Diners Bonnie Breitman, left, and Casey McGan huddle near an outdoor gas fire as they eat lunch outside in a blustery wind Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020, in Bellingham, Wash. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Sunday announced tighter restrictions in the state in response to a flood of new cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. Restaurants and bars will again be limited to outdoor dining and to-go service, gyms, and some entertainment centers will be required to close indoor services. Retail stores, including grocery stores, will be ordered to limit indoor capacity and indoor social gatherings will be prohibited unless attendees have quarantined for 14 days or tested negative for COVID-19 and quarantined for a week. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

New shutdown expected to cost Washington restaurants $800M

The Washington Hospitality Association urged lawmakers to figure out ways to support hospitality businesses.

Diners Bonnie Breitman, left, and Casey McGan huddle near an outdoor gas fire as they eat lunch outside in a blustery wind Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2020, in Bellingham, Wash. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Sunday announced tighter restrictions in the state in response to a flood of new cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. Restaurants and bars will again be limited to outdoor dining and to-go service, gyms, and some entertainment centers will be required to close indoor services. Retail stores, including grocery stores, will be ordered to limit indoor capacity and indoor social gatherings will be prohibited unless attendees have quarantined for 14 days or tested negative for COVID-19 and quarantined for a week. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Teen girl found dead after driving into Skagit River

The search for the girl, and the vehicle, was suspended because of hazardous conditions.

  • Nov 23, 2020

Virus playing part in booming ranch sales in US West

Some buyers drawn to rural areas are motivated by a “get me out of here” kind of mentality.

  • Nov 23, 2020
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks during a news conference, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Inslee announced new restrictions on businesses and social gatherings for the next four weeks as the state continues to combat a rising number of coronavirus cases. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Inslee announces $135 million pandemic relief plan

The state will use CARES Act dollars to help businesses and people impacted by latest restrictions.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks during a news conference, Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Inslee announced new restrictions on businesses and social gatherings for the next four weeks as the state continues to combat a rising number of coronavirus cases. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Seattle City Council rejects effort to block police hiring

The measure was promoted by organizations that emerged during Black Lives Matter demonstrations.

  • Nov 21, 2020
Ryan Warren Ward, left, looks over court papers with attorney Lane Wolfley during Ward's sentencing for three counts of aggravated first-degree murder and multiple counts of theft and firearms violations on Thursday in Clallam County Superior Court in Port Angeles. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)

Man sentenced to life in prison in triple-murder

Ryan Warren Ward was the second defendant sentenced in the December 2018 slayings.

  • Nov 21, 2020
Ryan Warren Ward, left, looks over court papers with attorney Lane Wolfley during Ward's sentencing for three counts of aggravated first-degree murder and multiple counts of theft and firearms violations on Thursday in Clallam County Superior Court in Port Angeles. (Keith Thorpe/Peninsula Daily News)
Monroe Correctional Complex (Washington State Department of Corrections)

Commission suspends license of ex-doctor at Monroe prison

Dr. Julia Barnett was fired in April 2019 by the state Department of Corrections.

Monroe Correctional Complex (Washington State Department of Corrections)
Darrin Moseley (Washington State Department of Corrections)

Whatcom man allegedly held girl, 16, in shack for 10 days

The suspect’s many warrants included one for failing to register as a sex offender in Snohomish County.

  • Nov 20, 2020
Darrin Moseley (Washington State Department of Corrections)
Bellingham Public Schools
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Principal Lynn Heimsoth and Dean of Students Amy Berreth at Sunnyland Elementary.

Legacy scholarship honors slain former Marysville principal

Lynn Heimsoth, 58, was found fatally shot in her home west of Bellingham last December.

Bellingham Public Schools
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Principal Lynn Heimsoth and Dean of Students Amy Berreth at Sunnyland Elementary.
Coyote Ridge Correctional Center in Connell, Washington.

Everett man dies at Coyote Ridge Corrections Center

The man may have suffered a head injury during a fight with another inmate. Officials are investigating.

Coyote Ridge Correctional Center in Connell, Washington.
Middle-school counselor Shanon Baker poses for a photo in the school's library Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, in Sammamish, Wash. A master's degree and a full-time job weren't enough to help Baker land an apartment she could afford in Seattle's east-side suburbs. But a $750 million commitment by a partnership backed in part by Microsoft's affordable housing initiative helped do the trick. Urban Housing Ventures is cutting rents at 40% of the units in three buildings as part of an effort to make sure teachers, nurses and other middle-income professionals can live in the communities where they work. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Microsoft-led housing effort cuts rents in Seattle suburbs

The plan is to help middle-income professionals live in the communities where they work.

  • Nov 19, 2020
Middle-school counselor Shanon Baker poses for a photo in the school's library Wednesday, Nov. 18, 2020, in Sammamish, Wash. A master's degree and a full-time job weren't enough to help Baker land an apartment she could afford in Seattle's east-side suburbs. But a $750 million commitment by a partnership backed in part by Microsoft's affordable housing initiative helped do the trick. Urban Housing Ventures is cutting rents at 40% of the units in three buildings as part of an effort to make sure teachers, nurses and other middle-income professionals can live in the communities where they work. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-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)

U.S. Rep. Newhouse has tested positive for the coronavirus

“My symptoms remain mild, and I am following CDC guidelines,” he wrote in a tweet.

Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-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)
Steve Lerch, executive director of the Washington state Economic and Revenue Forecast Council, walks in front of the Washington state flag, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, following a meeting of the council at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Lawmakers were told that the state's latest revenue forecast shows they have significantly more money to work with as they prepare to unveil their supplemental state budget proposals. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Uncertainty remains, but Washington sees revenues increase

September and October saw a jump in real estate taxes due to record-low mortgage rates.

  • Nov 18, 2020
Steve Lerch, executive director of the Washington state Economic and Revenue Forecast Council, walks in front of the Washington state flag, Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, following a meeting of the council at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Lawmakers were told that the state's latest revenue forecast shows they have significantly more money to work with as they prepare to unveil their supplemental state budget proposals. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Harris County Public Health Executive Director Dr. Umair Shah talks about contact tracing and the recent spike in COVD-19 cases in Harris County, Thursday, June 25, 2020, in Houston. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Wednesday that the state is facing a "massive outbreak" in the coronavirus pandemic and that some new local restrictions may be needed to protect hospital space for new patients. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Dr. Umair A. Shah named new Washington secretary of health

He “will help us lead Washington state through the next crucial phase of this pandemic,” said Gov. Inslee.

Harris County Public Health Executive Director Dr. Umair Shah talks about contact tracing and the recent spike in COVD-19 cases in Harris County, Thursday, June 25, 2020, in Houston. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Wednesday that the state is facing a "massive outbreak" in the coronavirus pandemic and that some new local restrictions may be needed to protect hospital space for new patients. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

300 attend wedding near Ritzville, leading to virus outbreak

County officials said attendees diagnosed with COVID-19 have been linked to two subsequent outbreaks.

Senate Minority Leader Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville,, left, talks with House Minority Leader J.T. Wilcox, R-Yelm, right, before the start of the AP Legislative Preview, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

State Republicans say they’ve been iced out of decision making

Some GOP lawmakers have previously claimed that the restrictions due to COVID-19 were costing lives.

Senate Minority Leader Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville,, left, talks with House Minority Leader J.T. Wilcox, R-Yelm, right, before the start of the AP Legislative Preview, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
This early Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, photo provided by R E Johnson shows an Alaska Airlines jet that struck a brown bear while landing in the early evening the day before, killing the animal and causing damage to the plane, at Yakutat Airport in Yakutat, Alaska. The left engine cowling of the jet was damaged. The Anchorage Daily News reports none of the passengers or crew members onboard the plane were injured. (R E Johnson via AP)

Jetliner hits bear on runway in Southeast Alaska

A Boeing 737-700 struck and killed a brown bear sow, but its cub was uninjured.

This early Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, photo provided by R E Johnson shows an Alaska Airlines jet that struck a brown bear while landing in the early evening the day before, killing the animal and causing damage to the plane, at Yakutat Airport in Yakutat, Alaska. The left engine cowling of the jet was damaged. The Anchorage Daily News reports none of the passengers or crew members onboard the plane were injured. (R E Johnson via AP)
In this photo provided by his attorney, Gaven Picciano, 26, of the Keweenaw Indian Community in Michigan, poses for a self-portrait on Friday, Nov. 13, 2020. Picciano is suing the Clark County Jail in Washington state as well as its medical provider, saying he lost about 35 pounds and was malnourished to the point of unconsciousness during a three-week stay early this year because staff failed to provide him gluten-free food to accommodate his celiac disease. The county declined to comment on the case. The medical provider, NaphCare Inc., did not respond to a request for comment. (Gaven Picciano via AP)

Man sues Washington jail over lack of gluten-free food

After 9 days he was diagnosed with low blood pressure, dehydration and an irregular heartbeat.

  • Nov 16, 2020
In this photo provided by his attorney, Gaven Picciano, 26, of the Keweenaw Indian Community in Michigan, poses for a self-portrait on Friday, Nov. 13, 2020. Picciano is suing the Clark County Jail in Washington state as well as its medical provider, saying he lost about 35 pounds and was malnourished to the point of unconsciousness during a three-week stay early this year because staff failed to provide him gluten-free food to accommodate his celiac disease. The county declined to comment on the case. The medical provider, NaphCare Inc., did not respond to a request for comment. (Gaven Picciano via AP)
Gov. Jay Inslee

Watch the governor’s Sunday news conference here

As COVID-19 cases soar, Gov. Jay Inslee announced further restrictions on public gatherings.

Gov. Jay Inslee
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee poses for a photo, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in Olympia, Wash. Inslee, a Democrat, is being challenged by Republican Loren Culp, police chief of the small town of Republic, Wash., in the Nov. 3 election. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Inslee to hold news conference to announce new restrictions

Among them, reportedly, will be a ban on indoor service at restaurants and retail limitations.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee poses for a photo, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in Olympia, Wash. Inslee, a Democrat, is being challenged by Republican Loren Culp, police chief of the small town of Republic, Wash., in the Nov. 3 election. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)