Bid Lost For Education Agility

education deskWashington state has lost its latest bid for flexibility under the federal No Child Left Behind law. State officials say they heard from U.S. Department of Education officials to say they were not going to approve a request made about a month ago. Superintendent of Public Instruction Randy Dorn had asked if Washington schools could avoid sending letters to parents saying schools are not making adequate yearly progress.


More Skulls Turned In To King County Authorities

The King County medical examiner's office says the mysterious donation of three skulls at a Bellevue Goodwill bin has prompted three other people to turn over human bones. The county's forensic anthropologist, Kathy Taylor, says one set of bones is bleached and wired together for clinical or educational purposes. The other two are Native American bones. They are not considered part of a criminal case. The Seattle Times reports the office and a state agency try to locate family members. Otherwise clinical bones may be offered to universities. Remains of Native Americans must be returned to their tribes. Meanwhile, the donor of the three Goodwill skulls dropped off last month has not been found. Two are clinical skulls and the third is the skull of a Native America child. SEATTLE (AP) – July 21, 2014

Washington Wildfires

wildfireburntDrifting wildfire smoke has lowered air quality in much of Eastern Washington and parts of northern Idaho. The Washington Ecology Department and the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality have issued an air quality alert. They say smoke particles could irritate eyes and noses and aggravate heart and lung disease. Vulnerable people are advised to remain indoors.


Man Killed, Woman Injured In Kitsap County Crash

A man was killed and a woman injured in a crash early Monday down a steep embankment in east Bremerton. Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue says firefighters were called about 3 a.m. The man was found dead about 25 feet from the vehicle. The female driver was found to be alive and conscious, but remained trapped inside the car. Additional resources were called in so that special equipment could be lowered by ropes down the 50-degree slope. The woman was extricated from the vehicle and taken to Harrison Hospital in Silverdale, where she is listed in serious condition. The accident remains under investigation. BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) – July 21, 2014

13 Candidates Seek Open House Seat

A rare open U.S. House seat in central Washington has exposed deep divisions within the GOP, with Main Street Republicans pitted against archconservative candidates in the run up to the Aug. 5 primary. A crowded field of candidates is seeking to replace retiring Republican Rep. Doc Hastings. The 4th District, which includes Yakima and the Tri-Cities, hasn't elected a Democrat since 1992. The presumed GOP front-runners include Clint Didier, a former NFL star and now a tea party candidate; Dan Newhouse, a former state legislator; and state Sen. Janea Holmquist from Moses Lake. The district covers one of the nation's major fruit and vegetable baskets, growing much of the U.S. supply of apples, cherries, grapes and hops to flavor beer. It is also home to the giant Hanford Nuclear Reservation, a federal installation that contains the nation's largest volume of nuclear waste. OTHELLO, Wash. (AP) – July 21, 2014

2000 Firefighters Battling Blazes In Washington State

firejuly18A fire racing through rural north-central Washington has destroyed about 100 homes, leaving behind smoldering rubble and burned-out automobiles. The Okanagan County town of Pateros was hit especially hard. Most of the 650 residents evacuated in advance of the flames, and some returned Friday to see if anything was left of their houses. There were no reports of injuries.


3 Lanes On Westbound I-90 Closing For A Week

roadfixThe Washington Department of Transportation is begging commuters to make alternative plans for getting to work next week if they usually commute to Seattle on Interstate 90. Three lanes of westbound I-90 will be closed beginning Friday at 9:30 p.m. between Bellevue and Mercer Island for road repair.