Extreme heat takes out portion of Northwest cherry crop

The heat caused sunburn and stunted growth, making the fruit unsuitable for the fresh cherry market.

  • Jul 14, 2021
US Forest Service photo showing both Delancy and Varden Fires taken 7/11 from the aerial attack plane, looking southeast in the direction of Winthrop.   Delancy is the smaller fire shown on the lower right (north side of Hwy 20), Varden is the larger plume toward the top of the photo on the ridge (south side of Hwy 20).

Wildfire closes North Cascades Highway west of Winthrop

The highway is popular among tourists in the summer months.

  • Jul 14, 2021
US Forest Service photo showing both Delancy and Varden Fires taken 7/11 from the aerial attack plane, looking southeast in the direction of Winthrop.   Delancy is the smaller fire shown on the lower right (north side of Hwy 20), Varden is the larger plume toward the top of the photo on the ridge (south side of Hwy 20).

Emergency evacuations in Nespelem, burned animals euthanized

The Chuweah Creek Fire, the largest of six in the area, has burned about 10,000 acres and 14 structures

  • Jul 14, 2021

Wildfires prompt mandatory evacuation of town of Nespelem

Seven structures, including three homes, have been lost in the town in the Colville Indian Reservation.

  • Jul 13, 2021

Inslee signs compacts for sports betting in tribal casinos

Federal review is next. Wagering on pro and college sporting events could arrive in time for fall games.

About 46,352 acres has burned in the Dry Gulch Fire in southeast Washington as of July 11. (InciWeb)

Wildfires rage as US West grapples with heat wave, drought

A fire in SE Washington burned more than 85 square miles, moving into the Umatilla National Forest.

  • Jul 12, 2021
About 46,352 acres has burned in the Dry Gulch Fire in southeast Washington as of July 11. (InciWeb)

Rail boosters to Sound Transit: Don’t delay Link expansion

“For too long Everett has paid into the system with minimum benefit,” said transit supporter Brock Howell.

Gov. Jay Inslee, left, attaches a "Washingtonian" pin to and Bill Nye's shirt during a visit to Johnston Ridge Observatory Thursday, July 8, 2021 at Mount St. Helens in Toutle, Wash.(Courtney Talak/The Daily News via AP)

Inslee meets with ‘Science Guy’ Bill Nye at Mount St. Helens

The point of the their appearance was to demonstrate the success that outdoor education could have.

  • Jul 9, 2021
Gov. Jay Inslee, left, attaches a "Washingtonian" pin to and Bill Nye's shirt during a visit to Johnston Ridge Observatory Thursday, July 8, 2021 at Mount St. Helens in Toutle, Wash.(Courtney Talak/The Daily News via AP)
In this photo taken Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, the French-style inspired main building of the Chateau Ste. Michelle winery is seen in Woodinville, Wash. Washington, which now boasts more than 1,000 wineries in the state, has become a force in the wine industry. Washington is the second-largest producer of premium wines in the United States, trailing only California. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Washington wine giant Ste. Michelle sold for $1.2 billion

The seller, the tobacco company Altria, will shift its focus to noncombustible nicotine products.

  • Jul 9, 2021
In this photo taken Thursday, Nov. 21, 2019, the French-style inspired main building of the Chateau Ste. Michelle winery is seen in Woodinville, Wash. Washington, which now boasts more than 1,000 wineries in the state, has become a force in the wine industry. Washington is the second-largest producer of premium wines in the United States, trailing only California. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Daniel J. Doyle (Kennewick Police Department)

Man chased by police for an hour at 10 mph still got away

After failing to show up in court, he was pursued through Kennewick in a car with 4 flat tires.

  • Jul 9, 2021
Daniel J. Doyle (Kennewick Police Department)
FILE - In this April 11, 2018, file photo, water moves through a spillway of the Lower Granite Dam on the Snake River near Almota, Wash. Some Republican members of Congress from the Northwest are accusing a GOP Idaho lawmaker of conducting secret negotiations with the Democratic governor of Oregon over a controversial proposal to breach four dams on the Snake River to save endangered salmon runs. (AP Photo/Nicholas K. Geranios, File)

Gov. Jay Inslee says dam breaching must ‘remain on the table’

Tribes have rallied around a proposal in Congress to remove four dams on the Lower Snake River.

  • Jul 9, 2021
FILE - In this April 11, 2018, file photo, water moves through a spillway of the Lower Granite Dam on the Snake River near Almota, Wash. Some Republican members of Congress from the Northwest are accusing a GOP Idaho lawmaker of conducting secret negotiations with the Democratic governor of Oregon over a controversial proposal to breach four dams on the Snake River to save endangered salmon runs. (AP Photo/Nicholas K. Geranios, File)
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)

Second wolf pack makes Chelan County its home

The state Department of Fish and Wildlife says there are at least 132 wolves in Washington state.

  • Jul 9, 2021
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)
A worker, who declined to be named, looks at a photo of Sebastian Francisco Perez who died last weekend while working in an extreme heat wave, Thursday, July 1, 2021, near St. Paul, Ore. (AP Photo/Nathan Howard)

8 deaths in county now suspected due to recent heat wave

The state tally of heat-related fatalities is now 78, officials said.

