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Communities State liquor prices up 10 percent since privatization State liquor prices up 10 percent since privatization
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) - Privatizing liquor sales in Washington state hasn't brought prices down, as some hoped it would.

The Daily Herald reports the cost of liquor in Washington went up six months ago, right after the changeover, and has mostly stayed that way.
Communities "School days, school days...." "School days, school days...." (Photo Gallery)
School sessions are starting all over the area this week. Do you have a cute "first day of school" pic? Send it to communities@komonews.com with your name and your neighborhood/school and we will post it here!

Editor's note - We are closing this gallery as of 11 a.m.
Communities In like a lion In like a lion (Photo Gallery)
Raise your hand if you were a tad surprised at what you found outside your home this morning.

We have to admit, we've been reading the weather reports with their threats of snow all week, and were just sort of choosing not to believe it.
Communities Iced out South Sound Iced out South Sound (Photo Gallery)
Another crazy day out there, folks - power outages, downed trees and power lines and a state of emergency declared for the State of Washington and the City of Tacoma.

So, of course, we're collecting your photos of it.
Communities Snow day(s) South Sound Snow day(s) South Sound (Photo Gallery)
In case you haven't noticed, it's still snowing out there! And we're still collecting your best snowy photos.

Send your best snow day photos to tacoma@komocommunities.com, post them to our Facebook page or send them to us on Twitter and we'll add them to the gallery.
Communities Run for Heroes is a hit Run for Heroes is a hit (Photo Gallery)
Dozens braved the elements to pound the pavement for a good cause Saturday morning.

The 3rd Annual New Year's Resolution Run for the Heroes benefit was held downtown.

The event helps raise money to support families of fallen police officers throughout the state.
Communities Children's Museum opens this weekend Children's Museum opens this weekend (Photo Gallery)
The Children's Museum of Tacoma opens Saturday in an all new space in the United Way building on Pacific Ave.

It will officially open to the public at 11 a.m. Saturday, after a 9-10:30 a.m. members-only play session at 10:45 a.m. opening remarks.
Communities Fisher serves 100 millionth scone Fisher serves 100 millionth scone (Photo Gallery)
Renee Daley had no idea what was about to befall her when she strolled through the gates of the Puyallup Fair Thursday afternoon.

The mom from Columbus, Ga. was back in town visiting her husband Dale's relatives and decided to kick off the family's day at the Puyallup Fair with some fresh scones.
Communities Hawks spotted in backyard bird bath Hawks spotted in backyard bird bath (Photo Gallery)
Dave and Delene Bennett emailed us to share these pictures of the news of Cooper Hawks they have in their back yard in Gig Harbor.

The Bennetts tell us the last two nights the four young ones were spotted cleaning themselves in their bird bath.
Communities Run for Heroes is a hit
Dozens braved the elements to pound the pavement for a good cause Saturday morning.

The 3rd Annual New Year's Resolution Run for the Heroes benefit was held downtown.

The event helps raise money to support families of fallen police officers throughout the state.
Communities Powerful storm brings damaging winds to parts of region Powerful storm brings damaging winds to parts of region
SEATTLE -- A powerful storm -- the strongest of the season so far -- was giving a strong dose of wind to much of Western Washington early Monday morning, knocking out power to thousands and bringing blizzard conditions to the mountain passes.
Communities Pierce County Fair gets underway in Graham
Thursday is the opening day for the 62nd Annual Pierce County Fair in Graham, and if you go, there will be many choices for things to do.

The fair opens at 10 a.m. each day and stays open until 10 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. On Sunday, the fair closes for the year at 6 p.m.