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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

Washington state’s ‘Joints for jabs’ vaccine program falling flat

It was designed as an innovative way to promote COVID-19 vaccinations, but Washington’s new “joints for jabs” program is off to a rough… Continue reading

Bonneville Power Administration adds public safety power shutoff procedure to wildfire plan

The Bonneville Power Administration has announced the addition of a public safety power shutoff (PSPS) procedure to its wildfire mitigation plan. The… Continue reading

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Hilary Franz

Feds could restrict West Coast salmon fishing to help orcas

Federal officials are proposing to curtail nontribal salmon fishing along the West Coast in especially bad years to help the… Continue reading

Pot shops can offer joints for vaccines

Licensed marijuana stores in Washington state can offer free joints to promote on-site COVID-19 vaccine clinics. The state Liquor and… Continue reading

Eastern Washington elementary school reverts to remote learning

An elementary school in eastern Washington is switching to remote learning after an outbreak of COVID-19. Officials at Waitsburg Elementary School near Walla… Continue reading

Seventh Washington resident arrested in Capitol insurrection

A southwest Washington man who federal investigators say was seen on video saying, “Our house,” while inside the U.S. Capitol with his… Continue reading

FILE - A protester holds a sign that reads "Justice for Manny" in this June 5, 2020 file photo in Tacoma, Wash., during a protest against police brutality. On Thursday, May 27, 2021, the Washington state attorney general filed criminal charges against three police officers in the death of Manuel Ellis, a Black man who died after telling the Tacoma officers who were restraining him he couldn't breathe. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Murder charges filed against Tacoma police officers in Black man’s death

The state attorney general on Thursday charged two Tacoma police officers with murder and one with manslaughter in… Continue reading

FILE - A protester holds a sign that reads "Justice for Manny" in this June 5, 2020 file photo in Tacoma, Wash., during a protest against police brutality. On Thursday, May 27, 2021, the Washington state attorney general filed criminal charges against three police officers in the death of Manuel Ellis, a Black man who died after telling the Tacoma officers who were restraining him he couldn't breathe. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

State ferries warns of route changes over holiday weekend

Several state ferry routes have changes in place prior to Memorial Day Weekend. For instance, the Port Townsend/Coupeville route will have one boat… Continue reading

Gov. Jay Inslee signs ambitious environmental protection laws

Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a series of bills designed to strengthen the environment in Washington state. Inslee signed the Climate Commitment… Continue reading

All Washington counties move to Phase 3 reopening

Four counties that had been in a more restrictive second phase of Washington state’s current COVID-19 reopening plan have joined… Continue reading

Gov. Inslee signs sweeping police reform measures

Gov. Jay Inslee has signed one of the nation’s most ambitious packages of police accountability legislation, prompted by last year’s outcry for racial… Continue reading

Inslee signs $59 billion, two-year budget

Gov. Jay Inslee has signed a $59 billion, two-year state operating budget that he said would… Continue reading

State again removing tons of toxic debris from Camano Island

The state Department of Natural Resources has returned to Camano Island again to remove creosote-coated pilings carried by the… Continue reading

Inslee hopes to reopen economy by end of June

Move dependent upon vaccination rate

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signs a bill into law, Wednesday, May 12, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash., that prohibits openly carrying guns and other weapons at the state Capitol and protests statewide. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Open carry of weapons now prohibited at rallies, Capitol

Openly carrying guns and other weapons are now prohibited at the Washington state Capitol and public… Continue reading

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signs a bill into law, Wednesday, May 12, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash., that prohibits openly carrying guns and other weapons at the state Capitol and protests statewide. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

EPA awards grants for beach water monitoring, notifications

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will award $723,000 in grants to monitor beach water quality and set up public notification programs in Washington,… Continue reading

Governor signs bill requiring ‘just cause’ eviction

Landlords will be required to provide a valid reason for ending certain leases with tenants, under a measure signed into… Continue reading

Inslee signs bill curbing debt-based license suspensions

Gov. Jay Inslee has approved a measure aimed at preventing tens of thousands of people a year… Continue reading