FILE - A northern spotted owl, named Obsidian by U.S. Forest Service employees, sits in a tree in the Deschutes National Forest near Camp Sherman, Ore., in this May 8, 2003 file photo. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reversed a decision, made five days before President Donald Trump left office, to drastically shrink so-called critical habitat for the spotted owl. U.S. wildlife officials said Tuesday Nov. 9, 2021, they have struck down the rule that would have opened millions of acres of forest in Oregon, Washington and California to potential logging. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)

Trump used ‘faulty’ science to strip owl habitat protections

The rule would have opened millions of acres in Oregon, Washington and California to potential logging.

  • Nov 9, 2021
FILE - A northern spotted owl, named Obsidian by U.S. Forest Service employees, sits in a tree in the Deschutes National Forest near Camp Sherman, Ore., in this May 8, 2003 file photo. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reversed a decision, made five days before President Donald Trump left office, to drastically shrink so-called critical habitat for the spotted owl. U.S. wildlife officials said Tuesday Nov. 9, 2021, they have struck down the rule that would have opened millions of acres of forest in Oregon, Washington and California to potential logging. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)
Gov. Jay Inslee joined other governors Monday at the Climate Registry & Climate Action Reserve press conference in Glasgow, Scotland, to talk about climate achievements and goals. From left, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, Hawaii Gov. David Ige, Gov. Jay Inslee and Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker. (Photo courtesy of Gov. Jay Inslee)

Inslee: State agency vehicles must be all-electric by 2035

The governor, who is in Scotland for an international climate conference, set an aggressive timeline.

Gov. Jay Inslee joined other governors Monday at the Climate Registry & Climate Action Reserve press conference in Glasgow, Scotland, to talk about climate achievements and goals. From left, Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, Hawaii Gov. David Ige, Gov. Jay Inslee and Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker. (Photo courtesy of Gov. Jay Inslee)
People walk adjacent to the border with Canada at the Peace Arch in Peace Arch Historical State Park, where cars behind wait to enter Canada at the border crossing Monday, Aug. 9, 2021, in Blaine, Wash. Canada lifted its prohibition on Americans crossing the border to shop, vacation or visit, but America kept similar restrictions in place, part of a bumpy return to normalcy from coronavirus travel bans. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

U.S. reopens Canada border after 597 days of COVID closure

Ports are once again allowing crossings for tourism, shopping or visiting family and friends.

People walk adjacent to the border with Canada at the Peace Arch in Peace Arch Historical State Park, where cars behind wait to enter Canada at the border crossing Monday, Aug. 9, 2021, in Blaine, Wash. Canada lifted its prohibition on Americans crossing the border to shop, vacation or visit, but America kept similar restrictions in place, part of a bumpy return to normalcy from coronavirus travel bans. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Traffic drives in view of a massive Boeing Co. production plant, where images of jets decorate the hangar doors, Friday, April 23, 2021, in Everett, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Insurers for several current and former Boeing board members will pay millions to settle the lawsuit.

Insurers for several current and former Boeing board members will pay more than $230 million to settle a lawsuit that… Continue reading

Traffic drives in view of a massive Boeing Co. production plant, where images of jets decorate the hangar doors, Friday, April 23, 2021, in Everett, Wash. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Workers are shown in the kitchen of The GEO Group’s immigration detention center in Tacoma during a media tour, Sept. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Company halts work program instead of upping detainee pay

Rather than pay detainees minimum wage, a Tacoma immigration detention center suspended the program.

  • Nov 5, 2021
Workers are shown in the kitchen of The GEO Group’s immigration detention center in Tacoma during a media tour, Sept. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
Bruce Harrell, who ran against Lorena Gonzalez in the race for mayor of Seattle, poses for a photo Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021, at his election night gathering in Seattle. Seattle City Council President Lorena González has conceded the mayor’s race, after an updated vote tally on Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021 showed former Council President Bruce Harrell with an insurmountable lead.  (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Harrell wins Seattle mayor’s race; Lorena González concedes

He will be the city’s first Asian American and second Black mayor.

