CHELAN — With smoke filtering the summer sun and flags at half-staff to honor three firefighters killed near Twisp, Gov. Jay Inslee and other top elected officials pledged state and federal resources to battle fires that by late morning Thursday were scorching nearly 400,000 acres around the state.
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Although firefighters will get a break from the searing heat Thursday as a large cold front moves through central Washington, little relief is expected from strong, gusty winds.
OMAK — When Joe Smillie put out the call for firefighting volunteers, he knew the response would be large. But this?
Is the severe drought in the Western United States a product of climate change?
The primary election for Tenino’s pivotal mayoral race has reinforced the notion that every vote counts.
YAKIMA — Northwest cherry growers ended up harvesting 20.25 million boxes of cherries, just 2 percent more than what they predicted in May, according to a news release from the Northwest Cherry Growers association, which represents orchardists in five Northwest states.
BELLINGHAM — Congressional and business leaders from Montana shrugged off the concerns of environmentalists and praised a coal terminal proposed for Cherry Point.
OLYMPIA — The state will suspend sales of prepaid college tuition units — called the GET program — for as long as two years while the group overseeing them wrestles with the downside of what many Washington lawmakers saw as a major legislative success: lower tuition at state colleges.
Initial results from a program to monitor the Cascadia Subduction Zone in unprecedented detail show that the fault off the Northwest coast isn’t as seismically quiet as it has long appeared.
The Department of Ecology is changing how it establishes fees to some of the state’s largest polluters.
WAPATO — When staff at Owen Roe winery saw recently that their Rattlesnake Hills grapes were ripe, they dropped what they were doing to prepare for the earliest harvest in memory.
The Vancouver City Council on Monday unanimously agreed to continue a moratorium on establishing or expanding crude oil-handling facilities for another six months.
OLYMPIA — The latest initiative designed to make it harder for the Washington Legislature to raise taxes survived a court challenge Friday when a King County Superior Court judge refused to block it from the November ballot.
EVERETT — Each oil tanker car that passes through Snohomish County carries about 33,000 gallons. Multiply that by 100 to 110 cars per train.
SEATAC — Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday called on legislative leaders to begin working vigorously on a school funding plan that will end a $100,000-a-day fine imposed by the state Supreme Court.