Washington

Goldendale Fire
6:54 am
Mon July 29, 2013

Goldendale Area Wildfire Grows Over Weekend

Smoke is visible from a firefighter base camp near Goldendale.
Credit Anna King

Over the weekend the wildfire burning near Goldendale, in southeast Washington, grew to more than 17,000 acres. Firefighters are battling flames in grass, brush and timber. So far, no homes have burned, but the fire has closed a highway that runs between the towns of Toppenish and Goldendale. The blaze called the Mile Marker 28 fire is moving toward the town of Bickelton, Washington and is about 25 percent contained. More than 1,200 firefighters are working about 78 miles of fire line. Steve Derry is a fire crew chief. He was just getting ready to head back out.

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Mt. Rainier Rescues
8:39 am
Thu July 25, 2013

Mt. Rainier Rescues Will Take Longer

Mount Rainier park rangers are warning it may take longer than usual to rescue stranded climbers.

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Immigration Reform
6:14 am
Mon July 15, 2013

Democrats Push Immigration Reform In Central Washington

Matt Martin/Northwest News Network. Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Illinois) speaks to supporters of immigration reform in Yakima, Washington.

Originally published on Mon July 15, 2013 8:33 am

Supporters of the immigration overhaul that passed the U.S. Senate are drumming up support for the legislation in the Northwest. On Saturday, one of the Democrats taking the lead on the issue in Congress spoke to a crowded church in Yakima, Washington.

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Spokane Charter Schools
7:19 am
Wed July 3, 2013

Spokane Only School District In Washington Seeking To Choose Their Charter Schools

The Spokane School District wants to be allowed to consider applications from prospective charter schools.

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Wind Farm Case
7:00 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Washington Supreme Court Hears Wind Farm Case

The Supreme Court of Washington Thursday heard arguments in a case about a controversial wind farm in the Columbia River Gorge. Then-Governor Chris Gregoire approved the project more than a year ago. Environmentalists say it will harm wildlife, recreation, and scenic views. For EarthFix, Courtney Flatt has more.

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Washington Budget
6:49 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Governor Inslee Chalks Up Wins, Losses In First Session

Washington Governor Jay Inslee can claim some wins and losses after a protracted legislative session that resulted in two overtime sessions.
Credit Austin Jenkins

Washington Governor Jay Inslee can claim some significant legislative wins, along with several losses now that the legislature has finally adjourned. The Democrat’s first dance with lawmakers was made more difficult when Republicans and two breakaway Democrats took control of the state senate. Olympia Correspondent Austin Jenkins has this look at the governor’s record.

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Washington Budget
6:44 am
Mon July 1, 2013

Washington Legislature Adjourns, Budget Signed In Nick Of Time

Governor Jay Inslee prepares to sign a new two-year state operating budget into law, officially averting a government shutdown.
Credit Austin Jenkins

The Washington legislature adjourned over the weekend. And late Sunday Governor Jay Inslee signed into law a new state budget. It officially averted a government shutdown Monday. The Democratic governor offered this list of what he considers highlights in the budget.

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Government Shutdown
6:45 am
Wed June 26, 2013

Campgrounds, And Other Services, Would Close In Wash. Government Shutdown

A spokesperson for Washington Governor Jay Inslee said Tuesday lawmakers have agreed to large components of a new state budget and are working through smaller details. They’re running out of time to agree on a two-year budget deal before the existing budget expires this Sunday.

  Meanwhile, 34 state agencies are preparing to close Monday if there’s no deal by then. Virginia Painter with the state parks department says this would be just in time for their busiest week of the year, surrounding the Fourth of July.

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Skagit River Bridge
5:58 am
Wed June 19, 2013

Northwest Washington Relishes Return To “Normal” With Bridge Re-Opening

Wash. Sec. of Transportation Lynn Peterson (left) and WSDOT regional administrator Jim Drye (right) give a tour to Gov. Jay Inslee
Credit Tom Banse

Traffic is set to start rolling across the repaired Interstate 5 bridge over the Skagit River Wednesday morning. That completes a hasty, round-the-clock salvage and reconstruction job. It started just three and a half weeks ago when an oversize load brought down the vital bridge. Correspondent Tom Banse reports that Northwest Washington drivers and businesses are relishing a return to normal.

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Agricutural mistakes
6:53 am
Thu June 6, 2013

Careful Wheat Farmers, Seed Purveyors Say Mistakes Still Happen

Uniontown, Wash., area farmer Frank Wolf.
Credit Anna King

There’s been a lot of speculation but few answers so far about how genetically modified wheat ended up in an Oregon field.

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