Northwest News

5 Hunters Face Deer Killing Charges

PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon wildlife officials say five hunters are facing illegal deer killing charges after the head of a freshly killed male deer was found in a vehicle southwest of Pendleton. An Oregon State Patrol fish and wildlife…

Special Enrollment Period for Health Exchange

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- People who have had trouble enrolling for insurance or using their benefits because of billing problems with the state's health exchange can try again during a special enrollment period announced by the insurance commissioner's office. The…

Federal Aid Needed for Wildfire Victims

SEATTLE (AP) -- Members of Washington state's congressional delegation are asking the federal government to reconsider a decision denying help for individuals affected by huge wildfires in Washington state. More than 300 homes have been destroyed by the wildfires in…

Injured Hiker Rescued near Ingalls Lake in Kittitas Co.

Kittitas County Sheriffs Deputy's along with Kittitas County Search and Rescue responded to the report of an injured hiker near Ingalls Lake located approximately 22 miles northeast of Cle Elum Sunday night around 6:30 PM. 52 year old Roxanne Neusbaum…

Hot Weather Takes Toll on Wheat Crop

REARDAN, Wash. (AP) -- Too much heat and too little rain this summer are taking a toll on the winter wheat crop in Eastern Washington. Joel Zwainz on Monday estimated that his family's 3,400-acre farm near Reardan will produce 30…

Seattle's Top Pot Officer Back on Patrol

SEATTLE (AP) -- The Seattle police officer who was reassigned last month after it was learned he wrote 80 percent of the marijuana tickets is back to his regular job. Police said Monday there was no reason he couldn't return…

Paul Allen Donates $500K to Gun Initiative

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- A campaign seeking to expand gun sale background checks has received a $500,000 donation from Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen. The donation to Initiative 594 posted on the state's Public Disclosure Commission website Monday afternoon. I-594 would…

Pot Campaign Announces $2.3 Million in TV Ads

SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- The campaign behind an Oregon ballot measure that would legalize marijuana for adults says it's buying $2.3 million worth of television advertising. The debate is shaping up to be lopsided; nobody with deep pockets has stepped…

UPDATE: Snag Canyon & South Cle Elum Ridge Fires

The Kittitas County Emergency Operations Center has removed the Level 1 evacuation notice for Woods & Steele Road, as the South Cle Elum Ridge Fire is now 77% contained. Roadblocks for the South Cle Elum Ridge Fire will remain in…

Campfires Okay in Western Washington

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Thanks to this week's rain, the state Department of Natural Resources is easing its burn ban a bit. The agency says fires will be allowed in fire rings at campgrounds, but only in Western Washington. And…

Seattle Vigil to Protest Teen's Death

SEATTLE (AP) -- Dozens of people gathered in downtown Seattle to peacefully protest the death of a black teen shot by a police officer in Missouri. Similar protest vigils in more than 90 cities across the country drew thousands of…

State Shuts Down 2 Oregon Medical Marijuana Stores

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The state of Oregon shut down two medical marijuana dispensaries for violations of state regulations. Kush MMD of Eugene was later allowed to reopen after correcting problems, but Portland Compassionate Caregivers remains closed. Inspectors found that…

2 Firefighters Injured in Wildfire

Spokeswoman Anne Jeffery says the two men's lower leg injuries seem to be mainly bruises. They were taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, where they were being treated. Both were reported in stable condition. They were not identified. Fire…

Father of Slain Girl: "I've already forgiven him"

BREMERTON, Wash. (AP) -- The father of a slain 6-year-old Bremerton girl says he forgives the 17-year-old neighbor suspected of killing and raping his daughter. James Wright tells the Kitsap Sun (http://is.gd/fpInEx ) Gabriel Gaeta "chose wrong" but that "I've…

Oregon Insurer Can't Deny Tutism Treatment

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A federal judge in Portland has ruled that a major Oregon health provider cannot deny coverage to autistic children for a specific treatment. Judge Michael H. Simon found Providence Health Plan violated state and federal laws…

Washington Unemployment Rate Dips to 5.6%

OLYMPIA - Washington experienced continued job growth in July and the state's unemployment rate fell to its lowest point since August 2008, according to preliminary, seasonally adjusted estimates released today by state Employment Security Department. According to preliminary estimates by…

Oregon Jobless Rate at 6.9% in July

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- The state Employment Department says Oregon's jobless rate was 6.9 percent in July, up from 6.8 percent the month before. The agency says employers added 200 jobs in July, following a revised loss of 3,000 jobs…

Judge Dismisses Marijuana Tax Case

SEATTLE (AP) -- A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging Washington state's authority to tax marijuana. U.S. District Judge Marsha Pechman dismissed the case last week for lack of jurisdiction. The operator of a medical marijuana dispensary in Bellingham,…

Campfires at Washington Campgrounds Banned

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Due to the extreme fire danger across nearly all of Washington from hot, dry weather, the state has expanded its ban on outdoor fires. The state Department of Natural Resources said Monday the ban now includes…

Retail Sales in Washington Up

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- The state Department of Revenue says taxable retail sales increased nearly 5 percent in the first three months of the year to more than $27 billion. The department said Monday there was an increase of about…

Bremerton Police Looking for a Missing Teenager

Bremerton Police are looking for a missing teenager. Ariel Luddington, 16, is believed to have run away on Friday. She is considered endangered because she has medical conditions that could be deadly if left untreated. Investigators say Luddington's bus pass…