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Feds agree to protect Hanford workers from dangerous gases

Federal government agrees to control dangerous gases from Hanford’s nuclear waste tanks.


This lawsuit would protect Hanford workers from deadly vapors. Now there’s a settlement

A settlement agreement has been reached in a 3-year-old lawsuit filed by Washington state to better protect workers from chemical vapors at the Hanford nuclear reservation, state Attorney General Bob …


UPDATED: Wed., Sept. 19, 2018, 11:12 a.m.

A diamond heiress is selling her Tenino estate. It can be yours for $11 million.

The most expensive personal property ever listed in Thurston, Pierce and Mason counties is for sale in Tenino, Wash..


Battle Ground Public Schools board approves contract with union

Battle Ground Public Schools’ board of directors approved its contract with the teachers union Tuesday, formally marking the end of weeks of consternation over teachers’ salaries in the region.


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 18, 2018, 6:55 p.m.

Closure of Seattle’s Alaskan Way Viaduct delayed

The permanent closure of Seattle’s Alaskan Way Viaduct will happen in January and not this fall as previously expected.


‘What a mess’: Texts by Seattle mayor, council member shed light on head-tax repeal

Newly released text conversations between Mayor Jenny Durkan and a union boss and a multimillionaire entrepreneur underscore how dire polling results helped drive Seattle officials to abruptly flip-flop on the …


Richland nurse jumps into action during airplane emergency

Cathey’s actions on that Aug. 5 flight to Yakima put her in the spotlight Monday at an all-employee meeting for Energy Northwest in Richland.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 17, 2018, 4:56 p.m.

International 10-year salmon preservation plan advances

Canada and the U.S. states of Alaska, Oregon and Washington would all reduce their catch of fragile salmon species under the terms of an updated international agreement that, if approved, …


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 17, 2018, 5:02 p.m.

One person dead after officer-involved shooting in Walla Walla

Police say one person is dead after an officer-involved shooting in Walla Walla.


UPDATED: Mon., Sept. 17, 2018, 7:21 p.m.

ffAngry at plight of southern-resident orcas, speakers rebuke NOAA in public meetings

Attendees criticized NOAA for coordinating the now-canceled rescue effort of the orca J50 with SeaWorld, the entertainment park that had for decades profited from capturing the animals for use in …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 16, 2018, 9:20 p.m.

In a five-person submarine, scientists in Friday Harbor unravel the mysteries of the Salish Sea

Marine scientists used a five-person submersible to learn more about the sand lance, a forage fish that is a staple of the chinook salmon diet. If the sand lance go …


UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 16, 2018, 9:09 p.m.

Cute puppies, buccaneer swagger mark Pirates in the Plaza

Pirates gathered Saturday afternoon in downtown Washougal, but they weren’t there to plunder the town. Rather, families and their pets came out to attend Pirates in the Plaza.


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 15, 2018, 9:58 p.m.

Some fans must choose between family, team ties as Washington State Cougars host Eastern Washington Eagles

With a proximity of only 80 miles between the two schools, the sellout crowd of nearly 33,000 at the Washington State-Eastern Washington football game had dozens of fans whose families …


Vancouver woman finds outlet to cope with mental illness

Linda Harbaugh knew she had to leave her home on Livingston Mountain – the space was too depressing.


UPDATED: Sat., Sept. 15, 2018, 12:54 p.m.

Some of Washington’s biggest trees are mysteriously dying

Something is killing bigleaf maples – Washington’s biggest broadleaf tree – and scientists can’t stop it. They don’t even know what’s causing it.


Updated smartphone app allows public to report invasive species in Washington

State wildlife managers have upgraded a key tool in the fight against invasive species.


I-1631 campaign pits environmental groups against oil companies

Carbon-fee initiative has supporters with deep pockets and opponents with even deeper ones.


Work to demolish Hanford plutonium plant could resume next week

Work to demolish a former nuclear weapons production plant in Washington state could resume next week, nearly nine months after a spread of radioactive contamination forced a shutdown.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018, 12:45 p.m.

Judge rules striking Battle Ground teachers must get to work

A Clark County Superior Court judge has signed an injunction against the Battle Ground Education Association, whose teachers have been striking for 12 days.


Congressional race in southwest Washington draws spotlight

Democrats see new opportunity in a southwest Washington congressional district as the party looks to make gains in a section of this blue state that has been out of reach …


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018, 9:09 a.m.

State transportation department, Amtrak to test train control system

Officials will be testing a train-control system along the tracks in the South Sound this weekend.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 13, 2018, 9:17 p.m.

General manager suspected of videotaping semi-pro basketball players found dead in Spokane hotel room

The longtime general manager of the Bellingham Slam semipro basketball team,


Hanford’s new budget is out. Trump isn’t going to be happy

A final spending bill for next year puts the Hanford nuclear reservation budget at $2.4 billion, well above the amount proposed by the Trump administration.


UPDATED: Thu., Sept. 13, 2018, 8:49 a.m.

Video: How do you capture a sick orca? NOAA did it 16 years ago, saving Springer

Capturing J50 will be trickier than it was with Springer, the 2-year-old orphan orca successfully captured and rehabilitated in 2002.


UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 14, 2018, 8:27 p.m.

Rates on Washington health plans to increase an average 13.8 percent in 2019

The costs of public health care plans will rise nearly 14 percent next year as a result of rate changes approved by state regulators.


NOAA lays plan to capture ailing orca J50, announces public meetings

Plans are being laid to capture J50, the ailing young orca, as efforts to help her in the wild have failed and her condition continues to decline.


‘Airplane of opportunity’? Richard Russell raised pilot’s suspicions a year before Sea-Tac plane heist

A commercial airline pilot says he encountered Richard Russell – the Horizon Air baggage handler who stole a passenger plane from Seattle-Tacoma International Airport and took it for a wild …


Two teens accused in Richland park shooting. 2 adults charged with telling them to do it

Two Tri-City men with a history of shooting at cars and homes are accused of directing two teens to shoot a Fourth of July reveler at Howard Amon Park.


Yakama Nation sues Yakima County, Granite Northwest over proposed mining expansion

Fearing that a tribal burial and cultural site will be desecrated by a proposed mining expansion on Yakima Ridge, the Yakama Nation is seeking a court order halting the project …


UPDATED: Tue., Sept. 11, 2018, 9:30 p.m.

Oklahoma man seeks new trial in white supremacist plot

An Oklahoma man says new evidence of prosecutors withholding information should result in a new trial on his 1999 murder conviction and death penalty for killing an Arkansas family as …