Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Fires in Eastern WA, Warriors' comeback and other morning headlines

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Fire at Sasquatch!
People who went to Sasquatch! over the weekend at one point saw smoke from a wildfire burning three miles away, and the main stage at the festival was shut down for nine hours due to high winds. But the fire was quickly contained without too much of an impact on the festival. (Seattle Times)

...and another fire in Eastern Washington
A fire burned 36 acres north of Airway Heights on Sunday, including two outbuildings, and it nearly destroyed a home while prompting evacuations. Fire crews are still cleaning up. (KXLY)

Spokane Valley email reveals possible open-meetings violation
Before firing Spokane Valley City Manager Mike Jackson, Mayor Rod Higgins forwarded an email from a former Spokane County undersheriff to the other three council majority members that suggested Jackson "would need to be put under control and quit hiding contracts and study findings" related to the city's police services with the sheriff's office. That communication could have been a violation of the state Open Public Meetings Act. (Spokesman-Review) 

Stick to your guns
After Cincinnati zookeepers shot and killed a rare gorilla on Saturday after a 3-year-old got into its enclosure, sparking outrage about how the situation was handled, the zoo's director said they would respond the same way if it happened again. (CNN)

Warriors complete comeback
On Saturday, former Washington State University star and Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson hit an NBA playoff record 11 3-pointers to keep his team afloat in game 6 of the Western Conference Finals. In game 7 last night, the Warriors, led by MVP Stephen Curry, moved on to the NBA Finals by beating the Oklahoma City Thunder 96-88. The Warriors are just the 10th team in NBA history to win a playoff series after being down 3-1, and will face the Cleveland Cavaliers in starting Thursday. (Sports Illustrated)

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