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State workers seek exemptions to vaccine mandate

Nearly 4,800 state workers are seeking an exemption to Gov. Jay Inslee’s COVID-19 vaccine mandate, about 8 percent of the approximately 60,000 employees… Continue reading

 

State troopers, others sue over vaccine mandate

State troopers, prison correctional officers, ferry workers and other public sector employees have filed a lawsuit to try to overturn Gov. Jay Inslee’s… Continue reading

 

Federal rule protects Southern Resident orcas down coast

A federal rule that went into effect July 30 expands protected habitat for the endangered Southern Resident orcas down the… Continue reading

 

State ferry fares to increase 2.5 percent in October

Ferry fares in Washington state will increase 2.5 percent in October. The Washington State Transportation Commission approved the increase for walk-on passengers and… Continue reading

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Ugo Amadi carries the 12 flag out to cheering fans before playing a mock game as part of an NFL football training camp at Lumen Field in Seattle, Sunday, Aug. 8, 2021. (Bettina Hansen/The Seattle Times via AP)

SEAHAWKS: Seattle scrimmages in front of 15,000 fans

As Russell Wilson and the Seattle Seahawks walked to the line of scrimmage to run out the… Continue reading

Seattle Seahawks cornerback Ugo Amadi carries the 12 flag out to cheering fans before playing a mock game as part of an NFL football training camp at Lumen Field in Seattle, Sunday, Aug. 8, 2021. (Bettina Hansen/The Seattle Times via AP)

Private or state plan? Deadline coming on state long-term care insurance

Two years ago, Washington became the first state in the nation to establish a defined benefit to help offset the costs of long-term… Continue reading

Heat wave expected in southwest Washington, northwest Oregon

Heat and wildfire danger was expected to start Thursday throughout southwest Washington and northwestern Oregon, including Portland, weather officials said. The National… Continue reading

Wildfires blasting through West draw states to lend support

Oregon’s Bootleg Fire 46 percent contained

Western wildfires grow, but better weather helps crews

Lower winds and better weather helped crews using bulldozers and helicopters battling the nation’s largest wildfire in southern Oregon while a Northern… Continue reading

Gov. Jay Inslee declares state drought emergency

Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday declared a statewide drought emergency because of hot, dry conditions that… Continue reading

Maple tree thief convicted at trial

Timber DNA helps connect trees to scene

Gov. Joy Inslee declares wildfire state of emergency, burn ban

Gov. Jay Inslee has declared a state of emergency throughout Washington relating to the growing risk of wildfires, including a… Continue reading

Death toll from Northwest heat wave expected to keep rising

Each day, more deaths are being linked to the heat wave that struck the Pacific Northwest this past week, with medical staff who… Continue reading

Businesses reopening across Washington state as most COVID restrictions lifted

Fifteen months after Washington state’s first “stay at home” order was issued in response to the coronavirus, businesses across the state are now… Continue reading

Command changes for Navy Region Northwest

Rear Adm. Brad Collins assumed command of Navy Region Northwest during ceremony June 18 at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor. Navy Region Northwest is responsible… Continue reading

New state vaccine lottery announced for military

Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday announced a new COVID-19 vaccine incentive lottery for the state’s military,… Continue reading

FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2020 file photo a Washington State Department of Agriculture worker displays an Asian giant hornet taken from a nest, in Blaine, Wash. Scientists have found a dead Asian giant hornet north of Seattle, the first so-called murder hornet found in the state this year, federal and state investigators said Wednesday, June 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson,File)

Dead ‘murder hornet’ near Seattle is first found in US in 2021

Scientists have found a dead Asian giant hornet north of Seattle, the first so-called murder hornet found in the country this year, federal… Continue reading

FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2020 file photo a Washington State Department of Agriculture worker displays an Asian giant hornet taken from a nest, in Blaine, Wash. Scientists have found a dead Asian giant hornet north of Seattle, the first so-called murder hornet found in the state this year, federal and state investigators said Wednesday, June 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson,File)

Gov. Inslee names Employment Security Department head

Gov. Jay Inslee has named Cami Feek commissioner of the state’s Employment Security Department. Last year, the department temporarily suspended unemployment benefits payments… Continue reading

Seattle mayor says city first to fully vaccinate 70 percent of residents

Seattle is the first major American city to fully vaccinate 70 percent of its residents 12 years-old and older against coronavirus, Mayor Jenny… Continue reading