Republican gubernatorial candidate Loren Culp smiles while greeting supporters at a rally Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020, in Mount Vernon, Wash. Culp, police chief of the town of Republic, Wash., is running against incumbent Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee in November. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Culp drops election fraud suit after sanction threats

The lawsuit was withdrawn “with prejudice,” meaning it cannot be refiled.

  • Jan 15, 2021

 

Members of the Washington National Guard stand at a sundial near the Legislative Building, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Governors in some states have called out the National Guard, declared states of emergency and closed their capitols over concerns about potentially violent protests. Though details remain murky, demonstrations are expected at state capitols beginning Sunday and leading up to President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Washington National Guard members activated for inauguration

The extra security comes in the wake of the insurgence at the U.S. Capitol last week.

  • Jan 15, 2021

 

Park rangers searching for Everett man whose car was found

He is believed to be in possession of a firearm and traveling with a small, white Blue Heeler-type dog.

 

FILE - In this May 8, 2003, file photo, a Northern Spotted Owl flies after an elusive mouse jumping off the end of a stick in the Deschutes National Forest near Camp Sherman, Ore. The Trump administration has slashed more than 3 million acres of protected habitat for the northern spotted owl in Oregon, Washington and northern California, much of it in prime timber locations in Oregon's coastal ranges. Environmentalists are accusing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service under President Donald Trump of taking a "parting shot" at protections designed to help restore the threatened owl species. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)

Trump administration slashes imperiled spotted owls’ habitat

The native bird sparked a decades-long battle over logging across Washington, Oregon and California.

  • Jan 14, 2021
FILE - In this May 8, 2003, file photo, a Northern Spotted Owl flies after an elusive mouse jumping off the end of a stick in the Deschutes National Forest near Camp Sherman, Ore. The Trump administration has slashed more than 3 million acres of protected habitat for the northern spotted owl in Oregon, Washington and northern California, much of it in prime timber locations in Oregon's coastal ranges. Environmentalists are accusing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service under President Donald Trump of taking a "parting shot" at protections designed to help restore the threatened owl species. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)
FILE - This June 29, 2017, file remote camera image provided by the U.S. Forest Service shows a female gray wolf and two of the three pups born in 2017 in the wilds of Lassen National Forest in Northern California. Trump administration officials on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, stripped Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in most of the U.S., ending longstanding federal safeguards and putting states in charge of overseeing the predators.  (U.S. Forest Service via AP, File)

Groups ask court to restore protections for US gray wolves

The predator is revered by wildlife watchers but feared by many livestock producers.

  • Jan 14, 2021
FILE - This June 29, 2017, file remote camera image provided by the U.S. Forest Service shows a female gray wolf and two of the three pups born in 2017 in the wilds of Lassen National Forest in Northern California. Trump administration officials on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, stripped Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in most of the U.S., ending longstanding federal safeguards and putting states in charge of overseeing the predators.  (U.S. Forest Service via AP, File)
In this image made from video, a racing pigeon sits on a rooftop Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, in Melbourne, Australia, The racing pigeon, first spotted in late Dec. 2020, appears to have made an extraordinary 13,000-kilometer (8,000-mile) Pacific Ocean crossing from the United States to Australia. Experts suspect the pigeon named Joe, after the U.S. president-elect, hitched a ride on a cargo ship to cross the Pacific. (Channel 9 via AP)

Australia to kill pigeon that crossed Pacific from Oregon

Birds from the U.S. are considered a risk that could compromise food security and wild bird populations.

  • Jan 14, 2021
In this image made from video, a racing pigeon sits on a rooftop Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, in Melbourne, Australia, The racing pigeon, first spotted in late Dec. 2020, appears to have made an extraordinary 13,000-kilometer (8,000-mile) Pacific Ocean crossing from the United States to Australia. Experts suspect the pigeon named Joe, after the U.S. president-elect, hitched a ride on a cargo ship to cross the Pacific. (Channel 9 via AP)
Law enforcement officers stand atop the Capitol in anticipation of protests Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. According to organizers, some protesters are unhappy the Legislature will be meeting virtually and in sessions not open to the public, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, during the 2021 session which opens Monday. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee activated members of the National Guard this week to work with the Washington State Patrol to protect the Capitol campus. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Inslee extends Capitol security efforts through Inauguration

A right-wing militia had encouraged its members to occupy the Capitol before calling it off.

  • Jan 13, 2021
Law enforcement officers stand atop the Capitol in anticipation of protests Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. According to organizers, some protesters are unhappy the Legislature will be meeting virtually and in sessions not open to the public, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, during the 2021 session which opens Monday. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee activated members of the National Guard this week to work with the Washington State Patrol to protect the Capitol campus. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
A car drives through a flooded street in Lynnwood, Wash., after a rainstorm Monday, Jan. 4, 2021.  (Mike Siegel/The Seattle Times via AP)

‘Atmospheric river’ brings threat of floods, landslides

The WSDOT plans to do avalanche control over Stevens Pass early Tuesday and maybe Wednesday morning.

