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Drier weather next few days at Oso mudslide scene

SEATTLE (AP) — Mainly dry weather is forecast Monday through Wednesday in Western Washington, which should help recovery workers at the site of the Oso mudslide who have been working in the rain…. …read more

More rain forecast for Oso mudslide area

SEATTLE (AP) — The National Weather Service says rain and showers forecast through Saturday in Western Washington will make the search and recovery effort at the Oso mudslide messy and also increase soil instability in the area…. …read more

Special Weather Statement issued March 16 at 3:56PM PDT by NWS

…HEAVY RAINFALL HAS INCREASED THE RISK OF LANDSLIDES IN WESTERN WASHINGTON… HEAVY RAINFALL OVER THE PAST 24 HOURS HAS INCREASED SOIL MOISTURE TO HIGH LEVELS ACROSS WESTERN WASHINGTON. RAINFALL AMOUNTS ARE UP TO 1 INCH IN PORTIONS OF THE INTERIOR WITH 1 TO 3 INCHES ALONG THE COAST. THE HEAVY RAIN THAT HAS FALLEN WILL PUT EXTRA PRESSURE …read more

Hydrologic Outlook issued March 13 at 1:23PM PDT by NWS

…MINOR FLOODING IS POSSIBLE SATURDAY NIGHT THROUGH MONDAY MORNING FOR SOME RIVERS FLOWING OFF THE OLYMPICS AND THE WESTERN WASHINGTON CASCADES… A STORM SYSTEM WILL PRODUCE VARYING AMOUNTS OF RAINFALL OVER THE NORTH AND CENTRAL CASCADES AND OLYMPICS IN WESTERN WASHINGTON FROM SATURDAY NIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY NIGHT. LATEST COMPUTER MODELS …read more

Special Weather Statement issued March 09 at 4:46AM PDT by NWS

…RECENT HEAVY RAINFALL HAS LEAD TO AN INCREASED THREAT OF LANDSLIDES IN WESTERN WASHINGTON… SEVERAL INCHES OF RAIN OVER THE PAST SEVERAL DAYS HAS INCREASED SOIL MOISTURE TO HIGH LEVELS ACROSS WESTERN WASHINGTON. RAINFALL AMOUNTS IN THE LAST 18 HOURS HAVE BEEN OVER 3 INCHES IN THE MOUNTAINS AND AS MUCH AS 2 INCHES IN THE LOWLANDS. THIS HEAVY RAINFALL WILL ADD TO …read more

Special Weather Statement issued March 08 at 3:28PM PST by NWS

…RECENT HEAVY RAINFALL HAS LEAD TO AN INCREASED THREAT OF LANDSLIDES IN WESTERN WASHINGTON… …THE THREAT WILL INCREASE TONIGHT INTO MIDDAY SUNDAY AS HEAVY RAIN AFFECTS THE AREA… SEVERAL INCHES OF RAIN OVER THE PAST SEVERAL DAYS HAS INCREASED SOIL MOISTURE TO HIGH LEVELS ACROSS WESTERN WASHINGTON. EXPECT ANOTHER …read more

Special Weather Statement issued March 07 at 3:04PM PST by NWS

…RECENT HEAVY RAINFALL HAS LEAD TO AN INCREASED THREAT OF LANDSLIDES IN WESTERN WASHINGTON… …THE THREAT WILL INCREASE LATE SATURDAY INTO MIDDAY SUNDAY AS HEAVY RAIN AFFECTS THE AREA… SEVERAL INCHES OF RAIN OVER THE PAST SEVERAL DAYS HAS INCREASED SOIL MOISTURE TO HIGH LEVELS ACROSS WESTERN WASHINGTON. ANOTHER …read more

Special Weather Statement issued March 06 at 4:30PM PST by NWS

…RECENT HEAVY RAIN HAS LEAD TO AN INCREASED THREAT OF LANDSLIDES IN WESTERN WASHINGTON… HEAVY RAIN OVER THE PAST 3 DAYS RESULTED IN UP TO 8 INCHES OF PRECIPITATION AND INCREASED SOIL MOISTURE TO HIGH LEVELS ACROSS WESTERN WASHINGTON. ALTHOUGH A BREAK IN RAINFALL IS ANTICIPATED…THE HEAVY AMOUNT OF RAIN THAT HAS FALLEN WILL PUT …read more

