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  • Washington National Guard practices earthquake scenario

    Washington National Guard practices search, rescue and recovery operations at Shelton for a catastrophic quake and tsunami. That may be as close as anyone will be able to get to …


  • Cascadia Rising: A massive response by sea for a catastrophic quake

    Cascadia Rising drill includes delivery of vital supplies by sea when roads are destroyed.


  • Cascadia Rising: Practicing for the Big One

    Some 20,000 federal, state and local disaster officials and military personnel from around the Northwest and across the country are practicing for “the big one” – a cataclysmic quake off …


  • Deployed Washington National Guard soldier dies in Iraq

    A Washington National Guard soldier, who was a state trooper in his civilian life, has died in Iraq in a noncombat related incident, the Defense Department said Sunday.


  • Washington National Guard member killed in Afghanistan

    A member of the Washington National Guard’s special forces group was killed Tuesday in Afghanistan.


  • Federal aid arrives for tired firefighters

    A new wave of firefighting equipment and fresh troops to relieve fatigued front-line crews are streaming into the state after a federal emergency was declared for the massive blazes burning …


  • Inslee, U.S. senators promise push for federal funds as fires top 400,000 acres

    CHELAN, Washington – With smoke filtering the summer sun and flags at half-staff to honor three firefighters killed near Twisp, Gov. Jay Inslee and other top elected officials pledged state …


  • Damage unclear as wildfires sweep region

    Much of the devastation from numerous out-of-control Northwest wildfires fanned by high winds was unclear Saturday as officials scrambled to pull in more firefighting resources and douse the flames. There …


  • Fire roundup: More than 100 structures lost in Chelan; dozens of homes lost in central Idaho

    The gusting wind overnight may have brought lower temperatures and cleared out the smoky shroud that clung to the Spokane area, but it fanned the flames of several regional fires, …


  • Veteran troopers sue Washington State Patrol for benefits

    Five Washington State Patrol employees accuse the state of ignoring veteran preferences that would have helped them earn agency promotions. The lawsuit in Spokane Superior Court says up to 100 …


  • Insurance website to debut as planned

    OLYMPIA – Washington state will debut its website to help people find medical insurance under Obamacare today even if the federal government is forced into a shutdown over health care …


  • Guard unit joins Canada training

    The first of two convoys from the Washington National Guard’s Spokane-based 1041st Transportation Company rolled into Canada over the weekend for an international training exercise designed to help improve overall …


  • Injured vet awarded Liberty Lake home

    One of the first homes awarded to injured service members in a program set up by a large bank and a national nonprofit went to a veteran of the Washington …


  • Actors, fake gore help mimic potential terror attack, response

    Nearly 1,000 service members and civilians are sweating through a week of training in Spokane, preparing the Washington National Guard for the aftermath of a potential terrorist attack. Washington was …


  • Dog tag returns home after 66 years

    More than 66 years after Cpl. Walter Raymond Hahn of Spokane died in the battle for Guadalcanal, his dog tag made it back to his sister in Washington state.


  • Guard members back from mission in Iraq

    After almost a year away from their families, and putting themselves in harm’s way, 57 members of the Washington National Guard’s 81st Heavy Brigade Combat Team arrived home to cheers, …


  • Guard unit makes it home

    After almost a year away from their families, and putting themselves in harm’s way, 57 members of the Washington National Guard’s 81st Heavy Brigade Combat Team arrived home to cheers, …


  • Memento of WWII reaches soldier’s son

    John McGrath came home to Spokane at the end of World War II after nearly five years in the Army. One of his dog tags didn’t. It was left on …


  • Washington’s 81st Brigade to return this summer

    The Washington National Guard’s 81st Brigade Combat Team is already making plans to return home this summer. It mobilized last August for a yearlong deployment in Iraq.


  • Governor pays visit to 81st Brigade in Iraq

    Gov. Chris Gregoire fulfilled a promise this week that she made last summer to departing Washington National Guard troops: that she’d visit them in Iraq. And after spending part of …


  • Gregoire pays visit to 81st Brigade in Iraq

    Gov. Chris Gregoire fulfilled a promise this week that she made last summer to departing Washington National Guard troops: that she’d visit them in Iraq. And after spending part of …


  • Gov. Gregoire in Iraq visiting troops

    Gov. Chris Gregoire visiting National Guard troops in Iraq, says they face safer duty than last time.


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