Records: 2 men took child hostage after reservation killings

U.S. 06/11/19, 19:19

A homeowner told law officers that two men linked to the killing of five people on an American Indian reservation in Washington state approached his residence and briefly took a child hostage at gunpoint while demanding car keys to make their escape, court documents said. The child managed to escape, as ...

Hate makes a comeback in the Pacific Northwest

U.S. 05/25/19, 09:47

Nearly two decades after the Aryan Nations' Idaho compound was demolished, far-right extremists are maintaining a presence in the Pacific Northwest.White nationalism has been on the rise across the U.S., but it has particular resonance along the Idaho-Washington border, where the Aryans espoused hate and violence for years.The neo-Nazi group ...

Inslee OKs funding to study removal of Snake River dams

Enviroment 05/21/19, 16:51

Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a bill that provides $750,000 to study how to best help impacted communities if the four federal dams on the Snake River are breached.The four dams are blamed for reducing salmon numbers on the Snake and Columbia river systems.Inslee, who is seeking the Democratic presidential ...

State official supports delisting wolves in all Washington

Enviroment 05/09/19, 12:35

Wolves should be removed from the federal endangered species list throughout Washington state, Washington Fish and Wildlife Director Kelly Susewind wrote in a letter to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service released this week."This is the right direction for wolf conservation and management in our state long-term," Susewind wrote in ...

Forecast calls for busy wildfire season along West Coast

U.S. 05/01/19, 14:29

Most of the country can expect a normal wildfire season but residents along the West Coast of the United States should be ready for another busy season, the National Interagency Fire Center said Wednesday.California experienced its deadliest and largest wildfires in the past two years, including a fire in the ...

GOP to review lawmaker’s comments on surveillance of foes

Politics 04/26/19, 16:35

Republicans in the Washington state House of Representatives will conduct a review of the actions of a controversial state representative who reportedly suggested spying on political enemies. Rep. Matt Shea, R-Spokane Valley, has been dogged this week by the release of text messages from 2017 in which he appeared to condone ...

Democrats criticize GOP state rep for chats about spying

U.S. 04/22/19, 15:24

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and other state Democrats are criticizing a conservative state representative for appearing to support spying on political opponents.The Guardian newspaper reported Saturday it had obtained the contents of chats involving Republican Rep. Matt Shea, of Spokane Valley, and three other men proposing to confront leftists with ...

New evidence gets mistrial in Montana senator’s nephew death

U.S. 04/20/19, 22:07

The discovery of new evidence prompted a judge to declare a mistrial in the prosecution of a Spokane man charged with killing the nephew of U.S. Sen. Jon Tester of Montana in a sword attack, a newspaper reported.Court records show a sheriff's detective found a text message in the case ...

Former Rachel Dolezal in deal to avoid felony welfare fraud

U.S. 04/05/19, 11:39

A former NAACP leader in Washington state who was exposed in 2015 as a white woman pretending to be black has reached an agreement to avoid trial on charges of welfare fraud.Rachel Dolezal, who changed her name to Nkechi Diallo two years ago, was charged with two felonies last May.Investigators ...

Washington wolf census finds more packs, breeding pairs

U.S. 04/04/19, 14:26

The number of gray wolves in Washington state kept growing last year and for the first time the state documented a pack living west of the Cascade Range, wildlife officials said Thursday.The state has a minimum of 126 wolves in 27 packs with 15 successful breeding pairs, defined as male ...

Road rage suspect who killed deputy was in US illegally

U.S. 03/21/19, 17:00

The road rage suspect who killed a sheriff's deputy, wounded a police officer and died in a central Washington state shootout this week was living in the United States illegally, the federal government said Thursday. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Juan Manuel Flores Del Toro, 29, was a citizen of ...

Update: Man who killed deputy was in US illegally

U.S. 03/21/19, 16:42

The Latest on a sheriff's deputy killed in Washington state (all times local):2:45 p.m.The federal government says the man who killed a sheriff's deputy and wounded a police officer in a central Washington state shootout was in the United States illegally.This undated photo released by the Kittitas County Sheriff's Office ...

Washington state deputy shot and killed by road rage suspect

U.S. 03/20/19, 16:01

A sheriff's deputy was killed in central Washington state and a police officer was shot and wounded after they exchanged gunfire with a road rage driving suspect, authorities said Wednesday. The events unfolded Tuesday evening when the two officers tried to stop the suspect's vehicle after authorities received a complaint about ...

Rejected! Brandon Clarke defending the rim for Gonzaga

Sports 02/22/19, 18:10

Gonzaga forward Brandon Clarke saw Tennessee's Yves Pons driving toward the basket and both rose from the floor at the same time.Clarke's tomahawk block on Pons sent the ball cannonballing toward the floor, and the moment would be replayed on highlight shows for days."We watched film on that team and ...

Washington state snow plow rage: 2 plow drivers threatened

U.S. 02/15/19, 15:47

Unusually heavy snow in the Spokane area has caused snow plow rage: Two plow drivers clearing streets this week were threatened by people infuriated when their driveways ended up blocked with mounds of snow. In one incident, a man with a holstered handgun yelled obscenities at a plow driver and climbed ...

Groups to sue US agency over loss of caribou herd

Enviroment 02/13/19, 15:45

Environmental groups said Wednesday they plan to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for failing to prevent the recent loss of the last herd of mountain caribou in the Lower 48 states.The handful of remaining animals were relocated into Canada last November, ending decades of efforts to save the ...

Stockton key contributor as Gonzaga reaches for new heights

Basketball 02/07/19, 13:32

Everyone thought Laura Stockton would automatically play basketball at Gonzaga, where her father, NBA Hall of Famer John Stockton, is still revered.Everyone but Laura."I tried and I tried not to come here," said Stockton, now a senior guard for No. 13 Gonzaga. "I wanted to see where else I could ...

No. 4 Gonzaga enters tough stretch of league play

Basketball 01/31/19, 01:50

No team in NCAA men's basketball history has won more consecutive conference road games than No. 4 Gonzaga, and the Bulldogs will seek to extend that streak on Thursday night at BYU.The 98-39 win at Santa Clara last Thursday was the Bulldogs' 27th West Coast Conference road victory. That broke ...

State of Washington opposes federal nuke waste proposal

U.S. 01/08/19, 21:49

The state of Washington said Tuesday it opposes a federal proposal to reclassify as less dangerous some radioactive waste on a site in the state that contains the nation's largest supply because it fears much of the waste will be left in the ground. The state this week filed its objections ...

Norvell, Clarke lead No. 7 Gonzaga over North Alabama 96-51

Basketball 12/28/18, 23:11

Zach Norvell Jr. scored 20 points and No. 7 Gonzaga started with a 29-1 run against North Alabama in a 96-51 victory on Friday night, the Bulldogs' 13th straight win at home. Brandon Clarke had 16 points, 12 rebounds, four blocks and three steals for Gonzaga (12-2), which was ranked No. ...

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