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Permanent daylight saving time passes Washington Legislature

OLYMPIA – Permanent daylight saving in Washington gained more support Tuesday with final passage of a bill suggesting the end to changing the clock twice a year. The House approved the bill 90-6 that asks the federal government to allow states to choose year-round daylight saving time. If given that


Conservative Washington lawmaker strikes back at critics

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — A Republican lawmaker from Washington is striking back at critics who say he should resign for appearing to support spying on political opponents. The Guardian newspaper reported Saturday it had obtained the contents of chats from 2017 involving state Rep. Matt Shea and three


Low salmon runs bring temporary closures of fisheries

OAK HARBOR, Wash. — Chinook salmon fisheries will be restricted in areas of Puget Sound again this year because of projected low returns of salmon to the Nooksack, Stillaguamish and other rivers.


Amber Alert issued after Spokane father stabs mom, takes off with son, police say

SPOKANE, Wash. -- An Amber Alert has been issued for a 5-year-old child who was taken by his father near Spokane Tuesday morning. The man, who is the estranged husband to the child's mother, broke into their home in the 12800 block of E. Blossey Ave. in Spokane Valley, stabbed the mother and took th


Island County Sheriff asks for public’s help in finding missing woman

ISLAND COUNTY, Wash. – The Island County Sheriff’s Department is asking for the public’s help in finding a missing woman. Janet Wellman was last seen in Sedro Woolley on Friday, April 12th and before that was located in Bellingham.


Undercover Cops Posing as Drug Buyers Arrested by Undercover Cops Posing as Drug Dealers

Well, this is a new one. A gigantic drug raid mistake led to police officers arresting…well, each other. Turns out undercover cops in Detroit posed as drug dealers to help catch a pair of sellers. However, thanks to a “tiny” mess up, another undercover police group thought they were real drug dealer


Deputies: Man Steals Car, Leads High-Speed Pursuit Down I-5

A Tacoma man stole a vehicle — prompting a security guard to try to shoot its tires — and led a Lewis County deputy on a high-speed chase down Interstate 5 before being arrested in Island County in February, authorities say.


Pedestrian Struck by Vehicle North of Oak Harbor

Island County, WA – The Washington State Patrol responded to a serious injury collision in the 3100 block of Goldie Road, three miles North of Oak Harbor around 9:14 p.m. on April 16th, 2019.


Breaking ground: Work starting on Stanwood’s new Church Creek campus

Work started this week on the new Church Creek campus — a first-of-its-kind project in the state. “It’s unique in our state to have all of a district’s alternative programs under one roof,” said Ryan Ovenell, principal who oversees Lincoln Hill Academy, Lincoln Hill High and Saratoga School. “It sen


Conway school board approves cuts

CONWAY — To make up for a projected $450,800 budget shortfall, the Conway School Board on Monday night approved cuts to the district's budget that include about three teaching positions.


WA State Ferries asking pets stay out of passenger cabin

SEATTLE — The Washington State Ferry System is asking passengers to keep their pets out of the passenger cabin. Only service animals are allowed in the passenger cabins of the vessels.


Washington State Ferries announces plan to reduce emissions, protect whales

Washington State Ferries is working to go even greener. That's the message in WSF's new two-year Sustainability Action Plan, which they released Monday in honor of Earth Day. The plan outlines goals and actions the organization plans to satisfy the state's Department of Transportation's commitment t


Stanwood Police reports: Business reports damage from thieves

A business in the 9000 block of 271st Street NW reported extensive damage to service/vending machines from someone trying to gain entry to the cash boxes using a crowbar. A 44-year-old Stanwood man was arrested on a felony warrant in the 27000 block of 104th Drive NW.


Suspect in QFC robbery found hiding in library, police say

STANWOOD, Wash. - A man who tried to rob a QFC is in custody, the Stanwood Police Department said. The robbery attempt happened about 4 p.m. Monday, when the suspect assaulted a cashier and then fled the scene, law enforcement officials said.


Mount Vernon fire bond failing

MOUNT VERNON — With early results in Tuesday, the Mount Vernon Fire Department's nearly $30 million bond request, which would allow it to build a new fire station, is failing.


Washington 4th state to pass 100% clean energy bill

The Washington state legislature has passed what Governor Jay Inslee calls, "the country's most forward-looking clean energy bill." The bill will transition Washington's electricity grid to 100 percent clean energy by 2045. To meet that goal, the bill phases out coal from the state's electricity gri


Chiefs get Frank Clark from Seahawks for 1st-round pick

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — The Kansas City Chiefs acquired pass rusher Frank Clark from the Seattle Seahawks for a package of picks Tuesday, then quickly agreed with him on a $105 million, five-year contract, as they continue to overhaul their much-maligned defense.


Anacortes port commissioners say a raise is warranted

The Anacortes Port Commission is exploring a salary increase for its members. Each commissioner receives a salary of $285 a month and per diem of $128 paid for attending port meetings and functions. The commission meets twice a month, bringing total annual compensation to $6,492, plus per diem paid


Walsh apologizes to nurses for “card-playing” comment

OLYMPIA – Sometimes when you try to make a point, you wind up being the one getting skewered. That was the position Sen. Maureen Walsh, R-Walla Walla, found herself in for several days, after defending an amendment to exempt some smaller hospitals certain break and overtime requirements for nurses a


Skagit River estuary restoration helps salmon needed for killer whales

MT VERNON, Washington — Recently we traveled up the Skagit River to see salmon habitat in what's called a freshwater floodplain, which is a very important area for young salmon to grow big enough to head down stream.