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Go take a hike on DNR-managed lands

DNR has more than 1,100 miles of trails to enjoy outdoor recreation activities, including hiking. Photo/ DNR. How are you enjoying Take a Hike Day, today? Look below for our round-up of hikes worthy of getting outdoors to celebrate. Bob Bammert Grove, Capitol State Forest, near Olympia The Bob Bammert Trail is a hiker-only trail […]

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  • Health of marine life at bottom of Bellingham Bay declines

    BELLINGHAM – The tiny critters living in the mud at the bottom of Bellingham Bay are showing signs of stress, according to a recently released report by the Washington Department of Ecology ( A bay-wide survey found that the abundance and diversity of sediment-dwelling (benthic) invertebrates like clams, snails, sea stars, crabs and shrimp are […]

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  • Record setting rainfall across Western Washington

    TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Saturday’s rain set records across Western Washington, from Olympia to Bellingham. And the National Weather Service says the rain isn’t over yet.

    Record rainfall of 1.71 inches was recorded at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Saturday. The weather service says that is more than double the old record of 0.83 of an inch set in 1948.

    A record rainfall of 2.93 inches was set in Olympia, breaking the old record of 0.82 set in 1971.

    A record was also set at the Hoquiam airport, where 1.78 inches fell on Saturday. The old record of just over an inch was set in 1962.

    Another record was set at the Quillayute airport, with 1.93 inches of rain. That broke the previous record of 1.32 set in 1971.

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  • Washington Commemorates Worker Memorial Day

    People are gathering around the state through this weekend to honor those who have died on the job.

    Workers’ Memorial Day is a national day of remembrance, held on or near the April 28 date on which Congress passed the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) in 1970.

    Several ceremonies will honor 69 people who died in Washington state in 2011 as a result of job-related illnesses or injuries. They include a corrections officer, a firefighter, a salesperson and a construction worker as well as military personnel, and will be remembered for their service to their communities.

    James Robinson, president of the Washington Federation of State Employees Local 793 at Lakewood’s Western State Hospital, says people come away from these ceremonies with a new resolve to be safer at work.

    It gives us all an opportunity to pause and reflect about our jobs and the environments that we work in, and how we can make ’em better. And that’s really the focal point of Worker Memorial Day.
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  • Three more Haagan stores closing, Aberdeen Top Food & Drug not among them

    BELLINGHAM, Wash. – The Haggen grocery chain is closing three more stores in Washington, but the Aberdeen location will remain open. The Bellingham company announced this week that they are closing” TOP Food & Drug” stores in Kent, Auburn and Yakima.
    Earlier this year Haggen announced plans to close stores in Tacoma, Lacey, Federal Way, Bellevue and Shoreline. The company says the closures are part of a long-term plan to improve competitiveness. They currently operate more than 20 stores in Washington and Oregon under the Haggen Northwest Fresh and TOP Food & Drug names.

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  • Grays Harbor College named one of Washington’s 27 most military friendly

    OLYMPIA, Wash. – On the heels of its ranking as top community college in Washington state last month, Grays Harbor College in Aberdeen has again made a national list.
    Twenty-seven Washington community and technical colleges are among the top military friendly schools in the nation according to Victory Media, a media entity for military personnel that are transitioning to civilian life.

    The 2014 Military Friendly Schools list released this week honors the top 20 percent of colleges, universities, and trade schools that do the most to ensure the success of military service members, veterans, and spouses. Grays Harbor College offers many programs and support staff to help local military students be successful.

    Victory Media compiled the list through research and data-driven analysis of surveys from more than 10,000 federal Department of Veterans Affairs-approved schools nationwide, along with a survey of more than 4,000 student veterans. The results were independently audited by national accounting firm Ernst & Young. Washington’s community and technical colleges were among 1,818 schools nationwide to make the list.

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