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Napping father hit by car in Puyallup living room

Just feet away, his baby was asleep in a bedroom of the Puyallup apartment. Luckily, both father and son survived. PUYALLUP, Wash. — Christian Perez’s afternoon nap was interrupted by a...

‘It was my honor’: Kitsap County teacher retires after 47-year career

JD Sweet was one of Central Kitsap’s first Black teachers. KITSAP COUNTY, Wash — After teaching history for 47 years, JD Sweet’s career is nearly history. Tuesday will mark...

Dolly Parton, Hands On Children’s Museum hope to brighten up prison visits for kids, parents

Renovated libraries and play areas at this Washington prison aim to keep incarcerated parents from reoffending, officials say. GIG HARBOR, Wash. — Markel Tramble will be 4 years old in...

Washington tribes say federal funding for fish passages is ‘for everybody’

Federal grants totaling $39.4 million from the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration will go toward nine different salmon culvert projects. OLYMPIA, Wash. — Tribes across Washington state are getting millions of dollars...

Tumwater mayor pauses tree removal after ‘passionate pleas’

Mayor Debbie Sullivan originally approved removal of 400-year-old oak last month. TUMWATER, Wash. — A 400-year-old oak tree will live to see another day in Tumwater.  Mayor Debbie Sullivan...

Father of JBLM soldier killed in wrong-way crash reflects on his son’s military service

Charles "Tommy" Fairbairn, 29, dreamed of serving his country, his father said. PIERCE COUNTY, Wash. — A 29-year-old Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) soldier killed in a crash Sunday morning always wanted...

Work to begin on reducing flood risk from Mount St. Helens lake

Hiking trails near Spirit Lake will be closed on weekdays for the next four summers. COWLITZ COUNTY, Wash. — The U.S. Forest Service wants to keep history from repeating itself at Mount...

Semi Bird says a lifetime of service prepared him to lead Washington state

Gubernatorial candidate Bird said he does not regret the move that resulted in his recall from public office in 2023. OLYMPIA, Wash. — Unlike the other top fundraising candidates for Washington...

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