Snow falling in the Cascades raises avalanche concerns

Current weather conditions are shaping up to be just as dangerous as the winter season, officials said.

  • Apr 8, 2021

Gov. Inslee signs bill to restore voting rights to parolees

The sponsor of the bill was Rep. Tarra Simmons, who was convicted of assault and of drug and theft charges.

  • Apr 7, 2021
Raymond Duda, FBI Special Agent in Charge in Seattle, speaks during a news conference at a podium at left, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, about charges against a group of alleged members of the neo-Nazi group Atomwaffen Division for cyber-stalking and mailing threatening communications — including the Swastika-laden posters at right — in a campaign against journalists in several cities. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Neo-Nazi pleads guilty in journalist threat case

The other defendant, Kaleb Cole, has pleaded not guilty and is due to face trial in September.

  • Apr 7, 2021
Raymond Duda, FBI Special Agent in Charge in Seattle, speaks during a news conference at a podium at left, Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020, about charges against a group of alleged members of the neo-Nazi group Atomwaffen Division for cyber-stalking and mailing threatening communications — including the Swastika-laden posters at right — in a campaign against journalists in several cities. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Senate approves ban on Native American mascots at schools

The bill will go back to the House for approval.

  • Apr 7, 2021
Yakama Tribal Chairman Delano Saluskin, left, drapes a gifted blanket over the shoulders of Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff during a Yakama Nation Tribal Council meeting at Legends Casino, Tuesday, April 6, 2021, in Toppenish in Yakima County, Wash. (Evan Abell/Yakima Herald-Republic via AP)

2nd Gentleman Doug Emhoff hears pleas from Yakama Nation

Tribal leaders want lower Snake River dams removed and help with missing and murdered tribal members.

  • Apr 7, 2021
Yakama Tribal Chairman Delano Saluskin, left, drapes a gifted blanket over the shoulders of Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff during a Yakama Nation Tribal Council meeting at Legends Casino, Tuesday, April 6, 2021, in Toppenish in Yakima County, Wash. (Evan Abell/Yakima Herald-Republic via AP)
Boeing President Ron Woodard, fifth from left, breaks ground with Boeing officials to make way for the Boeing Commercial Airplane Group Headquarters Office Building at the Longacres Park site in Renton Wash. Wednesday, May 14, 1997. (AP Photo/Loren Callahan)

For sale: Boeing’s Commercial Airplanes headquarters in Renton

A large warehouse on the Bomarc property in Everett also is for sale.

Boeing President Ron Woodard, fifth from left, breaks ground with Boeing officials to make way for the Boeing Commercial Airplane Group Headquarters Office Building at the Longacres Park site in Renton Wash. Wednesday, May 14, 1997. (AP Photo/Loren Callahan)
From top, a Pine Siskin, American goldfinch and Black-capped chickadee sit on a feeder in Fayston, Vt., Friday, Dec. 19, 2008. From Dec. 14 through Jan. 5, birders around the western hemisphere head out on for one day to keep track of the birds they see and hear in a 15-mile diameter circle. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)

6 in Washington sickened by Salmonella linked to songbirds

The cases were reported in Clark, King, Lewis, Kitsap, Spokane and Thurston counties.

  • Apr 6, 2021
From top, a Pine Siskin, American goldfinch and Black-capped chickadee sit on a feeder in Fayston, Vt., Friday, Dec. 19, 2008. From Dec. 14 through Jan. 5, birders around the western hemisphere head out on for one day to keep track of the birds they see and hear in a 15-mile diameter circle. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot)
An artist’s image of an unknown victim of Green River killer Gary Ridgway. (Courtesy image)

King County wants help identifying Green River killer victim

In 2003, Gary Ridgway pleaded guilty to murdering 48 women. The names of two are still unknown.

  • Apr 6, 2021
An artist’s image of an unknown victim of Green River killer Gary Ridgway. (Courtesy image)
In this photo taken Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, Aaron Clark, vice president of Price Cold Storage, bites into a slice from a Cosmic Crisp apple, a new variety and the first-ever bred in Washington state, after pulling it off a tree in an orchard in Wapato, Wash. The Cosmic Crisp, available beginning Dec. 1, is expected to be a game changer in the apple industry. Already, growers have planted 12 million Cosmic Crisp apple trees, a sign of confidence in the new variety. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Washington state apple exports drop substantially in 2020-21

Crop exports have been challenged by the coronavirus pandemic and trade issues with other countries.

