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Fire destroys apple packing plant in central Washington

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 18:30:08 UT

Chelan County Fire District 1 spokesman Rick Isaacson says flames shot from all four sides of the 200-foot long, two-story building when firefighters arrived just after 8:30 p.m. Firefighters suspect the fire had been burning for some time before a passer-by noticed smoke and alerted authorities.



Discrimination lawsuit filed by former firefighter settled

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 17:29:09 UT

Discrimination lawsuit filed by former firefighter settled (AP) — A city in northwestern Washington state has agreed to pay a $250,000 settlement following a race discrimination lawsuit brought by a former firefighter.



Yakima police investigating after man shot multiple times

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 16:27:59 UT

YAKIMA, Wash. (AP) — Police in central Washington state say they're investigating after a 23-year-old man sustained multiple gunshot wounds Saturday morning. Yakima police responded to a call reporting a gunshot victim at about 4:30 a.m. Officials say the man was conscious and able to speak with police. He was transported to a local hospital for treatment. Police haven't released the man's name.



Deep snow delays North Cascades Highway opening

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 15:33:01 UT

The Washington Department of Transportation tells KING-TV (http://kng5.tv/2n2pSe6) that removing snow from the road also known as State Route 20 will likely start on April 10 rather than mid-March. The agency says potential avalanches and weather make it unsafe for workers to begin clearing the highway sooner.



Colorado weighs strategy for guarding against pot crackdown

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 14:33:43 UT

DENVER (AP) — Colorado is considering an unusual strategy to protect its nascent marijuana industry from a potential federal crackdown, even at the expense of hundreds of millions of dollars in tax collections. If federal authorities start seizing recreational pot, Colorado's recreational marijuana entrepreneurs "need to be able to convert that product into the medical side so they can sell it," Neville said. Other items funded by recreational pot in Colorado include training for police in identifying stoned drivers, a public-education campaign aimed at reducing teen marijuana use, and an array of medical studies on marijuana's effectiveness treating ailments such as seizures or post-traumatic stress disorder. The proposal comes amid mixed signals from the federal government on how the Trump administration plans to treat states that aren't enforcing federal drug law. Spicer said the president understands the pain and suffering many people, especially those with terminal diseases, endure "and the comfort that some of these drugs, including medical marijuana, can bring to them." A bill pending in the Oregon Legislature aims to shield the names and other personal information of pot buyers by making it illegal for shops to keep an internal log of customers' personal data, a practice that is already banned or discouraged in Colorado, Alaska and Washington state. Other states such as California are considering proposals that would bar local and state law enforcement from cooperating with federal authorities on investigations into cannabis operations that are legal in their jurisdictions. [...] they say Colorado shouldn't sit idly by and wait to see if the Trump administration starts enforcing federal drug law by attacking businesses that are legal under state law.



Climate change film features Salish Sea, US-Canada border

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 07:02:22 UT

Climate change film features Salish Sea, US-Canada border About 225 people turned out to see the 45-minute film at the Quimper Unitarian Universalist Fellowship sanctuary in Port Townsend, according to Kees Kolff, chair of the fellowship's Green Sanctuary committee. The panel hosted the film since for the past two years, it has promoted education on climate change and its effects on the area's environment. The film focuses on the sea on the Canadian and United States border and interviews a variety of people — among them climate scientists, shellfish farmers and writers, including Port Townsend's Brett Nunn, author of "Panic Rising." Hinkle said he hopes to show the film again on the Peninsula and is currently looking for a good place to screen the film in Port Angeles or Sequim.



Yakima Valley's hop growers have a spring in their step

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 07:02:08 UT

Three tractors pulling lifts for crews maintaining the trellises got mired in a muddy hop field and were going to stay there until things dry out a bit. In 2016, there were 37,444 acres of hops harvested in the Yakima Valley, an almost 30 percent increase from 2014, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Ann George, Moxee-based Hop Growers of America executive director, doesn't expect a significant increase in additional acreage this year, as last year's harvest resulted in surpluses as demand decreased slightly. In the old days, the refuse would be put in a pile and burned, but Benson said the farm takes a more environmentally friendly approach by grinding the old poles into wood chips that can be used to control dust in the fields. While hop growers try to eliminate males from the fields, he said a plant growing as far away as a quarter-mile can pollinate a commercial crop. Throughout the season "scouts" will go through the fields each week, looking for signs of disease and ensuring that the plants are getting sufficient water through the drip irrigation system.



