TWISP, Wash. (AP) - Twice as many homes as previously estimated have burned in the Carlton Complex wildfires in north-Central Washington. Okanogan County Sheriff Frank Rogers says about 300 homes have burned. The fire was started by lightning and has burned about 400 square miles, making it the largest wildfire in state history.
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - An independent commission has been assigned the job of examining the emergency disaster response to the March 22 Oso mudslide. The commission announced by state and Snohomish County leaders also will consider land-use planning in slide-prone areas. The Daily Herald reports the 12-member commission is expected to release a report by Dec. 15.
SEATTLE (AP) - The Secretary of State's office has certified that a ballot initiative to decrease public school class sizes has enough qualified signatures to make the November ballot. Secretary of State Kim Wyman says a team of 10 finished checking signatures for Initiative 1351 late yesterday afternoon. A similar voter-approved measure in 2000 has been suspended several times because of the budget.
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - Harley-Davidson motorcycle lovers are holding a four-day rally over this weekend in Spokane. Lone Wolf Harley-Davidson is hosting about 1,500 riders on its 12-acre property in the city. One of the riders is former Spokane Valley Mayor Mike DeVleming. He tells The Spokesman-Review they're no outlaw gang and says the group includes "cranky old lawyers and grocery store managers."
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