Mariners flag flies atop Space Needle celebrating playoff berth

Oct 6, 2022, 1:50 PM

The KIRO Newsradio Newsdesk brings you their top stories on the afternoon of Thursday, Oct. 6.

The Mariners are celebrating their first playoff berth in 21 years for all to see, with former catcher Dan Wilson hoisting the team flag atop the Space Needle Thursday morning.

He’s confident they’ll come home from Toronto with a win.

“The Mariners are going to come home for baseball,” Wilson said. “I don’t know how it’ll all turn out, but they’ll be here.”

The Mariners take on Toronto for Game 1 of the A.L. Wild Card at 1:07 p.m. Friday. You can hear Rick Rizzs call the game on 710 AM Seattle Sports Radio.

Buttigieg visits WA for big infrastructure projects

U.S. Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg is in Washington state Thursday and Friday for a tour of key infrastructure projects.

Thursday, he stopped in Wenatchee to check out a major project to help farmers get produce to grocery stores across the country.

Buttigieg stresses that the 11-mile “Apple Capital Loop Project” is important not only to the state’s agriculture industry but to the country’s economy as a whole.

“This strengthens our supply chains to make it faster, easier, and safer to get through this area,” Buttigieg said.

“It’s an important waypoint not just for apples, but for all kinds of goods making their way from the ports of Seattle and Tacoma as they move east to Chicago and the rest of the country,” Buttigieg said.

The project received $92.4 million in federal funding last year, which is the most of any infrastructure project in the area.

REI will now be closed on Black Friday

REI has been closed every Black Friday for the past seven years, but now, it’s making that permanent.

CNN reports Black Friday used to be one of REI’s top sales days of the year, but they want their employees to spend time outdoors, instead of inside stores and offices.

Workers will still get paid for the day, and customers can place orders online, but they won’t be processed until the next day.

Road will be closed in Olympia to clear encampments

A half-mile of Olympia’s Ensign Road will close Thursday so more vehicles that are being lived in can be removed.

City officials said once the area between Martin Way and Providence Lane is cleared, they plan to install blocks to prevent illegal parking.

The city has already placed blocks along other parts of Ensign Road as they have been cleared out.

Vehicles and tents have been slowing emergency crews and others heading to Providence-Saint Peter Hospital and the numerous medical offices in the area.

Olympia plans more closures next week when city leaders expect to have the road fully cleared.

WA superintendent proposes plans to help students pay for duel-enrollment

Superintendent Chris Reykdal pitched his plan to lawmakers to eliminate financial barriers for dual credit high school students.

In Wednesday’s press conference, Reykdal said the plan would help pay out-of-pocket expenses for students.

“When it’s instructional costs, when it’s something that is related to their learning and they’re getting high school credit for it, those costs should all get picked up by the state as a part of their basic education,” Reykdal said.

Reykdal says they’ll earn college credits and learn about workforce development opportunities.

The funding would also support student participation in Career and Technical Education Dual Credit programs for earning industry-recognized credentials.

Dangerous shellfish closes down Whatcom County beaches

Dangerous shellfish has all Whatcom County Beaches closed to harvesting, as well as Vashon-Maury Island’s Quartermaster Harbor.

Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) warnings were already posted in South Whatcom County.

PSP is not killed by cooking or freezing and can be fatal.

Listen to KIRO Newsradio on 97.3 FM. Stream it live here.

Local News

(Photo from KIRO 7)...

Deedee Sun, KIRO 7 News

Behavioral health hospital in Tukwila suddenly closing; patients scrambling

Hundreds of employees laid off and patients left with few options - that’s the fallout people are bracing for as a mental health facility in Tukwila is about to close its doors.

7 hours ago

FILE - OpenAI's CEO Sam Altman gestures while speaking at University College London as part of his ...

Associated Press

OpenAI boss ‘heartened’ by talks with world leaders over will to contain AI risks

OpenAI CEO Sam Altman said Monday he was encouraged by a desire shown by world leaders to contain any risks posed by the artificial intelligence technology his company and others are developing.

7 hours ago

(Photo from KIRO 7)...

KIRO 7 News Staff and Jake Chapman, KIRO 7 News

Garfield and Nova high schools set to return to in-person learning Monday

Garfield High School and Nova High School are set to return to in-person learning on Monday, June 5, announced Garfield Principal Hart.

1 day ago

muti-day fire lacey mushroom...

L.B. Gilbert and KIRO 7 Staff

New details in 12-year-old arrested for alleged arson at Lacey mushroom farm

Lacey firefighters are looking at a multi-day fight against a fire that broke out Wednesday at an abandoned mushroom farm.

1 day ago

FILE - The draft of a bill that President Joe Biden and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy of Calif., neg...

Associated Press

Debt deal imposes new work requirements for food aid and that frustrates many Democrats

Democrats are deeply conflicted about the debt ceiling deal, fearing damage has been done to safety net programs

1 day ago

(Photo from KIRO 7)...

Brittany Toolis, KIRO 7 News

King County official calls out KCRHA on release of 5-year plan

A King County official called out the King County Regional Homelessness Authority after the organization released its 5-year plan.

1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

Men's Health Month...

Men’s Health Month: Why It’s Important to Speak About Your Health

June is Men’s Health Month, with the goal to raise awareness about men’s health and to encourage men to speak about their health.

Internet Washington...

Major Internet Upgrade and Expansion Planned This Year in Washington State

Comcast is investing $280 million this year to offer multi-gigabit Internet speeds to more than four million locations.

Compassion International...

Brock Huard and Friends Rally Around The Fight for First Campaign

Professional athletes are teaming up to prevent infant mortality and empower women at risk in communities facing severe poverty.

Emergency Preparedness...

Prepare for the next disaster at the Emergency Preparedness Conference

Being prepared before the next emergency arrives is key to preserving businesses and organizations of many kinds.

SHIBA volunteer...

Volunteer to help people understand their Medicare options!

If you’re retired or getting ready to retire and looking for new ways to stay active, becoming a SHIBA volunteer could be for you!

safety from crime...

As crime increases, our safety measures must too

It's easy to be accused of fearmongering regarding crime, but Seattle residents might have good reason to be concerned for their safety.

Mariners flag flies atop Space Needle celebrating playoff berth