Nick Provenza, The Seattle Times

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Past articles by Nick:

Home-alone teen calls police on his own party

PUYALLUP (AP) — Police say a Puyallup teen who thought it was a great idea to throw a party when his parents took a trip out of town wound up calling police on his own party after drunken teens broke down his back fence and 'stampeded across a neighbor's yard.' KOMO-TV reports that police... → Read More

Spokane sewage could be tested for marijuana level

SPOKANE (AP) — The author of Washington's recreational pot law has suggested that Spokane test its sewage for traces of the cannabis chemical THC as a general measure of pot use by residents. American Civil Liberties Union lawyer Alison Holcomb proposed the idea at a Tuesday meeting of the City Council's marijuana policy subcommittee, → Read More

Spokane woman sues North Idaho resort over fireworks injury

SANDPOINT, Idaho (AP) — A Spokane woman has filed a lawsuit against a northern Idaho resort contending she suffered severe burns and disfigurement when a mortar shell firework struck her in the face during a Fourth of July display. The Bonner County Daily Bee reports in a story on Tuesday that Alivia Norwood filed the lawsuit... → Read More

Tuesday Memo: Garbage out … Hope Solo ruling … Don't pet the moose

Seriously? Yeah, yeah, we know, it's good for the environment: But geez … Does the City of Seattle really have to start giving out fines to residents for putting too much compostable material into the trash? Though at $1, the fine is more of a symbolic reminder. Hope Solo can continue to play: ... → Read More

Barge runs over pontoon boat on Snake River

WALLA WALLA (AP) — Walla Walla County sheriff’s deputies say three people are lucky to be alive after a barge ran over their pontoon boat on the Snake River. The sheriff’s office says a man with his 11-year-old grandson and a 16-year-old exchange student were night fishing and asleep early Sunday when their pontoon drifted into... → Read More

Alaska TV reporter quits on air to promote pot

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A reporter for an Alaska TV station revealed on the air that she owns a medical marijuana business and was quitting her job to advocate for the drug. After reporting on the Alaska Cannabis Club on Sunday night’s broadcast, KTVA’s Charlo Greene identified herself as the business’s owner and said she would... → Read More

Monday Memo: Seahawks poll … Even the dog survived … Fall, right on schedule

Whoa, the Seahawks won, of course, but it was a narrow escape against the Broncos. Did you ever doubt the Hawks would be victorious? Vote in our poll. So how do kids learn? Researchers at the UW are figuring out what happens when children learn — and how to help those who struggle. What... → Read More

Man arrested after 75-mile high-speed chase

RITZVILLE — Washington State Patrol troopers have arrested a 52-year-old Spokane Valley man after a 75-mile high-speed pursuit that took them from the Spokane area southwest to Ritzville along Interstate 90. KREM-TV reports that troopers say they had received several reports of a man driving erratically Wednesday on I-90 in Spokane. They say he refused to... → Read More

4.0 magnitude earthquake rattles Puget Sound early Wednesday

The Associated Press A 4.0 magnitude earthquake rattled the Puget Sound early Wednesday. The earthquake was centered near the town of Seabeck in Kitsap County, about 40 miles west of Seattle. The shaking was felt as far away as Everett, Olympia and downtown Seattle. The U.S. Geological Survey says the earthquake began shaking around 3 a.m. and had... → Read More

Duvall officer shot in leg; man arrested

DUVALL (AP) — A Duvall police officer was shot and wounded in the leg last night when he responded to a call to a church. KIRO reports that the officer found a group of young people firing paintball guns. One person there pulled out a real gun and shot the officer. The shooter then got into an... → Read More

First date ends with man dead, woman hospitalized

TACOMA (AP) — Pierce County sheriff’s detectives know this much: a first date ended with a Gig Harbor, Washington, man dead and his date hospitalized in critical condition. The News Tribune reports that investigators think the 47-year-old Port Orchard woman ran over her date, then crashed his truck 15 feet down an embankment. But... → Read More

2 with severe burns after boat engine explodes

PORT ORCHARD (AP) — Authorities say a man and a woman were hospitalized with severe burns after a boat engine exploded near Blake Island Sunday evening. KOMO reports several people were aboard the boat when a mechanical malfunction in the engine caused it to backfire, triggering a small explosion. Authorities were alerted just before 5 p.m. of... → Read More

Monday Memo: Mars Hill overview … Hawk shock … Another gorgeous day

Some local companies are caught in a fight over whether to kill the Export-Import Bank, a federal agency whose survival is up for congressional debate. One interesting tidbit from this story is that there's a Seattle company that makes high-tech mannequins that are used in testing, and some of them can cost up... → Read More

Health officials warn of Sea-Tac measles exposure

The Associated Press Public health officials are warning that people may have been exposed to measles at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. They say a passenger who contracted a confirmed case of the disease — likely outside the United States — was contagious when he or she was at the airport. The passenger was at the north satellite terminal,... → Read More

NW E. coli cases: 2 children die, boy improving

TACOMA (AP) — A second Northwest child has died after contracting an E. coli infection and a 5-year-old boy being treated for E. coli complications remains in critical condition but is reported steadily improving in a Tacoma hospital, authorities said Wednesday. Health officials and relatives say all three children tested positive for E. coli bacteria. Brooklyn Hoksbergen,... → Read More

Injured hiker rescued in Chelan County

WENATCHEE (AP) — A hiker suffered a broken arm and hip injury in a fall Sunday while descending Mount Stuart in Chelan County. The sheriff's office says 46-year-old Joanne Fulford lost her footing in a snow field and slid into large rocks at the 8,700-foot level of the mountain. County search and rescue coordinators asked for a... → Read More

Monday Memo: Skateboarder hit-and-run … More sun to come … Mars Hill chronicles

We're keeping an eye on the teen skateboarder who was struck by a teen driver yesterday. The driver took off after the accident. The skateboarder was seriously injured. Weather: Cooler and cloudy today and tomorrow, but sunny the rest of the week.  Sun in September is nice. National Weather Service forecast Missing hiker:... → Read More

Few clues turned up in search for Olympics hiker

OLYMPIC NATIONAL PARK (AP) — Authorities say the latest day of searching for an overdue hiker in Olympic National Park has produced few clues to his whereabouts. 64-year-old Kelly Hall is several days overdue from his planned six-day, 39 mile hike in the northeast corner of the park. On Sunday, a helicopter and tracking dogs were added... → Read More

Sheep moved to protect them from wolves

SPOKANE  (AP) — A Stevens County sheep rancher has moved about 1,800 sheep to protect them from a pack of wolves that have killed at least two dozen of the animals this summer. The Spokesman-Review reported Monday that Dave and Julie Dashiell decided to move their sheep to safety rather than wait for state wildlife officials... → Read More

State agency spent $600,000 on staff workshops

OLYMPIA (AP) — A state agency is being criticized for spending $600,000 on workshops for more than 2,000 state employees. The three two-day events in Tacoma for the Community Services Division of the Department of Social and Health Services ended late last week, The Olympian reported. The workshop invitations went out a day after the head of... → Read More