Drones Banned At Olympic National Park

drone policeOlympic National Park officials have banned the use of drones within park boundaries. The ban was approved by Superintendent M. Sarah Creachbaum last week, following a directive from the National Parks Service that ordered superintendents in its 401 parks to write rules prohibiting the launching, landing or operation of unmanned aircraft in their parks.


Legislature Heads To Court On Education Finance

The Washington Supreme Court is marking the beginning of school with a mandatory assembly for the Legislature on education finance. The court has ordered lawmakers to come to court on Wednesday to explain why they haven't followed its orders to fix the way Washington pays for public education. Lawmakers, the governor and others say the court needs to be patient and give the Legislature more time to fulfil the orders in the 2012 McCleary decision. The attorney for the coalition that sued the state over education funding says the Legislature has made so little progress toward meeting the goal that only more pressure from the court will make it happen. SEATTLE (AP) – September 1, 2014

Cyclist Killed Was Attorney Who Fought Gay Policy

The King County Medical Examiner's office has identified the bicyclist who died in a collision with a truck in downtown Seattle as a well-respected attorney who in 2010 was part of the American Civil Liberties Union's legal team that challenged the U.S. military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. ACLU Washington spokesman Doug Honig told The Seattle Times that 31-year-old Sher Kung helped the ACLU represent Air Force Maj. Margaret Witt, a decorated flight nurse dismissed from the military for being gay. The case helped set a precedent that the military would need to prove sexual orientation had a negative impact on morale in order to dismiss someone, and made it possible for Witt to return to her position. Kung died less than two weeks before the city was scheduled to make major bicycle-safety improvements to the Second Avenue bike lane, which is notorious among bicyclists because of its left-turns. SEATTLE (AP) - September 1, 2014

Seattle Police Kill Armed Man Who Shot At Officers

Seattle police say an armed man was shot and killed by officers after he fired at them Saturday night. The police department says officers responded to calls of shots fired in Seattle's Queen Anne neighborhood around 10:30 p.m. Saturday. When they arrived, the man was still outside a house with his weapon in sight and rifle-trained officers took positions. The man went inside the home, but came back outside moments later and opened fire. Officers fired back, wounding the man. According to police, the wounded man crawled back inside. A SWAT team robot entered the home later on and found the man dead. Inside the home, officers found body armor and multiple fire-arms, including semi-automatic rifles and shotguns, near the front door. No other injuries were reported. Police say it's unclear what the man was shooting at before police arrived. SEATTLE (AP) – August 31, 2014

9 People Hurt In 50-Car Pileup In Washington State

Authorities say nine people were hurt in an interstate pileup involving about 50 cars during a dust storm Saturday in southeastern Washington. The Tri-City Herald reports that the nine people were taken to nearby hospitals, but none had life-threatening injuries. Capt. Devin Helland of Benton Fire District 1 says most of the crashes were rear-end collisions and spin-outs that were hit by other vehicles as dust reduced visibility. The collisions happened on Interstate 82, between the Highway 395 entrance, just south of Kennewick, and the Locust Grove overpass. The crashes started around 3:30 p.m. as dust blew from west of the interstate. Law enforcement officers and the Washington State Department of Transportation blocked traffic from entering the interstate. The interstate reopened a few hours later. RICHLAND, Wash. (AP) – August 31, 2014

Mother Sentenced In Child's Accidental Shooting Case

gavel2The mother of a Washington state boy who brought a gun to school that went off in his backpack and critically wounded a classmate will spend more than a year behind bars. The Kitsap Sun reports that Jamie Lee Chaffin was sentenced Friday. She initially faced third-degree assault charges but was eventually prosecuted for unlawful possession of a firearm.


Washington City Fights To Keep Legal Marijuana Out

cannabisstationA lawyer for a man who wants to open a marijuana shop in the small Washington city of Fife is asking a judge to strike down its ban on marijuana businesses. The Tacoma suburb is fighting before a judge Friday for its right to remain free of pot businesses, even though such enterprises are now allowed by state law.