People ride one person to a double chair lift on opening day at Steven's Pass on Friday, Dec. 4, 2020 in Skykomish, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

Warm weather delays ski season at Mission Ridge, Stevens Pass

Stevens Pass is pushing back its opening day of Dec. 3, saying colder temps and snow are needed.

  • Dec 1, 2021

 

COVID vaccine verification digital record offered in Washington

WA Verify generates a QR code that can be scanned to show that a person is fully vaccinated.

 

Tonya Isabell, left, speaks Thursday, June 18, 2020, during a vigil for her cousin Charleena Lyles, pictured at right, on the third anniversary of her death, in Seattle. Lyles was shot and killed by Seattle police. Also in attendance at the vigil were family members of nearly two dozen people killed by police across the country who traveled to Seattle to urge police reform, an issue renewed by protests against the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Seattle to pay $3.5M to settle police wrongful-death suit

Police killed Charleena Lyles at her home in 2017, after she called 911 to report a burglary.

  • Dec 1, 2021

 

Keith Wagoner

Senator becomes first GOP candidate for secretary of state

Sen. Keith Wagoner will challenge Democrat Steve Hobbs, who was appointed to the statewide post in November

Keith Wagoner
FILE - In this March 9, 2021, file photo, House members meet in the Statehouse, in Boise, Idaho. An Idaho law banning nearly all abortions would take effect if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 ruling that declared a nationwide right to abortion. The court with a 6-3 conservative majority on Wednesday, Dec. 1 starts hearing arguments over a Mississippi law that bans abortions after 15 weeks. (AP Photo/Keith Ridler, File)

Most Idaho abortions banned if Roe v. Wade is overturned

That would leave the nearest providers for people from Idaho in Washington, Oregon, Nevada and Colorado.

  • Nov 30, 2021
FILE - In this March 9, 2021, file photo, House members meet in the Statehouse, in Boise, Idaho. An Idaho law banning nearly all abortions would take effect if the U.S. Supreme Court overturns Roe v. Wade, the landmark 1973 ruling that declared a nationwide right to abortion. The court with a 6-3 conservative majority on Wednesday, Dec. 1 starts hearing arguments over a Mississippi law that bans abortions after 15 weeks. (AP Photo/Keith Ridler, File)

Amazon workers in Alabama get a do-over in union election

The NRLB says Amazon may have created the false impression that the company was the one conducting the election process.

  • Nov 30, 2021

Reagan Dunn to take on U.S. Rep. Kim Schrier in 8th District

The Republican is challenging incumbent Democrat Kim Schrier in a district which could include a slice of Snohomish County.

Northwest residents urged to stay alert as storms roll in

The big question is how communities that saw heavy damage earlier from the previous storm will fare.

  • Nov 28, 2021

Feds: Dams helped prevent more severe Skagit River flooding

The Army Corps of Engineers says flooding in Skagit County would have been catastrophic if not for the Ross and Upper Baker dams holding back the rush of rainwater.

  • Nov 28, 2021
Rear Adm. Christopher Sweeney, commander of Puget Sound-based Carrier Strike Group 11, in Bremerton on Nov. 23, 2021. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Justin McTaggart)

From Everett, this rear admiral commands a Navy strike group

Christopher Sweeney leads Carrier Strike Group 11, a force of aircraft and ships stretching from here to San Diego.

Rear Adm. Christopher Sweeney, commander of Puget Sound-based Carrier Strike Group 11, in Bremerton on Nov. 23, 2021. (U.S. Navy/MC3 Justin McTaggart)
FILE - Floodwater inundates homes along a road on Nov. 17, 2021, in Sumas, Wash. Damages from flooding last week in northwest Washington's Whatcom County could reach as high as $50 million, officials said, as forecasters warn that multiple "atmospheric rivers" may drench the Pacific Northwest in coming days. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

State faces threat of more ‘atmospheric rivers’ and floods

More moisture is expected to bring up to 3 inches of rain in some areas hit by the recent flooding.