Federal public defender for Western Washington

SEATTLE (AP) — Michael Filipovic (fil-uh-POH’-vik) has been appointed the new federal public defender for Western Washington…. …read more

Man exposing himself near Bellingham university

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — Police are looking for a man who may be responsible for four incidents of exposing himself and sneaking around houses and peering into windows at rental housing near the Western Washington University campus in Bellingham…. …read more

Flood warnings in parts of Western Washington

SEATTLE (AP) — The National Weather Service has issued flood warnings Tuesday for Chehalis River near Grand Mound in Thurston County and Porter in Grays Harbor County. Also for the Skookumchuck River near Bucoda in Lewis and Thurston counties, and the Skokomish River near Potlatch in Mason County…. …read more

Parade of winter storms through Washington

SEATTLE (AP) — The National Weather Service says a parade of winter storms will continue this week, bringing steady rain at times to Western Washington with a flood threat on some rivers, heavy snow in the mountains with difficult driving conditions in the highway passes, and high winds on the coast, north interior and parts of Eastern Washington…. …read more

Series of winter storms blowing into Washington

SEATTLE (AP) — Forecasters say a series of Pacific storms are lined up to blow into Washington over the next several days with several inches of rain at places in Western Washington and snow by the foot on some parts of the Cascades…. …read more

Snow hits W. Washington, but warmer temps expected

SEATTLE (AP) — A storm across the Northwest blanketed Western Washington with several inches of snow overnight, but warmer temperatures are expected late Sunday and into the week…. …read more

Petit Oil closes, two months after filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection

Pettit Oil Company

Pettit Oil has closed it’s doors, the Tacoma-based petroleum distributor serves more than 10,000 customers throughout Western Washington. They filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy reorganization in November, a call to their main office today gets this message ”We regret to inform you that after many years of service, Petit Oil has closed it’s doors and is…

Seattle outage affects thousands as Seahawks play

SEATTLE (AP) — High winds knocked out power Saturday to tens of thousands of electricity customers in Western Washington, and crews worked to get them back on line for residents hoping to watch the Seattle Seahawks playoff game against the New Orleans Saints…. …read more

Crews in 'Beast Mode' to fix power for 'Hawks game

SEATTLE (AP) — High winds knocked out power to tens of thousands of electricity customers in Western Washington, and crews are working to get them back on line before the Seattle Seahawks playoff game against the New Oreans Saints…. …read more

Coastal Flood Watch & High Wind Watch issued for Western Washington

Grays Harbor Emergency Management is urging all residents be prepared for possible power outages due to downed tree limbs and power lines during two significant weather events approaching Friday and Saturday night.  Please DO NOT venture near downed tree limbs and power lines. DO NOT operate a portable generator indoors or near open windows or…

Washington ski resorts forced to move snow around

SNOQUALMIE PASS, Wash. (AP) — At least one Western Washington ski resorts is getting creative and moving snow around since it’s not falling from the sky…. …read more

Western Washington braces for winter driving conditions

OLYMPIA – Whether it’s heading home from work or heading to watch the Seahawks attempt to keep their home game winning streak intact, Puget Sound area drivers are urged prepare for possible snow and ice to during the Monday afternoon drive.

The current lowland forecast calls for freezing temperatures and possible snow between Everett and Canada by early Monday morning, and arriving in the Seattle area by Monday afternoon.

“WSDOT maintenance crews will be out in force as this storm system moves in,” said Dave McCormick, WSDOT assistant regional administrator for maintenance and operations. “We will have 40 trucks in the Greater Puget Sound area working to keep the roads clear. But we need drivers to prepare themselves and their cars for winter driving conditions.”

