A group of candidates in the race for Mayor of Seattle takes part in a forum focused on arts and culture, Thursday, July 22, 2021 at the Langston Hughes Performing Arts Institute in Seattle. The city's mayoral primary election will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 3. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times via AP)

Seattle mayoral primary will be test of progressive movement

Policing, equity, disorder and homelessness are animating Tuesday’s election in the Emerald City.

  • Aug 2, 2021

 

Diver’s body found near West Seattle site woman went missing

The Seattle Fire Department said private divers recovered the body at Seacrest Cove.

  • Aug 1, 2021

 

Smoke triggers pollution alerts in US West, Midwest

Alerts were in place across portions of Colorado, Wyoming, Washington state and Idaho.

  • Aug 1, 2021

 

President Joe Biden holds up a map of wildfires in Washington state as he speaks with governors about ongoing efforts to strengthen wildfire prevention, preparedness and response efforts, and hear firsthand about the ongoing impacts of the 2021 wildfire season in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House Campus in Washington, Friday, July 30, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Biden sees shortages to stop climate-change fueled wildfires

The president credited Gov. Jay Inslee with convincing people “there is a thing called climate crisis.”

  • Jul 30, 2021
President Joe Biden holds up a map of wildfires in Washington state as he speaks with governors about ongoing efforts to strengthen wildfire prevention, preparedness and response efforts, and hear firsthand about the ongoing impacts of the 2021 wildfire season in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House Campus in Washington, Friday, July 30, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
COVID-19 contact tracers make phone calls and log potential exposures at the Umatilla County Public Health center in Pendleton, Ore., on Tuesday, July 14, 2020. In tiny Umatilla County in northeastern Oregon, contact tracers work out of a converted jail to try to stem the spread of COVID-19 as new cases surge in the rural West and elsewhere. (AP Photo/Ben Lonergan)

COVID-19 surge straining Eastern Oregon hospitals

Umatilla County has one of the lowest vaccination rates in Oregon, according to the CDC.

COVID-19 contact tracers make phone calls and log potential exposures at the Umatilla County Public Health center in Pendleton, Ore., on Tuesday, July 14, 2020. In tiny Umatilla County in northeastern Oregon, contact tracers work out of a converted jail to try to stem the spread of COVID-19 as new cases surge in the rural West and elsewhere. (AP Photo/Ben Lonergan)
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A brief history of rats in the Puget Sound region

The adaptable scavengers can sustain themselves by exploiting the sloppy habits of people.

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King County Executive Dow Constantine signs an order July 28 to restart inquests into deaths that involved police officers. COURTESY PHOTO, King County

King County to restart inquests into killings by police

The cases include shootings by Kent, Auburn, Federal Way and Kirkland officers.

King County Executive Dow Constantine signs an order July 28 to restart inquests into deaths that involved police officers. COURTESY PHOTO, King County
Madroneagle (Wally Gudgell/Windermere)

Oprah Winfrey sells her Orcas Island estate for $14 million

The estate known as Madroneagle overlooks the East Sound and includes a four-bedroom, five-bath home.

  • Jul 29, 2021
Madroneagle (Wally Gudgell/Windermere)
A magnitude 8.2 earthquake hit near the Alaska Peninsula, west of Kodiak. (U.S. Geological Survey)

Tsunami watch issued for Hawaii after 8.2M quake hits Alaska

The U.S. Geological Survey said the temblor hit 56 miles east southeast of Perryville, Alaska.

  • Jul 29, 2021
A magnitude 8.2 earthquake hit near the Alaska Peninsula, west of Kodiak. (U.S. Geological Survey)
In this Sept. 2017, photo made with a drone, a young resident killer whale chases a chinook salmon in the Salish Sea near San Juan Island, Wash. The photo, made under a National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) permit, which gives researchers permission to approach the animals, was made in collaboration with NOAA Fisheries/Southwest Fisheries Science Center, SR3 Sealife Response, Rehabilitation, and Research and the Vancouver Aquarium's Coastal Ocean Research Institute. Endangered Puget Sound orcas that feed on chinook salmon face more competition from seals, sea lions and other killer whales than from commercial and recreational fishermen, a new study finds. (John Durban/NOAA Fisheries/Southwest Fisheries Science Center via AP)

Where are the orcas? Looking for food, researchers say

The endangered Southern Resident whales have been seen only one day in the Salish Sea this season.

  • Jul 28, 2021
In this Sept. 2017, photo made with a drone, a young resident killer whale chases a chinook salmon in the Salish Sea near San Juan Island, Wash. The photo, made under a National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) permit, which gives researchers permission to approach the animals, was made in collaboration with NOAA Fisheries/Southwest Fisheries Science Center, SR3 Sealife Response, Rehabilitation, and Research and the Vancouver Aquarium's Coastal Ocean Research Institute. Endangered Puget Sound orcas that feed on chinook salmon face more competition from seals, sea lions and other killer whales than from commercial and recreational fishermen, a new study finds. (John Durban/NOAA Fisheries/Southwest Fisheries Science Center via AP)
Starting Jan. 1, 2025, people who need assistance with at least three “activities of daily living” can tap into the WA Cares Fund to pay for things like in-home care, home modifications and rides to the doctor. (Washington State Department of Social & Health Services)

Deadline coming on long-term care: private or state plan?

