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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

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

Hilary Franz
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