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January 21, 1996 | KIM MURPHY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Stories have always been told about things that happened along old Mill Creek Road, the trail of bumps and switchbacks that winds up from the farms of southeastern Washington to the hushed and empty ranges of the Blue Mountains. The large, human-like footprints found along the creek. The sounds heard late at night outside the lonely cabins on the upper end of the road. The man who was riding his motorcycle and saw something in the brush, 10 or 12 feet tall, making a weird, high-pitched scream.
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NATIONAL
December 9, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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NATIONAL
December 26, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
High winds downed trees and power lines in Seattle and Portland, Ore., cutting off electricity to thousands of homes across the region. At the peak of the outages, about 20,000 Puget Sound Energy customers in King, Pierce, Thurston, Kitsap, Lewis, Whatcom, Island and Skagit counties had lost power, said Lynn Carlson, a spokeswoman for the utility. In Oregon, Portland General Electric said 30,000 of its customers lost power.
NATIONAL
February 19, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Avalanches killed five people in Montana, Utah and Idaho, authorities said. At the base of Mt. Baldy in Montana's Big Belt Mountains, the bodies of two snowmobilers caught in an avalanche were found by searchers and removed by helicopter. A survivor traveled more than 15 miles back to a pickup truck at the trailhead, where he used a cellphone to call for help, authorities said. In Utah, two snowmobilers died in separate avalanches. One was killed near Tower Mountain in the Uinta Mountains.
NATIONAL
October 21, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
NATIONAL
December 9, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
NATIONAL
June 4, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
NATIONAL
December 15, 2006 | From the Associated Press
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.
NATIONAL
October 21, 2003 | From Associated Press
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.
NEWS
April 22, 1988 | LEE DYE, Times Science Writer
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?"
NATIONAL
December 17, 2006 | Sam Howe Verhovek, Times Staff Writer
As utility crews worked to restore power to 1 million customers across the wind-wracked Pacific Northwest, hospitals here said Saturday that they had treated about 80 victims of poisoning by carbon monoxide -- from gas grills, propane heaters, generators and charcoal briquettes brought indoors for heat and light.
NATIONAL
December 15, 2006 | From the Associated Press
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.
NATIONAL
November 10, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Heavy rain and flooding, already blamed for three deaths in the Pacific Northwest, washed out a major highway near Mount Hood and forced the shutdown of 59 miles of the North Cascades Highway in Washington state Thursday. The White River flowed over Oregon Highway 35 on Mount Hood's eastern flank Monday and Tuesday, cutting 20-foot-deep ruts through the road and sending boulders and trees rolling down the mountainside, said Bill Barnhart, a Department of Transportation manager.
NATIONAL
October 19, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
A University of Washington climate researcher says Pacific Northwest winters will get grayer and rainier over the next 50 to 100 years because of a low-pressure system near the Aleutian Islands that is moving north and east. Eric Salathe said that weather so far in the future may not seem relevant to many people now but that the storms brought on by climate change would affect everyone currently paying for or designing a new bridge or roadway.
NATIONAL
October 17, 2006 | Bettina Boxall, Times Staff Writer
Three government SUVs guarded a road to nowhere. Nearby, a middle-age couple camping out in a trailer manned a round-the-clock checkpoint next to a locked gate, on the watch for environmental protesters. A few miles beyond, the drone of chain saws rose from a deep ravine while a hovering helicopter plucked blackened logs from the floor of the burned forest and carried them to the nearest road.
SCIENCE
December 31, 2005 | From Reuters
Human activity and climate change may be pushing the tiny American pika toward extinction in the mountains of western North America, according to a study published Thursday in the Journal of Biogeography. The small rabbit-like mammals live in rock-strewn slopes but are gradually being pushed to higher elevations and are running out of places to live.
NEWS
September 26, 1992 | DOUG CONNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The marbled murrelet, a small, swift coastal sea bird that nests in old-growth forest canopies of the Pacific Northwest, is poised to become the latest player in the tangled regional debate that is increasingly characterized here as preserving wildlife species at the cost of jobs. A spokesman for the Interior Department said Friday that the Fish and Wildlife Service is expected to place the bird on the federal endangered species list as a threatened species on Monday.
NATIONAL
November 10, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Heavy rain and flooding, already blamed for three deaths in the Pacific Northwest, washed out a major highway near Mount Hood and forced the shutdown of 59 miles of the North Cascades Highway in Washington state Thursday. The White River flowed over Oregon Highway 35 on Mount Hood's eastern flank Monday and Tuesday, cutting 20-foot-deep ruts through the road and sending boulders and trees rolling down the mountainside, said Bill Barnhart, a Department of Transportation manager.
NATIONAL
December 26, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
High winds downed trees and power lines in Seattle and Portland, Ore., cutting off electricity to thousands of homes across the region. At the peak of the outages, about 20,000 Puget Sound Energy customers in King, Pierce, Thurston, Kitsap, Lewis, Whatcom, Island and Skagit counties had lost power, said Lynn Carlson, a spokeswoman for the utility. In Oregon, Portland General Electric said 30,000 of its customers lost power.
NATIONAL
October 21, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
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