Mountains pummeled with snow

Mountains in the Pacific Northwest got a major helping of fresh snow this past week. 

According to the National Weather Service of Seattle, Mount Baker collected the most new snow with 85 inches — that's a little more than 7 feet. 

NWS says Snoqualmie Pass has 82.5 inches of new snow. The Washington State Department of Transportation reports the accumulative snowfall for Snoqualmie Pass this season is 181 inches. That's 45 more inches than this same time last year. Read more

Lake Sammamish trail battle

King County officials are telling Lake Sammamish residents to clear a popular trail for public use. 

The county sent letters this week to property owners along a 3.6-mile portion of the East Lake Sammamish Trail, telling them to remove any personal property -- like docks, decks, and fences -- by September so construction can begin as planned. King County says they will remove any remaining property -- and may charge homeowners for it.  

Some residents feel the ultimatum goes too far. Read more

Alaska Airlines sponsors NHL Seattle

Alaska Airlines revealed they will be the official airline and a founding partner of NHL Seattle. 

The airline made the surprise announcement on Wednesday and unveiled the upcoming 'Alaska Airlines Atrium' at Seattle Center, which will be the building's main entrance.

The New Arena is expected to open in 2021 and come with a separate naming rights deal for the full arena space. Read more

Dog-fighting suspect in court

A Pierce County judge ruled that a man arrested on suspicion of animal abuse and dog fighting will not get 48 dogs back that were confiscated from his Tacoma home. 

The judge said the animals were living in "deplorable" conditions, and many had scars or were emaciated. 

The suspect has not yet been charged and denies he was involved in a dog-fighting ring. Read more

Washington plastic bag debate

The Washington state Senate has once again approved a measure to ban single-use plastic bags.

The chamber voted 30-19 Wednesday to re-pass the measure it first passed during last year's legislative session. Senate Bill 5323 now heads to the House, where it stalled last year.

The bill would ban retailers from giving out single-use plastic carryout bags and require an 8-cent charge for other bags handed out. The 8-cent charge would help stores cover the cost of paper or durable, reusable bags and create an incentive for shoppers to bring their own bags. Read more

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