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The site on Ketron Island in Washington state where an Horizon Air turboprop plane crashed Friday after it was stolen from Sea-Tac International Airport is seen from the air, Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, near Steilacoom, Wash.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

The FBI said it has found human remains at the crash site of a stolen Horizon Air passenger plane.

Richard “Beebo” Russell is believed to have stolen the twin-engine Bombardier Q400 from Sea-Tac Airport Friday night.


  It was a wild weekend for wildfire in the Northwest.

A warm and dry spring often means large numbers of yellow jacket wasps. Their population usually peaks in late summer. Most are seeking water or defending their nests which may be in the ground or suspended in trees or houses.

OSU entomologist Gail Langellotto warns against going after yellow jackets, especially with pressurized chemical pesticides. Bees could be affected, or people can blast themselves, accidentally. It’s just better to wait.

Less than 200 years ago, the easiest way to get around a lot of the Pacific Northwest was by canoe. The first American steamship to provide regular service among Puget Sound ports arrived in 1853.

This small steamship, propelled by paddlewheels attached to its sides, was called the Fairy. But its success was short-lived. It soon blew up and sank.

Today, an Oregon-based group of shipwreck hunters wants to find the historic remains of that little steamer. The shipwreck search was inspired by one man's obsession. Appropriately enough, he's nicknamed "Tug."

The U.S. Drought Monitor says the entire state of Washington is abnormally dry. In Oregon, nearly 90 percent of the state is facing moderate to severe drought.

“What we’re experiencing is part of what the entire Western United States is experiencing,” Kristin Johnson-Waggoner said. She’s a communications manager with the Water Resources Program in Washington Department of Ecology.

The orca known as J35 swims without her baby off San Juan Island on Saturday.
Photo courtesy of Ken Balcomb, Center for Whale Research

A grieving mother orca has finally let her dead calf go, ending her "tour of grief."

UPDATE (Aug. 13, 7:40 a.m. PT) — People in the Columbia River Gorge near Mosier were told Saturday to evacuate due to a wildfire that started Friday night around Memaloose State Park. The evacuations remained in place as of Sunday morning.

During every berry-picking season in the Pacific Northwest, blueberry and raspberry growers fight to prevent birds from gobbling up the crop before harvest. This year, some farmers are trying something new to scare away the thieving birds: lasers.

Justin Meduri manages a large blueberry farm and cherry orchard outside Jefferson, Ore. Birds like both fruits.

Screenshot/Richard Russell

The family of a man who stole a Horizon Air aircraft from Sea-Tac Airport and crashed it say they're "stunned and heartbroken" by his death.

A screenshot of the Bombardier Q400 turbojet before crashing from a video by Skylar Jacobson.
Skylar Jacobson via KOMO twitter

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FILE: A Horizon Air Bombardier DHC8-Q400 at Sea-Tac Airport.
Flickr Photo/Kentaro IEMOTO (CC BY-SA 2.0) https://flic.kr/p/843PGn

At 8:30 Friday night, one of our reporters, Anna Boiko-Weyrauch wrote an ominous tweet:

Seattle Police Department

A Belltown nightclub was raided this week after a months-long drug trafficking investigation.

Police started investigating Foundation Nightclub in March after reports of drug dealing and sexual assault inside the club.


No one was home at a house deep in the woods of Josephine County, Oregon. The people who live here had evacuated days ago along with hundreds of their neighbors. As flames from the Taylor Creek Fire got closer and closer, the firefighters showed up.

They came to prepare for the worst so that if the wind picked up, they’d be ready to dash down the driveway and save this house, even if the forest burned around it.

Inside the mega tent set up by the City of Tacoma after declaring a state of public health emergency
Photo courtesy of the City of Tacoma

Everyone agrees that homelessness is a crisis in Seattle, but there are differing views about who is being impacted and what should be done. In public forums, homeless service organizations regularly butt heads over these ideas with frustrated homeowners.

But what about doctors?

Lummi Tribal Chairman Jay Julius loads live chinook salmon onto King County Research Vessel SoundGuardian in Squalicum Harbor on Friday, August 10, 2018. (Image taken under the authority of NMFS MMPA/ESA Permit No. 18786-03)
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

An extraordinary effort to feed a sick, young orca got underway Friday morning in the waters west of Bellingham.

