Extreme weather has created conditions so hazardous that it's too dangerous for crews to be in the mountain pass areas. Because of that, Snoqualime, Stevens, White & Blewett passes will not reopen until at least Friday & possibly not until Saturday. (Washington State Department of Transportation)

Washington mountain passes likely closed until Sunday

I-90 over Snoqualmie Pass, U.S. 2 over Stevens Pass, U.S. 12 over White Pass and U.S. 97 over Blewett Pass were all closed Friday.

  • Jan 7, 2022
Extreme weather has created conditions so hazardous that it's too dangerous for crews to be in the mountain pass areas. Because of that, Snoqualime, Stevens, White & Blewett passes will not reopen until at least Friday & possibly not until Saturday. (Washington State Department of Transportation)
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks at a news conference, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Inslee announced that Washington state is expanding its vaccine mandate to include all public, charter and private school teachers and staff, as well as those working at the state's colleges and universities. Inslee also expanded the statewide indoor mask mandate in place for non-vaccinated individuals to include those who are vaccinated. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Inslee: Officials’ lies about election results should be crime

The governor wants lawmakers to pass legislation making it a gross misdemeanor.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks at a news conference, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Inslee announced that Washington state is expanding its vaccine mandate to include all public, charter and private school teachers and staff, as well as those working at the state's colleges and universities. Inslee also expanded the statewide indoor mask mandate in place for non-vaccinated individuals to include those who are vaccinated. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
FILE - A jogger runs past the Legislative Building just before dusk on Dec. 21, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Flush with cash, Washington state lawmakers return to Olympia on Monday, Jan. 10, 2022, with Democrats and Republicans disagreeing over how to spend the unexpected windfall. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

State lawmakers return with money to spend, differing goals

Projected revenue collections for the 2021-2023 budget cycle are $898 million above the original prediction.

  • Jan 6, 2022
FILE - A jogger runs past the Legislative Building just before dusk on Dec. 21, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Flush with cash, Washington state lawmakers return to Olympia on Monday, Jan. 10, 2022, with Democrats and Republicans disagreeing over how to spend the unexpected windfall. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
FILE - Former New York Times journalist Nicholas Kristof talks about his candidacy for governor of Oregon on Oct. 27, 2021, in Portland, Ore. Oregon's secretary of state ruled Thursday, Jan. 6, 2021, that Kristof is not eligible to run for governor. Questions about Kristof's residency had dogged him even before he announced his candidacy in October. According to Oregon law, a candidate must have been a resident of the state for at least three years before an election. (AP Photo/Sara Cline, File)

Ex-columnist Kristof ineligible to run for Oregon governor

Questions about his residency had dogged him even before he announced his candidacy in October.

  • Jan 6, 2022
FILE - Former New York Times journalist Nicholas Kristof talks about his candidacy for governor of Oregon on Oct. 27, 2021, in Portland, Ore. Oregon's secretary of state ruled Thursday, Jan. 6, 2021, that Kristof is not eligible to run for governor. Questions about Kristof's residency had dogged him even before he announced his candidacy in October. According to Oregon law, a candidate must have been a resident of the state for at least three years before an election. (AP Photo/Sara Cline, File)
FILE - A sign on the street reads "Welcome to the CHOP" as protesters stand near barricades at the CHOP (Capitol Hill Occupied Protest) zone in Seattle on Tuesday, June 30, 2020. An investigation by the city's police watchdog shows Seattle Police exchanged detailed fake radio transmissions about a nonexistent group of menacing right-wing extremists at a crucial moment during 2020 racial justice protests. Officials said fabricating the group of Proud Boys violated department policies. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Probe: Seattle cops improperly faked right-wing radio talk

Officers exchanged fake radio transmissions about a nonexistent group of menacing right-wing extremists.

  • Jan 6, 2022
FILE - A sign on the street reads "Welcome to the CHOP" as protesters stand near barricades at the CHOP (Capitol Hill Occupied Protest) zone in Seattle on Tuesday, June 30, 2020. An investigation by the city's police watchdog shows Seattle Police exchanged detailed fake radio transmissions about a nonexistent group of menacing right-wing extremists at a crucial moment during 2020 racial justice protests. Officials said fabricating the group of Proud Boys violated department policies. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
Kent Mayor Dana Ralph

Kent mayor wants resignation of assistant police chief over Nazi symbol

After an initial investigation, the officer was given a two-week suspension without pay.

Kent Mayor Dana Ralph
Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell speaks after his ceremonial public swear-in at his Inauguration, Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022, at City Hall in Seattle. Behind Harrell are his executive team. (Ken Lambert/The Seattle Times via AP)

Bruce Harrell sworn in, promises ‘one Seattle’ as new mayor

The last three mayors elected by Seattle voters have not served more than one term.

  • Jan 4, 2022
Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell speaks after his ceremonial public swear-in at his Inauguration, Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022, at City Hall in Seattle. Behind Harrell are his executive team. (Ken Lambert/The Seattle Times via AP)
Nirvana's "Nevermind" CD. (Herald file)

Judge tosses lawsuit of man who was nude baby on ‘Nevermind’

Nirvana made the generation-defining album in 1991.

