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Olympic National Park To Move Threatened Chalet

enchalet1Olympic National Park says it's moving forward with a plan to move a historic chalet that's being threatened by the shifting east fork of the Quinault River. The Enchanted Valley Chalet, located 13 miles from the nearest road, was built as a backcountry lodge in the 1930s, before the creation of the park.

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3 Jailed For Blocking Tracks To Anacortes Refinery

The Skagit County Sheriff's Office says three oil-train protesters have been arrested for blocking the railroad tracks at the Tesoro refinery near Anacortes. About two dozen people were taking part in the demonstration Monday morning when deputies arrived. Most agreed to leave, but three remained locked to each other on the tracks. The sheriff's office says they ultimately unlocked themselves and were arrested for criminal trespass. Emily Johnston, a spokeswoman for the protesters, identified the three as 62-year-old Annette Klapstein, a retired lawyer from Bainbridge Island; 28-year-old Adam Gaya, of Seattle; and 60-year-old Jan Woodruff, of Anacortes. Johnston says the derailment last Thursday in Seattle of a train carrying volatile Bakken oil from North Dakota to the refinery highlighted the dangers of shipping the oil by rail, and they want all shipment of the oil through Northwest communities brought to an immediate halt. No oil was spilled in the Seattle derailment. ANACORTES, Wash. (AP) – July 28, 2014

Sea Star Disease Strikes Peninsula Marine Centers

seastarThe disease wreaking havoc on wild sea star populations on the West Coast has struck captive collections in Washington's Olympic Peninsula. The Peninsula Daily News reports Monday that sea stars at Port Townsend's Marine Life Center and Feiro Marine Life Center in Port Angeles have died of the disease, known as sea star wasting.

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