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Report: Wildfire Risk to Homes in West Tops $237B

In the Western U.S. there are nearly 900,000 homes representing an estimated reconstruction cost of more than $237 billion considered at “very high” or “high” risk from wildfires, a report issued today shows. CoreLogic’s Wildfire Risk analysis is the latest of …

Washington’s Early Warning System a Bit Slow Quake Shows

A magnitude-4.3 earthquake that rumbled under Washington state’s Cascade Range early Wednesday was “not a great advertisement” for an early warning system undergoing tests, an official said. The system noticed the quake 18 seconds late, said John Vidale, director of …

Central Washington Jolted by M4.3 Earthquake

A magnitude-4.3 earthquake rumbled under Washington state’s Cascade Range, but no damage has been reported. The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network says the quake struck at 1:04 a.m. Wednesday and was centered about 20 miles north of Ellensburg and 10 miles …

$17M Lawsuit For Bridge Collapse Filed by Washington

A lawsuit filed this week by the Washington State Department of Transportation is seeking at least $17 million to recover costs related to the 2013 Skagit River bridge collapse. The lawsuit, filed in Skagit County Superior Court, names several parties as …

Washington Farmworker Safety Training Classes at Capacity

Surrounded by brushes, respirators and yellow plastic coveralls, Flor Servin held up a white baby onesie and told a room full of farm workers, in Spanish, they must scrub chemical residue from their protective equipment after work, for the health …

Work on ‘Tsunami-Proof’ School on Washington Coast Underway

Ground has been broken for a new school building on the Washington coast at Westport. Officials say the structure is designed to be tsunami-proof. KOMO-TV reported that the planned “vertical evacuation structure” will be an addition to the Ocosta Elementary …

Small Tornado in Washington Confirmed by Weather Service

The National Weather Service confirms it was a small tornado that knocked down some trees and blew around loose objects Sunday afternoon at Gig Harbor in Washington. A Weather Service survey team determined the tornado was on the ground for …

Report: Liquefaction Had a Hand in Deadly Washington Mudslide

A study of the Oso landslide in Washington state that killed 43 people in March says the amount of water that saturated a hillside made it especially destructive when it gave way. The soil lost its coherence and flowed like …

Washington Seeks Two-Tier System for Driver’s License, IDs

Washington state officials are seeking to redesign the state’s driver’s licenses and ID cards in order to comply with tougher federal requirements for proof of U.S. residency for government-sanctioned identification. Under bills expected to be introduced in both the House …

Family Sues Washington Hospital Over Death

The family of a Tri-Cities, Wash. man who died after being found bloody and unconscious on the floor of an Eastern State Hospital restroom has filed a lawsuit claiming the hospital is at fault. Misael Rodriguez, 43, was involuntarily committed …