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Articles from the August 31, 2023 edition

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  • New WWU athletic director looks to place larger emphasis on fundraising, fan engagement

    Connor J. Benintendi, Cascadia Daily News|Updated Aug 31, 2023

    When former University of Missouri Director of Athletics Jim Sterk was hired to helm Western Washington University's athletics department, a 15-year-old question was once again revived: Will Western ever get its football program back? Sterk, 67, who has also served as the athletics director at Washington State University, San Diego State University and Portland State University over his 35 years in athletics administration, said it's not currently an option for the school....

  • Blue Lake Fire spreads north of Hwy 20 in 'slopover' of strategic burnout

    Marcy Stamper, Methow Valley News|Updated Aug 31, 2023

    In its first week, the Blue Lake Fire grew slowly - it was just 290 acres after burning for eight days - but it has nearly doubled in size since Friday, after strategic firing operations used to burn vegetation in the fire's path to keep it from spreading ignited a spot fire on the north side of the North Cascades Highway on Saturday (Aug. 26). As of Tuesday (Aug. 29), the fire, burning west of Washington Pass near Bridge Creek, was 1,056 acres, about one-fourth of that north...

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

    Staff, The Reflector|Updated Aug 31, 2023

    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 County Sheriff's Office. Deputies were dispatched to a report of an Amtrak train striking a pedestrian at 1:12 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 29, at 4399 Dike Road at the bridge, which crosses the Lewis River between Cowlitz and Clark counties. "Deputies responded and determined the pedestrian was struck by a...

  • Investigation underway in Birch Bay Waterslides accident

    Ralph Schwartz, Cascadia Daily News|Updated Aug 31, 2023

    Whatcom County officials are investigating a man's injury at Birch Bay Waterslides that forced the park to close for the season on Aug. 25. An adult male was injured on one of the park's main slides around 12:56 p.m. Friday, North Whatcom Fire and Rescue Chief Jason Van Der Veen said. After completing the slide run, the man was able to "swing himself to the edge of the pool," Van Der Veen said. Lifeguards and an off-duty nurse treated him until emergency responders arrived....

  • Bat test positive for rabies in Snohomish County

    Staff, Lynnwood Times|Updated Aug 31, 2023

    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 Snohomish area tested positive Monday, August 28. Multiple domestic pets were exposed, but there are no known human exposures. The owner reported that the pets are vaccinated against rabies. Public health staff are following up to verify vaccination status and provide guidance on any other measures...