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BNSF has lots of tools at its disposal to keep trains moving when the snow starts to pile up. If trains can't travel, that means not only are raw materials blocked from reaching their destinations, but also Christmas gifts.
Yes, it's around Thanksgiving that Hallmark and Lifetime start to release holiday movie after holiday movie, but don't skip out on the dozens of Thanksgiving big-screen and TV movies available to watch. A quick search will bring up movies for children, those looking to laugh and those who don't mind a little drama alongside their big meal.
The Trump administration on Monday moved to block a Washington state law that imposed safety restrictions on oil shipments by rail in response to numerous explosive accidents.
Greyhound, the nation’s largest bus company, said Friday it will stop allowing Border Patrol agents without a warrant to board its buses to conduct routine immigration checks. The bus sweeps have been a flashpoint locally as hundreds of immigrants have been detained or arrested while trying to board Greyhound buses at the Spokane Intermodal Center.
In the late 1800s and the early 20th century, railroad entrepreneurs competed to create a seamless system, connecting every region by rail. The biggest challenge was connecting the Northwest to large Midwest cities.
Three boys were on trial in police court for “forcibly hugging and kissing” two young telephone operators.
Train crews are working Wednesday morning at the scene of a derailment where several train cars, including a couple tankers, came off the tracks in Spokane Valley.
Washington’s new law to establish safer standards on the highly flammable oil trains that pass regularly through Spokane – past hospitals, a high school, a freeway – is likely headed for a courtroom.
North Dakota officials are pressuring Washington’s governor to veto legislation requiring oil shipped by rail to have more of its volatile gases removed.
A group of young people went dancing at the Silver Grill, had several drinks of illicit whiskey, then went on an early-morning drive in a seven-passenger Buick.
Trains carrying crude oil through Spokane and the rest of the state to Washington refineries would have to keep it under lower pressure under a bill supporters say will reduce the chance of catastrophic accidents.
The first white settlers came to Spokane on horseback in the 1870s but it was the railroad that filled the city with entrepreneurs, miners, loggers, farmers, tradesmen and other new residents. And modern trains still follow the route of that first rail line through town.
BNSF Railway shipments were at an all-time high during the first quarter of this year, the company reported, surpassing its record set in 2006. BNSF, which is also moving record numbers of trains through Southwest Washington, is adding employees.
General Electric will tie its train engine division to the railroad equipment maker Wabtec in deal worth about $11 billion as GE CEO John Flannery continues to break off parts of the conglomerate.
Passenger train service between Seattle and Everett has been temporarily suspended after a mudslide blocked tracks north of Seattle.
Gov. Jay Inslee’s decision to reject a permit for a massive oil-by-rail terminal along the Columbia River was influenced by local residents’ worries about the potential for an oil train derailment in Spokane.
I am glad that Rob McKenna, former attorney general of the state of Washington, is not the presiding judge in my legal case of nonviolent civil disobedience now pending in Spokane County Superior Court. In a guest opinion column published in this paper on Jan. 11 (“Personal views don’t excuse crimes”), Mr. McKenna set himself up as self-appointed judge, jury and prosecutor of my legal case even before it has gone to trial, which is now scheduled for April 23. As a former prosecutor himself, Mr. McKenna should know that you do not pass judgment on a case that is currently being investigated and litigated. In our system of justice, a person is considered innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt by a jury of his peers – and not the other way around.
Although the NTSB investigation is just getting underway, some important questions must be answered by the public and private operators of passenger trains in Washington state and beyond.
Two passenger trains collided on Friday near Vienna, injuring several people, authorities said.
Investigators continue to sort out the cause of the fatal Amtrak crash in Dupont but local politicians and emergency responders have been working for years to prepare for a train disaster if it were to hit Spokane.