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Lori Morrone, right, was a Big Sister to Shannon Nakamura as a teen. They reunited last month in University Place.

Big Brother or Sister can make a huge difference

Lori Morrone, right, was a Big Sister to Shannon Nakamura as a teen. They reunited last month in University Place.

December 20, 2015, 1:00pm Northwest

Shannon Nakamura was only 11, but she had been taking care of herself for years. Read story

Skagit Valley Malting founder Wayne Carpenter checks out barley Dec 10 in Burlington, part of the summer&#039;s crop from Skagit Valley farmer Kraig Knutzen. Originally conceived in collaboration with the Port of Skagit to increase the value of local grain, Skagit Valley Malting is malting and germinating grains no one else can.

Malting on the cutting edge

Skagit Valley Malting founder Wayne Carpenter checks out barley Dec 10 in Burlington, part of the summer&#039;s crop from Skagit Valley farmer Kraig Knutzen. Originally conceived in collaboration with the Port of Skagit to increase the value of local grain, Skagit Valley Malting is malting and germinating grains no one else can.

December 20, 2015, 5:30am Nation & World

Skagit Valley Malting founder Wayne Carpenter ducked his head inside one of two sprawling metal silos that are under construction on a 10-acre lot at the Port of Skagit’s Bayview Business Park. Read story

A warning placard on a tank car carrying crude oil is seen on a train idled on the tracks near a crude loading terminal in Trenton, N.D., on Nov.

Critics: Oil trains report underestimates risk

A warning placard on a tank car carrying crude oil is seen on a train idled on the tracks near a crude loading terminal in Trenton, N.D., on Nov.

December 19, 2015, 6:05am Business

The chance of an oil train derailing and dumping its cargo between Spokane and a new terminal proposed for Vancouver is extremely low, according to a risk assessment prepared for state officials. Read story

Andrew Ashmore, Tyler Nyman and Lynn Smith clear brush off the trail to Stevens Lakes near Lookout Pass, in Idaho, in June 2013 during the Spokane Mountaineers&#039; annual outing for trail maintenance and litter pickup.

Spokane Mountaineers mark 100 years of peaks, and valleys, as a community

Andrew Ashmore, Tyler Nyman and Lynn Smith clear brush off the trail to Stevens Lakes near Lookout Pass, in Idaho, in June 2013 during the Spokane Mountaineers&#039; annual outing for trail maintenance and litter pickup.

December 14, 2015, 10:00am Northwest

SPOKANE -- The Spokane Mountaineers have changed since the group was founded 100 years ago as the Spokane Walking Club by five female librarians. What motivates people to join the club has not. Read story

Paul Petrzelka examines a model railroad street scene.

Group in Skagit Valley shares a love of model trains

Paul Petrzelka examines a model railroad street scene.

December 14, 2015, 5:45am Northwest

ALGER -- In an old schoolhouse off Old Highway 99, about 30 people meet weekly to share their passion: model trains. Read story

Crews respond to a fire caused by a fatal crash between a tractor-trailer and a train Sunday morning in Northwest Portland.

Truck driver dies in crash with train in Portland

Crews respond to a fire caused by a fatal crash between a tractor-trailer and a train Sunday morning in Northwest Portland.

December 13, 2015, 7:00pm Clark County News

A collision between a truck and a train sparked a spectacular fire and caused a closure of Highway 30 and the St. Johns Bridge in North Portland. Read story

Katie Baranyuk gets out of a car driven by Dara Jenkins after a Lyft ride to downtown Seattle in March 2014. Seattle may soon let drivers collectively bargain with ride-hailing companies over pay and working conditions.

Seattle may let Uber, Lyft drivers unionize

Katie Baranyuk gets out of a car driven by Dara Jenkins after a Lyft ride to downtown Seattle in March 2014. Seattle may soon let drivers collectively bargain with ride-hailing companies over pay and working conditions.

December 13, 2015, 5:05pm Latest News

Seattle may soon become the first city to let drivers of ride-hailing companies such as Uber and Lyft collectively bargain over pay and working conditions, a move opposed by the companies and one seen as a test case for the changing 21st century workforce. Read story

Sixth-grade students jump to help researchers measure the way seismic waves move through soil at Lackamas Elementary School in Yelm, near Olympia. (Photos by Ellen M.

Students jump, land with a thud to help schools test earthquake safety

Sixth-grade students jump to help researchers measure the way seismic waves move through soil at Lackamas Elementary School in Yelm, near Olympia. (Photos by Ellen M.

December 12, 2015, 1:00pm Northwest

YELM -- On the count of three, a scrum of six-graders flung themselves in the air, landing with a thud that vibrated the ground under their feet. Read story

A man snowshoes in November on the Paradise Valley Road at Mount Rainier National Park. (Jeffrey P.

Mount Rainier, Olympic national parks prepare for winter season

A man snowshoes in November on the Paradise Valley Road at Mount Rainier National Park. (Jeffrey P.

December 12, 2015, 5:45am Northwest

With snow covering higher elevations, staff at Mount Rainier and Olympic national parks are prepping for the start of the winter recreation season. Read story

Residents survey a damaged roof one day after Battle Ground&#039;s tornado. Residents old and new couldn&#039;t think of a time they witnessed such carnage in town.

Battle Ground grapples with damage day after tornado

Residents survey a damaged roof one day after Battle Ground&#039;s tornado. Residents old and new couldn&#039;t think of a time they witnessed such carnage in town.

December 11, 2015, 1:43pm Clark County News

An empty pizza box hid under a stack of broken wood as an American flag flapped in the cold breeze Friday. Shingles were in piles. Fences were in piles. Trampolines looked like piles. Read story