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Port Townsend-Coupeville ferry route out of service

The Port Townsend-Coupeville ferry route is out of service until further notice, according to the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT). → Read More

Cuteness alert: New leopard cubs at Pt. Defiance Zoo

Four clouded leopard cubs are healthy and growing at Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in Tacoma. → Read More

Heavy rain slowing Tuesday commute, more showers in evening

Heavy rain is falling across the Puget Sound area Tuesday, slowing the morning commute. → Read More

Idaho college administrator offered scholarships for sex, police say

The Associated Press COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho — The former financial aid director at North Idaho College is facing felony charges after police say he offered scholarship money belonging to the school to students in exchange for sex. Authorities arrested 36-year-old Joseph M. Bekken on Wednesday on suspicion of misusing public funds and soliciting prostitution. Police say Bekken advertised... → Read More

Ferry shuffle leaves Vashon/W. Seattle route with older, slower Evergreen State

The ferry commute to and from Bremerton will be back to normal Thursday while the Fauntleroy/Vashon/Southworth passengers get the short end of the stick for a couple of weeks. The 124-vehicle Kitsap ferry broke down Wednesday on the Seattle/Bremerton route and will be out for about two weeks with repairs. The Washington State Department... → Read More

Bertha digs more than 3 feet toward repair pit

After more than a year, Bertha has moved. The deep-bored tunneling machine — stalled with a broken seal beneath downtown Seattle — dug more than three feet through unreinforced concrete as of 7 a.m., the state's Department of Transporation reported Wednesday. 'Seattle Tunnel Partners is mining again,' project spokeswoman Laura Newborn said. STP, the contractor for the $1.35 billion tunnel… → Read More

Washington man dies while surfing in Puerto Rico

The Associated Press SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico — Authorities in Puerto Rico say a 28-year-old tourist from Washington state has died while surfing along the U.S. territory’s west coast. Police identified the surfer as Travis Fornei. His hometown was not immediately available, although public records show that a 28-year-old Travis Forney lives in North Bend. A Facebook... → Read More

Port Angeles hospital erects measles tent to screen patients

The Associated Press PORT ANGELES — A hospital in Port Angeles has erected a tent to isolate patients with measles symptoms and prevent the disease from spreading inside the building. The public health officer for Clallam and Jefferson counties, Dr. Tom Locke, says using the tent will limit possible exposure. The Peninsula Daily News reports a... → Read More

Record high temperatures in Washington, Oregon

The Associated Press Temperatures hit record highs Monday in parts of Washington and Oregon as one of the mildest winters continues in the Northwest. The National Weather Service reported record highs of 59 at Sea-Tac Airport, 60 at Olympia, 62 at Hoquiam, 62 at Vancouver, 61 in Portland, 62 at Hillsboro, Oregon, and 66 at Salem, Oregon. Forecasters... → Read More

Police make 20 raids, 13 arrests in Portland-area heroin investigation

The Associated Press PORTLAND, Ore. — A federal investigation of heroin trafficking in the Portland area led to 20 raids this week in which 13 people were arrested. Court documents say the operation has been linked to at least two heroin overdose deaths. The Oregonian reports police raided 20 homes and buildings Wednesday in Portland, Gresham, Beaverton, and... → Read More

Health officials confirm 2nd measles case on Olympic Peninsula

The Associated Press PORT ANGELES — A public health official says a second case of measles has been confirmed on Washington’s north Olympia Peninsula, this time in a 5-year-old girl. The Peninsula Daily News reports that area public health officer Dr. Tom Locke says tests showed Thursday that the girl has measles. The unidentified child is at... → Read More

Angry owl in Salem, Ore., park attacks 4th jogger

The Associated Press SALEM, Ore. — The angry owl in a Salem park has struck again. Brad Hilliard says he was jogging early Monday in Bush’s Pasture Park when he felt a scratch on the back of his neck and something swooped off with his favorite running cap. When he saw signs warning park visitors of aggressive owls,... → Read More

Oregon diamond-theft mastermind sentenced to 9½ years

The Associated Press PORTLAND  — The mastermind of an interstate diamond theft ring has been sentenced to 9½ years in federal prison. Michael Young was the last of nearly a dozen defendants sentenced in the case that stretched from Florida to Oregon. The crew led by Young stole expensive diamonds from more than 20 stores, typically by using... → Read More

Fraternity, sorority held party at home of infected UO student

The Associated Press EUGENE, Ore. — A fraternity and sorority held a party at the home of the third University of Oregon student diagnosed with a contagious bacterial infection — meningococcemia. Lane County Public Health is contacting the students to tell them they may want an antibiotic to stop the spread of the disease. KVAL reports the agency... → Read More

Is that a giant rat in the wall? No, just a burglar

The Associated Press A burglary suspect who cut through a Pioneer Square apartment building’s drywall in an attempt to escape became trapped in an air duct and had to be rescued by firefighters. KIRO reports a resident of the apartment building caught the man Tuesday night stealing quarters from a soda machine in the laundry room of... → Read More

Man dies after crashing into a tree in Issaquah

A man died early Wednesday morning in Issaquah after his car crossed the median on Front Street South and crashed into a tree, according to a news release from Issaquah police. The 25-year-old was driving a silver sedan northbound at about 12:45 a.m. He was alone in the vehicle, police said. Front Street South was closed at... → Read More

Student accused of netting nearly $32,000 in UW scheme

The Associated Press SEATTLE — Prosecutors say a college student used a simple scheme to bilk the University of Washington, netting nearly $32,000. KOMO-TV reports that campus police say the student was a cashier at the University Instructional Center. Court records allege that when students returned course packets, the student gave himself unauthorized refunds on his UW... → Read More

Quincy girl wasn’t dragged; no charge against teacher

The Associated Press QUINCY, Wash. — Grant County prosecutors have decided not to charge a teacher accused of having an 11-year-old girl dragged by other students to the front of their classroom in at Monument Elementary School in Quincy. Chief Deputy Prosecutor Alan White says video of the incident in December shows four children surrounded the girl,... → Read More

Sheriff's office: Pilot OK after small plane crashes near Hood Canal

A small plane has crashed on the beach of Hood Canal, according to tweets from the Mason County Sheriff's Office. The pilot appears to only have minor injuries after a hard landing and there were no passengers, the sheriff's department says. The engine cut out and the pilot purposely tried to land on the beach, according... → Read More

State patrol: Fatal crash on Highway 2 in Monroe

UPDATED, 12:30 p.m. | Highway 2 in Monroe remains closed at Fryelands Blvd. (milepost 12) due to a fatal collision, Trooper Travis Shearer said. A Hyundai passenger car traveling eastbound appears to have crossed the centerline and hit another vehicle in the westbound lane, Shearer said. The second car was knocked into the eastbound lane and... → Read More