  • Jan 4, 2022
Nirvana's "Nevermind" CD. (Herald file)
A Washington Department of Transportation snowblower clears the road under I-90 at Summit West as backcountry skiers head up the Pacific Crest Trail after a heavy snowfall at Snoqualmie Pass. Authorities say Snoqualmie Pass has received the highest snowfall in 20 years as of Jan. 3. The Washington State Department of Transportation says by Monday afternoon, 236 inches of snowfall was recorded, more than the 229 inches by Jan. 3 that was recorded in 2007 and 212 inches in 2004. (Jennifer Buchanan/The Seattle Times via AP)

Snoqualmie Pass sees the most snowfall its had in 20 years

By Monday afternoon, 236 inches of snowfall was recorded.

  • Jan 4, 2022
A Washington Department of Transportation snowblower clears the road under I-90 at Summit West as backcountry skiers head up the Pacific Crest Trail after a heavy snowfall at Snoqualmie Pass. Authorities say Snoqualmie Pass has received the highest snowfall in 20 years as of Jan. 3. The Washington State Department of Transportation says by Monday afternoon, 236 inches of snowfall was recorded, more than the 229 inches by Jan. 3 that was recorded in 2007 and 212 inches in 2004. (Jennifer Buchanan/The Seattle Times via AP)

State House returns to mostly remote session amid COVID spike

Two lawmakers from each caucus and the presiding officer will be allowed on the House floor, and all must show proof of vaccination.

  • Jan 4, 2022
FILE - This is a Starbucks sign in a coffee shop in Pittsburgh, Nov. 13, 2021. Starbucks says its U.S. workers must be fully vaccinated by Feb. 9 or face a weekly COVID testing requirement. The Seattle-based coffee giant said Monday, Jan. 3, 2021 it was acting in response to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which issued a vaccine-or-test requirement for companies with more than 100 employees in November. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Starbucks says employees must get vaccine or test weekly

The Seattle-based coffee company’s 228,000 U.S. employees must disclose their vaccination status by Jan. 10.

  • Jan 3, 2022
FILE - This is a Starbucks sign in a coffee shop in Pittsburgh, Nov. 13, 2021. Starbucks says its U.S. workers must be fully vaccinated by Feb. 9 or face a weekly COVID testing requirement. The Seattle-based coffee giant said Monday, Jan. 3, 2021 it was acting in response to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which issued a vaccine-or-test requirement for companies with more than 100 employees in November. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
March For Our Rights on the capitol campus. April 27th, 2019.

Rep. Sutherland spent tax dollars to attend conspiracy conference

The Granite Falls lawmaker said voters in his district were “very suspicious” of the 2020 election results.

March For Our Rights on the capitol campus. April 27th, 2019.

Kenmore man charged with assaulting referee at son’s basketball game

The incident allegedly happened at a game between Kenmore Middle School and a school from Arlington.

Derek Kammerzell

Kent Police assistant chief suspended for displaying Nazi insignia

Derek Kammerzell claimed he meant it as a joke because his co-workers called him “The German General.”

Derek Kammerzell
The sundial near the Legislative Building is shown just after dusk, Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Tuesday was Winter Solstice and the shortest day of the year. Although it wasn't visible in the sky, the sun set just before 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

New laws bring changes at takeout counter, OT for farm workers

As felons get their voting rights restored, two taxes take effect, but the future of each is uncertain.

The sundial near the Legislative Building is shown just after dusk, Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Tuesday was Winter Solstice and the shortest day of the year. Although it wasn't visible in the sky, the sun set just before 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
FILE - In this Oct. 23, 2020, file photo, University of Washington research coordinator Rhoshni Prabhu holds up a swab after testing a passenger at a free COVID testing site in Seattle. Deaths per day from the coronavirus in the U.S. are on the rise again, just as health experts had feared, and cases are climbing in nearly every single state. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

High COVID rate causes UW medicine to limit testing

Only people with symptoms or known exposures will be given appointments.

FILE - In this Oct. 23, 2020, file photo, University of Washington research coordinator Rhoshni Prabhu holds up a swab after testing a passenger at a free COVID testing site in Seattle. Deaths per day from the coronavirus in the U.S. are on the rise again, just as health experts had feared, and cases are climbing in nearly every single state. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
A blast of snow Thursday halted travel on a large portion of I-90. (Washington State Department of Transportation)

More snow closes 80 miles of of I-90

Snoqualmie Pass saw more than 9 inches of new snow overnight.

  • Dec 30, 2021
A blast of snow Thursday halted travel on a large portion of I-90. (Washington State Department of Transportation)
Rescuers work to save elk stuck in the freezing Kettle River on Christmas Eve. (Rylee Stuart)

Rescuers save 6 of 12 elk trapped in icy Ferry County river

More than two dozen people used ropes, kayaks and a winch attached to a truck to save the freezing animals.

  • Dec 30, 2021
Rescuers work to save elk stuck in the freezing Kettle River on Christmas Eve. (Rylee Stuart)
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in SeaTac on Sunday night, after a day of snowfall. (Chuck Taylor / The Herald) 20211226

COVID, snow force flight cancellations at Sea-Tac Airport

Travelers are experiencing cancellations, delays, lost luggage, unexpected hotel stays and mounting frustration.

Seattle-Tacoma International Airport in SeaTac on Sunday night, after a day of snowfall. (Chuck Taylor / The Herald) 20211226

Record number of deaths in Washington, Oregon in 2021

COVID is only part of the reason. Drug overdoses and last summer’s heat wave also added to the toll.

  • Dec 29, 2021