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$5,000 reward in case of neglected Wash. dog

SEATTLE (AP) — The Humane Society of the United States hopes to identify the person responsible for neglecting a dog so severely that its embedded collar had to be surgically removed from its neck…. …read more

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Full Episode: GMA 2/24: United States Wants ‘El Chapo’ Extradited

Manhunt for Ousted Ukrainian President Begins; Kerry Kennedy Drugged-Driving Trial to Begin

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Full Episode: This Week 2/2: Marijuana Legalization in the United States

Guests: Paul Ryan, Donna Brazile, Matthew Dowd, Bill Kristol, Paul Krugman, Ana Navarro

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Russian Who Sought to Buy Rifle Sights to Leave US

Russian man who sought to buy restricted thermal rifle sights to leave United States

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Imperium Renewables and Pacific Coast Canola sign contract for biofuel supply

HOQUIAM, Wash. –Imperium Renewables, one of the largest biodiesel manufacturers in the United States, has reached an agreement with Pacific Coast Canola (PCC) to purchaseregionally sourcedcanola oil for biodiesel production.
Pacific Coast Canola’s canola crushing plant in Warden, Wash., is the largest in the West. It began commercial operation in August of 2013 and has the capacity to produce at approximately 137,000 metric tons, or 40,000,000 gallons, of oil annually.
“This milestone agreement with PCC will help us fully realize the potential of renewable biofuels in Washington,” said Imperium CEO John Plaza.  “Canola grown by Pacific Northwest farmers will be processed by PCC and that oil will be made into biodiesel by Imperium at our Hoquiam refinery. This advanced biofuel will be shipped to consumers in the region and around the world. We have been pursuing this goal since 2004 and we are very excited to be working with PCC to see this vision through.”
The agreement will provide a reliable and diversified market for a portion of PCC’s production capacity, while supplying regionally sourced canola oil for Imperium. Locally sourced canola oil will help the biofuels company produce fuels that meet low-carbon fuel standards required by law in California and British Columbia, as well as biodiesel market demands in Oregon and Washington and the global marketplace. Low-carbon fuel standards mandate not only that fuel be refined from less carbon heavy materials such as petroleum, but also take into account the carbon emitted during the growth, production, distribution and use of those fuels.
“We are proud to partner with Imperium, one of our local Washington state customers benefitting from our close proximity,” said Matt Upmeyer, Chief Operations Officer of PCC. “The Imperium contract is another big step as we bring our facility to full capacity, which is great news for local canola farmers.”
About Imperium Renewables
Imperium Renewables is a global leader in next-generation biofuel production in the US. Founded in 2004, the company continues to focus on providing safe domestic fuel supplies for the marketplace and providing family wage jobs in Washington State. Imperium Renewables operates one of the nation’s largest BQ-9000 certified biodiesel facilities, Imperium Grays Harbor in Hoquiam, Wash., which is capable of producing up to 100 million gallons per year. More information is available at www.imperiumrenewables.com.
About Pacific Coast Canola
Pacific Coast Canola operates the first and only commercial scale canola crushing operation west of the Rocky Mountains in Warden, Wash., which is well-positioned to supply the expanding demand for canola products on the West Coast of the United States. Pacific Coast Canola is 84 percent owned by Legumex Walker Inc.

Inside Smuggling Tunnel on US-Mexico Border

Federal authorities in the United States and Mexico said they located an unfinished smuggling tunnel this week during a border sweep in Nogales, Ariz.

