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What's for dinner takes on new meaning for roadkill harvesters

Most of us have seen poor little critters on the road smashed, bashed or otherwise mutilated. Roadkill, it seems, is a gruesome byproduct of the automobile age. So, it was heartening to meet Bellingham newbie Kai Wians, aka... — Updated 2/12/2024

 

Washington reaches 8 million-resident milestone

Washington state is experiencing unprecedented population growth, with the current estimate reaching 8 million residents, according to state officials. This surge is not only historic but also presents substantial challenges for... — Updated 12/28/2023

 

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

 

Legends of the fall: Chum develop devout following among autumn anglers

PACIFIC COUNTY - Each autumn, as the leaves begin to change and children in Halloween costumes take to local streets, another fall tradition unfolds in the small streams and... — Updated 11/2/2023

 

ABC Recycling becomes a flashpoint in growth debate

People on both sides of the debate about a metal recycling business in Bellingham might agree on one thing. It feels like Cherry Point all over again. Over the past 15 years at... — Updated 11/2/2023

 

Trestle back in operation

WINONA – Trains are running over Rebel Flat Creek only two months after the Winona Fire destroyed the train trestle here. On Friday, Oct. 20, state officials announced that the t... — Updated 10/26/2023

 
 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

 

I-5 bridge tolling could last until the 2060s

One of the largest sources of funding to replace the aging Interstate 5 bridge over the Columbia River will tax travelers a few bucks as they cross the water. During its meeting... — Updated 7/27/2023

 
 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

 

Drivers, riders line up for 'the highway' opening

The North Cascades National Scenic Highway opened last Wednesday (May 10), just in time for Winthrop's '49ers Days festivities. Washington State Department of Transportation... — Updated 5/19/2023

 

Seahawks get some support from Olympia

Seahawks legend Walter Jones joined Gov. Jay Inslee and Secretary of State Steve Hobbs in raising the 12th-man flag at the capitol Jan. 11 to promote this weekend's playoff game.... — Updated 3/8/2023

 

Area veterinary clinics, shelters facing challenges

Area pet owners who try to schedule veterinary appointments often encounter a phone that rings off the hook or an automated message saying the clinic will get back to them as soon... — Updated 12/8/2022

 

What motivates Woodward? Trump is 'on the ballot'

From afar, the questions surrounding his every public-stage movement are fascinating political theater playing out in a decidedly Other Washington: What's motivating Bob Woodward?... — Updated 11/3/2022

 
 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

 

Repairs needed for Edmonds Fishing Pier railings

Six years after the Edmonds Fishing Pier was reopened following extensive renovations, some of the popular structure's top railings appear to be failing. Meant to carry the weight... — Updated 10/27/2022

 

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

 

Most Excellent Animals

It was, on the face of it, just another Saturday in which the sounds and smells of agriculture wafted from the Ardell Pavilion at the Grant County Fairgrounds. But the bleats and... — Updated 10/13/2022

 

Canada border restrictions to be dropped

The Canadian government has announced that effective Saturday, October 1, it will be dropping its Covid-19 vaccination requirement and end random Covid-19 testing for people... — Updated 9/29/2022

 

Route more than a century in the making

Even before the North Cascades Scenic Highway opened on Sept. 2, 1972, after 13 years of actual construction and many more of surveying, the road had been the dream of... — Updated 9/23/2022

 

Heavy rains cause massive rockslides on Harts Pass Road, stranding some campers

Four employees of the Methow Valley Ranger District safely navigated the rocky, narrow Harts Pass Road in treacherous conditions as torrential rains sent rocks cascading onto the... — Updated 9/1/2022

 

Human foot? Leave it alone and call 911

RAYMOND — It’s not an everyday occurrence that a man walks into the police department with what he thinks is a human foot, but that’s what happened Aug. 1 at 10:12 a.m. at the Raymond Police Department. “Please, I don’t want to s... — Updated 8/11/2022

 

Owls and Eagles and Bears - and Sasquatch, of course - Help to Brighten the Garden

Anyone exploring the byways of the Key Peninsula has seen them, and maybe even been startled. Wooden bear cubs clinging to a tree, an enormous eagle perched atop a roof peak, a... — Updated 8/11/2022

