Monthly Archives: March 2017

Quileute Welcome Whales Today

The Quileute tribe will honor the gray whales as they return to the Pacific Northwest during the 10th annual Welcoming of the Whales ceremony at 10 a.m. today.

The ceremony will be at First Beach, followed by a meal and festivities at 1 p.m. at the A-Ka-Lat Center.

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The free event is open to the public and will include native song and dance.

Last April’s ceremony on the beach drew some 200 tribal members and guests.

Seattle Sues Over Sanctuary City Funding

Seattle is suing President Donald Trump over his executive order that threatens to withhold federal funds from communities that refuse to cooperate with efforts to find and deport immigrants in the country illegally.
Mayor Ed Murray said Wednesday the executive order issued in January punishing “sanctuary cities” is unconstitutional.

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Murray says the federal government cannot force the local police force to be involved in federal immigration activities.

The action comes just two days after Attorney General Sessions called for an end of “sanctuary cities,” saying the Justice Department would deny grant money to cities that violate a federal law dealing with information-sharing among local police and federal authorities.

Seattle city Attorrny Pete Holmes says they aren’t violating any laws

 

There is not a hearing date set yet, and the defendants have 60 days to respond, according to a city spokesperson.

LGBTQ Americans Excluded from 2020 Census

The U.S. Census Bureau has removed a category on sexual orientation and gender identity from the 2020 Census. Members of the LGBTQ community say this will have real-world effects for them.

Eric Tegethoff reports:

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Hood Canal Closures Resume Sunday Night

Get ready for more delays at the Hood Canal bridge starting this weekend

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A series of six-hour night closures are tentatively scheduled to start Sunday at 11 PM and continue through Wednesday depending on the weather.

DOT says the bridge will remain closed until 5 a.m. each following day.

Some trucks will have to make the 110-miles trip around to avoid the bridge.  That includes the trucks delivering the Peninsula Daily News.

The overnight closures are being resumed to allow crews to continue working on a project to replace or rebuild the mechanical devices that open and close the bridge, replace the hydraulic hoses and fluid, and adjust the wheels that allow portions of the bridge to move.

The $5.2 million maintenance project  is expected to be completed this fall.

Judge Orders More Water Over Dams to Help NW Salmon

More water must be spilled over lower Columbia and Snake River dams to help juvenile fish get downriver, a federal judge has ordered. The decision comes as agencies consider what to do with four lower Snake River dams that fishing and conservation groups say impede salmon migration.

Eric Tegethoff has more:

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