Alligator startles firefighters inside SunDome

When an electrical outlet inside Yakima’s SunDome started smoking, firefighters responded.
   That’s when they encountered an 8-foot alligator.
   The reptile was one of three brought in to spice up a home show that runs this weekend in the Dome. It lounged inside a tank placed in front of bleachers,...

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Loud Clallam booms remain unexplained

Authorities cannot explain loud booms that shook homes near Port Angeles on Wednesday.
   Residents reported floors and windows rattling from explosive sounds that seemed to come from the Strait of Juan de Fuca, but there were no U.S. Navy or Coast Guard activities to account for it. Canadian forces...

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Poll reveals bumper stickers anger some drivers

You might think twice about pasting a bumper sticker on your car, unless the message is bland and inoffensive.
   Our new PEMCO Poll reveals that although just 25% of Northwest drivers have bumper stickers or vanity plates on their cars, a sizable number say they react when they see a message they...

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Kitsap teen driver sentenced in deadly crash

by Sharlyn Petit
   Last Thursday, the 17-year-old driver in a Seabeck, Wash., crash that killed three of his classmates was sentenced to 45 to 108 weeks in juvenile detention. The teen pleaded guilty last month to three counts of vehicular homicide. Investigators say marijuana and speeding were both...

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Oregon bridges need repair, but lack funds

Oregon's DOT says the next big earthquake, or even just wear and tear from traffic, could doom more than 500 state bridges.
   Up to 138 bridges need replacing altogether, while 580 require retrofitting.
   The challenge: finding $5 billion to fund the effort. Oregon relies on state and federal gas...

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Closed drawspan evokes memories of ‘the bulge’

Motorists – if not boaters – celebrated the permanent end of Evergreen Point Bridge openings this week.
   Work crews floated pontoons into place Tuesday for the new floating bridge, blocking the SR 520 drawspan that since 1963 had periodically opened for boat traffic and halted cars. The new bridge...

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Turning 40 never tasted sweeter

By Northwest Profile #63, Belltown Regional Fare Uber-Foodies
   Tucked alongside our latest autographed Tom Douglas cookbook (subtlety splattered with organically raised chicken broth flavored with just a hint of forest-foraged chanterelle mushrooms), is our latest recipe guaranteed to delight any...

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Beagle rules Westminster show sans howling

The winner didn't say much. She was all about that action.
   A quiet but happy, tail-wagging beagle named Miss P won best in show last night at the revered Westminster Kennel Club extravaganza at Madison Square Garden.
   Miss P, who lives 53 miles north of Kelowna in the British Columbia town of...

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Oregon teen buys new car for military family

by Sharlyn Petit
   While most teens daydream of driving a new car off of the lot for their sweet 16, 15-year-old Trenten West and his family made a different dream come true for one Oregon family.
   Trenten had the idea of giving a car to “someone who has served and sacrificed for us.” The West...

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WALLY gears up for the final Free Throwdown Showdown

What’s even more exciting than watching the Portland Trail Blazers live in action? If you ask this season’s three Free Throwdown Showdown champs, they might tell you that it’s shooting baskets on the same hoop and hardwood as Damien Lillard!

All season long, we’ve hosted our ever-popular Free...

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