Cars drive onto the ferry at the Mukilteo terminal on Monday, Nov. 1, 2021 in Mukilteo, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

State ferry system experiencing unprecedented staff shortage

The Seattle Maritime Academy is soliciting interest in the profession that can pay $70-80K a year to start.

Cars drive onto the ferry at the Mukilteo terminal on Monday, Nov. 1, 2021 in Mukilteo, Wa. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

State says Washington’s wolf population grew 16% last year

206 wolves in 33 packs, up from 178 wolves in 29 packs and 16 breeding pairs in the 2020 count.

  • Apr 11, 2022
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Officials: State’s first COVID death was in Snohomish County

A new glimpse into Washington’s earliest COVID deaths — and why we may never have a complete record.

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Worker pick buds ready for packing and shipping as they go by on a conveyor at Washington Bulb Company on Thursday, April 11, 2019 in Mount Vernon, Wash. 

RoozenGaarde, the retail division, is the public side of the enterprise, with fields to stroll, gift shops and bouquets of fresh flowers so visitors can bring the magic home. 
Washington Bulb Company is the wholesale operation of growing and shipping about 40 varieties of tulips. With 15 acres of climate-controlled greenhouses, plus warehouses and loading docks, it is as practical as the fields are pretty. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Washington tulip grower, striking workers reach deal

Demands met include bathrooms and the full recovery of lost wages for sick time due to pesticide exposure.

  • Apr 5, 2022
Worker pick buds ready for packing and shipping as they go by on a conveyor at Washington Bulb Company on Thursday, April 11, 2019 in Mount Vernon, Wash. 

RoozenGaarde, the retail division, is the public side of the enterprise, with fields to stroll, gift shops and bouquets of fresh flowers so visitors can bring the magic home. 
Washington Bulb Company is the wholesale operation of growing and shipping about 40 varieties of tulips. With 15 acres of climate-controlled greenhouses, plus warehouses and loading docks, it is as practical as the fields are pretty. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Brandi Carlile performs "Right on Time" at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, April 3, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Strong showing of Washington artists at the Grammys

Especially Foo Fighters

  • Apr 4, 2022
Brandi Carlile performs "Right on Time" at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards on Sunday, April 3, 2022, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Tugs guide the Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Louisiana to its berth at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor in 2012. (U.S. Navy)

2 injured in US naval submarine accident in Bremerton

Rapid decompression during a test created a rush of air, dislodging scaffolding and other equipment.

  • Apr 4, 2022
Tugs guide the Ohio-class ballistic missile submarine USS Louisiana to its berth at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor in 2012. (U.S. Navy)
Water drips from an Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 after it received a water salute while becoming the first scheduled 737 arrival Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022, at Paine Field Airport in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Alaska Airlines cancels dozens of flights as pilots picket

So far flights out of Paine Field in Everett have been unaffected. No picketing was seen there Friday.

Water drips from an Alaska Airlines Boeing 737 after it received a water salute while becoming the first scheduled 737 arrival Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022, at Paine Field Airport in Everett, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Governor Jay Inslee prepares to sign a number of bills into law during a bill signing Friday, March 25, 2022, outside the ferry terminal in Mukilteo, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Lawmakers’ latest legal fight with Inslee nears a quiet end

They challenged two of the governor’s vetoes. Inslee conceded on one. Legislative action may have made the other moot.

Governor Jay Inslee prepares to sign a number of bills into law during a bill signing Friday, March 25, 2022, outside the ferry terminal in Mukilteo, Washington. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Brothers T101A “Rush” and T101B “Lagoon." (Ellie Sawyer/Maya’s Legacy/PWWA)

70 killer whales seen in one day in Salish Sea

The sightings of the Bigg’s orcas set a record for the region ranging from Hood Canal to Vancouver Island.

Brothers T101A “Rush” and T101B “Lagoon." (Ellie Sawyer/Maya’s Legacy/PWWA)
Tulalip council members and tribal members watch as Governor Jay Inslee signs bill HB 1571 into law at the Tulalip Resort on Thursday, March 31, 2022 in Tulalip, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

1st in U.S.: Missing Indigenous people alert system enacted

Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday signed into law a bill that creates a first-in-the-nation statewide alert system for Native Americans.

