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Finessing the flip-flop: Rafters get a thrill, while salmon and irrigators get more water

The experienced guides from virtually all of Washington’s whitewater rafting companies know what it takes to tame the mighty Tieton during the annual “flip-flop” water operations on Rimrock and the Cle Elum reservoirs. The change sends water roaring down from Rimrock Reservoir for a limited time, much to the delight of rafters.

Long-running sewage spill discovered at Naval Base Kitsap

UPDATED: Sun., Sept. 9, 2018, 7:15 p.m.

Naval Base Kitsap-Bremerton’s public works department says it has discovered another sewage spill – one that leaked an estimated 450,000 gallons of wastewater into Puget Sound over the past two years.

Study underscores continued loss of glacial ice, melt

As glaciers in the North Cascades and other areas of the Pacific Northwest continue to melt, the streams they typically replenish during the summer will get less water in August and September in coming decades.

Wildfire burns at Hanford nuclear reservation

A wildfire burned an estimated 3,000 acres on the Hanford nuclear reservation early Saturday morning, and a larger fire was burning uncontained on Saddle Mountain.

Cirque du Soleil audience sprayed with oil, show canceled

A Cirque du Soleil performance in Washington state ended abruptly when a hose on a hydraulic system broke and sprayed audience members with what the theatrical company says was vegetable-based oil.