WSDOT, WSP and transit agencies are working together to keep traffic moving as more than 65,000 fans are expected for a nationally televised game at CenturyLink field in Seattle. - Dave McCormick, WSDOT assistant regional administrator

Bigfoot spotters spotted at Sasquatch Summit in Western Washington

Saquatch Summit

OCEAN SHORES, Wash. – Grays Harbor’s first bigfoot summit got off to a big start over the weekend, with an all-star lineup at the Quinault Beach Resort and Casino. It started Friday with speakers like Bob Gimlin recounting his side of the Patterson-Gimlin film of 1967, Derek Randals of the Olympic Project, and a surprise visit by Cliff Barrackman of Animal Planet’s “Finding Bigfoot.” 
Randals and Barrackman hosted a cast-pouring class off of the Weatherwax trail in Ocean Shores on Sunday.
The Sasquatch Summit hosted events throughout the weekend, and coordinators tell us they’re already booking for next year’s summit, for details visit www.sasquatchsummit.com
Randals also released a new photo at the summit that they believe may feature the hairy hominid.

60,000 large rainbow trout stocked on westside, part of WDFW’s “Fall into Fishing”

OLYMPIA – With tens of thousands of large rainbow trout recently stocked and more on the way, Puget Sound and Southwest Washington anglers can cross an early item off holiday wish lists.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has now stocked most of 33 Western Washington lakes scheduled to receive a total of 75,000 large rainbow trout by Thanksgiving.

Chris Donley, WDFW’s inland fish program manager, said he expects angling to be very good throughout the winter months at all of these lakes.

“Most of the trout stretch 12 to 17 inches, but some tip the scales at 5 or 6 pounds,” said Donley. “These are very nice trout, and they’re ready to be caught now.”

A list of these lakes – as well as the department’s recently updated stocking plan for Fall into Fishing and Black Friday – is available for viewing at http://1.usa.gov/1gusSdq. For up-to-date stocking information, see the department’s weekly catchable trout stocking report athttp://wdfw.wa.gov/fishing/plants/weekly/.

Local businesses warned of check writing scam hitting Western Washington

OCEAN SHORES, Wash. – The North Beach Chamber of Commerce in Ocean Shores tells us they have been advised that there is a large ring of people involved in a check writing scam who have hit 45 businesses from Grays Harbor to Pacific County and as far south as Astoria. Local businesses are circulating a list of names associated with the scam, the chamber says you should be suspicious of any large check amounts even if the name does not appear on the list.

Aberdeen VFW Plans to rebuild Post

ABERDEEN, Wash. – “The Aberdeen Post of the Veterans of Foreign Wars is coming back:” says Commander Jim Daly.  “We hope to be beginning construct very soon, providing the weather cooperates a little bit.  We have struck a deal with Anchor bank for a loan, and with Western Washington Construction to repair our roof.”

 

The building was closed for safety reasons in May of 2012 with damage to the ceiling and rafters of the 1908 former Bijou Theater.  Since that time the Post and Auxiliary officers have been working hard to carry on our programs at other local facilities like the Eagles, American Legion, WorkSource, and the 40 et 8.  They have also been working to raise money, while contacting many contractors for bids, and working with Anchor Bank for a loan for the repairs. 

 

The project will involve removing the roof and rafters on the main hall (but not the bar area), and replace them with engineered trusses.  Paul Schenkel, of Western Washington Construction, says:  “We are proud to work for the veterans who have given so much for this country and this community.  We are hoping for a break in the weather to get started in the next week or two, so that we could possibly have the building closed in and roofed by the end of October.”

Joint Council shows support for Teamster and UFCW in Western Washington

TUKWILA, Wash. - The Joint Council of Teamsters No. 28, which represents more than 50,000 members and their families across Washington, Alaska and Northern Idaho, says it will honor a grocery worker strike if one occurs. Joint Council 28 stands with the 2,600 members of Teamsters Local 38 in Everett along with the nearly 27,000 members of UFCW 21 and 367 who, on a daily basis, keep the grocery stores in our communities running.

The Joint Council will communicate with its thousands of members who work in the sanitation, recycle, composting, soft drink, beer, wine, liquor, dairy, organic food, poultry, bread and produce industries who may be dispatched by their employer to one of these grocery chains. Joint Council 28 will work with all of our affected Teamster Locals to inform the members of their right to honor pickets and not make deliveries or pickups. We will also communicate with the members we have working at grocery distribution centers who also have the right to honor picket lines. Any picket line presence at these distribution centers may affect grocery distribution statewide. However, all Washington Teamsters and their families will support Teamsters Local 38 and the UFCW if the employers force them to take the option of last resort and go on strike.