Articles by Martha Bellisle

Associated Press

As Natural Snowfalls Fade, Athletes Face More Falls With Manmade Snow

A British skier crashes through wooden fencing on a downhill corner and slams into a pole, breaking his leg. An American hits an icy patch at the bottom of a hill and crashes into a fence, breaking one ski and …

Climate Change, New Construction Mean More Destructive Wildfires in West

The winter grassland fire that blew up along Colorado’s Front Range was rare, experts say, but similar events will be more common in the coming years as climate change warms the planet – sucking the moisture out of plants – …

Investigators Probing Cause of Deadly Montana Train Derailment

Federal investigators are seeking the cause of an Amtrak train derailment near a switch on tracks in the middle of vast farmland in far northern Montana that killed three people and left seven hospitalized over the weekend. The westbound Empire …

Boeing Suspending Production in Seattle over Virus

Boeing will suspend operations at its Seattle area facilities due to the spread of coronavirus, idling tens of thousands of aerospace workers, the company said Monday. At least 110 people have died from COVID-19 in Washington state, mostly in the …

Coronavirus Cases in at Least 10 Washington Nursing Homes

At least 10 long-term care facilities in the Seattle area have reported COVID-19 cases, with deaths at three of them _ a worrying development as health officials have cautioned that the elderly and those with underlying conditions are especially at …

Washington Psych Hospital Employee Charged with Molesting Patients

Prosecutors have charged an employee at Washington state’s largest psychiatric hospital with four counts of molesting four female patients, according to court records made public Friday. Christopher Conley, 47, was charged on Thursday with taking “indecent liberties” with the four …

Weather Service: Tornado, Rain Walloped Pacific Northwest

A tornado struck an Oregon beach town, sending debris flying and toppling power lines and trees as strong winds and heavy rain walloped the Pacific Northwest over the weekend, according to the National Weather Service. Thousands of people were without …

Trial over Spinal Bone Cement Death Begins in Washington

The physician who used a non-FDA-approved bone cement during a woman’s spinal surgery and the company that ran an illegal test market to promote the dangerous product should be held accountable for her death, a lawyer for the woman’s daughter …

Washington Man’s Suit Claims Medical Device Caused Brain Damage

A Washington man is suing a California company, claiming its medical device used to treat aneurysms malfunctioned and caused him to suffer brain damage. The Penumbra Coil 400 was used to treat an aneurysm Dennis Montgomery suffered in 2013, according …