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Order could ease tensions at guarded gold mine

PORTLAND, Ore. — Armed activists brought in to guard an Oregon gold mine amid a bitter land dispute with the U.S. government are leaving the property after a judge ruled that a federal agency has to keep out until the matter is resolved, officials said on Thursday.

Teacher strikes OK with student

OLYMPIA — A rare special session hearing on a bill to penalize teachers for one-day strikes featured a walkout by Democrats, questions of legal authority and denunciations of the education unions by conservative think tanks.

Crews bracing for wildfire season

PORTLAND — Washington and Oregon could be in for a longer, more intense fire season this year than usual, regional fire officials said Tuesday.

Would-be pot shop owners sue city

SUNNYSIDE — A married couple who want to open a marijuana retail shop in Sunnyside is suing in response to the city’s decision last month to ban recreational pot businesses.

Survivors recall Mount St. Helens eruption

In a weekend that commemorated the 35th anniversary of Mount St. Helens’ violent eruption, Sunday featured a handful of survivors sharing their experiences of narrowly escaping the volcano’s wrath at the National Monument’s Science and Learning Center.

Thousands of Seattle teachers hold one-day strike

SEATTLE — Thousands of Seattle teachers walked out of class on Tuesday to demand higher pay and smaller class sizes, marking the largest one-day strike in a series of rolling protests by educators in Washington state over public school funding.

Alleged abuse of special needs girl prompts lawsuit

A lawsuit against the Yakima School District alleges the district and a bus driver failed in 2014 to protect a second-grade special-needs female student from physical and sexual assault by an older, special-needs boy on a school bus.

Mapping Mt. St. Helens magma progresses

PORTLAND, Ore. — Early data collected in a pioneering effort to map the inner workings of Mount St. Helens have provided promising initial insights, 35 years after a massive eruption by the volcano killed at least 57 people, scientists said.

Oil rig protesters block entrances to Terminal 5

SEATTLE — Two hours into a demonstration outside Seattle’s Terminal 5, where Shell’s massive Polar Pioneer drilling rig is moored, protesters continued to voice their opposition to the oil company’s Alaska operations, and police remained on the sidelines.

Some teacher union locals to stage one-day walkouts

MOSES LAKE — Some Columbia Basin teacher union locals will join a series of one-day walkouts designed to highlight their concerns with the ongoing budget deliberations of the Washington Legislature.

Washington and Oregon update oil spill plan

VANCOUVER, Wash. — In response to the uptick in the amount of crude oil being transported by rail through inland areas of Washington and Oregon, the states are teaming up to update oil spill response plans for the shared waters.

Shell oil rig arrives in Seattle

SEATTLE — The first of two Royal Dutch Shell drilling rigs slated for Arctic oil exploration arrived in Seattle on Thursday as environmental activists geared up for days of protests over plans to store the equipment at the city’s port.

Bill would allow law officers to testify for victims

OLYMPIA — By the time Arlene Roberts’ killer came up for sentencing, the 80-year-old woman had been dead for more than three decades, and no friends or relatives were left to speak for her in a right Washington guarantees to victims and their families.

Teachers will meet next week to decide whether to strike

TACOMA —The Tacoma teachers union plans to hold a general membership meeting next week to decide whether to join the one-day strikes that teachers in more than 40 other Washington school districts are taking part in.