Quinault Elders in Aberdeen traffic accident Tuesday

ABERDEEN, Wash. (AP) — A tribal spokesman says eight Quinault Indian Nation tribal elders and staff members have been injured in a traffic crash in Aberdeen.

Spokesman Steve Robinson

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Olympic National Park to move Enchanted Valley Chalet

PORT ANGELES, Wash. (AP) – Olympic National Park says it’s moving forward with a plan to move a historic chalet that’s being threatened by the shifting east fork of the Quinault

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Body of Mason County man found after child porn arrest

BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) — A body found floating near the Bremerton, Wash., marina has been identified as that of a prominent Mason County man arrested last week for investigation of possessing

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Raymond adopts ordinance allowing All Terrain Vehicles on some streets

You can now drive your ATV on some streets in Raymond – as long as you have the proper paperwork. The city announced yesterday that they have approved ordinance 1823 which authorizes

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State marine debris hotline going offline at the end of the year

SEATTLE (AP) - State officials say they're suspending a hotline set up for reporting marine debris because it hasn't been getting calls.

The hotline was set up so beach-goers and others could report potentially dangerous or tsunami-related marine debris that turned up on Washington's shorelines.

Officials plan to take the hotline 1-855-WACOAST offline at 5 p.m. Dec. 31.

State official Terry Egan says the state hasn't had a major marine incident in nearly a year and the overall amount of debris found on beaches has also decreased.

People can still report hazardous marine debris such as gas cans and oil drums to another hotline, 1-800-OILS-911.

Those who find non-hazardous marine debris that is suspected from the 2011 Japan tsunami can email DisasterDebris@noaa.gov.

No charges for Aberdeen driver after hitchhiker killed on Highway 12

ROCHESTER, Wash. (AP) - The Washington State Patrol says a hitchhiker was killed Friday morning when he was hit by a commercial truck on Highway 12 near Rochester.
Trooper Guy Gill told us a car had stopped to offer the hitchhiker a ride when he stepped onto the highway and was hit by the truck. The State Patrol identified the pedestrian as 24-year-old Joseph A. Myer of Olympia.
The truck carrying a load of wood chips, driven by a 52 year old Aberdeen man, tried to avoid hitting Myer but could not.

Wash. pulls permits for 2 oil train terminals

HOQUIAM (AP) - Officials are rejecting permits for two major oil-train terminals in Southwest Washington after deciding the projects should face more environmental scrutiny.

The state Shorelines Hearings Board issued a letter Wednesday saying it plans to invalidate the permits for Westway Terminal Co. and Imperium Terminal Services, which want to build oil shipping terminals at the Port of Grays Harbor that could store up to 1.5 million barrels of crude from North Dakota and Alberta. The city of Hoquiam issued the permits last spring, after determining in conjunction with the state Ecology Department that the proposals posed minimal threat to the environment.

Groups including the Quinalt Indian Nation and the Sierra Club appealed. They argued that city and state officials failed to consider the cumulative environmental impacts of having the two terminals running along with a third terminal planned nearby. The board agreed.

The board also says the effects of increased train and vessel traffic need to be considered, as does the damage that could be posed by an oil spill.

USDA issues health alert for some California chicken

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - The U.S. Department of Agriculture is issuing a public health alert for raw chicken packaged at three Foster Farms facilities in California after 278 people have fallen ill.

The USDA says that strains of Salmonella Heidelberg are associated with chicken distributed to retail outlets in California, Oregon and Washington state.

The Salmonella outbreak has spread to 18 states, though most of the illnesses have been reported in California.

A spokesman for Foster Farms says no recall is in effect and that the infections were caused by eating undercooked or improperly handled chicken.

The USDA has not directly linked the outbreak of illnesses to a specific product or production period. The USDA mark on suspect packages would read: P6137, P6137A and P7632.

Cooking chicken to 165-degrees kills the Salmonella bacteria.


It's time to cook.... your chicken.

Washington health exchange ready to launch – regardless of federal government shutdown

SEATTLE (AP) - Politicians and administrators launching Washington's new health care exchange on Tuesday say nothing will stop the state from signing people up for health insurance.

They're not concerned about technical glitches or being overwhelmed by consumer phone calls and web traffic. They are prepared to take comments and complaints from the public. And they say the debate in the other Washington won't affect Washington Healthplanfinder, even if there is a federal government shutdown.

State Sen. Karen Keiser says the Affordable Care Act is the law of the land and nothing that happens in Washington, D.C., this week will change that. She doesn't expect protests to disrupt the launch. She adds, however, that the first open enrollment period will last six months, so early protests will not stop what she calls this landmark in history.

By DONNA GORDON BLANKINSHIP

Associated Press


Starting today, uninsured residents in Grays Harbor County can enroll in quality, affordable health plans simply by calling or visiting www.wahealthplanfinder.org Coverage begins on January 1, 2014.




Washington state health exchange ready to launch

SEATTLE (AP) - Officials launching Washington state's new health insurance exchange have said they aren't concerned that computer glitches, bad weather or even debates in Washington, D.C., over a possible government shutdown will stop people from signing up for health insurance when the marketplace debuts on Tuesday.

"We're not really worried about that," said Michael Marchand, spokesman for the Washington Health Benefit Exchange, which runs the Washington state programs involved in President Barack Obama's Affordable Care Act.

They're also not worried about being overwhelmed by consumer phone calls or Internet traffic or even political protests when the exchange opens, he said.

"This is a long-awaited step forward for our country and our state," Gov. Jay Inslee said during a news conference in Olympia. "Despite the shenanigans happening in Washington, D.C., today, we're ready to go in the state of Washington tomorrow."

State Sen. Karen Keiser says the Affordable Care Act is the law of the land and nothing that happens in Washington, D.C., this week will change that.

"This isn't a one-day event. This is a landmark in history," said Keiser, D-Kent.

Online:

Washington Healthplanfinder: http://www.wahealthplanfinder.org

On the telephone:

1-855-923-4633 on weekdays from 7:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.