  • Jan 12, 2021
A car drives through a flooded street in Lynnwood, Wash., after a rainstorm Monday, Jan. 4, 2021.  (Mike Siegel/The Seattle Times via AP)

2 killed in small jet crash on Oregon tribal reservation

Rescuers confirmed that the pilot and passenger on the twin-engine Cessna Citation C560 were killed.

  • Jan 10, 2021
A supporter of President Donald Trump listens to speakers during a rally Sunday at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Protesters from several causes rallied Sunday at the Capitol, which was secured with a perimeter fence and National Guard members, the day before the 2021 legislative session was scheduled to begin. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Protesters gather outside Capitol in Olympia, Washington

Some opposed vaccines and building’s closure to the public; others supported President Donald Trump.

  • Jan 10, 2021
A supporter of President Donald Trump listens to speakers during a rally Sunday at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Protesters from several causes rallied Sunday at the Capitol, which was secured with a perimeter fence and National Guard members, the day before the 2021 legislative session was scheduled to begin. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Seattle man charged with assaulting officer in Capitol riot

A Capitol Police officer said the 51-year-old man repeatedly punched an officer.

  • Jan 10, 2021

Helicopter crash lands near Winthrop ice rink; no injuries

Okanogan County Sheriff Tony Hawley said two passengers on the aircraft were unhurt.

  • Jan 10, 2021
Snohomish County legislative districts

How to contact your state lawmakers

With a virtual 2021 session, a phone call or email will be your primary means of reaching them.

Snohomish County legislative districts
FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2021, file photo syringes containing the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine sit in a tray in a vaccination room at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, Calif. Taking a new direction to speed release of coronavirus vaccines, President-elect Joe Biden's office said Friday he would end the current practice of holding back vaccine doses to guarantee that people who get their first shot can also get a required second inoculation three weeks later. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)

A lot more people will soon be eligible for COVID vaccine

More than 1 million statewide are included in Phase 1B, which could start in a few weeks.

FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2021, file photo syringes containing the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine sit in a tray in a vaccination room at St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, Calif. Taking a new direction to speed release of coronavirus vaccines, President-elect Joe Biden's office said Friday he would end the current practice of holding back vaccine doses to guarantee that people who get their first shot can also get a required second inoculation three weeks later. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong, File)
State Representative of the 38th Legislative District Emily Wicks raises hand during her virtual swearing in from her home on Friday, Jan. 8, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Click to unmute: Legislators prepare for an online session

State lawmakers will work remotely as they tackle COVID-19, economic recovery, police reform and more.

State Representative of the 38th Legislative District Emily Wicks raises hand during her virtual swearing in from her home on Friday, Jan. 8, 2020 in Everett, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

2 Seattle officers placed on leave in probe into Capitol mob

They city’s interim police chief said he would immediately terminate any involved in the insurrection.

  • Jan 9, 2021
Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., speaks as the House of Representatives debates the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019. (House Television via AP)

Delegation Dems call for Trump’s ouster under 25th Amendment

Murray, Jayapal, Larsen and DelBene want the president removed to prevent him from inciting more harm.

Rep. Suzan DelBene, D-Wash., speaks as the House of Representatives debates the articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 18, 2019. (House Television via AP)

14 people might be banned after rowdy D.C.-to-Seattle flight

Alaska Airlines said they were rowdy, argumentative and refused to wear masks.

Initiative promoter Tim Eyman talks to reporters, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, in front of the Temple of Justice at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. The Washington Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously struck down Eyman's Initiative 976, a measure that would have steeply discounted the price of car registrations at $30 while gutting transportation budgets across Washington state. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Eyman’s legal battle with state is nearing an end

Closing arguments got under way Thursday in trial to decide if Eyman broke campaign finance laws

  • Jan 8, 2021
Initiative promoter Tim Eyman talks to reporters, Thursday, Oct. 15, 2020, in front of the Temple of Justice at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. The Washington Supreme Court on Thursday unanimously struck down Eyman's Initiative 976, a measure that would have steeply discounted the price of car registrations at $30 while gutting transportation budgets across Washington state. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Protesters square off with law enforcement officers on the front porch of the Governor's Mansion after a group of people got through a perimeter fence, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash., following a protest against the counting of electoral votes in Washington, DC, affirming President-elect Joe Biden's victory. The area was eventually cleared by police. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Amid riot fears, state lawmakers plan in-person session

Leaders from both sides said the state constitution requires it and that they wouldn’t be intimidated.

  • Jan 7, 2021
Protesters square off with law enforcement officers on the front porch of the Governor's Mansion after a group of people got through a perimeter fence, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash., following a protest against the counting of electoral votes in Washington, DC, affirming President-elect Joe Biden's victory. The area was eventually cleared by police. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)