Bruce Harrell, who ran against Lorena Gonzalez in the race for mayor of Seattle, poses for a photo Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021, at his election night gathering in Seattle. Seattle City Council President Lorena González has conceded the mayor’s race, after an updated vote tally on Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021 showed former Council President Bruce Harrell with an insurmountable lead.  (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
FILE - Josephine County Sheriff Dave Daniel stands amid the debris of plastic hoop houses destroyed by law enforcement, used to grow cannabis illegally, near Selma, Ore., on June 16, 2021. Over 100 workers, most or all of them immigrants, were found at the site. Thousands of immigrants have been working on illegal marijuana farms purportedly run by foreign cartels in southern Oregon, living in squalid conditions and sometimes being cheated by their employers. (Shaun Hall/Grants Pass Daily Courier via AP, File)

Migrant Oregon weed workers face threats amid illegal boom

The workers say they are living in squalid conditions and are being cheated by their bosses.

  • Nov 5, 2021
FILE - Josephine County Sheriff Dave Daniel stands amid the debris of plastic hoop houses destroyed by law enforcement, used to grow cannabis illegally, near Selma, Ore., on June 16, 2021. Over 100 workers, most or all of them immigrants, were found at the site. Thousands of immigrants have been working on illegal marijuana farms purportedly run by foreign cartels in southern Oregon, living in squalid conditions and sometimes being cheated by their employers. (Shaun Hall/Grants Pass Daily Courier via AP, File)

Body donated for science dissected at Oregon ‘Oddities’ expo

A similar event scheduled for Halloween in Seattle was canceled after a report by KING-TV.

  • Nov 5, 2021

City of Seattle staffing strained due to vaccine mandate

Seattle’s vaccine mandate has exacerbated staffing shortages in major departments.

FILE - The decommissioned plutonium-producing DR reactor, left, and D reactor, right, are shown on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, June 13, 2017, near Richland, Wash. The federal government is moving forward with the cost-saving "cocooning" of eight plutonium production reactors at Hanford that will place them in a state of long-term storage for decades to allow radiation inside to dissipate until they can be dismantled and buried. (AP Photo/Nicholas K. Geranios, File)

US government works to ‘cocoon’ old Hanford nuclear reactors

They’ll be placed in long-term storage to allow radiation inside to dissipate over a period of decades.

  • Nov 4, 2021
FILE - The decommissioned plutonium-producing DR reactor, left, and D reactor, right, are shown on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, June 13, 2017, near Richland, Wash. The federal government is moving forward with the cost-saving "cocooning" of eight plutonium production reactors at Hanford that will place them in a state of long-term storage for decades to allow radiation inside to dissipate until they can be dismantled and buried. (AP Photo/Nicholas K. Geranios, File)
Bruce Harrell, who is running against Lorena Gonzalez in the race for Mayor of Seattle, campaigns Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021, on Election Day at a grocery store in South Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Defund the police candidates stumble in liberal Seattle

Moderate candidates took commanding leads in the races for mayor, city attorney and a key council race.

Bruce Harrell, who is running against Lorena Gonzalez in the race for Mayor of Seattle, campaigns Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021, on Election Day at a grocery store in South Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Another Oregon county looks to join Idaho

Voters in Harney County approved a measure to begin official meetings about moving into the Gem State.

  • Nov 3, 2021
The United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service will be accepting applications for more than 1,000 seasonal and summer jobs in Washington and Oregon this November. (U.S. Forest Service)

Forest Service looks to fill 1,000 jobs in November

Positions include fire, recreation, timber, natural resources, engineering, visitor services and archaeology.

  • Nov 2, 2021
The United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service will be accepting applications for more than 1,000 seasonal and summer jobs in Washington and Oregon this November. (U.S. Forest Service)
FILE - In this June 21, 2017, file photo, a guard with the GEO Group stands in a detainee processing section of the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Wash., during a media tour of the facility.  The Trump administration is opposing Washington state’s effort to make a privately run, for-profit immigration jail pay detainees minimum wage for the work they do.
Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson sued The GEO Group in 2017, saying its Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma must pay the state minimum wage to detainees who perform kitchen, janitorial and other tasks. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Northwest detention center ordered to pay millions in wages

Private prison GEO is accused it of running its immigration lockup in Tacoma on the backs of detainees.

