather and hopefully have dug in to wait out the storm. They were expected off the mountain on Jan. 15 or 16. The missing campers are 37-year-old Mark Vucich, of San Diego, and 30-year-old Michelle Trojanowski, of Atlanta. The climbers were identified as 52-year-old Sork “Erik” Yang, of Springfield, Ore., and Seol Hee Jin, of Korea.
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