Pacific Northwest


Blast rocks Washington gas plant; 5 workers hurt

A large explosion rocked a natural gas processing plant on the Washington-Oregon border Monday, injuring five workers, causing about 400 people to evacuate from nearby farms and homes, and emitting a mushroom cloud of black smoke that was visible for more than a mile.

Oregon drops proposed ban on pot-laced munchies

SALEM — Oregon officials are backing off their proposal to prohibit sales of pot-infused treats at Oregon medical marijuana stores after receiving hundreds of emailed comments opposing the ban.

Health deadline longer for survivors

The health care insurance open enrollment deadline in Oregon was extended through April 30; however survivors of domestic violence who are also married have until May 31 to sign up, according to information from the Depart of Health and Human Services.

Oregon now has 22 licensed medical pot shops

SALEM (AP) — Twenty-two Oregon medical marijuana shops have now received state approval as Oregon continues to roll out its registry program. The Oregon Health Authority reported 14 more dispensaries had been approved by late Friday, on top of the eight approved last week.

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Slide search comes down to shovels

Death toll has led to some confusion

Up to 1 inch of rain forecast Friday at Oso slide

SEATTLE (AP) — Up to 1 inch of rain is forecast Friday in the area of last weekend’s landslide that hit the town of Oso on the North Fork Stillaguamish River.

Idaho adds mental health records to FBI gun check

TWIN FALLS, Idaho (AP) — Idaho has added mental health records to a national Federal Bureau of Investigations database, making it easier for background checks to discover if would-be gun owners have a history of mental illness.

Military looks at Guard misconduct

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Pentagon officials will conduct a federal investigation of allegations of sexual abuse by Alaska National Guard members, a spokeswoman for Gov. Sean Parnell said Thursday.

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Slide survivor tells of ‘wave’ of mud hitting home

DARRINGTON, Wash. — The roar of the hillside collapsing was so loud that Robin Youngblood thought an airplane had crashed. But when she looked out the window of her mobile home, all she saw was a wall of mud racing across her beloved river valley toward her home.

Storm raises risk of landslides in Columbia Rive Gorge

PORTLAND — The National Weather Service anticipates a strong, wet storm for northwest Oregon and southwest Washington tonight, which could mean landslide potential in the Columbia River Gorge.

Mudslide recovery brings tears to searchers

DARRINGTON, Wash. — As firefighter Jeff McClelland uncovered a body on the moon-like surface that blankets what used to be the community of Oso, he soon realized that the search party had a close connection to the victim: The dead man’s son and brother were among the volunteers scouring the debris field.

Small quakes shake Mt. Hood

PORTLAND (AP) — Oregon state geologists say they’ve been watching a recent swarm of small earthquakes on Mount Hood. KGW-TV reports the quakes started Sunday evening and have been occurring right beneath Government Camp.

Marijuana off limits in Washington to military personnel

TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — As Washington prepares to open its first retail marijuana stores in the next few months, tens of thousands of military service members have been warned not to shop in any of them.

Group pressures governor on coal export

Sierra Club steps up effort over facility

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Help for WA mudslide victims

Agencies offer funds to help search efforts and rebuilding


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