Crews loaded 24 live chinook salmon into tanks aboard King County's Research Vessel SoundGuardian as well as the Lummi Nation police boat at Squalicum Harbor.

Smoke from an approaching wildfire looms over a home near Twisp, Wash., Aug. 19, 2015.
AP Photo/Ted S. Warren

Kim Malcolm talks with University of Washington environmental chemistry professor Dan Jaffe about why air quality in the Pacific Northwest has been getting worse over the last three decades.

Jeff Foster of the Whale Sanctuary Project checks the pole that will be used to collect breath samples during the planned health assessment of J50
John Gussman/NOAA Fisheries

As scientists searched Salish sea waters for the young, emaciated orca known as J50, they spotted her relative, still carrying her dead calf.

KUOW PHOTO / CASEY MARTIN

At Pearl Jam’s first Home Show Wednesday night, front man Eddie Vedder dedicated their hit song, “Evenflow,” to another Eddie.


Elise Ballard poses for a portrait on Monday, August 6, 2018, at her home.
KUOW Photo/Megan Farmer

Six more women have come forward with allegations of sexual misconduct and assault against David Meinert, the Seattle nightlife entrepreneur.

These women contacted KUOW after reading an earlier story about Meinert, in which five other women had accused him of sexual misconduct, including sexual assault and rape.


The fishing dock on the Lummi reservation. The Lummi refer to the salmon as their relatives.
Grant Hindsley for KUOW

Helping our relatives. That’s what Darrell Hillaire calls the project to offer salmon to the young whale known as J50.


Less than 200 years ago, the easiest way to get around a lot of the Pacific Northwest was by canoe. The first American steamship to provide regular service among Puget Sound ports arrived in 1853.

This small steamship, propelled by paddlewheels attached to its sides, was called the Fairy. But its success was short-lived. It soon blew up and sank.

Washington Republicans are regrouping after a primary election pounding Tuesday that extended beyond swing districts to rock-ribbed GOP pockets of the state.

Washington Republicans are regrouping after a primary election pounding Tuesday that extended beyond swing districts to rock-ribbed GOP pockets of the state.

A group of wildfires, referred to as the Miles Fire, continues to threaten about 1,300 structures on Oregon’s Jackson-Douglas County line. The combined fire is burning more than 40,000 acres.

Smoke has been sitting on top of the region for the past few days, keeping conditions relatively stable. But beginning Tuesday afternoon, that smoke began to lift, causing a shift on the ground.

KUOW Photo/Ruby de Luna

When you see cherries, you probably think pie fillings, sundaes, or cakes. But Chef Mutsuko Soma, chef-owner of Kamonegi in Fremont, thinks savory. “I like pickling cherry in ponzu,” she said.

That would be ponzu sauce, a traditional Japanese dipping sauce that’s citrus-based. To show me how she scouts for ingredients, Soma and I took a trip to the University District farmer’s market.

FLICKR PHOTO/J. Stephen Conn (CC BY-NC 2.0)/https://flic.kr/p/94zgb4

People with outstanding warrants and traffic fines in Seattle will have an opportunity to get them resolved on Thursday.

At Republican party headquarters in Bellevue on Tuesday, Republican Dino Rossi said he was celebrating being the top vote-getter in the initial primary results. 

Southern Resident killer whale J50 and her mother, J16, off the west coast of Vancouver Island near Port Renfrew, B.C., on August 7.
Brian Gisborne, Fisheries and Oceans Canada

J50 is alive.

The emaciated, 3 1/2-year-old orca had seemingly gone missing over the weekend, leading some biologists to worry that she may have died.

Plans were underway to feed the young whale with live salmon – possibly laced with medicine – or to inject her with antibiotics, in the hopes of saving the youngest orca in this endangered group.

Michael Milstein, a spokesman for NOAA, confirmed that the young orca was found west of Vancouver at the Port Renfrew near the west entrance of the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

Embattled Democratic state Rep. David Sawyer of Tacoma was in third place in early primary returns Tuesday night, an indication of the political fallout he’s facing over numerous allegations of inappropriate behavior toward women and an investigation that found he violated House harassment policy. 

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