  • Nov 2, 2021
FILE - In this June 21, 2017, file photo, a guard with the GEO Group stands in a detainee processing section of the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Wash., during a media tour of the facility.  The Trump administration is opposing Washington state’s effort to make a privately run, for-profit immigration jail pay detainees minimum wage for the work they do.
Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson sued The GEO Group in 2017, saying its Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma must pay the state minimum wage to detainees who perform kitchen, janitorial and other tasks. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Gov. Inslee lets eviction moratorium expire on Sunday

“You can’t have an economy ultimately where just nobody pays rent,” he said.

Amy McCoy reads a book to preschoolers as they finish their lunch at her Forever Young Daycare facility, Monday, Oct. 25, 2021, in Mountlake Terrace, Wash. Child care centers once operated under the promise that it would always be there when parents have to work. Now, each teacher resignation, coronavirus exposure, and day care center closure reveals an industry on the brink, with wide-reaching implications for an entire economy's workforce. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Child care crisis hampers the economy, here and nationwide

The effects are felt in Mountlake Terrace, Edmonds and beyond as providers and clients struggle to make ends meet.

Amy McCoy reads a book to preschoolers as they finish their lunch at her Forever Young Daycare facility, Monday, Oct. 25, 2021, in Mountlake Terrace, Wash. Child care centers once operated under the promise that it would always be there when parents have to work. Now, each teacher resignation, coronavirus exposure, and day care center closure reveals an industry on the brink, with wide-reaching implications for an entire economy's workforce. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
FILE - An anti-fascist protester swings a baton as members of the far-right Proud Boys advance during clashes between the politically opposed groups on Sunday, Aug. 22, 2021, in Portland, Ore. The city's leaders were told this week that Portland's "badly damaged" reputation – marked by months of destructive protests – continues to hurt the standing of Oregon's largest city in the eyes of potential visitors. (AP Photo/Alex Milan Tracy, File)

Oregon’s biggest city has ‘long way to go’ repairing its rep

Portland is at its lowest level of being a likely destination for delegates to attend conferences.

  • Oct 29, 2021
FILE - An anti-fascist protester swings a baton as members of the far-right Proud Boys advance during clashes between the politically opposed groups on Sunday, Aug. 22, 2021, in Portland, Ore. The city's leaders were told this week that Portland's "badly damaged" reputation – marked by months of destructive protests – continues to hurt the standing of Oregon's largest city in the eyes of potential visitors. (AP Photo/Alex Milan Tracy, File)
FILE - This July 16, 2004, file photo shows a gray wolf at the Wildlife Science Center in Forest Lake, Minn. The Biden administration said Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021, that federal protections may need to be restored for gray wolves in the western U.S. after Republican-backed state laws made it much easier to kill the predators. (AP Photo/Dawn Villella, File)

Senators urge emergency protections for wolves in US West

The move is in response to Republican-backed state laws that make it easier to kill the predators.

  • Oct 28, 2021
FILE - This July 16, 2004, file photo shows a gray wolf at the Wildlife Science Center in Forest Lake, Minn. The Biden administration said Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021, that federal protections may need to be restored for gray wolves in the western U.S. after Republican-backed state laws made it much easier to kill the predators. (AP Photo/Dawn Villella, File)
Peter Mayer (Washington State Parks & Recreation Commission)

Workplace complaints predated Parks director’s resignation

The former Snohomish County Health District deputy director allegedly used foul language and belittled others.

  • Oct 28, 2021
Peter Mayer (Washington State Parks & Recreation Commission)
The North Cascades Highway is seen from the Washington Pass overlook on Oct. 11. (Sue Misao / The Herald)

State sets winter closing date for North Cascades Highway

The scenic road is expexted to close Nov. 15, or sooner if there is significant snow or ice.

  • Oct 27, 2021
The North Cascades Highway is seen from the Washington Pass overlook on Oct. 11. (Sue Misao / The Herald)