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Shell Oil’s exit from Arctic met with disappointment

PORT ANGELES — North Olympic Peninsula economic officials were disappointed Monday to learn Royal Dutch Shell will stop exploring for oil in Arctic waters, leaving a question over whether the company would again dock its mammoth Polar Pioneer oil drilling rig in Port Angeles Harbor this winter.

2015 cherry harvest third largest in 20 years

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.