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

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 […]

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Hurricane Harvey’s impact worsens as rainfall continues to deluge greater Houston

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 […]

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Windstorm lashes western Pacific Northwest, felling trees and knocking out power

A pow­er­ful wind­storm rolled through the Pacif­ic North­west today, felling trees, knock­ing out pow­er, and forc­ing the clo­sure of roads and bridges. Gusts of more than six­ty miles per hour were report­ed in many places, like Seat­tle’s Dis­cov­ery Park, which record­ed a peak gust of six­­ty-six miles per hour at 4 PM. Winds were also […]

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President Obama signs emergency declaration for Washington State to help mudslide victims

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 […]

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Time to give the failed I‑5 Skagit River span a new name: The Tim Eyman Memorial Bridge

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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Governor Inslee: Repair of collapsed I‑5 Skagit River Bridge is estimated at $15 million

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 […]