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5 things you need to know this weekend

Pier 58 removal; Remote learning challenges; Soldiers to help with wildfires; King County climate pledge; Asian giant hornet found.

Removal of Seattle's Pier 58 will begin by September

Work to remove Seattle's Pier 58, also known as Waterfront Park, is expected to begin by early September. The emergency work follows an engineering assessment of the deteriorating pier that recommended the entire structure be removed within 90 days.

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan approved the emergency work mid-August after it was discovered the pier had shifted, leaving a gap of "several inches" between it and land.

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Seattle family grapples with tech challenges for remote learning

As the start of another round of remote learning draws near, the Adams family of Seattle says navigating the technology proved challenging last spring.

"I mean it's hard. Two full-time, working parents, makes me cry a little bit because it's just a lot. We had two different schools, four different teachers," said Dawn Adams, who has three children.

Families are hoping things are run smoother this fall. Classes for most Seattle Public Schools students begin Sept. 4.

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U.S. Army soldiers to train at JBLM to assist with wildfires

About 200 U.S. Army soldiers will start training this weekend at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Tacoma to help fight wildfires burning across the western United States.

The training will take place in the classroom and in the field with the basics of wildland fire suppression and fire safety. The soldiers should be ready to join hand crews on fire lines in early September.

Active duty military members have been deployed as wildland firefighters 38 times in the past 33 years. 

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King County plans to cut emissions in half by 2030 in climate change fight

King County plans to cut its greenhouse gas emissions by 50% by 2030 and plant and protect 3 million trees in the next five years.

These goals are part of the county’s 2020 Strategic Climate Action Plan that King County Executive Dow Constantine unveiled this week.

In addition to slashing countywide emissions, King County plans to cut emissions from its operations by 80% by 2030, which it says is two decades sooner than it originally planned. It also hopes to lower emissions on county-owned vehicles by 45% by 2025.

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9th Asian giant hornet found in Whatcom County since last winter

Another Asian giant hornet has been found in Whatcom County. Officials with the Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) are continuing to work to track the hornets back to their hives in an effort to eradicate them.

The Asian giant hornet worker was found dead in a trap set by a local beekeeper in cooperation with the WSDA in the Birch Bay area, near Blaine, Wash., on Aug. 19, according to a WSDA statement.

It was discovered in the same area as an unmated queen Asian giant hornet trapped in July. The invasive species so far has only been found in Whatcom County.

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Also see: Seattle local forecast

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