Washington workers will pay a premium of 0.58% of total pay per paycheck.

  • Jul 27, 2021
Starting Jan. 1, 2025, people who need assistance with at least three “activities of daily living” can tap into the WA Cares Fund to pay for things like in-home care, home modifications and rides to the doctor. (Washington State Department of Social & Health Services)
Officials in Pierce, Snohomish, King, Kitsap, Clallam, Jefferson, San Juan and Grays Harbor counties are recommending mask-wearing in indoor public spaces regardless of vaccine status. (Chuck Taylor / Herald file)

Snohomish, other Washington counties recommend masks indoors

A surge in COVID-19 cases triggered the statement by health officials throughout the state.

Officials in Pierce, Snohomish, King, Kitsap, Clallam, Jefferson, San Juan and Grays Harbor counties are recommending mask-wearing in indoor public spaces regardless of vaccine status. (Chuck Taylor / Herald file)
Detectives are investigating after a man was shot and killed Sunday night outside an apartment building in Seattle's Lake City neighborhood. (Seattle Police Department)

Spate of shootings across Seattle kill 4 in 24-hour period

More than 200 people in King County have been killed or wounded by gunfire so far this year.

  • Jul 26, 2021
Detectives are investigating after a man was shot and killed Sunday night outside an apartment building in Seattle's Lake City neighborhood. (Seattle Police Department)
Deception Pass Bridge (Emily Gilbert / Whidbey News file)

Suicides from Deception Pass Bridge renew calls for barriers

Meanwhile, an emergency phone that calls 911 was installed on the west side of the bridge in 2018.

Deception Pass Bridge (Emily Gilbert / Whidbey News file)
FILE--In this July 19, 2010, file photo, the Columbia River Gorge and Crown Point, at right, are visible from Chanticleer Point near Corbett, Ore. The fast-moving wildfire chewing through Oregon's Columbia River Gorge is threatening more than homes and people. It's also devouring the heart of the state's nature-loving identity.(AP Photo/Don Ryan, file)

Proposal to lay cables under Columbia met with skepticism

Developers say the cables could deliver “clean” energy that will reduce dependence on fossil fuels.

  • Jul 23, 2021
FILE--In this July 19, 2010, file photo, the Columbia River Gorge and Crown Point, at right, are visible from Chanticleer Point near Corbett, Ore. The fast-moving wildfire chewing through Oregon's Columbia River Gorge is threatening more than homes and people. It's also devouring the heart of the state's nature-loving identity.(AP Photo/Don Ryan, file)
The Cub Creek 2 Fire is burning along the Chewuch River drainage. (U.S. Forest Service)

Winthrop tops US in poor air quality as fires continue

Two large wildfires in hilly, forested areas in the Methow Valley have prompted evacuation notices.

  • Jul 23, 2021
The Cub Creek 2 Fire is burning along the Chewuch River drainage. (U.S. Forest Service)
A pair of wildfires near Winthrop and Mazama have burned nearly 50,000 acres. (U.S. Forest Service)

1,300 Winthrop-area homes under Level 3 or 2 evacuations

A pair of wildland fires in the upper Methow Valley have burned nearly 50,000 acres.

  • Jul 22, 2021
A pair of wildfires near Winthrop and Mazama have burned nearly 50,000 acres. (U.S. Forest Service)

East Wenatchee woman receives new set of lungs

For the rest of her life, she faces the possibility that her body could start rejecting her transplant.

  • Jul 22, 2021
This Feb. 12, 2021, file photo shows the border crossing into the United States in Lacolle, Quebec. The United States Government on Wednesday, July 21, 2021, extended the closure of the land borders with Canada and Mexico to non-essential travelers until at least Aug. 21. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

Despite Canadian easing, US extends land border restrictions

People in both countries have been pushing for reopening to resume the flow of visitors and tourists.

This Feb. 12, 2021, file photo shows the border crossing into the United States in Lacolle, Quebec. The United States Government on Wednesday, July 21, 2021, extended the closure of the land borders with Canada and Mexico to non-essential travelers until at least Aug. 21. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2019, file photo, Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson speaks at a news conference in Seattle. Washington state sued Johnson & Johnson on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, claiming the company was negligent when it used deceptive marketing to say the drugs were effective for treating pain and were unlikely to cause addiction. The lawsuit filed Thursday says the company that supplies raw materials used to make opiates drove the pharmaceutical industry to recklessly expand the production of the drugs. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Washington AG rejects opioids settlement, wants trial

The proposal would pay Washington about $527.5 million over 18 years if cities and counties opt in.

  • Jul 22, 2021
FILE - In this Aug. 26, 2019, file photo, Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson speaks at a news conference in Seattle. Washington state sued Johnson & Johnson on Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020, claiming the company was negligent when it used deceptive marketing to say the drugs were effective for treating pain and were unlikely to cause addiction. The lawsuit filed Thursday says the company that supplies raw materials used to make opiates drove the pharmaceutical industry to recklessly expand the production of the drugs. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)