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Getting rolling on road tolling

It was Edgar Allan Poe who wrote "tolling, tolling, tolling,/In that muffled monotone. ..." This year, talk of road tolling and congestion pricing will increase above a whisper. With the defeat of Prop. 1 and big transportation infrastructure decisions to be made on the Alaskan Way Viaduct, the 520 floating bridge, and with federal grant money a carrot for regions that embark on road pricing plans, the tolling of Puget Sound's roads will begin to move from theory to active discussion and implementation.

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Managing that lump-sum property-tax payment

Government doesn't make it easy to pay the twice-a-year bill if you have paid off your mortgage or opt out of packing your taxes into the monthly mortgage payment. While lawmakers and tax officials work to make the system friendlier to multiple small payments, here are some options.

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Crosscut is hiring

Quick housekeeping note. Crosscut is looking for a half-time deputy editor. We've had the job posted on Craigslist for a couple of weeks, but it might have escaped your attention during the holidays. Here's a partial description:

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Free-thrown for a loss

Classes start Monday, Jan. 7, at the University of Washington. Perhaps profs should receive a campuswide edict to make all students first report to a gym, where the first one to shoot better than five for 13 from the free-throw line would receive a full scholarship and a place on the men's basketball team.

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M. Coy Books turns the page

I'd like to think it could turn out otherwise, but the large -- and dare I say it, tasteful -- Lost Our Lease sign says M. Coy Books near the Market in downtown Seattle is going away at the end of February.

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The latest from news outlets and blogs around the Northwest and beyond, chosen by Crosscut editors.

Obama declares wildfire emergency in Washington

President Obama declared an emergency in Washington on Wednesday due to the widlfires.

NEWS TRIBUNE (TACOMA)

Better weather conditions help fight wildfires

Cooler weather and less wind has helped firefighters take on the Carlton Complex of fires in north-central Washington.

NEWS TRIBUNE (TACOMA)

Man dies trying to save home in Washington fire

A man in Okanogan County died from a heart attack while trying to fight a fire near his home.

SEATTLEPI.COM

Gusty winds fuel Washington fires

"A massive wildfire that has forced the evacuation of towns, destroyed numerous homes and blackened scenic hillsides in north-central Washington has been burning into new areas, fueled by dry conditions and gusty winds."

KOMO NEWS

Sheriff says up to 100 homes lost in Washignton fire

Sheriff estimates that up to 100 homes have been lost in Washington fire.

NEWS TRIBUNE (TACOMA)

State of emergency declared in Washington

State of emergency declared in 20 Eastern Washington counties due to multiple wildfires threatening several hundred homes.

SEATTLE TIMES

Three days of marijuana sales pull in more than $148,000 in excise taxes

After only three days of legal marijuana on sale, the state will pull in 148,256 in excise taxes.

SEATTLE TIMES

Wash. issues its first pot shop licenses

Washington state issued its first retail marijuana licenses on Monday with overnight email.

NEWS TRIBUNE (TACOMA)

Tri-City woman chows pet food to prove a point

Can you subsist on kibble and birdseed for an entire month? That’s what one pet store owner from Richland is doing to show that food for critters should be just as nutritious as human food.

TRI-CITY HERALD (KENNEWICK)

Same-sex couples wake up married today

Same-sex couples in domestic partnerships are waking up married this morning due to the state’s same-sex marriage law, which automatically converts domestic partnerships to marriage unless a couple filed paperwork to prevent their relationship from automatically converting to marriage.

SEATTLE TIMES
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