Spokane parents camp out for kindergarten spot

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — More than 50 parents camped out overnight at Prairie View Elementary in hope of claiming a spot Wednesday morning in next year’s kindergarten class at the popular school in the Mead School District near Spokane…. …read more

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2 Spokane coffee stands robbed; 3 arrests

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — Spokane police say they took three people into custody after two coffee stands were robbed within an hour and a half…. …read more

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Wash. man gets 17 years for killing friend

PROSSER, Wash. (AP) — A Grandview, Washington man has been sentenced to 17 years in prison for fatally stabbing a friend, then running over his body and stashing it in a car trunk…. …read more

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Seattle police: 2 vehicles hit girl, drive off

SEATTLE (AP) — Seattle police say two vehicles struck and seriously injured a 10-year-old girl as she crossed a street in south Seattle. Witnesses say both vehicles drove off as they tended to the child…. …read more

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Grenade found in Belfair, Wash., trash bin

BELFAIR, Wash. (AP) — The Mason County sheriff’s office says Habitat for Humanity workers in Belfair, Washington, found a World War II-era grenade in a large trash bin next to their building…. …read more

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Former King County deputy gets more prison time

SEATTLE (AP) — A former King County sheriff’s deputy who was sentenced to one year in prison after pleading guilty to promoting prostitution and other charges has been given a longer term after he was found to have lied to the court…. …read more

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Draft water rules tied to fish consumption out

SEATTLE (AP) — The state Department of Ecology has released a set of draft rules that updates water quality standards partly tied to how much fish people eat…. …read more

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Bonneville Power gets back hiring authority

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The U.S. Department of Energy says it’s restoring control over hiring decisions to the Bonneville Power Administration – authority it took away from the power-marketing agency in the wake of a hiring scandal…. …read more

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Wildlife Commission approves Grays Harbor land purchase for wildlife habitat, outdoor recreation

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife Commission this week approved the purchase of nearly 132 acres of land in Grays Harbor County, which includes a 35-acre island and surrounding tidelands that will be added to the Johns River Wildlife Area. The Commission said on Monday that the property will provide some hunting grounds, and habitat for a variety of fish and wildlife, especially waterfowl and shorebirds migrating along the Pacific Flyway.
The Department secured an option to purchase the property which is about 1 mile Southeast of Westport for $108,000.

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Friends of Olympic National Park invite volunteers for Fall Clean-Up

Olympic National Park Visitor Info Center

The public is invited to participate in a work party hosted by the Friends of Olympic National Park (Friends) on Saturday, October 4, from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at the Olympic National Park Visitor Center located at 3002 Mount Angeles Road in Port Angeles.

This event will focus on cleaning the area around the visitor center. Projects will include pruning, exotic plant removal, weeding, raking, and local trail maintenance.

Participants are asked to meet in the visitor center parking lot at 9:00 a.m. Some tools will be available, but participants are urged to bring their favorite hand tools and gloves.

This is the third in a series of bi-annual work sessions the Friends plan to host at the park.

“These events are designed to address park maintenance needs and provide an opportunity to bring together the Friends membership, park volunteers, and the public,” said Friends of Olympic National Park President David Morris. “We hope that as many people as possible can participate in this effort.”

Members of Friends of Olympic National Park, national park volunteers, and the general public are invited to attend both events. For additional information, please contact the Olympic National Park volunteer office at 360-565-3142.