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Oil-Spill Barge
6:38 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Oil-Spill Barge Causes Small Spills Of Its Own In Bellingham

Shell's Arctic Challenger, under construction in downtown Bellingham.
Photo by John Ryan Northwest News Network

More problems for the oil-spill containment barge being built on the Bellingham waterfront. Coast Guard officials say Shell Oil's Arctic Challenger has caused several small spills of its own in the past few weeks. KUOW's John Ryan reports.

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Chimpanzee Sanctuary
5:51 am
Wed August 15, 2012

Chimpanzee Sanctuary Just Barely Survives Kittitas Wildfire

Chimpanzee Sanctuary Northwest executive director Sarah Baeckler looks at the partially charred outdoor chimp enclosure.
Photo by Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Firefighters on the scene of a destructive wildfire in central Washington are hoping to make major progress Wednesday toward containment of the blaze. The Kittitas County sheriff's office estimates more than 70 homes and cabins have been destroyed. The fire has chased hundreds of people from their homes. Amidst the ashes, correspondent Tom Banse found one unusual story of survival.

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Taylor Bridge Fire Update
7:03 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Taylor Bridge Wildfire Worst Washington Has Seen In Years

View of the Taylor Bridge fire near Cle Elum, Wash.
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Dry winds and lots of fuel are making the Taylor Bridge Fire one of the most dangerous the state of Washington has seen in the last several years, said the Commissioner of Public Lands in a press briefing earlier this evening.

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Taylor Bridge Fire Growing
6:05 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Dangerous Wildfire Near Ellensburg Still Growing

Washington’s lieutenant governor has declared a state of emergency in central Washington because of a still-growing wildfire. The emergency declaration allows the National Guard to lend helicopters to the firefighting effort. The blaze has chased hundreds of people from their homes between Cle Elum and Ellensburg.

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Oregon Phasing Out Gillnetting
5:40 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Oregon Moving Ahead With Phase-Out Of Gillnetting

A measure that could ban commercial gillnet fishing has qualified for the November ballot.
Daily Inter Lake FWS

Oregon is moving ahead with a proposed phase-out of commercial gillnetting along the Columbia River. A state fish and wildlife panel Tuesday gave the initial go-ahead to the proposal made by Gov. John Kitzhaber. The action comes as the governor tries to head off a more restrictive ballot measure.

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Taylor Bridge Fire
5:06 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Heavy Air Tankers Battle Taylor Bridge Fire In Central Wash.

Smoke from the fire has led officials to warn people who have difficulty breathing to stay inside.
Tom Banse Northwest News Network

Heavy air tankers are dropping retardant on a stubborn wildfire still wreaking havoc in Washington’s Kittitas Valley.

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Oregon Man Imprisoned In Sudan
5:01 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Springfield, Ore. Man Released From Sudan Prison, Re-arrested

Rudwan Dawod was released from a Sudanese prison, but re-arrested on unknown charges.
Sudan Sunrise

A Springfield man who was arrested in Sudan last month has been re-arrested on unknown charges. His pregnant wife is concerned for his safety.

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Animals Rescued From Fire
4:34 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Animals Rescued From Taylor Bridge Fire

People running from the Taylor Bridge fire are looking for a safe place to put their horses and other large animals.
kallerna Wikimedia Commons

As the Taylor Bridge Fire continues to be battled from the air, people are looking for a safe place to put their cows, horses, llamas and other livestock. The fairgrounds in Ellensburg are holding at least 150 large animals.

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Kittitas Valley Wildfire
4:10 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Firefighters Gaining Upper Hand On Kittitas Valley Wildfire

The Kittitas Valley Wildfire has burned across ridges and canyons between the towns of Cle Elum and Ellensburg.
Richelle Risdon Kittitas County Emergency Management.

Firefighters called in from across Washington state are gaining the upper hand over a destructive wildfire in the Kittitas Valley. Crews with bulldozers are digging fire breaks, and helicopters continue to drop buckets of water on hotspots.

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Wash. Liquor Prices
6:16 am
Tue August 14, 2012

Washington Liquor Prices Up 17% Over Last Year

Liquor prices in Washington state were 17 percent higher in June 2012 compared to the same month one year ago.
Photo by Austin Jenkins Northwest News Network

Washington liquor prices were 17 percent higher on average in June, compared to the same month a year ago. The state Department of Revenue says sales declined in the first month private retailers could sell spirits in Washington. The drop is partially a result of bars and restaurants stocking their shelves in May.

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