Northwest News

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…

2 Private Planes Collide Near Idaho Airstrip

CASCADE, Idaho (AP) -- U.S. Forest Service officials say two small private planes collided in midair near a central Idaho airstrip. David Olson with the Boise National Forest said early reports about the Monday incident indicate one of the planes…

List of Pot Shop Locations in Washington State

SEATTLE (AP) -- Washington state's first recreational marijuana stores open for business this week in the following locations: Arlington: Cascade Kropz Bellevue: Green Theory Bellingham: Top Shelf Cannabis and 2020 Solutions Bingen: Margie's Pot Shop Camano Island: Bud Hut East…

DOE to Clean Up Nuclear Accident Site

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) -- Workers are preparing to enter one of the most dangerous rooms on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. It's a room in the Plutonium Finishing Plant where an explosion in 1976 exposed worker Harold McCluskey to a massive…

Washington Attorney General Sues Over Phony Fee

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) -- Nearly 3,000 businesses in Washington may receive refunds of a $125 fee they mistakenly paid, thinking it was a government requirement. The attorney general's office is suing the Mandatory Poster Agency for about $360,000 in restitution,…

Obama Nominates New Head of VA

President Barack Obama announces his choice for the new leader of the VA. He's nominating former CEO of Procter & Gamble Robert McDonald. If approved by the senate, McDonald would replace Eric Shinseki. The VA has recently been under fire…

Semi-Truck Crashes into Hermiston Fire Building

Hermiston Fire rushed to a truck accident around 5 a.m. Friday. A semi-truck had crashed into Fire Station 2 at Highway 207 and Punkin Center Road, causing significant damage. The driver of the truck was air lifted to Kadlec Medical…