Tulalip council members and tribal members watch as Governor Jay Inslee signs bill HB 1571 into law at the Tulalip Resort on Thursday, March 31, 2022 in Tulalip, Washington. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
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State budgets, signed Thursday, include money for local projects

Among the provisions are money to build a Community Recovery Center in Lynnwood and aid Afghan refugees in Snohomish County.

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Rick Thurmer's completed his life-long goal of summiting the seven highest summits on seven continents.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Mukilteo climber who summited peaks worldwide dies in Cascades

Dr. Richard Thurmer had gone solo hiking over the weekend on Dragontail Peak. His body was recovered from the snow Thursday.

Rick Thurmer's completed his life-long goal of summiting the seven highest summits on seven continents.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
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Inslee signs new bills on catalytic converters, hazing and more

The governor also cleared the way for an Indigenous persons alert system, with highway messages like a “silver” alert.

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An EA-18G Growler taxis down the airstrip on Naval Air Station Whidbey Island during the squadron’s welcome home ceremony in August 2017. (Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Scott Wood/U.S. Navy)

Whidbey Growlers fly to Germany to ‘bolster’ NATO against Russia

Six EA-18G Growler jets and 240 Navy personnel from NAS Whidbey headed to Europe on Monday.

An EA-18G Growler taxis down the airstrip on Naval Air Station Whidbey Island during the squadron’s welcome home ceremony in August 2017. (Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Scott Wood/U.S. Navy)
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Seattle Center Monorail celebrates 60 years

The elevated train has outlasted its critics, whooshing on pneumatic tires from Seattle Center to downtown.

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Gregory Lemke (left) and Davyd Klimov are working to bring Klimov’s wife, Natalia, to the U.S. from Ukraine. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

For Ukrainian couple, ‘a dead end no matter where I try to go’

Davyd Klimov, originally from Ukraine, is helping his wife escape from afar.

Gregory Lemke (left) and Davyd Klimov are working to bring Klimov’s wife, Natalia, to the U.S. from Ukraine. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)
Ed Hunt stands outside his RV on Cornwall Avenue on March 16. Hunt has lived along the road for more than a year. (Hailey Hoffman/Cascadia Daily News)

Crackdown on parked RVs hits home to Bellingham’s homeless

The city resumes a 72-hour parking limit, which means rigs used as living quarters must be moved. Many don’t run.

  • Mar 29, 2022
Ed Hunt stands outside his RV on Cornwall Avenue on March 16. Hunt has lived along the road for more than a year. (Hailey Hoffman/Cascadia Daily News)
Sen. John Lovick's bill to make pickleball the official state sport was signed by Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday. (Photo provided by Chuck Wright)

Pickleball officially named Washington’s state sport

Gov. Jay Inslee signed SB5615 into law during a ceremony held Monday afternoon in Bainbridge Island.

Sen. John Lovick's bill to make pickleball the official state sport was signed by Gov. Jay Inslee on Monday. (Photo provided by Chuck Wright)
Downtown Leavenworth on March 16, 2022. (Sue Misao / The Herald)

Highway in Leavenworth reopened after perceived bomb threat

U.S. 2 was closed for about 3 hours in both directions Thursday afternoon.

  • Mar 25, 2022
Downtown Leavenworth on March 16, 2022. (Sue Misao / The Herald)
Worker pick buds ready for packing and shipping as they go by on a conveyor at Washington Bulb Company on Thursday, April 11, 2019 in Mount Vernon, Wash. 

RoozenGaarde, the retail division, is the public side of the enterprise, with fields to stroll, gift shops and bouquets of fresh flowers so visitors can bring the magic home. 
Washington Bulb Company is the wholesale operation of growing and shipping about 40 varieties of tulips. With 15 acres of climate-controlled greenhouses, plus warehouses and loading docks, it is as practical as the fields are pretty. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Tulip, daffodil farmworkers strike over wages, conditions

The work stoppage comes just ahead of the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival, set to begin April 1.

  • Mar 24, 2022
Worker pick buds ready for packing and shipping as they go by on a conveyor at Washington Bulb Company on Thursday, April 11, 2019 in Mount Vernon, Wash. 

RoozenGaarde, the retail division, is the public side of the enterprise, with fields to stroll, gift shops and bouquets of fresh flowers so visitors can bring the magic home. 
Washington Bulb Company is the wholesale operation of growing and shipping about 40 varieties of tulips. With 15 acres of climate-controlled greenhouses, plus warehouses and loading docks, it is as practical as the fields are pretty. (Andy Bronson / The Herald)