The Record
11:48 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

My American Dream Sounds Like The White Stripes

The White Stripes.
Autumn De Wilde Courtesy of the artists

Originally published on Wed August 15, 2012 12:27 pm

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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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Sweetness And Light
7:03 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Feeling Just Wild About Wild Cards

Baltimore Orioles center fielder Adam Jones is out at second against Kansas City Royals shortstop Alcides Escobar. Despite less-than-stellar statistics, the Orioles are contenders in the American League wild-card race.
Nick Wass AP

Originally published on Wed August 15, 2012 10:46 am

Bud Selig, the commissioner of baseball, has persuaded his owners and the players to add an extra wild-card team to the playoffs, so now five teams per league will qualify.

Not only is this terrific for the fans, but Selig also wisely managed to make it so that the wild-card teams engage in a one-game showdown for the privilege of being the team that joins the three division winners in the battle for the league championship.

I have just the old-fashioned word for this newfangled development: nifty.

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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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The Two-Way
3:51 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Fast-Moving Washington Wildfire Burns 60 Homes

As embers still smolder, family members sift through the remains of their home that was destroyed in a wildfire.
Elaine Thompson AP

A wildfire burning near Cle Elum, Wash., has destroyed 60 homes, as it rushed through 45-square-miles of land.

The Seattle Times reports that the fire is still on the move and more homes and ranches are in its path.

The Times adds:

"The fire is proving difficult to fight.

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