I-5 HOV speeder had stuffed bear in passenger seat

LYNNWOOD, Wash. (AP) — Not only was a woman speeding at 74 mph on Interstate 5 in Lynnwood Monday morning, she also was alone using the HOV lane…. …read more

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Breweries have hop farmers racing to meet demand

SEATTLE (AP) — Hop farmers in the Yakima Valley say it’s a challenge to keep up with demand from Washington’s craft breweries…. …read more

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Dorothy Hoogeveen leaves unrestricted gift to Grays Harbor Community Foundation

Grays Harbor Community Foundation

Recently, the Estate of Dorothy Maude Hoogeveen provided the Grays Harbor Community Foundation a distribution that will allow approximately $10,000 – $12,000 annually for the benefit of Grays Harbor.

Dorothy had reached her 100th birthday. She remained independent in her home in Hoquiam, where she had resided since 1945 and where she passed on Thursday, December 19, 2013.

She was born on June 26, 1913, in Belgrade, Montana, graduated high school in McMinnville, Oregon, and received a B.A. Degree from Linfield College in 1935.  She worked in McMinnville until 1945 when she married Maarten Tommie Hoogeveen, and they moved to Hoquiam that same year. She was employed as business manager of Long Foundry Co. in Hoquiam for 31 years, retiring in 1978.

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FEMA Encourages Communities to Participate in National PrepareAthon! Day

FEMA

The Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) encourages individuals, families, workplaces, schools and organizations across the nation to take part in America’s PrepareAthon!, a national day of action that will take place September 30. America’s PrepareAthon! is a community-based campaign to increase emergency preparedness and resilience through participation in hazard-specific drills, group discussions and exercises every fall and spring. To register, individuals and organizations can visit www.ready.gov/prepare.

According to a recent survey conducted by FEMA, 50 percent of Americans have not discussed or developed an emergency plan for family members about where to go and what to do in the event of a local disaster. Additionally, nearly 70 percent of Americans have not participated in a preparedness drill or exercise, aside from a fire drill at their workplace, school or home in the past two years.

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Boeing delivering 747-8 to Air China

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — Boeing is delivering a 747-8 Intercontinental to Air China on Monday in Everett…. …read more

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Task force proposing new taxes for state parks

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A task force appointed by the governor is recommending two new taxes to help fund Washington state parks and the outdoor recreation industry…. …read more

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Marijuana industry makes political donations

By By KRISTEN WYATT DENVER (AP) — The entrepreneurs of the young U.S. marijuana industry are taking another step into the mainstream, becoming political donors who use some of their profits to support cannabis-friendly candidates and ballot questions that could bring legal pot to more states…. …read more

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Wolf attacks kill sheep, dogs in NE Oregon

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — Two recent wolf attacks have killed eight sheep and two livestock-protection dogs in Umatilla County…. …read more

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Spokane council expected to OK ride share services

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The Spokane City Council is expected to sign a memorandum of understanding Monday that would permit the operation of Uber and Lyft ride share services in the city…. …read more

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Man flees Wenatchee police into Columbia River

WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) — A man who fled from Wenatchee police into the Columbia River could not be found…. …read more

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