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No Insurance, No Hydroplane Race in Idaho This Year

The hydroplane races planned for next month on Lake Coeur d’Alene have been cancelled. Organizers of the Diamond Cup race cited the inability to obtain a water event permit for cancelling the races. The races were scheduled for Aug. 29-31. …

Washington Volcanoes Get More Scientific Scrutiny

Washington’s volcanoes are getting some enhanced – and high tech – scientific scrutiny this summer. This weekend, a group of about 75 geophysicists from around the world is gathering at Mount St. Helens to bore 23 holes into the mountain …

Cause of 2011 Hawaii Copter Crash to be Released Soon

The National Transportation Safety Board expects to release next week a probable cause for a 2011 Molokai helicopter crash that killed all five people aboard. Pilot Nathan Cline, newlyweds Michael and Nicole Abel of Pittsburgh and Canadian couple Stuart Robertson …

Wyoming Oil Pipe Spill Caused by Corrosion

The owner of a pipeline that sprung a leak and spilled 25,000 gallons of crude oil that flowed more than two miles down a gulley in the Powder River Basin said Friday that internal corrosion was to blame. “It’s pretty …

Agency Cuts California Limo Company Fine by 75% in Fatal Fire

A California commission responsible for transportation safety has reduced the fine it levied against a limousine company involved in a fire that killed five passengers from $20,000 to $5,000, a news organization reported Thursday. The 75 percent reduction resulted from …

Residents Near Washington Wildfires Find Destruction Hard to Accept

Residents strolled through the smoldering rubble of their neighborhoods, some wearing surgical masks to protect their lungs from the smoke and ash lingering in the air of the riverside community they call “Paterodise.” “Paterodise is hurting right now,” said one, …

California Wildfire Citations Applied Unevenly

A review by The Associated Press of state government data has found a wide discrepancy in how state and local fire officials apply fines and citations for failing to clear vegetation in areas prone to wildland blazes. Property owners in …

Colorado Organization’s Summer Campaign Coincides With National Auto Theft Prevention Month

The Coloradans Against Auto Theft (CAAT) coalition recognizes National Auto Theft Prevention Month with a new Lockdown public awareness campaign empowering citizens to take an active role in protecting themselves and their communities from auto theft. The summer “Lock Your …

Montana Barn Fire Deemed Total Loss, Damages Exceed $200K

A fire at the Big Stone Hutterite Colony near Sand Coulee, Mont., destroyed nearly $80,000 worth of hay and the steel barn where it was stored. Colony secretary/treasurer Andy Wurz tells the Great Falls Tribune the fire was spotted in …

Unregistered Seattle Contractor Gets Jail Time for Swindling Homeowners

An unregistered contractor must serve 30 days in jail for scamming Washington homeowners who paid him thousands of dollars for home improvement projects that he never finished. King County Superior Court Judge Theresa Doyle also ordered Gary Shannon Edwards to …

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