HKO-WHL-Sums-TC-Sea

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 06:35:26 UT

First Period Penalties — Tyszka Sea (closing hand on puck) 1:42; Wotherspoon TC (tripping) 8:35; True Sea (hooking) 10:56; Eansor Sea (boarding) 19:02. [...] Period [...] Period Penalties — Geekie TC (tripping) 6:38; Valimaki TC (high-sticking) 8:25; Wedman Sea (tripping) 12:13; Kolesar Sea (hooking) 15:35; Olson TC (roughing) 15:47; Bear Sea (roughing) 15:47; Fuller TC (roughing, 10-minute misconduct) 19:52; James TC (10-minute misconduct) 20:00; Playfair TC (cross-checking) 20:00; Yorke TC (10-minute misconduct) 20:00; Strand Sea (10-minute misconduct) 20:00.



HKO-WHL-Sums-Vic-Evt

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 06:25:11 UT

First Period [...] Period Victoria, Walker 1 (unassisted) 19:03 (pp). [...] Period Penalties — Reddekopp Vic (roughing) 2:52; Dewar Evt (roughing) 2:52; Dmytriw Vic (cross-checking) 5:54; Morrison Vic (unsportsmanlike cnd.) 9:11; Richards Evt (unsportsmanlike cnd.) 9:11; Bobylev Vic (roughing) 9:17; Gagnon Vic (roughing) 9:17; Fonteyne Evt (roughing) 9:17; Juulsen Evt (charging, roughing) 9:17; Onyebuchi Evt (faceoff interference) 13:03; Reddekopp Vic (spearing, spearing) 19:56.



HKO-WHL-Sums-Por-PG

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 06:15:26 UT

First Period Penalties — McAuley PG (checking from behind) 3:10; Colina Por (interference) 17:17. [...] Period Penalties — Blichfeld Por (unsportsmanlike cnd.) 1:15; Anderson Pg (roughing) 1:15; Guhle PG (holding) 1:28; MacEachern Por (holding) 6:35; Wishnowski PG (cross-checking) 9:10; Gabrielle PG (slashing) 12:11; Anderson PG (roughing) 20:00. [...] Period



WHL Roundup: Adam Brooks has four points to lead Pats over Hitmen in Game 1

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 06:15:21 UT

REGINA - Adam Brooks had two goals and two assists to lead the top-seeded Regina Pats past the Calgary Hitmen 5-2 on Friday night in Game 1 of their first-round Western Hockey League playoff series. The Pats were 1 for 2 on the power play, with Calgary scoring once on three attempts. Mark Rassell scored a hat trick as the Tigers downed Brandon to take Game 1. Clayton Kirichenko had two goals and an assist with David Quenneville tacking on three helpers for Medicine Hat, which takes a 1-0 series lead into Game 2 at home on Saturday. PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. — Keegan Iverson scored the winner on the power play as Portland doubled up the Cougars in Game 1. Brendan De Jong, on the power play, Skyler McKenzie and Colton Veloso, into an empty net, supplied the rest of the offence for the Winterhawks. Jared Bethune, on the power play, and Jansen Harkins had goals for Prince George, which hosts Game 2 on Sunday. KELOWNA, B.C. — Carsen Twarynski had two goals and an assist and Michael Herringer stopped all 15 shots he faced as the Rockets shut out Kamloops in Game 1.



HKO-WHL-Sums-Kam-Kel

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 06:05:26 UT

First Period [...] Period [...] Period Penalties — Gatenby Kam (high-sticking) 7:05; Hilsendager Kel (interference) 17:13; Foote Kel (tripping) 19:36; Loewen Kam (roughing) 20:00; Stephens Kel (roughing) 20:00.



HKO-WHL-Sums-Bdn-MH

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 05:20:26 UT

First Period Penalties — Owre MH (tripping) 5:54; Mattheos Bdn (roughing, roughing) 6:25; Shaw Mh (roughing) 6:25; Rubins MH (holding) 12:37; Duke Bdn (hooking) 17:18. [...] Period Penalties — Mattheos Bdn (tripping) 0:50; Kaspick Bdn (hooking) 7:10; Fischer MH (unsportsmanlike cnd.) 8:55; Russell Bdn (cross-checking) 12:14; Butcher MH (slashing) 12:14; Rubins MH (tripping) 12:37; Gutenberg Bdn (tripping) 15:48. [...] Period Penalties — Shaw MH (tripping) 4:55; Jensen Bdn (charging) 8:55; Kirichenko MH (tripping) 9:59; Duke Bdn (cross-checking) 12:02; Kaspick Bdn (holding) 12:02; Duke Bdn (elbowing) 16:22.



