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Archives: Feb. 2011


Amtrak running again through Tacoma

Amtrak is back running through Tacoma.

The first northbound train to negotiate the track past the freight train derailment by Chambers Bay Golf Course came through at 9 p.m. Sunday.

A passenger train made it south through the Tacoma area at 8:20 a.m. today, a spokesman at the Tacoma Amtrak Station said this morning.

The full daily complement of 10 trains – five north and five south – through Tacoma are scheduled today, the spokesman said.

Full cleanup of the derailment could take up to three weeks. Four rail cars were still on the beach Sunday. An estimated 50 gallons of

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Tacoma average gasoline prices jump another 13.6 cents in a week

Average retail gasoline prices in Tacoma have risen 13.6 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.48 per gallon Sunday

That increase compares with the national average that has increased 17.0 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.34 per gallon, according to gasoline price website

Including the change in gas prices in Tacoma during the past week, prices yesterday were 60.5 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 26.8 cents per gallon higher than a month ago.

The national average has increased 25.3 cents per gallon during the last month

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What’s open, closed near train derailment

Here is what is open and closed while BNSF crews work to clean up a train derailment near Chambers Bay Golf Course, according to Pierce County communications director Hunter George:

CLOSED: Snow has closed Chambers Bay Golf Course. It will reopen Monday, weather permitting.

CLOSED TO PUBLIC ACCESS DUE TO THE DERAILMENT: Central Meadow (the big park by the water), the Bridge to the Beach (pedestrian bridge over the tracks) and Soundview Trail (the lower trail)

OPEN: Chambers Bay Grill, Grandview Trail (the portion of trail that runs along the top of the bluff)


How the Chambers Bay derailment affects Amtrak routes

Amtrak Cascades is not operating today between Seattle and Portland because of the train derailment near Chambers Bay Golf Course, a spokesman said.

They are, however, operating Seattle north to Portland south.

Train 11, which normally originates in Seattle, is originating in Portland today.

It’s unclear how many passengers are being impacted.

Amtrak will assess the situation later this afternoon to determine whether any routes will be disrupted Monday, said spokesman Steve Kulm.


Overheated wiring causes fire at Tacoma home

Overheated wiring sparked a fire at a Tacoma home this morning, the Fire Department said.

Firefighters responded about 4:05 a.m. to a single-story 840-square-foot bungalow in the 4900 block of North Visscher Street and found a fully involved blaze.

Crews attacked the flames with hose line, ventilated the structure and rescued the family’s dog.

No one was injured.

Damages are estimated at $80,000.


Man killed in Orting house fire

A 47-year-old man died this morning after going back into a burning home to try and rescue his elderly mother, according to Orting Valley Fire and Rescue.

The blaze broke out just after 7 a.m. at a single-story house in the 17900 block of Pioneer Way East (Highway 162).

Neighbors and passersby rescued the woman, who is believed to be in her late 70s or early 80s. She was taken to Good Samaritan Hospital in Puyallup. Her condition is unknown.

“It looks like her son had left the house, alerted neighbors of the fire and then went back in to

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Fife woman struck and killed on I-5

A 23-year-old Fife woman died early Saturday morning after being struck by a vehicle as she was walking along the freeway, according to the State Patrol.

Andrea Manske was walking along southbound Interstate 5 near Midway Landfill when a vehicle hit her about 1:30 a.m. She died at the scene.

The 62-year-old Tacoma man who was behind the wheel of a 2007 Chevrolet Suburban was not injured.


WSP responded to 284 collisions during storm in Pierce, Thurston counties

Washington State Patrol troopers said they responded to 284 traffic collisions in Pierce and Thurston counties during the recent three-day storm.

That’s a 728 percent increase from the previous three days in the same areas, which included Presidents Day weekend.