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Washington State Ferries gets $4.8M for six aging vessels

The Federal Transit Administration (FTA) awarded $4.8 million to the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) to refurbish aging passenger spaces on six Issaquah-class ferries. The grant will pay for upgrades on all... — Updated 12/7/2023

 
 By Staff    Potpourri

Hey Siri ... Wait what the?!?!

The driver of a truck bringing a commercial load of marijuana products from Calgary, Alberta to Port Coquitlam, B.C. somehow managed to take a few wrong turns and ended up at the U.... — Updated 11/2/2023

 
 By Staff    Environment

Clam season likely but numbers down

OLYMPIA - On the up side, it appears likely there will be razor clam digging on the peninsula starting Sept. 29 through Oct. 2. On the down side, the number of clams has plummeted... — Updated 9/21/2023

 
 By Staff    Around The State

Grant funds available to restore historic barns, cemeteries and theaters

Grants are available to support the rehabilitation and restoration of historic barns, cemeteries and theaters across the state because of funding from the Washington state... — Updated 9/14/2023

 
 By Staff    Potpourri

Witness: Person struck, killed by train while trying to save dog near Woodland

A person and a dog were killed after being struck by a train on a span commonly known as the Ghost Bridge near Woodland on Tuesday, according to a news release from the Cowlitz... — Updated 8/31/2023

 
 By Staff    Health

Bat test positive for rabies in Snohomish County

SNOHOMISH COUNTY, Wash., August 29, 2023-The Snohomish County Health Department is urging all county residents to know and follow preventive measures for rabies after a bat in the... — Updated 8/31/2023

 
 By Beacon Staff    Business

Ferry proposal: Increase fares over next 2 years

The Washington State Transportation Commission is proposing to increase ferry fares over the next two years to meet revenue requirements set by the state Legislature. Ferry riders... — Updated 7/20/2023

 
 By Staff    Potpourri

WCSO inmate attempts escape after door locks fail

BELLINGHAM — On July 4 at approximately 6:30 p.m., Whatcom County Corrections Deputies were alerted to an inmate out of his cell. The inmate, 23-year-old Christian Dillard, was being held in one of the highest security units in t... — Updated 7/6/2023

 
 By Staff    Potpourri

Long-time Grand Coulee family physician earns prestigious award

Andrew C. Castrodale, M.D., is the recipient of the 2023 UW School of Medicine Alumni Service Award, the school announced last week. The award recognizes a University of Washington... — Updated 6/29/2023

 
 By Beacon Staff    Business

Alaska Airlines adds nonstop Honolulu flights from Paine Field

Alaska Airlines is adding new nonstop service between Paine Field and Honolulu starting this fall – its first flight connecting Snohomish County and the Hawaiian Islands. The... — Updated 6/15/2023

 
 By Staff    Around The State

A death in the family: Rick Nelson was a class act

As the Chinook Observer went to press this week, word reached the newsroom that Rick Nelson, publisher of the Wahkiakum County Eagle, succumbed to cancer on June 2. Nelson would have laughed to have been called a legend or an insti... — Updated 6/8/2023

 
 By Staff    Justice

State insurance commissioner highlights new rules under state pet insurance law

After Gov. Jay Inslee signed a new bill related to pet insurance into law in April, Washington residents can expect more protection and less confusion, according to a news release... — Updated 5/26/2023

 
 By Staff    Potpourri

Long Beach Post Office closed for investigation

LONG BEACH - A hazardous materials specialist is expected to investigate the mystery of what's going on at the Long Beach Post Office, which remained closed and taped off to the... — Updated 12/14/2022

 
 By Staff    Around The State

City of Seattle, Harrell detail plan to tackle surge in graffiti

SEATTLE - Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell announced on Oct. 27 detailed elements of his One Seattle Graffiti Plan to beautify Seattle and address a surge in graffiti. "Not only does... — Updated 11/3/2022

 

REAL ID Requirements Less Than a Year Away

In less than a year, those who want to board a flight or enter some federal buildings will be required to present a REAL ID. Starting on May 3, 2023, passengers will be required to... — Updated 10/21/2022

 
 By News Staff    Environment

Cascade Carnivore Project Reports Wolverines Have Reproduced at Mount Rainier for Third Consecutive Year

Wolverines have reproduced at Mount Rainier National Park for a third year in a row, according to an announcement last week by the Cascade Carnivore Project. The news marks another... — Updated 7/28/2022

 
 By Staff    Around The State

Thurston County Confirms Bird Flu in a Backyard Flock

Since its arrival in Washington state two weeks ago, highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), also known as bird flu, has now hit nine backyard flocks in seven counties, with... — Updated 5/19/2022

 
 By Staff    Environment

Morel harvesting permits available in May

People hoping for a share of the earthy mushrooms that often pop up after a wildfire can apply for a commercial harvesting permit for morels from the Methow Valley Ranger District starting Monday (May 2). People can collect up to... — Updated 4/28/2022

 

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