Authorities find body of missing fern harvester
ASHFORD, Wash. — The Pierce County Sheriff’s Department says authorities have found the body of a man who went missing last month while picking ferns near Ashford, Wash.
Chang Soo Kim was reported missing May 25 after he got separated from his family, but extensive searches for him using planes, drones, helicopters and body-sniffing dogs had not been successful until now.
The sheriff’s department said the 72-year-old Spanaway man’s body was found in deep mud Saturday during a grid search of a swamp at the bottom of a valley in Elbe Hills.
Five reported dead after shootings on Yakama Reservation
YAKIMA — Five people have died after shootings at several locations on the Yakama Reservation in central Washington.
Local news media reported the shootings happened late Saturday around the community of White Swan.
Three bodies were found on Medicine Valley Road and another on Evans Road.
Yakima County Coroner Jim Curtice said the fifth victim died late Saturday at a hospital.
Two suspects are in custody.
No other information was being released and tribal authorities declined to comment.
The shootings were south of the city of Yakima, which is about two hours southeast of Seattle.
Montana man sues to get remains of father frozen after death
GREAT FALLS, Mont. — A Montana man whose father signed up for cryogenic preservation after death is suing to obtain the older man’s remains.
Laurence Pilgeram paid Scottsdale, Ariz.-based Alcor Life Extension Foundation $120,000 to preserve his remains in a frozen state indefinitely.
Pilgeram hoped if he were frozen, future technology might someday enable him to be restored to life. He died in 2015.
Now, Kurt Pilgeram, of Dutton, Mont., claims in a lawsuit that Alcor severed his father’s head for freezing and sent him the cremated remains of the rest of the body. The son claims his father wanted his entire body preserved.
The Great Falls Tribune reported Pilgeram seeks more than $1 million in damages and the return of his father’s head.
Alcor said it has honored its agreement with Laurence Pilgeram.
University of Montana opening portions of Baucus archives
MISSOULA, Mont. — The University of Montana is allowing public access to portions of the official archives of the state’s longest-serving U.S. senator.
The documents at the university’s Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library in Missoula span much of the career of former U.S. Sen. Max Baucus.
They include speeches, photographs, press releases, floor statements and legislation sponsored by the Montana Democrat.
Baucus served two terms in the U.S. House and in the Senate from 1978 to 2014. He was U.S. ambassador to China from 2014 to 2017.
University of Montana archivist Natalie Bond said the Baucus papers offer deep insights into political and cultural changes in U.S. society.
Jury convicts two for tossing horse lubricant and glitter on cops
PORTLAND, Ore. — Two Oregon protesters have been sentenced to five days in jail for throwing horse lubricant mixed with gold glitter on two police officers at a protest.
The Multnomah County District Attorney’s Office said the defendants were protesting against a rally organized by a right-wing group called Patriot Prayer when the officers asked to see what was in two 4-gallon buckets they were carrying.
Prosecutors said Robert Majure and Tristan Romine-Mann instead sprayed the slimy liquid on the officers and ran.
Prosecutors said the two attempted to “fist bump” in celebration after they were arrested and cuffed in a patrol car.
A jury convicted them of harassment and acquitted them of a charge of disorderly conduct.
Horse lubricant is a gel used in obstetric and rectal procedures on large animals.
Montana plans to sample hundreds of white-tail deer for CWD
KALISPELL, Mont. — The Montana Department of Fish, Wildlife and Parks is looking to study chronic wasting disease in the Libby area.
The Daily Inter Lake reported the proposal includes possibly killing and sampling of roughly 200 white-tailed deer within the city and the sampling of at least another 200 white-tailed deer killed by hunters this fall within a 10-mile radius of Libby.
Neil Anderson is a wildlife program manager and chronic wasting disease expert for Fish, Wildlife and Parks.
Anderson said the department must get city approval for killing deer within Libby.
The agency announced last month that an emaciated white-tailed doe killed in Libby had tested positive for chronic wasting disease. It was the first time the disease had been detected in the wild west of Montana’s Continental Divide.