Cooke Aquaculture Offered to Pay off Lummi Nation to Shut Up About Net Pens: One of Cooke Aquaculture's farms released an estimated 105,000 farmed Atlantic salmon into local waters August, and Lummi fishermen declared a state of emergency. "Your demand to keep quiet for a few extra dollars is insulting,” chairman of the Lummi Indian Business Council Timothy Ballew II responded, according to letters turned over to the Seattle Times.
Prosecutors File 191 Charges in Massive Poaching Case: Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife investigators say they found hundreds of text messages, videos, social media posts, and photos of illegally slaughtered wildlife, much of it in the Gifford Pinchot National Forest in Southwest Washington. The alleged perps used the illegal tactic of packs of dogs to hunt down bears and bobcats, WDFW says. The creepiest part: Many of the carcasses were then left whole to rot. GPS metadata on the images helped investigators track the animals that were killed. "Officers wonder if a culture of selfie sticks and social media fueled them."
Investigation Finds that State Lottery Director Excludes Women from Important Discussions: And he calls them "criers," according to a report written by an outside investigator hired by the commission overseeing the state lottery agency. Here's the AP on lottery director Bill Hanson's behavior:
Women interviewed for the report said that their opinions weren’t respected, and that there was a “good old boys” club at the agency. The report said that Hanson has referred to female managers as “criers,” and one woman interviewed said that after she raised concerns about the culture of the agency related to morale there, she was told “Quit your bitching because now you’re at the big boys table. Grow up or you need to leave.”
Hanson sent a resignation letter on September 29 and his last day will be November 1.
Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal Is Trying to Get a Slate of Progressives Elected in Burien: This past weekend, Jayapal and a 79-person ground game knocked on doors all over Burien to talk to voters about Burien City Council candidates Pedro Olguin, Jimmy Matta, Krystal Marx, and Nancy Tosta—the four that are up against a group of "Burien Proud Burien First" candidates I covered, in part, here.
Friend of 17-Year-Old Shot by King County Sheriff's Deputies Changes His Story: At the inquest, which is happening this week, a friend and witness of the fatal police shooting of Chance Gittens earlier this year said he did not see a gun in his friend's hand, walking back on an earlier statement made to police. In the original statement, the friend said he thought Gittens fired first at police. A loaded gun was found at the scene, but it did not have a bullet in the chamber.
Police Say 40-Year-Old Man Caught Masturbating Outside UW Sorority Window: The SeattlePI reports: "The woman was studying in the formal room of Alpha Phi in the 4700 block of 19th Avenue Northeast about 9:43 p.m. when she spotted a man standing outside the window, staring at her and 'making sexual motions with his tongue,' according to the police report."
SPD Detective Fired Over Misconduct During Strip Club Sting: "In a second internal investigation, [Philip] Wall admitted to interactions with a sex worker and marijuana use, including providing marijuana candy, the report says," the Seattle Times reports. Cops aren't allowed to smoke weed.
Trump Tries to Dismantle Healthcare, Again: This time through signing an executive order that will allow small and medium-sized businesses to group together and buy insurance plans that don't follow Affordable Care Act requirements. Critics and state regulators fear "that by relaxing standards for so-called association health plans, Mr. Trump would create low-cost insurance options for the healthy, driving up costs for the sick and destabilizing insurance marketplaces created under the Affordable Care Act."
Trump Threatens to Withdraw Aid from Puerto Rico: On Thursday he blamed Puerto Rico for part of the crisis following hurricanes Irma and Maria and said in an early-morning tweet that "We cannot keep FEMA, the Military & the First Responders, who have been amazing (under the most difficult circumstances) in P.R. forever!”