 

Looking for a NEXUS interview? Might be easier to find Sasquatch

Thirteen NEXUS enrollment centers in Canada remain closed even though the U.S. centers have been open since April 19. One reason why is because the Canadians do not want U.S.... — Updated 8/4/2022

 

Deception Pass park celebrates 100th birthday

The parking lot at East Cranberry Lake was filled with cars, pedestrians and shuttle buses this past Saturday as folks from across the region came to celebrate the 100th... — Updated 7/28/2022

 

Sand & 'aardvark snot': The not-so-fine art of sand sculpting

LONG BEACH - All you need is sand and water - and a little bit of aardvark snot. The multi-day summer Sandsations event delighted onlookers last week as several sand artists... — Updated 7/28/2022

 

Spokane International Airport readies for expansion

Spokane International Airport officials have solidified expansion plans to keep up with the needs of the continually growing city. The first expansion of the Spokane International... — Updated 7/21/2022

 

History comes alive: Lewis and Clark

KNAPPTON COVE - A pair of moccasins might only last a couple days and buffalo meat was much desired after a diet too rich with roots and salmon. The daily lives and dining... — Updated 7/14/2022

 

Get cracking: Crabbing season opens Friday

Boatloads of crabbers hope to kick off the Fourth of July holiday weekend with a bang when the season officially opens Friday, July 1. "Crabbing seasons should be similar to recent... — Updated 6/30/2022

 

Ferry route from Anacortes to Sidney, B.C., on hold until at least 2023

Travel between Anacortes and Sidney, B.C., via ferry won't be happening until at least next summer, according to Washington State Ferries staff. During a community meeting last... — Updated 6/23/2022

 

I-5 bridge project has Washington lawmakers feeling left out

The project to replace the aging Interstate 5 bridge over the Columbia River is set to hit a milestone next month with endorsements from key stakeholder groups, though legislators... — Updated 6/23/2022

 

Off the (pi) charts!

Emma Haruka Iwao started programming when she was in elementary school. Now, she's broken the world record for computing the most digits of pi-twice. On June 8, 2022, Iwao, a... — Updated 6/16/2022

 

Cheney Free Press hires reporter

CHENEY- Michaela Friedrich is the newest addition to the Cheney Free Press. She is a junior in the Gonzaga journalism program and is looking forward to her new gig. "I'm really... — Updated 5/19/2022

 
 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

 

Army trying to rebound after COVID-19

In recent years, recruitment numbers have been trending downward, according to Major General Dennis LeMaster, who spoke at Cadet Hall on the Eastern Washington University campus on... — Updated 5/5/2022

 

Harrell stole the spotlight during Biden's visit

When President Joe Biden visited Seattle last Friday, Mayor Bruce Harrell's photos were all over in the media, more than other politicians. Never mind that Harrell is only a mayor,... — Updated 5/5/2022

 

KP Man Completes First Solo Row from U.S. to Asia

Solo circumnavigator Erden Eruç of Wauna, 60, made landfall at Legazpi City in the Philippines March 24, becoming the first person to row from North America to Asia after... — Updated 5/5/2022

 

Interstate 5 bridge replacement will likely utilize light rail

The program to replace the aging Interstate 5 bridge inches closer to a final design as scenarios currently under consideration are likely to use light rail as its mass transit... — Updated 4/28/2022

 

Nom-nom: Galley back open on Edmonds-Kingston run

After a ban of more than two years on food and drink service on Washington State Ferries, those taking the Edmonds-Kingston run can now partake in gallery offerings. Clam chowder... — Updated 4/21/2022

 

Calling all fin clippers: With a record 5 million Chinook to mark, Naselle Hatchery is buzzing

NASELLE - It's a simple snip that happens in seconds, a distinguishing mark that lasts a lifetime for salmon providing crucial insight for fishery management across the Pacific... — Updated 4/13/2022

 

Pickleball: Go out and play Washington state's official sport

It's now one of those dates where people ask you: Where were you on that famous day, when Senate Bill 5615 was signed into law? The screams you have been hearing wasn't due to the... — Updated 3/31/2022

 

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