Former WA employee charged with stealing unemployment funds

Reyes De La Cruz, III, of Moses Lake is charged with defrauding the government of at least $360,000.

  • Sep 24, 2021
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Ban on single-use plastic bags in WA begins Oct. 1

Shoppers will have the choice to pay for a reusable plastic or recycled paper bag.

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A sign directs motorists to a COVID-19 testing site, Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021, in Tukwila, Wash., south of Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Eviction protections in Washington extended to Oct. 31

Gov. Jay Inslee said Thursday the state’s eviction protections will be extended beyond Sept. 30.

A sign directs motorists to a COVID-19 testing site, Wednesday, Sept. 22, 2021, in Tukwila, Wash., south of Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
In photo provided by the Washington State Dept. of Agriculture, an Asian Giant Hornet wearing a tracking device is shown Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020 near Blaine, Wash. Scientists have discovered the first nest of so-called murder hornets in the United States and plan to wipe it out Saturday to protect native honeybees, officials in Washington state said Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. (Karla Salp/Washington Dept. of Agriculture via AP)

4th murder hornet nest destroyed in northwestern Washington

Another nest of Asian giant hornets found close to the Canada border has been destroyed.

  • Sep 23, 2021
In photo provided by the Washington State Dept. of Agriculture, an Asian Giant Hornet wearing a tracking device is shown Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020 near Blaine, Wash. Scientists have discovered the first nest of so-called murder hornets in the United States and plan to wipe it out Saturday to protect native honeybees, officials in Washington state said Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. (Karla Salp/Washington Dept. of Agriculture via AP)

King County workers get more time for COVID-19 vaccine

The agreement, which covers about 10,000 workers, gives some slack for those who have been hesitant.

North Cascades National Park is coming under new leadership

Don Striker will draw from and recognize the traditional knowledge and sovereignty of tribes.

  • Sep 23, 2021

Seattle, state to buy 3 new buildings for homeless people

A 165 studio apartments supposed to be rented at market rates will instead house homeless people.

  • Sep 22, 2021
The Voting Commissioners of the Washington State Redistricting Commission released draft Legislative District maps Tuesday. (Washington State Redistricting Commission)

Early maps of legislative districts endanger some incumbents

Under one redistricting proposal, Mill Creek joins Everett. Under another, Monroe joins Wenatchee.

The Voting Commissioners of the Washington State Redistricting Commission released draft Legislative District maps Tuesday. (Washington State Redistricting Commission)

Seattle mayor extends COVID eviction moratoriums

The moratoriums will remain in place through Jan. 15, rather than expiring at the end of September.

Catherine Berwicks loads ballots into a tray after scanning them at the Snohomish County Elections Ballot Processing Center on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020 in Everett, Wa.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Lawsuits claim 2020 ballots in Washington were manipulated

Plaintiffs argue in Snohomish County and elsewhere — without evidence — that machines “obviously are not working.”

Catherine Berwicks loads ballots into a tray after scanning them at the Snohomish County Elections Ballot Processing Center on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020 in Everett, Wa.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks at a news conference, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Inslee announced that Washington state is expanding its vaccine mandate to include all public, charter and private school teachers and staff, as well as those working at the state's colleges and universities. Inslee also expanded the statewide indoor mask mandate in place for non-vaccinated individuals to include those who are vaccinated. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Gov. Inslee asks feds for medical staffing help with COVID-19

The state also requested Department of Defense personnel “to assist with the current hospital crisis.”

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee speaks at a news conference, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Inslee announced that Washington state is expanding its vaccine mandate to include all public, charter and private school teachers and staff, as well as those working at the state's colleges and universities. Inslee also expanded the statewide indoor mask mandate in place for non-vaccinated individuals to include those who are vaccinated. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Whidbey public records advocate blasts cities’ responses

Eric Hood has collected about $1 million through Public Records Act lawsuits.

Two combines harvest wheat, Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021, near Pullman, Wash. Across eastern Washington, a drought the National Weather Service classified as "exceptional" has devastated what is normally the fourth largest wheat crop in the nation. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

2021 a record-breaking drought year in parts of Washington

Wheat, lentils, chickpeas, and potatoes in the east side of the state have all suffered.

