LONGVIEW, Wash. (AP) - Authorities in two southwest Washington counties have suspended search efforts for a 26-year-old Japanese hiker last seen near Mount St. Helens. Cowlitz County officials said yesterday that searches by Cowlitz and Skamania county officers have found no trace of Yosuke Onishi. Gilchrist says they are looking for a couple who gave Onishi a ride Nov. 27.
STEVENSON, Wash. (AP) - A Skamania County, Wash., sheriff's officer says two Oregon men are recovering after they slipped off an icy trail in the Columbia River Gorge. Undersheriff Dave Cox says 75-year-old James VanLente slipped yesterday more than 20 feet and 68-year-old Martin Schwartz fell 150 feet trying to help him. VanLente was able to get back to the trail and meet a sheriff's deputy.
SEATTLE (AP) - Leaders of the Machinists Union say they have given the Boeing Co. a preliminary proposal for a contract bring much of the work on the new 777X jet to the Puget Sound region. The union statement came yesterday after a second day of talks with Boeing officials. In mid-November, the union rejected a proposed eight-year contract.
OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) - Gov. Jay Inslee has denied the state's clemency board's recommendation to shorten the sentence of a woman serving time for a group attack when she was 14. Marriam Oliver was one of five teens and an adult convicted in the 2001 beating and stabbing death of Jerry Dean Heimann at his Everett home. The board voted in September that Oliver, now 26, should be released in three years from her 22-year-sentence.
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