Northwest briefly: USGS reports small earthquake in Strait of Juan de Fuca

FRIDAY HARBOR — A small earthquake has been reported in the Strait of Juan de Fuca between Victoria, B.C., and Washington state.

No injuries or damages have been reported, and the 3.3-magnitude underwater quake was too small to generate a tsunami.

The U.S. Geological survey says the temblor struck at 2:05 a.m. Saturday along the Washington-Canada maritime border. It was centered 10 miles southeast of Victoria and 16 miles south-southwest of Friday Harbor.

The USGS says more than 100 people in Victoria reported feeling the earthquake.

Tacoma: Toddler hospitalized after fall at Tacoma Dome

A toddler has been hospitalized after falling 20- to 30-feet onto a concrete floor from the bleachers at the Tacoma Dome.

It happened Saturday afternoon during a state high school wrestling tournament. Tacoma Fire Department Deputy Chief Jolene Davis said crews were on scene to attend to the 17-month-old, who was rushed to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle.

No information was immediately available about the child’s condition.

Toppenish: Yakama Nation probes deaths of 11 horses

Yakama Nation police are investigating the deaths of at least 11 horses near the southern boundary of the tribe’s reservation over the last few months.

Tribal Council Chairman Harry Smiskin told the Yakima Herald-Republic that few details were available, including whether the deaths are related.

“They’re still investigating it,” Smiskin said.

Motorists reported seeing the carcasses from Highway 97 in the Satus Pass area, where thousands of horses roam in herds. Len Schulmeister, the owner of Pine Springs Resort, which is 13 miles north of Goldendale on Highway 97, said he had seen eagles eating at the carcasses of three or four horses.

Speculation has focused on whether the horses were killed as bait by eagle hunters. Although eagle hunting is illegal, selling the feathers can be lucrative.

Federal law prohibits the sale, and for most people even the possession, of eagle feathers. Members of federally recognized tribes can receive feathers for religious purposes from a federal repository, but only after obtaining a federal permit.

Representatives for the Washington State Patrol and Yakima County Sheriff’s Office said their agencies were not involved in the Satus Pass investigation.

The sheriff’s office is investigating the shooting of four riding horses in an Outlook pasture this month. At least one of them died. Sheriff’s officials recently said they had no leads in that case.

Spokane: 3 dogs die; poison meatballs suspected

A Spokane animal welfare spokeswoman says poisoned meatballs may be to blame for the deaths of three dogs in a neighborhood on the city’s South Hill.

Nancy Hill of the Spokane County Regional Animal Protection Service says suspect meatballs have been found in two other locations.

She advises Spokane pet owners to closely inspect their yards and surrounding property.

One woman said she let her dogs out on her property early Friday morning and saw one eating something. She called the dog away but it soon developed convulsions and died at an emergency clinic. Another woman reported two dead dogs Friday.

An animal protection officer found a meatball soaked in an unknown substance on the side of the road near a fenced yard and another in the same vicinity but inside a fenced yard.

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