Lawmakers Celebrate Hawks Ahead Of Super Bowl

Hawkington2The Washington state Senate passed a resolution honoring the Seattle Seahawks as they prepare to play the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX. The resolution was passed Friday, and many lawmakers on the floor were wearing Seahawks jerseys, scarves and hats.

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Cattle Drive Saturday To Ranch Near Ellensburg

cowboy hatA little bit of the Old West survives in the Ellensburg area where a longtime Kittitas Valley ranching family holds a cattle drive each year in late January. The Eaton family and friends are planning this year's drive on Saturday on the Yakima River Canyon Highway.

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Man Accused Of Setting Wife On Fire In Snohomish

cop lightsA Snohomish man is accused of setting his wife on fire because he suspected she was cheating on him. The woman suffered burns on her hands, left arm and chest that made it difficult for her to breastfeed the couple's 7-month-old child.

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Snohomish Schools To Use 'Panic Button' Smart Phone App

School districts in Snohomish County are planning a "panic button" system at more than 80 schools. It's a smartphone application that — with the push of the button — automatically dials 911 and notifies designated people about an emergency.

The Daily Herald reports two school in Everett started testing the panic button in August and a larger rollout is planned to begin next week. The program is funded by a $250,000 grant from the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction.

EVERETT, Wash. (AP) — January 30, 2015

Bremerton May Enlist Goats In Battle Against Waterfront Rats

The city of Bremerton may enlist goats in its battle against rats. City Councilman Jerry McDonald says goats could be brought in to eat blackberry brambles and other brush along the waterfront that shelters the rodents.

The Kitsap Sun reports residents in the area have been complaining about rats. One said a rat chewed up the ignition wiring on his car.

BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) — January 30, 2015

Explosion At Tacoma Auto Parts Shop

exp garageAn explosion and dramatic fire at a south Tacoma, Washington, auto parts shop prompted fire crews to temporarily evacuate businesses near one of the main gates to Joint Base Lewis-McChord's McChord Air Field. The fire sent up a towering cloud of black smoke. The News Tribune reports that West Pierce Fire and Rescue spokeswoman Jenny Weekes said no one was hurt Thursday afternoon at the Pick N Pull shop. She says one vendor told fire officials the explosion started in a storage tank.

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Seattle Officer Who Arrested Man With Golf Club Reassigned

Seattle Police Chief Kathleen O'Toole has reassigned an officer involved in the arrest of a 69-year-old man who refused to drop a golf club he was carrying. Officer Cynthia Whitlatch ordered the man to drop the golf club, saying he had swung it at her patrol car in a threatening manner. In a video of the encounter last summer, the man, William Wingate, says he has used the golf club as a cane for decades. The police department apologized for the arrest this week, but then O'Toole became aware of troubling Facebook posts made by Whitlatch. The weekly newspaper The Stranger reported that Whitlatch wrote dismissively on Facebook of the notion black men are disproportionately targeted by police, referring to it as "black peoples paranoia." O'Toole said she was "shocked and disappointed" to read the comments. She reassigned Whitlatch to desk duty pending a review of her cases. SEATTLE (AP) – January 30, 2015