October 21, 2005 |
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service confirmed that it would propose taking the marbled murrelet, a small seabird at the center of political battles over logging in the Northwest, off the threatened species list. The proposal, to be formally made by the end of the year, would start a yearlong evaluation. The bird lives at sea but nests in trees near the coast.
December 9, 2007 |
President Bush declared a federal disaster for 11 counties, clearing the way for federal aid after severe storms ravaged parts of Oregon and Washington. The declaration provides recovery assistance to five northwestern Oregon and six southwestern Washington counties. There is still no official damage estimate for the storms that struck last weekend, claiming two lives in Oregon and six in Washington and causing widespread destruction of property.
June 4, 2004 |
A meteor about the size of a large suitcase flashed across the Northwest sky in the dead of night, setting off booms. Witnesses along a 60-mile swath of the Puget Sound region from the Tacoma area to Whidbey Island and as far as 260 miles to the east said the sky lighted up brilliantly around 2:40 a.m., and many reported booms as if from one or more explosions.
December 15, 2006 |
A powerful storm socked the Pacific Northwest with heavy rain and wind gusts close to 100 mph Thursday, flooding streets, toppling trees and cutting power to thousands. More than 150,000 customers lost electricity in Washington and Oregon, utilities reported. A wind gust of 97 mph was recorded at Rockaway Beach, Ore., and Washington reported 70-mph gusts on the coast. Flooding stalled traffic in parts of Seattle, and falling trees and debris forced the closure of several highways in Oregon.
October 21, 2003 |
Heavy rain fell again Monday in parts of Washington and neighboring British Columbia, where weekend floods killed three people and damaged roads, and residents were being evacuated due to rising rivers. Flood warnings were posted Monday for rivers in several counties of western Washington, especially the Skokomish, Nooksack and Skagit rivers, which overflowed Friday and Saturday, the National Weather Service said.
April 22, 1988 |
Standing knee deep in slime, Brian Atwater plunged his bare hands deep into the muck that has formed a biological time machine along the banks of this western Washington river and pulled out a clump of weeds. The weeds had been buried for about 300 years, perfectly preserved in the oxygen-depleted mud. "That's beautiful," he yelled with as much enthusiasm as someone who had just won the California Lottery. "Have you ever seen a better Triglochin rhizome in your life?"