City the 5th fastest growing in state; Woodland population dips slightly
Ridgefield was the fifth fastest growing city in Washington between 2011 and 2012, according to U.S. Census Bureau estimates released late Wednesday. City leaders say years spent laying the groundwork for business and residential development helped Ridgefield bounce back quickly from the Great Recession.
GRANTS PASS — Environmental groups and a public health organization want the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to consider the big picture — from mining in Wyoming to air pollution in China — before allowing development of three Northwest ports to ship up to 100 million metric tons of coal a year to Asia.
SPOKANE — A 37-year-old man was arrested Wednesday in connection with a case in which a pair of letters containing the deadly poison ricin were discovered in Washington state last week.A grand jury indictment accused Matthew Ryan Buquet of mailing a death threat to U.S. District Judge Fred Van Sickle at the federal courthouse on May 14.
More information has been released in a case in which Thurston County prosecutors have charged a 19-year-old former lifeguard at the Great Wolf Lodge in Grand Mound with second-degree rape and third-degree child rape for an alleged sexual assault on a 14-year-old girl who was a guest at the waterpark resort.
PORTLAND — Volunteers have been passing out bars of soap at motels along a Portland street known for its "lingerie shows" and prostitution stings.
GRANTS PASS, Ore. — Voters in two Oregon timber counties — Curry and Josephine — have turned down tax increases to fund law enforcement, but a jail levy passed in a third, Lane County.
UNEAU, Alaska — A Washington man convicted of murdering a Juneau woman is scheduled to be sentenced next week.
PORT TOWNSEND — Lighting and security are being improved at a cruise ship dock at Port Townsend where vandals cut mooring lines last week.
CENTRALIA — A man was arrested at the Centralia Police Station after showing up in handcuffs.
SPOKANE — Officials in Washington are expressing disappointment that Fairchild Air Force base was not chosen as the first home of the Air Force's new aerial refueling tankers.
PULLMAN — Washington State University regents meeting Thursday in Pullman are expected to propose limiting a tuition increase to 2 percent for the coming school year.
SEATTLE — Police say they've taken their best shot at finding missing Utah mother Susan Powell. Now, her dad is hoping a review of the newly released case file — containing tens of thousands of pages of detective reports, maps, interview transcripts and more — might turn up something the investigators missed.
A federal judge has chastised TriMet for failing to release scores of internal emails, memos and other documents to attorneys in a lawsuit on behalf of two pedestrians struck and killed by a bus in 2010.
PORTLAND — The Portland mayor's office says the police Mounted Patrol Unit would survive this year if a private fundraising effort comes up with $200,000 in support.
OLYMPIA — College coaches are the top-paid state employees in Washington, according to a list recently released by the state Office of Financial Management.