Maia Espinoza (left) and Chris Reykdal

Incumbent wins Washington state’s superintendent race

Chris Reykdal won another four-year term with 56% of the vote over challenger Maia Espinoza.

Maia Espinoza (left) and Chris Reykdal
Jamila Thomas

Inslee announces new chief of staff

Jamila Thomas once held the same position for former Speaker of the House Frank Chopp.

  • Nov 5, 2020
Jamila Thomas
Top (L-R): Ron Muzzall, Helen Price Johnson, Greg Gilday, Angie Homola, Kim Wyman. Bottom (L-R): Bill Bruch, Dave Paul, Mark James, April Berg, Gael Tarleton.

As ballots are counted, three legislative races tighten

Democrats Paul, Homola and Price Johnson saw their leads shrink in a trio of 10th District races.

Top (L-R): Ron Muzzall, Helen Price Johnson, Greg Gilday, Angie Homola, Kim Wyman. Bottom (L-R): Bill Bruch, Dave Paul, Mark James, April Berg, Gael Tarleton.
FILE - This June 26, 2020 file photo from video provided by the Yes on Measure 110 Campaign shows volunteers delivering boxes containing signed petitions in favor of the measure to the Oregon Secretary of State's office in Salem.  The measure said the U.S., possession of small amounts of heroin, cocaine, LSD and other hard drugs would be decriminalized in Oregon. Election returns show the measure passed on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3. (Yes on Measure 110 Campaign via AP, File)

Oregon leads the way in decriminalizing hard drugs

Voters passed a measure that decriminalizes possession of heroin, methamphetamine, LSD and more.

  • Nov 5, 2020
FILE - This June 26, 2020 file photo from video provided by the Yes on Measure 110 Campaign shows volunteers delivering boxes containing signed petitions in favor of the measure to the Oregon Secretary of State's office in Salem.  The measure said the U.S., possession of small amounts of heroin, cocaine, LSD and other hard drugs would be decriminalized in Oregon. Election returns show the measure passed on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 3. (Yes on Measure 110 Campaign via AP, File)
Republican Loren Culp, who is challenging Washington Governor Jay Inslee, a Democrat, in the upcoming election, greets a large crowd, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, at a rally near Graham, Wash. A record number of voters in Washington state have already returned their ballots as of Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, and other voters have until 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, to drop off or mail their ballots or vote in person. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Gubernatorial candidate Loren Culp loses cop job in Republic

“Not even a letter or thank you. Not a plaque for 10 years of service,” the former police chief said.

  • Nov 5, 2020
Republican Loren Culp, who is challenging Washington Governor Jay Inslee, a Democrat, in the upcoming election, greets a large crowd, Saturday, Oct. 31, 2020, at a rally near Graham, Wash. A record number of voters in Washington state have already returned their ballots as of Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, and other voters have until 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020, to drop off or mail their ballots or vote in person. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Jerry Cornfield

Jerry Cornfield: Likely wins, probable losses, tight races

Our man in Olympia summarizes the early election results in Washington state and Snohomish County.

Jerry Cornfield
FILE - In this March 30, 2018, file photo, Kim Schrier, left, a Democrat and the representative for Washington state's 8th District, poses for a photo in Issaquah, Wash., and Jesse Jensen, right, the Republican challenging Schrier for the seat, poses for a photo outside his campaign office Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, in Pacific, Wash. Jensen is an Army veteran from Bonney Lake who did four combat tours in Afghanistan. Schrier is trying to hold on to her seat after becoming the first Democrat to represent the district since it was founded in the early 1980s. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Schrier, Herrera Beutler hold early leads in House races

In the 10th District, Strickland had an early lead over state Rep. Beth Doglio, a fellow Democrat.

FILE - In this March 30, 2018, file photo, Kim Schrier, left, a Democrat and the representative for Washington state's 8th District, poses for a photo in Issaquah, Wash., and Jesse Jensen, right, the Republican challenging Schrier for the seat, poses for a photo outside his campaign office Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020, in Pacific, Wash. Jensen is an Army veteran from Bonney Lake who did four combat tours in Afghanistan. Schrier is trying to hold on to her seat after becoming the first Democrat to represent the district since it was founded in the early 1980s. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Sex-education measure Referendum 90 leading in early returns

If it passes, Washington will be the first state to have voters approve a sex ed requirement.

