Body of hiker killed in fall is recovered

NORTH BEND — A search crew recovered the body of a hiker on Sunday, a day after he fell more than 500 feet down a cliff at Guye Peak just north of Snoqualmie Pass.

The man, 49, of Tacoma was an experienced hiker and a member of The Mountaineers, a Seattle-based outdoors club, KING-TV reported. His name was not released.

He and a fellow climber made it to the top of Guye Peak Saturday afternoon. They used ropes and stayed together as they worked their way up the cliff, then the man apparently slipped and fell.

"It’s pretty steep rock, and it’s lichen covered, moss covered, so it would be pretty easy to slip," said Zbig Kasprzyk of the King County Sheriff’s office.

Observers at the base of the cliff said weather could have been a factor. It had snowed and was raining about the time of the fall.

Explosion injures woman: A 19-year-old woman lost part of her left hand after a device on her front porch exploded, the King County Sheriff’s department said. A man, 20, was arrested Saturday night for investigation of first-degree assault. The woman had answered a knock on her front door Saturday afternoon. As she opened the door, the device exploded. It may have been as large as an M-1000, which explodes with the force of up to one-half a stick of dynamite, the sheriff’s department said in a statement. The woman was taken to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle with injuries to her hands, stomach and legs. She was in satisfactory condition Sunday evening, a nursing supervisor said. No motive was known, and it was not clear whether the woman was the intended target of the attack, the sheriff’s office said. However, investigators did not believe it was a random act.

Community college shakeup: The chancellor of the Community Colleges of Spokane has been fired, in part for stormy relations with faculty. Charles Taylor was dismissed Thursday by a unanimous vote of the colleges’ Board of Trustees despite last-minute protests from members of the business community. Board members didn’t give any reasons for firing Taylor. Taylor was chosen by the board in 1999, and has been praised by business leaders for his efforts at workforce training. But he also has been criticized, particularly by faculty members who said he had a divisive leadership style, and for his demotion of several top executives.

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