  • Sep 20, 2021
Two combines harvest wheat, Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021, near Pullman, Wash. Across eastern Washington, a drought the National Weather Service classified as "exceptional" has devastated what is normally the fourth largest wheat crop in the nation. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
The Gorge Powerhouse in Newhalem. (Seattle City Light)

Sauk-Suiattle tribe sues Seattle utility over green stance

The lawsuit seeks to stop Seattle City Light from claiming it’s environmentally responsible utility.

  • Sep 18, 2021
The Gorge Powerhouse in Newhalem. (Seattle City Light)
FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2016, file photo, the AT&T logo is positioned above one of its retail stores, in New York. A Pakistan resident has been sentenced on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021, to 12 years in prison for a conspiracy to "unlock" phones from AT&T's network, a scheme the company says cost it more than $200 million. Muhammad Fahd, 35, of Karachi, recruited an employee of an AT&T call center in Bothell, Wash., via Facebook in 2012, and began bribing that employee and his coworkers to use their credentials to unlock phones. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Bothell workers helped Pakistani in $200 million phone fraud

The Karachi man recruited employees of an AT&T call center to use their credentials to unlock phones.

FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2016, file photo, the AT&T logo is positioned above one of its retail stores, in New York. A Pakistan resident has been sentenced on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021, to 12 years in prison for a conspiracy to "unlock" phones from AT&T's network, a scheme the company says cost it more than $200 million. Muhammad Fahd, 35, of Karachi, recruited an employee of an AT&T call center in Bothell, Wash., via Facebook in 2012, and began bribing that employee and his coworkers to use their credentials to unlock phones. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
In photo provided by the Washington State Dept. of Agriculture, an Asian Giant Hornet wearing a tracking device is shown Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020 near Blaine, Wash. Scientists have discovered the first nest of so-called murder hornets in the United States and plan to wipe it out Saturday to protect native honeybees, officials in Washington state said Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. (Karla Salp/Washington Dept. of Agriculture via AP)

‘Concerning’: Possible murder hornet 20 miles from known nests

The insect was spotted in the foothills near Sumas Mountain.

  • Sep 17, 2021
In photo provided by the Washington State Dept. of Agriculture, an Asian Giant Hornet wearing a tracking device is shown Thursday, Oct. 22, 2020 near Blaine, Wash. Scientists have discovered the first nest of so-called murder hornets in the United States and plan to wipe it out Saturday to protect native honeybees, officials in Washington state said Friday, Oct. 23, 2020. (Karla Salp/Washington Dept. of Agriculture via AP)
A marijuana grow is seen on Sept. 2, 2021, in an aerial photo taken by the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office the day officers raided the site in the community of Alfalfa, Ore. On the 30-acre property in the high desert they found 49 greenhouses containing almost 10,000 marijuana plants and a complex watering system with several 15,000-20,000 gallon cisterns.   (Deschutes County Sheriff Via AP)

‘Blatant theft’: Illegal pot farms take West’s scarce water

Meanwhile, farmers are spending thousands of dollars drilling deeper wells as aquifers dry up.

  • Sep 17, 2021
A marijuana grow is seen on Sept. 2, 2021, in an aerial photo taken by the Deschutes County Sheriff's Office the day officers raided the site in the community of Alfalfa, Ore. On the 30-acre property in the high desert they found 49 greenhouses containing almost 10,000 marijuana plants and a complex watering system with several 15,000-20,000 gallon cisterns.   (Deschutes County Sheriff Via AP)

Boeing sells land for $200M in plan to shrink holdings

Boeing has sold 310 acres of undeveloped land next to its Frederickson manufacturing plant.

King County to require vaccine or test for events, eateries

Proof of a COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test will be required to enter certain establishments.

Biden slammed for challenging Hanford workers’ health law

The 2018 rule made it easier for nuclear reservation employees to qualify for compensation benefits.

  • Sep 16, 2021