Craig Hill, The Olympian

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Tumwater, WA, United States

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Past articles by Craig:

Mountain goat removal project could start this summer in Olympic NP. Some goats may be killed

Officials plan to move as many mountain goats as possible from the Olympics to the Cascades and then kill the rest, as they work to reduce the population to zero, according to themountain goat management plan announced recently by the National Park Service, Forest Service and state Department of Fish and Wildlife. → Read More

This giant playground for mountain bikers is about to open 17 miles of new trails

A much-anticipated mountain bike trail system near North Bend is scheduled to open later this month, the state Department of Natural Resources announced. → Read More

How far will anglers go to catch salmon this summer? At least 1.4 miles just to park

Launching a boat at Point Defiance is going to be a bit of an adventure again this summer. Ongoing waterfront construction means boaters will have to park their trailers at school 1.4 miles away from the ramp, Metro Parks Tacoma announced Wednesday. → Read More

Bears had sex on a billboard Monday. Experts are critical of their technique

Joel Barbour briefly promoted his Spokane business with a billboard depicting two bears getting it on. He wanted to put up the billboard to promote his clothing company, The Great PNW. Billboard company, Lamar, quickly took down the sign. → Read More

A new Tacoma City Marathon course draws 1,000 runners. The winner is a familiar face

The Tacoma City Marathon unveiled a new course on Sunday morning, but the winner was the same. Tacoma's Ben Mangrum, 39, won the race for the second consecutive year. He finished Sunday's race in 2 hours, 42 minutes, 30 seconds, more than 16 minutes faster than the second-place runner. Merita Trohimovich, 51, of Gig Harbor won the women's race in 3:22:17. "It was the first year for the new… → Read More

Tacoma runner dominates Eugene Marathon, reaches top Olympic Trials qualifying standard

Tacoma's Kate Landau, 41, won the prestigious Eugene Marathon on Sunday morning in personal best time of 2 hours, 35 minutes, 44 seconds. She beat the second-place woman by more than six minutes. Only six of the more than 700 male runners were faster than Landau. → Read More

Washington's economy got a $677-million boost from national parks in 2017, study claims

Visitors to Washington's National Park Service sites infused $677 million into the state's economy, according to a recent study. → Read More

Man killed when tractor flipped has been identified

The Parkland man who was killed Tuesday when the tractor he was using flipped over has been identified by the Pierce County medical examiner. Robert Neuerburg, 63, was apparently attempting to pull a wooden pole out of the ground on a small farm in the 4100 block of 145th Street East. → Read More

South Sound man found after Silver alert issued

A silver alert has been issued for Daniel Connel, a 67-year-old South Sound man who suffers from dementia, according to the Washington State Patrol. Connell went missing from his home in Federal Way at about 7:20 a.m. and has previously stated that he is trying to get to California. → Read More

He hit for the cycle. Now this Puyallup High grad is the national player of the week

Puyallup High graduate Tyler McDowell is the NAIA National Baseball Player of the Week after a sizzling performance at the plate last week for Lewis-Clark State College. → Read More

Lakewood apartment fire displaces 4 families

A Sunday afternoon fire at a Lakewood apartment complex displaced four families, according to West Pierce Fire & Rescue. → Read More

On 'Colbert,' 'Sex and the City' candidate says NY should be as progressive as Washington

Another celebrity is running for office and she wants to make New York more like Washington state. → Read More

Fantasy Fish League: It's like fantasy football but almost everybody dies

Long Live the Kings, a salmon and steelhead restoration group, will stage a competition in May that allows people to bet on 48 tagged steelhead migrating from the Nisqually and Skokomish rivers to the Pacific Ocean. → Read More

Wreck causing a 4-mile backup on Interstate 5, WSDOT says

Traffic on southbound Interstate 5 is backed up for four miles as authorities respond to a wreck scene near the Pierce-Thurston county line, according to the state Department of Transportation. The right lane is blocked and traffic has been reduced to one lane. → Read More

Tacoma's Les Davis Pier will close Saturday for an underwater trash collection effort

The Les Davis Pier on the Tacoma waterfront will be closed for two hours Saturday morning so SCUBA divers can cleanup underwater in the area. As many as 30 divers will pick up trash when the pier at 3427 Ruston Way is closed 8-10 a.m., according to Metro Parks Tacoma. → Read More

He was shot on I-5 then drove himself to the hospital. WSP is looking for witnesses

Detectives are looking for witnesses to a Wednesday morning road rage shooting on Interstate 5, the Washington State Patrol announced. A driver called 911 at about 6:12 a.m. on Wednesday and reported he'd been shot in the leg while driving northbound on I-5 near Michigan Street. → Read More

Man cut from car after causing SR 512 wreck, State Patrol says

A three-vehicle wreck blocked the westbound lanes of state Route 512 in Parkland and left the causing driver with severe injuries, according to the Washington State Patrol. → Read More

Do you fly with a dog, cat or potbelly pig? Alaska Airlines wants more paperwork

Flying Alaska Airlines with an emotional support or psychiatric service animal will require three rounds of paper work starting May 1, the company announced Thursday morning. The documents must be submitted 48 hours before departure, the airline said. → Read More

Why were roads closed in Graham on Thursday morning? A semi and car collided

Graham firefighters were pleased to arrive at a scene that wasn't as bad as it looked on Thursday morning. They and Pierce County Sheriff's deputies responded to the scene near Orville Road East and 247th Street at about 5:30 a.m. → Read More

South Hill's notorious rush hours are about to get worse. Road improvement will take months

The South Hill community, an area already known for heavy traffic, has been bracing for this day for several months. → Read More