FILE -In this Dec. 4, 2014 file photo released by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, a wolf from the Snake River Pack passes by a remote camera in eastern Wallowa County, Ore. Scientists tasked with reviewing the government's plans to lift protections for gray wolves across most of the U.S. say the proposal has numerous flaws. (Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife via AP, File)

Washington to manage wolves within borders after fed action

Gray wolves in the Lower 48 states are set to be delisted from the federal Endangered Species Act.

  • Nov 2, 2020
FILE -In this Dec. 4, 2014 file photo released by the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, a wolf from the Snake River Pack passes by a remote camera in eastern Wallowa County, Ore. Scientists tasked with reviewing the government's plans to lift protections for gray wolves across most of the U.S. say the proposal has numerous flaws. (Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife via AP, File)
Alex Stonehill gets a goodbye from his daughter Helenore, 2, as her brother Malcolm, 4, motions to a friend arriving at the Community Day Center for Children on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, in Seattle. As more families make the jump back to group day care this fall in an attempt to restart lives and careers, many parents, pediatricians and care operators are finding that new, pandemic-driven rules offer a much-needed layer of safety but also seem incompatible with the germy reality of childhood.  (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Families, day cares feel strain of new COVID-19 health rules

Parents are weighing safety concerns that seem incompatible with the germy reality of childhood.

Alex Stonehill gets a goodbye from his daughter Helenore, 2, as her brother Malcolm, 4, motions to a friend arriving at the Community Day Center for Children on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, in Seattle. As more families make the jump back to group day care this fall in an attempt to restart lives and careers, many parents, pediatricians and care operators are finding that new, pandemic-driven rules offer a much-needed layer of safety but also seem incompatible with the germy reality of childhood.  (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Sven Spichiger, Washington State Department of Agriculture managing entomologist, displays a canister of Asian giant hornets vacuumed from a nest in a tree behind him Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, in Blaine, Wash. Scientists in Washington state discovered the first nest earlier in the week of so-called murder hornets in the United States and worked to wipe it out Saturday morning to protect native honeybees. Workers with the state Agriculture Department spent weeks searching, trapping and using dental floss to tie tracking devices to Asian giant hornets, which can deliver painful stings to people and spit venom but are the biggest threat to honeybees that farmers depend on to pollinate crops. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

The man who had an Asian giant hornet nest near his house

It was a mere 40 feet from his children’s playset and about 50 feet from the kennel for his dogs.

  • Nov 2, 2020
Sven Spichiger, Washington State Department of Agriculture managing entomologist, displays a canister of Asian giant hornets vacuumed from a nest in a tree behind him Saturday, Oct. 24, 2020, in Blaine, Wash. Scientists in Washington state discovered the first nest earlier in the week of so-called murder hornets in the United States and worked to wipe it out Saturday morning to protect native honeybees. Workers with the state Agriculture Department spent weeks searching, trapping and using dental floss to tie tracking devices to Asian giant hornets, which can deliver painful stings to people and spit venom but are the biggest threat to honeybees that farmers depend on to pollinate crops. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Portland police declare riot after windows smashed

No arrests were made but police said they were investigating the vandalism.

  • Nov 1, 2020
A pedestrian passes by a mural encouraging people to in Washington state to vote, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, in downtown Seattle. A record number of voters in Washington have already returned their ballots as of Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, and other voters have until 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020 to drop off or mail their ballots or vote in person. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Washington voters have turned out in records numbers

Nearly 65% of the state’s registered voters had already cast their ballot by Friday night.

  • Oct 31, 2020
A pedestrian passes by a mural encouraging people to in Washington state to vote, Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2020, in downtown Seattle. A record number of voters in Washington have already returned their ballots as of Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, and other voters have until 8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020 to drop off or mail their ballots or vote in person. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
This photo from video provided by the Yes on Measure 110 Campaign shows volunteers delivering boxes containing signed petitions in favor of the measure to the Oregon Secretary of State's office in Salem on June 26, 2020. In what would be a first in the U.S., possession of small amounts of heroin, cocaine, LSD and other hard drugs could be decriminalized in Oregon under a ballot measure that voters are deciding on in Tuesday's election. Oregon's Measure 110 is one of the most watched referendums in the state because it would drastically change how the justice system treats people with amounts of the drugs for their personal use. Instead of going to trial and facing possible jail time, people caught with the drugs would have the option of paying $100 fines or attending new "addiction recovery centers." (Yes on Measure 110 Campaign via AP)

Oregon could become 1st state to decriminalize hard drugs

Possession of small amounts of heroin, cocaine and other hard drugs could be decriminalized in Oregon.