HKO-WHL-Sums-SC-MJ

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 05:05:32 UT

Broncos 2, Warriors 0 First Period No Scoring. Penalties — None. Second Period 1. Swift Current, Steenbergen 1 (unassisted) 11:18. Penalties — Steenbergen SC (hooking) 13:03. Third Period 2. Swift Current, Gawdin 1 (unassisted) 19:48 (en). Penalties — None Shots on goal by Swift Current8169_33Moose Jaw141214_40Goal — Swift Current: Papirny (W, 1-0-0-0). Moose Jaw: Sawchenko (L, 0-1-0-0). Power plays (goals-chances) — Swift Current: 0-0; Moose Jaw: 0-1. Referees — Fraser Lawrence, Kyle Kowalski. Linesmen — Riley Fitzsimmons, Tarrington Wyonzek. Attendance — 3,353 at Moose Jaw, SK.



HKO-WHL-Sums-Cgy-Reg

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 04:55:25 UT

First Period [...] Period Penalties — Mahura Reg (hooking) 9:55; Fyten Cgy (interference) 15:03. [...] Period Power plays (goals-chances) — Calgary: 1-3; Regina: 1-2.



McCowan's 26 helps Miss St top Washington 75-64

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 04:54:36 UT

McCowan, a 6-foot-7 sophomore who entered the game averaging just over eight points per game, made 9 of 10 field goals in the final 10 minutes. Mississippi State will play Baylor on Sunday for a spot in the Final Four. McCowan also had 12 rebounds and a career-high six blocks, and now, the Bulldogs have reached a new level. Plum, the NCAA's all-time scoring leader, scored 29 points on 10 for 25 shooting in her final college game. Schaefer said slowing her down was a chore, but Dominique Dillingham, an All-SEC defensive player, helped a key role. Chantel Osahor added 17 points and 11 rebounds in her final game for third-seeded Washington, (29-6) which reached the Final Four last season. Plum exploded for 10 points in the third quarter, and the defense picked up to help Washington take a 50-48 lead into the final period before McCowan took over. Mississippi State outrebounded Washington 49-34 and had 21 offensive rebounds to outscore Washington 25-8 on second-chance points. Something I take pride in (defense), she was the difference maker, McCowan was.



Angels get 3 diving stops in 9th to complete no-hitter

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 03:43:25 UT

Backed by three diving defensive stops in the ninth inning, Los Angeles got a combined no-hitter in a 4-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Friday night. First baseman C.J. Cron dived to his right for a grounder for the first out, right fielder Shane Robinson left his feet for a fly ball for the second out and then third baseman Sherman Johnson ended the game by sprawling to his left for a grounder and throwing to first. Norris struck out two over two perfect innings, and Jose Alvarez followed with a perfect inning. Bailey struck out three during the fifth inning, and the Angels pitchers totaled 12 strikeouts.



Winning numbers drawn in 'Daily Game' game

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 03:23:10 UT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) _ The winning numbers in Friday evening's drawing of the Washington Lottery's "Daily Game" game were: 8-5-2 (eight, five, two)



Winning numbers drawn in 'Match 4' game

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 03:23:09 UT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) _ The winning numbers in Friday evening's drawing of the Washington Lottery's "Match 4" game were: 11-13-16-18 (eleven, thirteen, sixteen, eighteen)



Winning numbers drawn in 'Keno' game

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 03:23:08 UT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) _ The winning numbers in Friday evening's drawing of the Washington Lottery's "Keno" game were: 01-06-08-16-19-22-23-25-26-28-29-38-50-54-58-62-64-66-73-75 (one, six, eight, sixteen, nineteen, twenty-two, twenty-three, twenty-five, twenty-six, twenty-eight, twenty-nine, thirty-eight, fifty, fifty-four, fifty-eight, sixty-two, sixty-four, sixty-six, seventy-three, seventy-five)