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Larch inmates rehabilitate endangered pond turtles

YACOLT — On May 17, the final day of their five-month stint at Larch Corrections Center, nine Western pond turtles lurked out of sight near the bottom of their tanks, just as wary of people as they were on day one.

Ivan the gorilla to be honored with sculpture

SEATTLE — A likeness of Ivan the gorilla is coming to Tacoma in the form of a life-size bronze sculpture. And his own ashes are added to each pour that will form the finished piece.

U.N. envoy launches $4 billion fund for schools in war zones

ISTANBUL — A crisis fund has been launched to raise $3.8 billion to help millions of children missing out on school because of war or natural disasters, U.N. special envoy Gordon Brown announced on Monday at the first ever World Humanitarian Summit.

Suquamish joins land buyback program

SUQUAMISH — The Suquamish Tribe’s Port Madison Reservation was recently one of more than 60 American Indian reservations added to an initiative to return millions of acres of reservation land to the control of tribes.

Michael Sam to speak at CWU

ELLENSBURG — Michael Sam, the first openly gay NFL player, will be a guest speaker at Central Washington University during the school’s annual Pride Week.

Branches chafing power line caused deadly Twisp fire

A state Department of Natural Resources investigation has concluded that tree branches chafing on a power line triggered the Aug. 19, 2015, fire near Twisp that claimed the lives of three U.S. Forest Service crew members.

We expel preschool kids three times as often as K-12 students

The 5-year-old boy in Michelle Perry's preschool class in Seattle was having a rough morning. He'd thrown chairs when Perry suggested he use the bathroom, and now a little girl was in tears because the boy had scribbled on her self-portrait.

Inslee praises Vancouver waterfront project

VANCOUVER — Gov. Jay Inslee visited Vancouver’s future downtown waterfront park on Wednesday, calling it a center of economic expansion that will benefit the entire state.

Sea-Tac takes steps to reduce security line delays

SEATAC — Although the lines likely will be longer at Sea-Tac Airport this summer, officials expect a new solution will reduce the time passengers are kept waiting as they pass through security checkpoints.

Seattle aims to clear The Jungle homeless camp

SEATTLE — State and city officials Tuesday said they will move people out of Seattle’s homeless encampment known as The Jungle in the next few weeks, but some residents there say the plan won’t succeed.