  • Oct 31, 2020
This photo from video provided by the Yes on Measure 110 Campaign shows volunteers delivering boxes containing signed petitions in favor of the measure to the Oregon Secretary of State's office in Salem on June 26, 2020. In what would be a first in the U.S., possession of small amounts of heroin, cocaine, LSD and other hard drugs could be decriminalized in Oregon under a ballot measure that voters are deciding on in Tuesday's election. Oregon's Measure 110 is one of the most watched referendums in the state because it would drastically change how the justice system treats people with amounts of the drugs for their personal use. Instead of going to trial and facing possible jail time, people caught with the drugs would have the option of paying $100 fines or attending new "addiction recovery centers." (Yes on Measure 110 Campaign via AP)
Protesters faced off with law enforcement officers at NE Highway 99, in Vancouver, Wash., Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, after a police shooting. Authorities say sheriff's deputies in Clark County, Washington, were involved in a shooting, but didn’t release details. A man told The Oregonian/OregonLive his 21-year-old son was killed by police. (Mark Graves/The Oregonian via AP)

Father: Son fatally shot by deputies in Washington state

Following the Hazel Dell shooting, a group of protesters gathered at the scene.

  • Oct 31, 2020
Protesters faced off with law enforcement officers at NE Highway 99, in Vancouver, Wash., Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, after a police shooting. Authorities say sheriff's deputies in Clark County, Washington, were involved in a shooting, but didn’t release details. A man told The Oregonian/OregonLive his 21-year-old son was killed by police. (Mark Graves/The Oregonian via AP)
A dog peers out from a kennel after the landing of a "Paws Across the Pacific" pet rescue flight Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, in Seattle. Volunteer organizations flew more than 600 dogs and cats from shelters across Hawaii to the U.S. mainland, calling it the largest pet rescue ever. The animals are being taken from overcrowded facilities in the islands to shelters in Washington state, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Hundreds of shelter dogs, cats flown across the Pacific

The coronavirus pandemic has led to overcrowding in Hawaii pet shelters.

  • Oct 30, 2020
A dog peers out from a kennel after the landing of a "Paws Across the Pacific" pet rescue flight Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, in Seattle. Volunteer organizations flew more than 600 dogs and cats from shelters across Hawaii to the U.S. mainland, calling it the largest pet rescue ever. The animals are being taken from overcrowded facilities in the islands to shelters in Washington state, Oregon, Idaho, and Montana. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
In this undated photo courtesy of Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife shows a wolf of the Teanaway Pack fitted with a radio collar in the Teanaway area of Washington's Central Cascades in Washington state. 
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, directed the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission to draft new rules governing the killing of wolves involved in conflicts with livestock. (Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife via AP)

Trump officials end gray wolf protections across most of US

Wolf hunts could start in Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin — crucial battlegrounds in the Nov. 3 election.

  • Oct 29, 2020
In this undated photo courtesy of Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife shows a wolf of the Teanaway Pack fitted with a radio collar in the Teanaway area of Washington's Central Cascades in Washington state. 
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee on Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, directed the Washington Fish and Wildlife Commission to draft new rules governing the killing of wolves involved in conflicts with livestock. (Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife via AP)
FILE - In this July 31, 2013, file photo, tourists visiting the Mendenhall Glacier in the Tongass National Forest are reflected in a pool of water as they make their way to Nugget Falls in Juneau, Alaska. The U.S. Forest Service announced plans Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, to lift restrictions on road building and logging in Tongass National Forest, a largely pristine rainforest in southeast Alaska that provides habitat for wolves, bears and salmon. Conservation groups vowed to fight the decision. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)

Feds to open logging, road-building in Tongass National Forest

Conservation groups vowed to fight the decision, calling it short-sighted and driven by politics.

  • Oct 29, 2020
FILE - In this July 31, 2013, file photo, tourists visiting the Mendenhall Glacier in the Tongass National Forest are reflected in a pool of water as they make their way to Nugget Falls in Juneau, Alaska. The U.S. Forest Service announced plans Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, to lift restrictions on road building and logging in Tongass National Forest, a largely pristine rainforest in southeast Alaska that provides habitat for wolves, bears and salmon. Conservation groups vowed to fight the decision. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast, File)
The Hanford nuclear site. (Business Wire)

Longer transition allowed for $16B in contracts at Hanford

The plan will help employees comply with safety guidelines intended to limit the spread of COVID-19.

  • Oct 28, 2020
The Hanford nuclear site. (Business Wire)

Baby stuck between 2 countries now has home and family in US

Because of the virus outbreak, the parents faced closed doors and unresponsive officials.

  • Oct 28, 2020