Stolen cherry picker plucked from suspect

REDMOND – Finding a stolen 8-ton cherry picker was easy pickings for police here. That’s because the alleged thief left the machine parked on a roadside bedecked with a “For sale” sign that listed his phone number. The brand new Genie Z45/25 articulated boom lift had been missing from the Genie Industries lot in Redmond since February 2003. A 43-year-old Carnation man faces a first-degree theft charge. “Every once in a while, you run across some people who do some pretty not-so-bright things,” Redmond police officer Stacey Holland said. “But this one – whoa. He made it easy for us.” The alleged thief was asking about $29,000 for the $70,000 cherry picker.

King County Journal

Port Angeles: Hurricane Ridge Road to be closed

The 17-mile road to Hurricane Ridge, Olympic National Park’s most popular destination, will be closed during April so the park staff can fix roads elsewhere. Also in April, the park’s visitor station in Forks will be closed, and the Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center’s daily operation will be cut to five days a week. Budget woes forced the actions, park superintendent Bill Laitner said. Nearly 8,000 people visited the ridge in April 2003.

Peninsula Daily News

Bremerton: Power pop leaves city in the black

Chris Taber and Norm Martin sat on the darkened curb Wednesday in front of the 7-Eleven at Sixth Street and Park Avenue in downtown Bremerton waiting to buy a few groceries. The store closed about 5 p.m. because of a power outage. Taber had power at his home on the Bremerton waterfront, and had no idea it was out just a few blocks away. He was one of about 8,000 West Bremerton residents affected by the power outage for about four hours Wednesday night. Most had power again by 9 p.m.

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Spokane: Playfair Race Course auctions history

More than a century of memories were auctioned off Thursday at Playfair Race Course, a prelude to demolition of the fourth-oldest racing venue in the country. It was a sad farewell for horse owners, trainers, jockeys, track workers and fans. ”This is our lifestyle,” said horse owner and trainer Tyann Dymack Ackerman of Sandpoint, Idaho, ”and it’s gone.” Some of the hundreds who showed up Thursday left with really good deals. The inside rail around the track, which cost $250,000 several years ago, was sold to a Nebraska quarter horse racing operator for $25,000.

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Vancouver: ‘Bikepooler’ tests commuting limits

Greg Borchers already rides his bike to work. So when his employer, Sharp Laboratories of America, launched a two-week campaign to encourage carpooling, he had to be creative to find an even more environmentally friendly way to get to work. Borchers, 42, came up with a plan: Instead of carpooling, he would bikepool. He recruited a co-worker, Bill Longman, 41, to ride a tandem bicycle with him to work this week. “Greg said he did a quick survey at Sharp Labs and got the best strength-to-weight ratio he could find,” Longman said. Borchers said he picked Longman because he lives nearby.

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