No injuries at Elma Apartment fire that displaces several families

An apartment fire in Elma displaced about a dozen people last night. Fire Chief Dana Smith tells us they were called to the Woodsvilla Apartment complex just after 4 Thursday afternoon. No

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National Junior Ranger Day this Saturday at Olympic National Park

Children of all ages are invited to bring their favorite adult to National Junior Ranger Day at Olympic on Saturday, April 18 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Olympic’s Junior Ranger Day will

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Hoquiam turns on the spray park, Weather Service warns of cold rivers in hot weather

The city of Hoquiam has energized the spray park for the next couple days so kids can enjoy some early summer.  The park will be active from about 12-7 today and tomorrow, and will re-open

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Wildlife Commission adopts new hunting rules, reduces cost of some special permits

OLYMPIA – The Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission took action to expand the number of big-game hunting permits available this year and reduce the cost of several types of permits during

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Variety of weather hazards likely to affect western Washington through Saturday night

SYNOPSIS:

Two strong and fast moving frontal systems will move across Western Washington tonight and early Saturday morning

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Celebrate New Year’s Day with a hike at Lake Sylvia State park

MONTESANO, Wash. – The 3rd Annual “First Hike” will hit the Lake Sylvia trails at 1 P.M. this Wednesday. Remember to bring your <a title="Discover Pass" href="http://parkswa.reachlocal.net/dpgift/

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Celebrate New Year’s Day with a Washington state park hike

OLYMPIA , Wash. - The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission invites the public to celebrate the first day of 2014 with First Day Hikes, an event available at select state parks on Jan. 1. 

In the spirit of the new year, Washingtonians are encouraged to start 2014 with a healthy hike and connect with the diverse natural resources and recreation opportunities found at state parks across Washington on New Year’s Day. Fifteen state parks are offering guided hikes ranging from interpretive strolls through military batteries and Puget Sound coastal forests, to snowshoe walks in the Selkirk and Cascade mountains. The Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to the parks for the event. 

“First Day Hikes are a great way for families and individuals to enjoy, appreciate and support their Washington state parks,” said Don Hoch, Washington State Parks director. “We’re thrilled to participate in this nationwide effort that encourages Americans to get outdoors from the very beginning of the new year. This is a way that families can create a new memorable New Year’s Day tradition.”

Users help Forest Service rethink its road system

EVERETT, Wash. - Every National Forest has to come up with a new plan for its road system in the next couple of years - and in one Washington forest, that effort has become a way to open up the planning process to those who use and love the area.

On the Mount Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest, people can let forest managers know which roads they use and what they think of them, in a series of meetings and on a public website

Forest Supervisor Jennifer Eberlien says what has most pleased her is seeing how strongly people feel about their public land.

"We provide a lot of resources and experiences and services," she says, "so the interest and that level of passion of the people who are attending and giving input is just fantastic. It's one of the things that really keeps us as Forest Service employees, going."

Impacts of federal shutdown on Washington State

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - The federal government has begun a partial shutdown after congressional Republicans demanded changes in the nation's health care law as the price for essential federal funding and President Barack Obama and Democrats refused.

Here's a look at how services in Washington state are likely to be affected, beginning Tuesday.

HEALTH CARE OVERHAUL

In spite of the fact that funding of the health care law is at the center of the budget battle in Congress, implementation of key parts of the law begin Tuesday regardless of any shutdown. Open enrollment begins Tuesday, and consumers will be able to start purchasing health plans that would take effect on Jan. 1.

MAIL

Deliveries will continue as usual. The U.S. Postal Service relies on income from stamps and other postal fees to keep running and receives no tax dollars for day-to-day operations.