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.

2 hit in West Yakima by BNSF freight train

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Two people have been hit by a freight train traveling on a bridge over the Naches River in West Yakima…. …read more

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Aberdeen Police Department awarded COPS grant to fund officer

Aberdeen WA Police Department

The Aberdeen Police Department is one of 7 Western Washington agencies to receive a Department of Justice grant to help fund police officers.
The Community Oriented Policing Services grants total 6.2 million for Western Washington, nearly $121 million will be awarded nationally. If accepted Aberdeen would receive $125,000 of that, Seattle and Tacoma get the lion’s share for 10 new officers.
The COPS Hiring Program offers grants to state, local and tribal agencies to hire or rehire officers, providing salaries and benefits for new hires for three years.

Aberdeen Police Department (1) $125,000
Auburn, City of (5) $625,000
Colville Confederated Tribes (1) $125,000
Federal Way, City of (4) $500,000
Fife, City of (1) $125,000
Quincy, City of (1) $125,000
Seattle, City of (10) $1,250,000
Skagit County Sheriff’s Department (2) $250,000
Spokane Police Department (5) $625,000
Tacoma, City of (10) $3,409,753

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Wildlife officials to discuss wolf management at Colville meeting

Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife

The public will have an opportunity to discuss wolf management activities in northeast portion of the state with Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) leaders during a meeting Tuesday, Oct. 7, in Colville.

The meeting will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Colville Ag Trade Center at the Northeast Washington Fairgrounds, 317 West Astor Ave.

WDFW officials will provide information on recent wolf attacks on livestock in the region, and on the packs involved in those incidents – the Huckleberry pack in Stevens County and the Profanity Peak pack in Ferry County.

Meeting participants will be able to share their views on wolf management and recovery and to ask questions of WDFW Director Phil Anderson, Eastern Regional Director Steve Pozzanghera, and other department staff.

WDFW actions this summer to protect sheep from the Huckleberry pack are described in a question-and-answer document on the department’s website at http://wdfw.wa.gov/conservation/gray_wolf/huckleberry_faq.html .

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Large fire burns building in Seattle neighborhood

SEATTLE (AP) — Fire crews are fighting a large blaze burning a building in Seattle’s Fremont neighborhood Tuesday afternoon…. …read more

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