Inslee seeks support for more wildfire money
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Gov. Jay Inslee and Lands Commissioner Peter Goldmark are asking Washington state's congressional delegation for their support in seeking additional money that could be used for fighting wildfires.
The letter sent Wednesday comes a week after a dozen U.S. Senators, including Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, sent a letter to Senate leaders asking for passage of emergency legislation to allocate $615 million for use in fighting wildfires.
Wildfires are currently burning in several western states.
The legislation being considered would allocate additional money to the U.S. Forest Service for wildfire suppression, and would allow access to emergency funds for wildfires without having to cut other programs.
Officials: No more donations for wildfire victims
PATEROS, Wash. (AP) - Officials in north-central Washington are thankful for the donations that poured into the area after the largest wildfire in the state's history destroyed hundreds of homes and burned hundreds of square miles.
But now they're pleading the public to stop the donations.
Community Foundation of North Central Washington director of donor services Jennifer Dolge says the massive amounts of donated items might amount to "a second disaster."
Dolge told the Wenatchee World that figuring out where to store the donations and how to distribute them is going to take a lot of effort.
Donations for the Carlton Complex fire now fill up three warehouses, two gymnasiums, community distribution centers and several semi-trucks that have not been unloaded.
System-wide ferry problems after breakdown
SEATTLE (AP) - Ripples from Tuesday's ferry breakdown are being felt across the Puget Sound.
KOMO-TV reports commuters were grappling with long waits Wednesday morning and backups are common as the ferry system adjusts to the loss of the jumbo ferry Tacoma.
The Tacoma's problems couldn't have come at a worse time, because one of the state's other jumbo ferries, the Wenatchee, is also out of service for maintenance work.
The interim director of the ferry system says technicians are still investigating what caused the Tacoma to lose power around 1 p.m. Tuesday. He did not say how long the vessel would be out of service.
In the meantime, ferries are being moved around to keep the whole system working. Commuters are experiencing backups lasting hours on the Edmonds-Kingston route, after one of its two vessels was moved to the Bainbridge Island run.
Boeing will handle final assembly of 787-10 in SC
NEW YORK (AP) - Boeing says final assembly of its 787-10 plane, a planned larger version of its "Dreamliner" aircraft, will take place in South Carolina.
The company says the work will be done in North Charleston, South Carolina, because the plane is too large to efficiently transport it from North Charleston to a facility in Washington state. The 787-10 is still being designed and Boeing expects to start final assembly of the first planes in 2017.
The 787-10 will be 18 feet longer than 787-9 aircraft, which in turn is 20 feet longer than the original 787-8. The smaller planes are assembled in both North Charleston and in Everett, Washington.
Boeing Co. has about 7,500 employees in South Carolina, but says the decision won't have much effect on its employment the state.
COLUMBIA RIVER BRIDGE
Clark Co. to ask residents on 3rd Columbia bridge
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) - With a 2-1 vote, Clack County commissioners have approved placing an advisory vote on November's ballot to gauge public interest on a third bridge over the Columbia River.
The Vancouver Columbian reports that with Tuesday's vote, residents will weigh in on building a bridge in the east part of the county for an estimated $860 million.
This is the latest episode in a protracted debate on how to relieve congestion between southwest Washington and the Portland area. Transportation officials in the two states have backed a plan to revamp the Interstate 5 crossing, but those efforts were stifled after Washington lawmakers balked at authorizing money. That bridge plan includes light rail and cost an estimated $2.9 billion, but it would come with federal money.
Backers of a third bridge argue it's a more affordable crossing.
GIRLFRIEND KILLS BOYFRIEND
Police: Clark Co. woman shoots, kills boyfriend
VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) - The Clark County sheriff's office says a woman shot and killed her boyfriend Tuesday night during a domestic dispute in Vancouver.
Authorities say 44-year-old Scott Montgomery Grossman was found dead at the residence when police arrived. He'd been shot with a handgun at close range.
Authorities say the woman is cooperating with the investigation and has not been arrested.
The sheriff's office did not release further details.
PARK POLICE SHOOTING
Man shot in confrontation with Seattle police
SEATTLE (AP) - Seattle police say a man was shot during a confrontation with police officers at a city park early Wednesday morning.
Police say officers patrolling Gas Works park around 2:45 a.m. were approached by a security guard who told them that a man had attacked him. The security guard told officers that he saw a man starting a small fire and told him to stop and leave the park. The man then chased off the security guard.
Police say officers approached the man, who then broke a glass bottle and brandished it at them. In response officers deployed Tasers but that did not subdue the man.
Still armed with the broken bottle, the man lunged at an officer and that's when two officers fired their weapons. The man was transported to Harborview Medical Center with life threatening wounds.
Per policy, officers involved in the shooting have been placed on administrative leave as an investigation is completed.
MISSING ELDERLY WOMAN
Everett woman, 89, missing for 2 weeks
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - An 89-year-old Everett woman has been missing for two weeks and searches by law enforcement agencies have come up empty.
The Everett Herald reports that Ethel A. O'Neil disappeared July 16. She had been planning to go shopping at the Everett Mall, just a three-mile drive from her home.
Her family believes O'Neil, who has early signs of dementia, might have become lost. She was last seen in Marysville asking for a map and directions back to Everett.
The search for her has spanned from Glacier Peak Wilderness to forest roads between Granite Falls and Barlow Pass. Police have also looked for any sign in the county's densely populated west side and a State Patrol plane equipped with special cameras traced possible routes.
WORLD JUNIORS-MISSING ATHLETES
Fourth missing Ethiopian athlete found in Wash.
EUGENE, Ore. (AP) - A University of Oregon Police Department spokesman says the last of four missing Ethiopian athletes who went missing during the World Junior Championships has been found.
The Eugene Register-Guard reports that 18-year-old Zeyituna Mohammed was found safe at the residence of an acquaintance in Federal Way, Washington on Tuesday.
Four athletes were reported missing this past Saturday, and although no foul play was suspected, it launched a police investigation. Three of the athletes were found Monday in Beaverton at the home of an acquaintance.
Spokesman Kelly McIver says the Ethiopian athletes are in the United States legally and can stay per the terms of their visas. McIver adds that police do not know whether the athletes plan to seek political asylum.
Mohammed placed 6th in the 800-meter run.
Former Gov. Gregoire heading to Harvard
SEATTLE (AP) - Former Gov. Chris Gregoire is heading to Harvard.
The Ivy League university announced Tuesday that Gregoire will be a resident fellow at the John F. Kennedy School of Government next fall term.
Gregoire served two terms as governor of Washington, clinching her first term in 2004 against former Republican state senator Dino Rossi by 129 votes in one of the closest elections in U.S. history. Before being governor, she served as the state's attorney general for three terms as well as director of the state Department of Ecology.
Previous fellows at the John F. Kennedy School of Government have included former Seattle Mayor Greg Nickels and former Congressman George Nethercutt.
Amazon ships first order from New Jersey
ROBBINSVILLE, N.J. (AP) - The world's biggest online retailer has shipped its first order from its new distribution center in New Jersey.
The Interplak All-In-One Sonic Water Jet was sent from Robbinsville to an Amazon customer in New York.
Amazon.com says it expects to employ more than 1,000 full-time employees at the 1-million-square-foot center just outside of Trenton.
As part of a deal with the state, the Seattle-based retailer will be eligible for state economic assistance grants totaling millions of dollars on its investment, which is expected to exceed $200 million.
Amazon.com Inc., in turn, agreed to collect 7 percent sales tax on purchases made in New Jersey starting in July 2013.
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