Tag Archive for Washington

Continuing miseducation on Bigfoot

Community and small local colleges typically provide non-credit continuing education courses for the locals at low cost. As I’ve written about previously, it’s often art or history classes, computer training, those sorts of things. But also frequently offered are “classes” on paranormal nonsense like “How to develop your psychic powers,” “Ghost Hunting 101,” and “Tarot Reading”.…

A Bigfoot fishing? Beary unlikely.

The US Fish and Wildlife Service has this neat creek cam! It shows a salmon in the water, and then it’s grabbed at by a dark and mysterious clawed “hand”. Source: Mystery creature catches salmon: So what is it? – AOL Travel UK The video was taken at Icicle Creek in Leavenworth, Washington. While some…

First American measles death in over a decade

Anti-vax sites say that death of measles is so rare, it’s barely worth talking about. Until a totally preventable death rolls around. And why ignore all the hospitalizations and complications from measles – also preventable with vaccinations. If less people get vaccinated, measles will spread and MORE deaths than one or two will occur. This…

Toy tiger joyride scares a witness

Who knew that stuffed big cats could cause such trouble! Here is another case of people totally misinterpreting what they see. It happens ALL the time. Source: Washington 911 Caller Was Convinced Stuffed Tiger Was Real – Yahoo The caller seemed so matter-of-fact, but what he told a dispatcher on a newly released 911 call…

Northwest US experiences dusty rain (UPDATE: yep, dust)

This rain cleaned the air but made everything else dirty. Mystery milky rain falls on Washington, Oregon. Rainfall described as milky-colored, dusty or dirty fell across parts of Washington, Oregon and Idaho, with its origin is unclear. Suspects include volcanic ash from worldwide volcanoes that mixed with the moisture. Such rain is very common near…

Naturopaths gaining coverage under Medicaid

Correction: Medicaid, not Medicare. Does allowing coverage for naturopaths help ease the shortage of primary care doctors for low-income citizens? Or is licensing alternative practitioners an all around bad idea? State’s Medicaid program now covers naturopaths | The Seattle Times. Washington state officials approved naturopaths under Medicaid along with Oregon and Vermont. As states that expanded…

Judge rules that freedom and ignorance does not allow you to neglect your child (UPDATE: Guilty)

UPDATE (24 May 2014) Convicted.  Moses Lakes parents convicted of starving 2-year-old son | KOMO News. Originally published March 2013 In an update to the Staats criminal charges over the death of their child, the judge confirms that a trial will occur after he refuses to dismiss the charges. Judge decides Staats’ trial for harming their son…

WA legislature moves to remove Christian Science faith healing exemption

More news on religious exemptions for children’s health care. Remember we told you about a new law in Idaho proposed to address a religious shield law that protects parents when kids are treated only with faith-based healing. Now, the Washingon legistlature is taken steps to fix their laws. Faith Healing Exemption Gets Scrutiny In Washington…

Firefighters accidentally fight fire with fire

Oops. Wash. firefighters mistakenly pump jet fuel on fire instead of water. The Washington State Patrol is investigating a serious mishap that occurred Oct. 25th at its fire training academy in North Bend. During a training exercise, firefighters mistakenly pumped jet fuel instead of water onto a flaming mock-up of an airplane crash. Calkins said…

Stove wasn’t dog-proofed

Accidents happen. DOG BLAMED FOR APARTMENT FIRE IN WASH. STATE. Fire officials say a dog reaching for treats turned on a stove and started a fire causing smoke damage to an apartment in the central Washington city of Wenatchee. Wenatchee Fire Marshal Mark Yaple tells KPQ radio that it appears the black Labrador was reaching…

Woman trying to find herself is missing

I hope this ends well – capable people can survive. If so, she certainly will have found inner strength. Naked woman on spiritual quest missing in Skamania Co. | kgw.com Portland. Maureen Kelly, 19, of Vancouver was reported missing from Canyon Creek Campground shortly after midnight after failing to return from a “spiritual quest.” The…

Channeler of Ramtha, J.Z. Knight donates $50,000 to political campaign

Ramtha channels $50K to WA Dems | kgw.com Portland. Washington State Republicans called Yelm spiritual leader JZ Knight “an intolerant bigot” Tuesday, after video of her surfaced online making a variety of insensitive remarks about Catholics, Jews and homosexuals. Knight, who claimes she channels the 35,000-year-old Ramtha at her School of Enlightenment, has stepped into…

Look out! Zombees!

State’s first case of ‘zombie bees’ reported in Kent. The first confirmed case of “zombie bees” in Washington state has been found by a Kent beekeeper. Discovered in California in 2008, the bees are infected by a parasitic fly that causes the bees to lurch around erratically before dropping dead. The discovery expands the range…

Washington state law slows vaccination slide

Washington State Makes It Harder to Forgo Immunizations. The share of kindergartners whose parents opted out of state immunization requirements more than doubled in the decade that ended in 2008, peaking at 7.6 percent in the 2008-9 school year, according to the state’s Health Department, raising alarm among public health experts. But last year, the…

Psychic sued for fraud, allegedly bilked man out of $30K

Man sues Auburn psychic, claims fraud. An Auburn psychic is facing a lawsuit from a dissatisfied customer who claims she bilked him out of more than $30,000 while claiming to pray for his relatives. Abraham Char contends a woman identified in court documents only as “Mama Tanya” tricked him into providing her with thousands of…

Cougar report in Washington turns out to be a housecat

Police: Cougar sightings in Lynden were false alarm | Local News | The Bellingham Herald. A “cougar” sighted four times near the Lynden fairgrounds turned out to be a very muscular orange housecat. A woman snapped photos of the alleged cougar Monday, Aug. 27, near the 1800 block of Front Street. She saw the cat…

Washington wheat field a canvas for crop circles

Crop circles come to the U.S. northwest. Granted, they aren’t nearly as impressive as the ones in Wiltshire. Crop circles appear in E. Wash. wheat field. Mysterious crop circles have appeared in an eastern Washington wheat field – not far from the nation’s largest hydropower producer – but area farmers preparing for the summer’s harvest…

Attack of the killer raccoons

Raccoon Attack Sends Woman to Hospital. A Washington state woman suffered 16 puncture wounds and over 100 lacerations after being attacked by a pack of raccoons. Twenty-eight-year-old Michaela Lee was jogging on a trail near her Lakewood home when her dog spotted two raccoons and chased them up a tree. She had just gotten to…