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Woman Found in Suitcase at Arizona Border Crossing

Thai woman found in suitcase in vehicle entering United States at Arizona border crossing

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Mason County Sheriff’s Honor Guard Seeking Donations

Sheriff Casey Salisbury speaks with Deputy Mondry and Deputy Baran as they get ready to march in the Belfair Christmas Parade.
The Mason County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard is seeking donations in order to be able to send two of their members to the National Law Enforcement Memorial Ceremony in WashingtonDC, June 2014.
This prestigious event brings together Honor Guard members from across the United States to participate in a national competition as well as to provide honor to those that paid the ultimate sacrifice while enforcing the laws of this land.
This event will also be adding the names of over 140 Officers, Deputies, Troopers and Agents that were killed in the line of duty in 2013.  These additions will also include WA State Patrol Trooper Sean O’Connell.
The Mason County Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard is completely funded by public donations and they do not charge when requested to participate in public functions.
The Honor Guard is a tradition started by Deputy Sheriff Chris Mondry in 2010.  Since then, the Honor Guard has participated in every line-of-duty death memorial in WA State, participated in local events such as the Belfair parade, and have attended several memorial services throughout the region.
The cost to compete in the competition, the national training and to participate in the memorial event, as well as the cost of food is being personally covered by team members.  The Honor Guard is requesting donations to cover just the cost of the air fares and lodging.  Round trip air fare for 2 ($1,450.00) and lodging for two rooms over four days ($1,500.00) comes to $2,950.00.

Quinault Indian Nation committee adopts anti-coal stance

The Quinault Indian Nation is signatory to the Treaty with the Quinault of 1855. It, along with other Northwest treaties, has been repeatedly reaffirmed by the federal government, including the U.S. Supreme Court, and is thus legally classified as the “supreme law of the land” under Article VI of the U.S. Constitution.

“Coal dust and diesel particulates will find their way into our air and waterways as these trains pass along and over our rivers, doing damage to natural resources upon which the Nation depends,” said Sharp. “The United States Environmental Protection Agency, Tribal governments, and environmental organizations have voiced concerns over the threat to human health these proposals bring because of the adverse health effects of coal dust and diesel pollution, including bronchitis, emphysema, lung damage, asthma, and cancer. Our elders and our children are particularly vulnerable because of sensitivity to the health effects of fine particles,” she said.

“The Quinault Nation’s treaty fishing right includes a right of access to its traditional fishing, hunting, and gathering sites that will be impacted by increased vessel and rail traffic.

In the Resolution, the Quinault Business Committee expresses its solidarity and support for the “no” position regarding the Gateway Pacific Terminal proposal adopted by the Lummi Indian Business Council, based on documented disturbance of sacred burial grounds and proposed fill of that area for the purpose of containing over a hundred acres of coal piles.

The Resolution also endorses the words of Billy Frank, Jr., Nisqually tribal elder and longtime chairman of the Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission (NWIFC) that, “We are at a legal and biological crossroads in our efforts to recover the salmon and preserve our tribal cultures, subsistence, spirituality, and economies. Not since the darkest days of the fishing rights struggle have we feared so deeply for the future of our treaty rights.” Quinault Nation, one of 20 member tribes of NWIFC, is signatory to “Treaty Rights at Risk” submitted to the federal government by that Commission. Among other things, that report states that coal export proposals will, in fact, further endanger Treaty Rights.

The Quinault Resolution will be submitted to President Obama, key members of the federal Administration, key members of Congress and to Governor Inslee.

Puget Sound waters to run red near Joint Base Lewis McChord

OLYMPIA, Wash. – Red dye will be injected into treated wastewater this week at Joint Base Lewis McChord’s wastewater plant then monitored in a state health department study. The Department of Health, along with federal, tribal, state and local agencies, are doing the study in the Puget Sound waters off Solo Point in Pierce County to see where shellfish are safe to harvest.

The test will be on Monday and Tuesday. Red dye will likely be visible in the waters near the treatment plant. Tracking will include gauging the wastewater’s movement and dilution. The dye isn’t harmful to people, marine life, or the environment.

The United States Environmental Protection Agency is funding this test as part of a larger study, which includes other pollution surveys and ongoing marine water quality monitoring. Results will help determine whether closed shellfish beaches in some areas of Pierce County could be reopened to harvest.

The Department of Health is responsible for the safety of commercial shellfish harvested in the state. The agency’s Office of Shellfish and Water Protection uses national standards to classify all commercial shellfish harvesting areas.