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The Center for Whale Research has received reports of a new calf with J pod on Dec. 26. (Maya Sears)
The Center for Whale Research has received reports of a new calf with J pod on Dec. 26. (Maya Sears)

Washington state wants to have a say in new tires

The next time you go shopping for replacement tires, the state of Washington could have greater sway over what’s on the rack. That’s… Continue reading

Graduation requirement waiver considered due to COVID-19

School districts are hoping the State Board of Education will extend the emergency high school graduation waiver for the class of 2024, citing… Continue reading

More than $2.7 million proposed for transition in governor’s office

Preparation for newly elected requires about half-year, large budget

Whidbey SAR rescues fallen hiker from Mount Ellinor

A 30-year-old man was rescued by helicopter Saturday evening after falling more than 1,200 feet into a ravine on Mount Ellinor in Olympic… Continue reading

Ballot measure would help police with pursuits

Police in Washington state would gain more leeway to pursue suspected criminals under an initiative supporters delivered to the Secretary of State’s Office.… Continue reading

Ferguson campaign finance saga not quite over

A state campaign watchdog has put off action on a proposed deal to dismiss complaints against Attorney General Bob Ferguson stemming from his… Continue reading

Winter storm drops snow at Hurricane Ridge, prompts campgrounds’ closure

Winter weather brought high winds and snow to parts of the Pacific Northwest, knocking out power in some areas and dumping fresh snow… Continue reading

FILE - Youths wear protective glasses to watch a hybrid solar eclipse in Jakarta, Indonesia, Thursday, April 20, 2023. On Saturday, Oct. 14, 2023, an annular solar eclipse _ better known as a ring of fire _ will briefly dim the skies over parts of the western U.S. and Central and South America. Proper protection is needed throughout the eclipse, from the initial partial phase to the ring of fire to the final partial phase. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana, File)

‘Ring of fire’ solar eclipse to be seen this Saturday

Moon to go between earth and sun; proper eye protection needed

FILE - Youths wear protective glasses to watch a hybrid solar eclipse in Jakarta, Indonesia, Thursday, April 20, 2023. On Saturday, Oct. 14, 2023, an annular solar eclipse _ better known as a ring of fire _ will briefly dim the skies over parts of the western U.S. and Central and South America. Proper protection is needed throughout the eclipse, from the initial partial phase to the ring of fire to the final partial phase. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana, File)
Billy Frank Jr. (Photo by Ecotrust)

US Navy names future ship for iconic leader Billy Frank Jr.

Navajo-class vessel follows traditional naming selection

Billy Frank Jr. (Photo by Ecotrust)

CDC investigating salmonella outbreak in 6 states linked to Papa Murphy’s cookie dough

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, along with state and federal agencies, are investigating reports of 18 salmonella infections in at least… Continue reading

State passes drug law in single-day session

New law keeps drug possession illegal, boosts treatment resources

A volunteer cleans up needles used for drug injection that were found at a homeless encampment in Everett on Nov. 8, 2017. A temporary law that makes possession of small amounts of drugs a misdemeanor expires on July 1, so if lawmakers fail to pass a bill, Washington would become the second state — after neighboring Oregon — to decriminalize drug possession. Lawmakers said Tuesday they were increasingly optimistic a compromise will be reached to avoid those consequences. (Ted S. Warren/The Associated Press, file)

Drug policy sparks special session

State would decriminalize possession if law expires

A volunteer cleans up needles used for drug injection that were found at a homeless encampment in Everett on Nov. 8, 2017. A temporary law that makes possession of small amounts of drugs a misdemeanor expires on July 1, so if lawmakers fail to pass a bill, Washington would become the second state — after neighboring Oregon — to decriminalize drug possession. Lawmakers said Tuesday they were increasingly optimistic a compromise will be reached to avoid those consequences. (Ted S. Warren/The Associated Press, file)
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks before signing multiple bills meant to prevent gun violence on April 25, 2023, at the Capitol in Olympia. On Monday, Inslee announced he does not plan to seek a fourth term. He was most recently re-elected in 2020, making him only the second Washington state governor to serve three consecutive terms. (Lindsey Wasson/The Associated Press, file)

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee won’t seek fourth term

Washington Gov. Jay Inlsee, a Democrat who sought to make the state a leader on progressive policies from climate change to gun violence… Continue reading

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks before signing multiple bills meant to prevent gun violence on April 25, 2023, at the Capitol in Olympia. On Monday, Inslee announced he does not plan to seek a fourth term. He was most recently re-elected in 2020, making him only the second Washington state governor to serve three consecutive terms. (Lindsey Wasson/The Associated Press, file)
House Republican Leader J.T. Wilcox discusses his decision to leave his leadership position. (WNPA News Service)

Wilcox steps down from House Republican leadership position

Drew Stokesbary of Auburn to take over

House Republican Leader J.T. Wilcox discusses his decision to leave his leadership position. (WNPA News Service)

New Washington gun law already faces federal court challenge

Gov. Jay Inslee signs three related bills

Drug possession laws in limbo after House rejects Blake bill

Enforcement could be in hands of cites, counties after July 1

State Senate backs ban on sale of assault-style weapon, again

Senators debated and voted for a second time, after the House rejected what they passed April 8.

Police gain greater ability for pursuit in House bill

Reasonable suspicion of some crimes permitted

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State Senate OKs assault weapons ban, longer wait on gun sales

Bills outlawing many semiautomatic weapons, adding restrictions on gun purchases, now on course

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