Washington Legislature approves Juneteenth as state holiday

The measure passed the Senate on a bipartisan 47-1 vote and now heads to Gov. Jay Inslee.

  • Apr 10, 2021

 

Sen. John McCoy, D-38

McCoy receives an overdue tribute from Senate colleagues

The former lawmaker was praised as a “quiet giant” for his work on education, environment and tribal issues.

 

3 light-rail stations, including Northgate, to open Oct. 2

They will be the newest extension of Sound Transit’s Link system, which will eventually reach Snohomish County.

  • Apr 9, 2021

 

Gov. Inslee alters criteria for COVID-19 reopening phases

Counties must now fail both metrics for case counts and hospitalizations in order to move back a phase.

Senate approves bill requiring ‘just cause’ eviction

Currently, landlords can end month-to-month leases with 20 days’ notice. The bill now goes to the House.

  • Apr 9, 2021
Washington State Patrol troopers walk off of a bus in front of Seattle City Hall as they prepare for demonstrators to arrive Wednesday, June 3, 2020, in Seattle, following protests over the death of George Floyd, a black man who was in police custody in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

State Senate OKs restrictions on police tactics and gear

Republicans objected, saying it would endanger officers and the public alike.

  • Apr 9, 2021
Washington State Patrol troopers walk off of a bus in front of Seattle City Hall as they prepare for demonstrators to arrive Wednesday, June 3, 2020, in Seattle, following protests over the death of George Floyd, a black man who was in police custody in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
From front left, Wendy Jensen, Joe Woodmansee, Linda Holeman and Bonnie Dawson, the four children of Carole Rae Woodmansee, are joined by family friend Debbie Blazina, at right, Saturday, March 27, 2021, as they clean the headstone Carole shares with their father, Jim, who died in 2003, at Union Cemetery in Sedro-Woolley, Wash., north of Seattle, prior to a memorial service. Carole died a year ago on the same date in 2020, the day of her 81st birthday, from complications of COVID-19 after contracting it during a choir practice that sickened 53 people and killed two — a superspreader event that would become one of the most pivotal transmission episodes in understanding the virus. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

One year since Skagit Valley COVID-19 superspreader event

The choir rehearsal became one of the most pivotal transmission episodes in understanding the virus.

  • Apr 9, 2021
From front left, Wendy Jensen, Joe Woodmansee, Linda Holeman and Bonnie Dawson, the four children of Carole Rae Woodmansee, are joined by family friend Debbie Blazina, at right, Saturday, March 27, 2021, as they clean the headstone Carole shares with their father, Jim, who died in 2003, at Union Cemetery in Sedro-Woolley, Wash., north of Seattle, prior to a memorial service. Carole died a year ago on the same date in 2020, the day of her 81st birthday, from complications of COVID-19 after contracting it during a choir practice that sickened 53 people and killed two — a superspreader event that would become one of the most pivotal transmission episodes in understanding the virus. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
FILE - This Jan. 23, 2020, file photo shows the National Archives in the Sand Point neighborhood of Seattle that has about a million boxes of generally unique, original source documents and public records. In an announcement made Thursday, April 8, 2021, the Biden administration has halted the sale of the federal archives building in Seattle, following months of opposition from people across the Pacific Northwest and a lawsuit by the Washington Attorney General's Office. Among the records at the center are tribal, military, land, court, tax and census documents. (Alan Berner/The Seattle Times via AP, File)

Feds halt sale of historic-archives building in Seattle

Approval for the sale has been withdrawn. It would have resulted in records being sent to other states.

  • Apr 9, 2021
FILE - This Jan. 23, 2020, file photo shows the National Archives in the Sand Point neighborhood of Seattle that has about a million boxes of generally unique, original source documents and public records. In an announcement made Thursday, April 8, 2021, the Biden administration has halted the sale of the federal archives building in Seattle, following months of opposition from people across the Pacific Northwest and a lawsuit by the Washington Attorney General's Office. Among the records at the center are tribal, military, land, court, tax and census documents. (Alan Berner/The Seattle Times via AP, File)

Inslee to announce possible new COVID restrictions Monday

At a news conference Thursday the governor said “we’ve let our guard down to some degree.”

Washington Legislature revises 3-strikes sentencing law

As many as 114 people serving life without parole will be eligible for resentencing.

  • Apr 8, 2021

Snow falling in the Cascades raises avalanche concerns

Current weather conditions are shaping up to be just as dangerous as the winter season, officials said.

  • Apr 8, 2021

Gov. Inslee signs bill to restore voting rights to parolees

The sponsor of the bill was Rep. Tarra Simmons, who was convicted of assault and of drug and theft charges.

