Razor clam dig approved Dec. 31 through Jan. 7

Clam diggers can ring in the New Year by filling their buckets with razor clams during an eight-day opener beginning Dec. 31. State shellfish managers with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) approved the dig after marine toxin

Red Cross says house fires top disaster response in Washington

Hoquiam house fire 2

This year the Western Washington region of the Red Cross helped more people affected by home fires than all other disasters combined. Local volunteers responded at all hours of the day with food, blankets and comfort to help more than

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife seeks help spotting sick birds

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is seeking the public’s help in testing waterfowl and other wild birds for a type of avian influenza that has killed tens of thousands of chickens and domestic turkeys in British Columbia

Department of Fish and Wildlife seeks to remove Steller Sea Lion protections, and add Tufted Puffins to Endangered Species List

Tufted Puffin on Tatoosh Island - Photo by Peter Hodum

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife is proposing the removal of the Steller Sea Lion from the state’s threatened species list, and adding the Tufted Puffin to the endangered list. WDFW staff members are tentatively scheduled to discuss their reports and

Sea Grant scientists help pin down a prime suspect in sea star wasting disease

Ochre sea star (Pisaster ochraceus) by Melissa Miner.

Just a year-and-a-half after scientists first noticed sea stars dying mysteriously on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula, a team that includes two Washington Sea Grant-funded researchers has identified an apparent culprit in what’s come to be known as “sea star wasting disease”:

WA Department of Transportation exploring options for US 101 repairs in Mason County

US 101 in Mason County

Drivers traveling on US 101 near the Mason/Jefferson county line can expect brief delays for several months as the Washington State Department of Transportation works to design repairs on a section of roadway. Earlier this month, rain saturated a portion

10 years after tsunami: Improvements made on coast

Tsunami Vertical Evacuation at Ocosta Elementary

Ten years ago, the thought of a vertical evacuation center to gather in the face of an impending tsunami seemed like an impossible dream.  But state and local emergency management officials have worked hand-in-hand with the Ocosta School District to

Construction firm cited for safety violations at pontoon construction site in Aberdeen

Aberdeen SR520 pontoon casting basin

The Washington State Department of Labor & Industries (L&I) has cited Kiewit General Joint Venture for safety violations related to tower crane operations at its  bridge pontoon construction site in Aberdeen. Kiewit was cited for three willful violations and one

Washington Healthplanfinder reminds residents to get enrolled by 5 p.m. today

Washington Health Plan Finder

 The Washington Health Benefit Exchange is reminding residents today to select and pay for a Qualified Health Plan through www.wahealthplanfinder.org by 5 p.m. for coverage that begins on Jan. 1, 2015. As of yesterday, more than 92,000 residents have enrolled

U.S. Military plans for leaner force as Washington State invests in reserve centers

Airmen from the U.S. Air Force 10th Airlift Squadron walk across the airfield to a C-17 Globemaster III at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., on Nov. 29, 2012. The airmen are beginning a two-month deployment where they will operate out of two bases to fly missions concentrated in and around Afghanistan, Iraq and the Horn of Africa.

Changes in the military budget at the federal level could prompt some changes in Washington state next year, including some major improvements at the Montesano Armory. The 62nd Airlift Wing at Joint Base Lewis McCord reports the Air Force plans to make