  • Nov 25, 2021
FILE - Floodwater inundates homes along a road on Nov. 17, 2021, in Sumas, Wash. Damages from flooding last week in northwest Washington's Whatcom County could reach as high as $50 million, officials said, as forecasters warn that multiple "atmospheric rivers" may drench the Pacific Northwest in coming days. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
A portion of the Redistricting Commission-approved legislative map showing the 12th District, which would span the Cascade Range. (Washington State Redistricting Commission) 20211124

Proposed political map links cities from Monroe to Wenatchee

Highway 2 would unite communities on both sides of the Cascades in one legislative district. Here’s what else could change.

A portion of the Redistricting Commission-approved legislative map showing the 12th District, which would span the Cascade Range. (Washington State Redistricting Commission) 20211124
The Washington State House of Representatives convenes for floor session, Feb. 21, 2019.

Granite Falls representative joins lawsuit over House vax rule

Rep. Robert Sutherland objects to the COVID-19 vaccine because he had a severe reaction to a flu shot.

The Washington State House of Representatives convenes for floor session, Feb. 21, 2019.
Holding her nine-month-old son Oliver,  Kate Torrey talks with older son Isaac and partner Lindsay, in their kitchen  at their home on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2021 in Snohomish, Washington. Like many families last year, The Torreys skipped out on the usual Thanksgiving get-together. This year will be the first time some family members get to meet her new baby. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Thanks to vaccines, Thanksgiving 2021 is closer to normal

Last year, we were told to stick to immediate households. This year’s holiday is cautiously more open.

Holding her nine-month-old son Oliver,  Kate Torrey talks with older son Isaac and partner Lindsay, in their kitchen  at their home on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2021 in Snohomish, Washington. Like many families last year, The Torreys skipped out on the usual Thanksgiving get-together. This year will be the first time some family members get to meet her new baby. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Pattie Cole-Tindall (King County Sheriff's Office)

King County executive names new interim sheriff

Patti Cole-Tindall, currently second in command at the department, will start Jan. 1.

  • Nov 23, 2021
Pattie Cole-Tindall (King County Sheriff's Office)
Steve Hobbs, who was sworn in as Washington Secretary of State, Monday, Nov. 22, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash., poses in front of photos of the 15 people who previously held his office. Hobbs, a former state senator from Lake Stevens, Wash., is the first person of color to head the office and the first Democrat to serve as Secretary in more than 50 years. He replaces Republican Secretary of State Kim Wyman, who resigned to accept an election security job in the Biden administration. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Steve Hobbs sworn in as Washington’s 16th secretary of state

The state senator from Lake Stevens is the first Democrat to hold the position in 56 years.

Steve Hobbs, who was sworn in as Washington Secretary of State, Monday, Nov. 22, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash., poses in front of photos of the 15 people who previously held his office. Hobbs, a former state senator from Lake Stevens, Wash., is the first person of color to head the office and the first Democrat to serve as Secretary in more than 50 years. He replaces Republican Secretary of State Kim Wyman, who resigned to accept an election security job in the Biden administration. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

COVID hits communities of color harder, state report says

Hispanics comprise 13% of the state’s population. They’ve accounted for 26% of COVID cases and 19% of hospitalizations.

Mount Vernon floodwall does its job — save the city

In its first major test since it was built in 2018, the structure along the Skagit River keeps downtown dry despite near-record flooding.

  • Nov 22, 2021

Washington gets another positive state revenue forecast

The Economic and Revenue Forecast Council reported a steady increase of state revenues over the past year.

  • Nov 19, 2021
Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman poses for a photo, Monday, Nov. 15, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Wyman, a Republican, is leaving her office to serve as the election security lead for the Biden administration's Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, the agency responsible for safeguarding U.S. elections. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Republican answers ‘call of duty’ with Biden election job

Washington’s Secretary of State Kim Wyman readies for a new election security job in the Biden administration.

  • Nov 19, 2021
Washington Secretary of State Kim Wyman poses for a photo, Monday, Nov. 15, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Wyman, a Republican, is leaving her office to serve as the election security lead for the Biden administration's Department of Homeland Security's Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, the agency responsible for safeguarding U.S. elections. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)