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Too hurt to work? Don’t get caught doing yoga on a paddle board, feds say

Paul D. LaMarche, 67, pleaded guilty to wire fraud and theft of government property in March, acknowledging that he took nearly $180,000 in disability benefits from BNSF Railway over 23 …


UPDATED: Sat., June 23, 2018, 7:15 p.m.

BNSF: Estimated 230,000 gallons of oil spilled in derailment

An estimated 230,000 gallons of crude oil spilled into floodwaters in the northwestern corner of Iowa following a train derailment, a railroad official said Saturday.


Idaho officials approve railroad’s plan for second bridge

Idaho officials have approved BNSF Railway’s application for a permit to build a second railroad bridge in northern Idaho across Lake Pend Oreille and Sand Creek in Sandpoint.


UPDATED: Sat., June 2, 2018, 1:58 p.m.

Landslide suspends Amtrak’s Seattle-Portland service

Amtrak officials say a landslide between Portland and Seattle has suspended service between the cities.


Interests widen in legal fight over Columbia River coal-export terminal

Six Western states and national industry groups have lined up against Washington state in a legal battle over its decision to reject permits for a massive proposed coal-export terminal on …


Alex LaBeau: Support Sandpoint junction connector

Trade plays a critical role in our world, and especially in our state. We depend on an efficient supply chain to move the goods we all use every day – …


Mudslide halts rail service between Seattle, Everett

A 20-foot-wide mudslide on the BNSF Railway lines has shut down all commuter-rail service between Seattle’s King Street Station and Everett.


Guest opinion: Second rail bridge would be boon to all

When I learned that BNSF Railway wanted to build a second bridge over Lake Pend Oreille in North Idaho, it seemed like an obvious choice. As it turns out, what …


UPDATED: Sat., March 3, 2018, 8:13 p.m.

Criminal charge dismissed in case involving forged judge’s signature

A felony forgery charge has been dismissed against the former spokesman of the Coeur d’Alene Tribe in a case in which someone forged the signature of Spokane County Superior Court …


Mudslide north of Seattle temporarily halts passenger trains

Passenger train service between Seattle and Everett has been temporarily suspended after a mudslide blocked tracks north of Seattle.


Mudslides halt rail traffic between Seattle and Portland

Officials with BNSF Railway say mudslides have forced the suspension of rail traffic between Seattle and Portland.


UPDATED: Tue., April 25, 2017, 3:51 p.m.

Landslide stops Amtrak service between Seattle and Portland

Officials say Amtrak service has been temporarily disrupted between Seattle and Portland because of a landslide.


UPDATED: Tue., April 18, 2017, 11:08 p.m.

BNSF to move ahead with second Sandpoint rail bridge; opposition voiced by mayor

BNSF Railway said it moving ahead with a second railroad bridge across Lake Pend Oreille at Sandpoint while the city’s mayor voiced opposition.


Track inspectors on front lines of safe shipment of crude oil, state says

Since trains began hauling flammable crude oil from the Northern Plains to Western Washington ports and refineries, state and local attention to rail infrastructure has increased. Track inspectors are on …


UPDATED: Thu., March 16, 2017, 9:57 a.m.

Grain elevator collapses near Edwall, knocking out power to rural area west of Spokane

A grain elevator collapsed late Wednesday morning in Edwall causing a brief power surge and warping a section of BNSF Railway track.


UPDATED: Wed., March 8, 2017, 7:01 p.m.

Oil cleanup agreement opens path to North Spokane freeway through Hillyard

A major road block in the path of a new North Spokane freeway may be coming down under an agreement announced this week.


Dakota Access oil pipeline doesn’t faze big rail shippers

The two biggest railroads shipping oil from North Dakota don’t seem particularly concerned that the Dakota Access pipeline may be about to come online, as oil makes up only a …


UPDATED: Wed., Feb. 8, 2017, 5:25 p.m.

Montana’s Blackfeet reservation digs out from 3 feet of snow

Residents of the Blackfeet Indian Reservation were digging out Wednesday from at least 3 feet of snow while bracing for high winds expected to send the snow drifting.


UPDATED: Mon., Feb. 6, 2017, 10:18 p.m.

Two Amtrak trains stranded in Montana due to avalanche on Marias Pass

Two Amtrak passenger trains – one headed to Seattle, the other to Chicago – are stranded in Montana after an avalanche apparently wiped out or covered sections of railway on …


Spokane Valley bolsters efforts on federal rail crossing funding

Spokane Valley is continuing its pursuit of federal funding for two major crossings of the BNSF Railway mainline next to Trent Avenue.


BNSF Railway agrees to study covers for rail cars transporting coal to reduce dust

BNSF Railway has reached a tentative settlement with Washington environmental groups over coal dust from uncovered train cars.


Jury awards BNSF Railway whistleblower $1.6 million

A former BNSF Railway employee who says he was fired after conducting a brake test despite objections from his supervisors has been awarded $1.6 million.


52 climate activists arrested in Washington railroad protest

SEATTLE – Authorities cleared the railroad tracks of protesters and arrested 52 climate activists Sunday morning in Washington state, after a two-day shutdown. About 150 people spent the night in …


Railroads say worst-case oil spill in Washington could cost $775 million

If an oil train derailed in Washington and dumped most of its cargo, cleanup costs could exceed $775 million, according to documents BNSF Railway Co. provided to the state.


Contaminated site could send North Spokane Corridor soaring over Hillyard

The North Spokane Corridor freeway has hit a roadblock in Hillyard where historic rail operations left a spill of bunker-C oil floating on the aquifer 170 feet underground.


Getting There: Barker Road bridge over rail line could be funded

A new federal grant program to enhance freight mobility could result in funding for a bridge crossing on Barker Road at the BNSF Railway mainline.


Editorial: Draft EIS for oil port suspect

Consultant linked to railroad, port minimized spill risk.


Critics say oil trains report underestimates risk

The chance of an oil train derailing and dumping its cargo between Spokane and a new terminal proposed for Vancouver, Washington, is extremely low, according to a risk assessment prepared …


Paving will give East Central direct road to Spokane core

When it comes to building highways in Spokane, no neighborhood has borne more pavement than East Central. More than 1,000 houses in Spokane were leveled to make way for the …


Vintage train ride gives BNSF workers, families a treat

Employees of BNSF Railway in the Spokane region are getting a close-up look this week at the history of their company. The railroad has brought a passenger train with 15 …