  • Apr 7, 2021
Raymond Duda, FBI Special Agent in Charge in Seattle, speaks during a news conference at a podium at left, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, about charges against a group of alleged members of the neo-Nazi group Atomwaffen Division for cyber-stalking and mailing threatening communications — including the Swastika-laden posters at right — in a campaign against journalists in several cities. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Neo-Nazi pleads guilty in journalist threat case

The other defendant, Kaleb Cole, has pleaded not guilty and is due to face trial in September.

  • Apr 7, 2021
Raymond Duda, FBI Special Agent in Charge in Seattle, speaks during a news conference at a podium at left, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, about charges against a group of alleged members of the neo-Nazi group Atomwaffen Division for cyber-stalking and mailing threatening communications — including the Swastika-laden posters at right — in a campaign against journalists in several cities. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Senate approves ban on Native American mascots at schools

The bill will go back to the House for approval.

  • Apr 7, 2021
Yakama Tribal Chairman Delano Saluskin, left, drapes a gifted blanket over the shoulders of Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff during a Yakama Nation Tribal Council meeting at Legends Casino, Tuesday, April 6, 2021, in Toppenish in Yakima County, Wash. (Evan Abell/Yakima Herald-Republic via AP)

2nd Gentleman Doug Emhoff hears pleas from Yakama Nation

Tribal leaders want lower Snake River dams removed and help with missing and murdered tribal members.

  • Apr 7, 2021
Yakama Tribal Chairman Delano Saluskin, left, drapes a gifted blanket over the shoulders of Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff during a Yakama Nation Tribal Council meeting at Legends Casino, Tuesday, April 6, 2021, in Toppenish in Yakima County, Wash. (Evan Abell/Yakima Herald-Republic via AP)
Boeing President Ron Woodard, fifth from left, breaks ground with Boeing officials to make way for the Boeing Commercial Airplane Group Headquarters Office Building at the Longacres Park site in Renton Wash. Wednesday, May 14, 1997. (AP Photo/Loren Callahan)

For sale: Boeing’s Commercial Airplanes headquarters in Renton

A large warehouse on the Bomarc property in Everett also is for sale.

Boeing President Ron Woodard, fifth from left, breaks ground with Boeing officials to make way for the Boeing Commercial Airplane Group Headquarters Office Building at the Longacres Park site in Renton Wash. Wednesday, May 14, 1997. (AP Photo/Loren Callahan)
From top, a Pine Siskin, American goldfinch and Black-capped chickadee sit on a feeder in Fayston, Vt., Friday, Dec. 19, 2008. From Dec. 14 through Jan. 5, birders around the western hemisphere head out on for one day to keep track of the birds they see and hear in a 15-mile diameter circle. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

6 in Washington sickened by Salmonella linked to songbirds

The cases were reported in Clark, King, Lewis, Kitsap, Spokane and Thurston counties.

  • Apr 6, 2021
From top, a Pine Siskin, American goldfinch and Black-capped chickadee sit on a feeder in Fayston, Vt., Friday, Dec. 19, 2008. From Dec. 14 through Jan. 5, birders around the western hemisphere head out on for one day to keep track of the birds they see and hear in a 15-mile diameter circle. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
An artist’s image of an unknown victim of Green River killer Gary Ridgway. (Courtesy image)

King County wants help identifying Green River killer victim

In 2003, Gary Ridgway pleaded guilty to murdering 48 women. The names of two are still unknown.

  • Apr 6, 2021
An artist’s image of an unknown victim of Green River killer Gary Ridgway. (Courtesy image)
In this photo taken Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, Aaron Clark, vice president of Price Cold Storage, bites into a slice from a Cosmic Crisp apple, a new variety and the first-ever bred in Washington state, after pulling it off a tree in an orchard in Wapato, Wash. The Cosmic Crisp, available beginning Dec. 1, is expected to be a game changer in the apple industry. Already, growers have planted 12 million Cosmic Crisp apple trees, a sign of confidence in the new variety. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Washington state apple exports drop substantially in 2020-21

Crop exports have been challenged by the coronavirus pandemic and trade issues with other countries.

  • Apr 5, 2021
In this photo taken Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, Aaron Clark, vice president of Price Cold Storage, bites into a slice from a Cosmic Crisp apple, a new variety and the first-ever bred in Washington state, after pulling it off a tree in an orchard in Wapato, Wash. The Cosmic Crisp, available beginning Dec. 1, is expected to be a game changer in the apple industry. Already, growers have planted 12 million Cosmic Crisp apple trees, a sign of confidence in the new variety. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Pacific Northwest officials consider hydrogen fuel

Interested parties include transit agencies from Everett to Eugene, state legislators and Boeing.

  • Apr 2, 2021