United squeezed out in Delta-Alaska battle

The airline turf battle over Seattle between Alaska and Delta has further squeezed once-dominant United Air Lines to the sidelines.
   On Tuesday, United said its Seattle flight-attendant base – 264 people – will close in January. Employees can transfer to San Francisco or accept a retirement...

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'The Pick' set Ducks on new winning path

Twenty years ago, a crucial interception in a tight football game reversed the fortunes of the Oregon Ducks, triggering their transformation into a national powerhouse.
   With 1:02 left in the 1994 game and the UW Huskies driving for a game-winning touchdown at Autzen Stadium, Oregon cornerback...

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We fear online fraud, but don’t shred as much

Northwest residents worry about identity theft and online fraud, but not enough to keep them from paying their bills electronically.
   The latest PEMCO Poll reveals that although 87% of Washington and Oregon people are at least somewhat fearful their identity could be stolen, 47% say it’s safer to...

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Cosmic Crisp apple rights won by 24 growers

Last April we told you about a new apple variety, later named Cosmic Crisp, bred specifically by WSU researchers for Washington’s soil and climate.
   The apple, a hybrid between Honeycrisp and Enterprise, earned rave reviews for its taste and texture.
   On Tuesday, 24 growers won a lottery to get...

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Evicted beavers put to work restoring streams

Yakima Valley residents don't like busy beavers. Sometimes the furry critters build dams – habitat to defend against predators – that block irrigation canals and flood homes and farming fields.
   No problem. Using funds from salmon-recovery grants, biologists are trapping the mammals and relocating...

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I-90 upgrades just the latest of many

Interstate 90 rock blasting and road closures alongside Keechelus Lake (photo courtesy WSDOT) will end Oct. 30 for the winter season.
   Blasting closures this week occur Monday through Thursday from 6 p.m.–7 p.m., moving up to 5:30–6:30 beginning Oct. 13.
   Oh, and if you haven’t heard, the Price...

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Name that mountain using panorama pic

If you’ve ever gazed up from the Puget Sound lowlands at the Cascades and wondered, “What peak is that?” the Everett Herald has published a great panorama photo that tells all.
   The image was shot from Everett, but the snowy mounds still should be identifiable from points to the north and south.
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New 520 floating bridge taller, not just wider

WSDOT announced last week that the next-to-last batch of pontoons for the new SR 520 bridge have been completed in Aberdeen.
   That means 66 of the floating bridge’s 77 pontoons are finished, with 57 of them already anchored in Lake Washington. The new bridge is slated to open to traffic in spring...

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Urban chicken flies the coop

It was PEMCO’s version of Foghorn Leghorn meeting his Warner Bros. executive producer.
   Except in this case, the chicken was real, not animated.
   Last year Rod Brooks spoke at a Focus on Farming conference in Everett. Rod is our VP and chief marketing officer, and when he keynoted the conference...

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Explosive Glacier Peak being mapped

Glacier Peak is perhaps the least-familiar Cascades volcano among Northwest residents. It’s also one of the most dangerous.
   That’s why the U.S. Geological Society is mapping Glacier Peak with LiDAR technology, aiming to learn more about past eruptions and prepare for future ones.
   Situated...

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