A worker, who declined to be named, looks at a photo of Sebastian Francisco Perez who died last weekend while working in an extreme heat wave, Thursday, July 1, 2021, near St. Paul, Ore. (AP Photo/Nathan Howard)
FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2021, file photo, violent insurrectionists loyal to President Donald Trump scale the west wall of the the U.S. Capitol in Washington. Two Seattle police officers who were in Washington, D.C., during the January 6 insurrection were illegally trespassing on Capitol grounds while rioters stormed the building, but lied about their actions, a police watchdog said in a report released Thursday, July 8, 2021. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)

Report: 2 Seattle police officers broke law during DC riots

One of the officers posted a photo on Facebook of herself and a former officer at the demonstration.

  • Jul 8, 2021
FILE - In this Jan. 6, 2021, file photo, violent insurrectionists loyal to President Donald Trump scale the west wall of the the U.S. Capitol in Washington. Two Seattle police officers who were in Washington, D.C., during the January 6 insurrection were illegally trespassing on Capitol grounds while rioters stormed the building, but lied about their actions, a police watchdog said in a report released Thursday, July 8, 2021. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File)
Kais Bothe relaxes in the cool in the city hall pool, as temperatures hit 37 degrees Celsius (98.6 Fahrenheit) in Edmonton, Alberta, on Wednesday, June 30, 2021. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)

Study: Northwest heat wave impossible without climate change

In Oregon alone, the state medical examiner reported 116 deaths related to the extreme hot weather.

Kais Bothe relaxes in the cool in the city hall pool, as temperatures hit 37 degrees Celsius (98.6 Fahrenheit) in Edmonton, Alberta, on Wednesday, June 30, 2021. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP)
FILE - In this April 21, 2017, file photo, Philanthropist and co-founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates, right, and his wife Melinda react, prior to being awarded the Legion of Honour at the Elysee Palace in Paris.   Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates will continue to work together as co-chairs of their foundation even after their planned divorce. However, if after two years they cannot continue in their roles, French Gates will resign her positions as co-chair and trustee, The Bill and Gates Melinda Foundation announced Wednesday, July 7, 2021.  (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu, Pool)

Bill, Melinda Gates to run foundation jointly after divorce

If after two years they decide they cannot continue in their roles, Melinda will resign her positions.

  • Jul 7, 2021
FILE - In this April 21, 2017, file photo, Philanthropist and co-founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates, right, and his wife Melinda react, prior to being awarded the Legion of Honour at the Elysee Palace in Paris.   Bill Gates and Melinda French Gates will continue to work together as co-chairs of their foundation even after their planned divorce. However, if after two years they cannot continue in their roles, French Gates will resign her positions as co-chair and trustee, The Bill and Gates Melinda Foundation announced Wednesday, July 7, 2021.  (AP Photo/Kamil Zihnioglu, Pool)
FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2019, file photo, a sign at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation is posted near Richland, Wash. Officials say an underground nuclear waste storage tank that dates to World War II appears to be leaking contaminated liquid into the ground. The U.S. Department of Energy said Thursday, April 29, 2021, that Tank B-109 holds 123,000 gallons of radioactive waste left from the production of plutonium for nuclear weapons on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Report: Over 57% of Hanford workers exposed to hazards

The Hanford Healthy Energy Workers Board has recommendations for employees’ unmet health care needs.

  • Jul 7, 2021
FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2019, file photo, a sign at the Hanford Nuclear Reservation is posted near Richland, Wash. Officials say an underground nuclear waste storage tank that dates to World War II appears to be leaking contaminated liquid into the ground. The U.S. Department of Energy said Thursday, April 29, 2021, that Tank B-109 holds 123,000 gallons of radioactive waste left from the production of plutonium for nuclear weapons on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
(Wenatchee Valley Firefighters Local 453)

Gov. Inslee declares wildfire state of emergency and burn ban

The proclamation activates the Washington National Guard to help in wildland fire suppression efforts.

  • Jul 7, 2021
(Wenatchee Valley Firefighters Local 453)
Brush 1 and crew were mobilized, along with others, to assist with the #BattermanFire. The fire size is estimated at 7,900 acres with 10% containment. (Everett Fire Department)

Wildfires burning in North Central and Eastern Washington

The “Batterman fire” near East Wenatchee started Sunday afternoon and has burned 7,900 acres.

  • Jul 6, 2021
Brush 1 and crew were mobilized, along with others, to assist with the #BattermanFire. The fire size is estimated at 7,900 acres with 10% containment. (Everett Fire Department)
A U.S. Coast Guard cutter patrols the area of debris from a 737 cargo plane that crashed off Oahu, Friday, July 2, 2021, near Honolulu. The plane made an emergency landing in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Hawaii early Friday and both people on board were rescued. The pilots of the Transair Flight 810 reported engine trouble and were attempting to return to Honolulu when they were forced to land the Boeing 737 in the water, the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement. (Craig T. Kojima/Honolulu Star-Advertiser via AP)

Two rescued after cargo plane crashes in ocean off Hawaii

The pilots reported engine trouble and were forced to land the Boeing 737 in the water.

A U.S. Coast Guard cutter patrols the area of debris from a 737 cargo plane that crashed off Oahu, Friday, July 2, 2021, near Honolulu. The plane made an emergency landing in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Hawaii early Friday and both people on board were rescued. The pilots of the Transair Flight 810 reported engine trouble and were attempting to return to Honolulu when they were forced to land the Boeing 737 in the water, the Federal Aviation Administration said in a statement. (Craig T. Kojima/Honolulu Star-Advertiser via AP)