Northwest News

Tri-City Americans to Hold Drive For Fire Victims

The Tri-City Americans are holding a supply drive to benefit the victims of the wildfires in North Central Washington. Here is the detailed information from the Ams: The drive will take place on Friday, July 25, Monday July 28 and…

Recreational pot qualifies for Oregon ballot

SALEM, Ore. (AP) -- Oregon voters will be deciding this year whether to legalize marijuana for recreational use.State elections officials certified Tuesday that the petitioners submitted enough valid signatures to qualify the measure for the November ballot.Election workers say there…

Helicopter Crash in Wenatchee

WENATCHEE, Wash. (AP) -- A helicopter has crashed in Wenatchee. Allen Kenitzer of the Federal Aviation Administration in Renton says the crash occurred on Wednesday in Wenatchee for unknown reasons. He says the helicopter was a Bell 206A Jet Ranger.…

Washington Health Exchange Glitches Affect 6,000

SEATTLE (AP) -- At least 6,000 people who bought health insurance through Washington's new exchange are having trouble using that coverage because of computer glitches with the new program. Officials at the exchange are hoping to have all the problems…

Rainfall & other Factors Triggered Washington Slide

SEATTLE (AP) -- A team of scientists says intense rainfall likely played a major role in triggering a deadly landslide in the state of Washington. The report released Tuesday says many other factors such as previous landslide activity also weakened…

UPDATE: Saddle Mtn. Fire 50-75% Contained

Fire crews are working hard to put out the Saddle Mountain Fire, which is burning south of Vantage and on the Yakima Training Center. The latest estimates puts the fire at more than 25,000 acres and an Army spokeswoman says…

Firestorm burns down into Pateros

CHELAN, Wash. - The Carlton Complex blew up Thursday night, burning into the town of Pateros, reportedly leveling dozens of homes and forcing widespread evacuations. In addition to the devastation in Pateros, the nearby town of Brewster is now under…

Romanian Princess Pleads Guilty in Cockfighting Case

(AP) -- Romanian princess Irina Walker has pleaded guilty to operating an illegal gambling business in connection with a cockfighting enterprise in Irrigon, Oregon.Walker and her husband, John, accepted a plea deal in which the government dismissed charges of animal…

Mariners to Salute Oso Rescuers

SEATTLE (AP) -- The Seattle Mariners say they will pay tribute to the resilience of the people who live between Arlington and Darrington, as well as volunteers and first responders to the Oso mudslide. During the July 26 game against…

More Burned Housing Found in Oregon Fire

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- A Klamath County wildfire was more destructive than authorities initially believed. After the fire ignited in the rural Moccasin Hill subdivision near Sprague River, officials reported six houses destroyed along with 14 outbuildings -- barns, garages,…

Washington State Unemployment Rate Falls

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Washington state's unemployment rate fell to 5.8 percent last month, the lowest it has been in six years. Numbers released Wednesday by the state's Employment Security Department show that June's jobless rate was down from May's…

Lightning Bolts Start Oregon Fires

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) -- Lightning struck Oregon more than 6,000 times Sunday and Monday, touching off small fires by the dozens. Such a barrage can be expected to cause numerous "sleeper" or holdover fires in coming days. Northwest fire spokeswoman…

Suspect Wanted in Ellensburg Shooting

Ellensburg Police are looking for a suspect wanted in connection with a shooting that took place Tuesday at an apartment complex on the 2100 block of North Walnut Street. 49-year-old Joel Groves is believed to be armed and dangerous and…

Names Released in Spokane Medical Complex Shooting

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- The Spokane County Medical Examiner has released the identity of a woman shot and killed by her husband at a medical complex. The Spokesman-Review reports (http://is.gd/IzYotL) 30-year-old Sheena M. Henderson died of gunshots to her head…

New State Rules on Fish Consumption

SEATTLE (AP) -- Gov. Jay Inslee is proposing to dramatically increase the fish consumption rate that partly drives water quality standards in the state. A state senator briefed on his plan Wednesday morning said Inslee is proposing to raise the…

2 dead in medical complex shooting in Spokane

Police say a gunman fatally shot his wife before turning the weapon on himself at a downtown Spokane medical center.Spokane police said a man went to his wife's workplace in the Deaconess Medical Center complex this morning and opened fire.…

Seattle Moves Closer to Lifting Cap on Rideshares

SEATTLE (AP) -- Seattle has moved one step closer to lifting the cap on rideshare cars allowed to pick up passengers alongside traditional taxi companies. On Monday, the Seattle City Council voted to repeal its previous rules governing companies like…