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Wildfire roundup for September 5th, 2017: Washington, Oregon, and Idaho are burning

Excerpt: For months, author­i­ties across the Pacif­ic North­west have been warn­ing that our region was fac­ing an extreme wild­fire risk this sum­mer that would only be exac­er­bat­ed by a lack of pre­cip­i­ta­tion. As we approach the autum­nal equinox, those fears have come to pass, with a series of dev­as­tat­ing fires burn­ing up and down the Cas­cade […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Hurricane Harvey’s impact worsens as rainfall continues to deluge greater Houston

Excerpt: Last week, as read­ers know, Hur­ri­cane Har­vey roared ashore in Texas, mak­ing its first land­fall at Rock­port around 03:00 UTC. It is the first hur­ri­cane to make land­fall in the south­ern Unit­ed States in twelve years, end­ing a record stretch that began fol­low­ing the dev­as­ta­tion caused by Hur­ri­canes Kat­ri­na and Wilma in 2005. Since then, Har­vey […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Horrible tragedy unfolding in Nepal following massive quake; thousands dead and injured

Excerpt: Last night, as most of the Pacif­ic time­zone was head­ed to bed or snooz­ing away fol­low­ing the end of anoth­er work­week, a mas­sive earth­quake struck Nepal, includ­ing the cap­i­tal of Kath­man­du. Ini­tial­ly report­ed as a mag­ni­tude 7.5 trem­blor by the U.S. Geo­log­i­cal Sur­vey, it was lat­er revised to 7.8. The quake stuck at a depth […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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President Obama signs emergency declaration for Washington State to help mudslide victims

Excerpt: Good news. This just in from the White House: Today, the Pres­i­dent declared an emer­gency in the State of Wash­ing­ton and ordered fed­er­al aid to sup­ple­ment state and local response efforts due to the emer­gency con­di­tions result­ing from flood­ing and mud­slides begin­ning on March 22, 2014, and continuing. The Pres­i­den­t’s action autho­rizes the Depart­ment of Home­land […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Terrible devastation in Philippines prompts renewed call for aid from the United Nations

Excerpt: As pic­tures and eye­wit­ness accounts con­tin­ue to come in from the Philip­pines, depict­ing the ter­ri­ble dev­as­ta­tion wrought by Typhoon Haiyan, the Unit­ed Nations is launch­ing a $300+ mil­lion appeal for aid from the world com­mu­ni­ty to help the more than eleven mil­lion peo­ple affect­ed by the storm. (Many of them are with­out shel­ter after the […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Inslee: We have a plan for making I‑5’s Skagit River Bridge driveable again by mid-June

Excerpt: The Wash­ing­ton State Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion (WSDOT) has devised a plan to make Inter­state 5 between Mount Ver­non and Burling­ton pass­able again by mid-June, Gov­er­nor Jay Inslee announced this afternoon. State bridge engi­neers have been work­ing fever­ish­ly to fig­ure out how the bridge that car­ries Inter­state 5 over the Skag­it Riv­er might be repaired. The […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Time to give the failed I‑5 Skagit River span a new name: The Tim Eyman Memorial Bridge

Excerpt: Yes­ter­day after­noon on Dai­ly Kos, pro­gres­sive activist Wu Ming sug­gest­ed that, in the wake of the fail­ure of Inter­state 5’s Skag­it Riv­er cross­ing, which car­ries more than sev­en­ty thou­sand vehi­cles a day, it would be appro­pri­ate to give the span a new name: The Tim Eyman Memo­r­i­al Bridge. Ming wrote: As I watched the cov­er­age […]
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Hurray for Amtrak! Third daily Cascades train between Seattle and Bellingham is coming

Excerpt: A big kudos to WSDOT, Burling­ton North­ern San­ta Fe, and Sound Tran­sit for fig­ur­ing out how to pull this new ser­vice togeth­er on short notice: To assist trav­el­ers affect­ed by yesterday’s I‑5 high­way bridge col­lapse in Skag­it Coun­ty, Amtrak Cas­cades will add one round trip route between Seat­tle and Belling­ham, Wash., in the com­ing weeks. Amtrak, […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Governor Inslee: Repair of collapsed I‑5 Skagit River Bridge is estimated at $15 million

Excerpt: It’s only been six­teen hours since a sec­tion of the bridge that car­ries Inter­state 5 over the Skag­it Riv­er col­lapsed, but already the Wash­ing­ton State Depart­ment of Trans­porta­tion (WSDOT) is work­ing on a plan to put the span back together. Experts have esti­mat­ed the cost of a bridge repair at around $15 mil­lion, accord­ing to […]
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Washington’s elected leaders respond to collapse of I‑5 bridge over Skagit River

Excerpt: As the evening goes on, more and more elect­ed lead­ers are react­ing to tonight’s break­ing news out of Skag­it Coun­ty. A sec­tion of the bridge that car­ries Inter­state 5 over the Skag­it Riv­er, just north of Mount Ver­non, has col­lapsed into the water. The cause of the dis­as­ter is believed to be an over­height truck […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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BREAKING: A section of the Interstate 5 bridge over Skagit River has collapsed

Excerpt: Break­ing, huge­ly con­se­quen­tial news out of Skag­it Coun­ty tonight: A sec­tion of the Inter­state 5 bridge over the Skag­it Riv­er near Mount Ver­non has col­lapsed, accord­ing to the State Patrol and eye­wit­ness reports on Twitter. The Seat­tle Times has an even more remark­able pho­to. The struc­tur­al fail­ure occurred just before 7 PM, the State Patrol […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Monster tornado rips through Moore, Oklahoma, killing at least thirty-seven people

Excerpt: Dis­as­ter strikes again: A mas­sive tor­na­do roared through Moore and south Okla­homa City on Mon­day after­noon, grind­ing up neigh­bor­hoods and rav­aging at least one ele­men­tary school in its path. Ter­ror quick­ly spread as the Emer­gency Med­ical Ser­vices Author­i­ty rushed ambu­lances to Bri­ar­wood Ele­men­tary School in the Moore School Dis­trict and to sev­er­al homes, busi­ness­es and inter­sec­tions […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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At least two killed, dozens wounded in blasts at Boston Marathon finish line

Excerpt: Ter­ri­ble news out of the Com­mon­wealth of Mass­a­chu­setts: Two peo­ple were killed and at least 23 peo­ple were injured in two explo­sions that rocked the Boston Marathon steps away from the fin­ish line. A senior U.S. intel­li­gence offi­cial said two more explo­sive devices were found near the area, and they were being dismantled. The first blasts […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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Authorities release the names of those killed yesterday morning at Sandy Hook Elementary

Excerpt: Author­i­ties in Con­necti­cut have now released the names of the chil­dren and fac­ul­ty killed yes­ter­day morn­ing at Sandy Hook Ele­men­tary in New­town, Con­necti­cut. The over­whelm­ing major­i­ty of those killed were very young chil­dren, only six years old, as has been report­ed. Three of the chil­dren were sev­en years old. The adults (all women) ranged in […]
Written by:Andrew Villeneuve
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