  • Apr 5, 2021
In this photo taken Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2019, Aaron Clark, vice president of Price Cold Storage, bites into a slice from a Cosmic Crisp apple, a new variety and the first-ever bred in Washington state, after pulling it off a tree in an orchard in Wapato, Wash. The Cosmic Crisp, available beginning Dec. 1, is expected to be a game changer in the apple industry. Already, growers have planted 12 million Cosmic Crisp apple trees, a sign of confidence in the new variety. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Pacific Northwest officials consider hydrogen fuel

Interested parties include transit agencies from Everett to Eugene, state legislators and Boeing.

  • Apr 2, 2021

Nation’s 1st advanced nuclear reactor planned near Tri-Cities

Grant PUD would distribute the power produced from the project to its local and regional customers.

  • Apr 2, 2021
Rena Priest, an American Book Award-winning poet and member of Lhaq'temish (Lummi) Nation, is the first indigenous poet to be appointed Washington State Poet Laureate. (Lela Childs/ArtsWa/HumanitiesWashington)

Lummi member is state’s first Native American poet laureate

One of Rena Priest’s main goals will be to celebrate poetry in tribal communities in the state.

  • Apr 2, 2021
Rena Priest, an American Book Award-winning poet and member of Lhaq'temish (Lummi) Nation, is the first indigenous poet to be appointed Washington State Poet Laureate. (Lela Childs/ArtsWa/HumanitiesWashington)

State Senate passes first draft of $59 billion spending plan

The House of Representatives is expected to vote on its own similar plan Saturday.

  • Apr 1, 2021
FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2020, file photo, Raymond Duda, FBI Special Agent in Charge in Seattle, speaks as he stands next to a poster that was mailed earlier in the year to the home of Chris Ingalls, an investigative reporter with KING-TV during a news conference in Seattle. A federal judge declined to impose prison time Wednesday, March 31, 2021, on a former member of a neo-Nazi ring that made threats against journalists, finding that the 21-year-old, who concealed his transgender identity from his co-conspirators, had already suffered enough in his young life. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

No prison time for transgender ex-neo-Nazi in threat case

The judge said the 21-year-old had already suffered enough in his young life.

  • Apr 1, 2021
FILE - In this Feb. 26, 2020, file photo, Raymond Duda, FBI Special Agent in Charge in Seattle, speaks as he stands next to a poster that was mailed earlier in the year to the home of Chris Ingalls, an investigative reporter with KING-TV during a news conference in Seattle. A federal judge declined to impose prison time Wednesday, March 31, 2021, on a former member of a neo-Nazi ring that made threats against journalists, finding that the 21-year-old, who concealed his transgender identity from his co-conspirators, had already suffered enough in his young life. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
The North Cascades Highway should be cleared in four to six weeks. (Washington State Department of Transportation)

Snow clearing on Hwy 20 over Cascades to begin next week

Hikers, skiers, snowmobilers can use the closed section of highway on weekends once the work begins.

  • Apr 1, 2021
The North Cascades Highway should be cleared in four to six weeks. (Washington State Department of Transportation)
Vehicles line up Wednesday at Arlington Municipal Airport, one of Snohomish County's public vaccination sites. (Sue Misao / The Herald) 20210331

In 2 weeks, everyone 16 and older is eligible for a vaccine

With supply rising, Gov. Jay Inslee will open COVID-19 vaccinations to all starting April 15.

Vehicles line up Wednesday at Arlington Municipal Airport, one of Snohomish County's public vaccination sites. (Sue Misao / The Herald) 20210331

Pilot used treetops to survive crash in Washington forest

Quick thinking, and 60 years of flight experience, left him and his flying buddy virtually unscathed.

  • Mar 31, 2021
FILE - In this April 5, 2011, file photo shows Joseph Edward Duncan III stands in court in Indio, Ca, Duncan convicted of killing a couple and two children in Idaho was sentenced to life in prison for torturing and killing a 10-year-old boy in California in 1997. A convicted serial killer whose victims included two young boys died Sunday at a hospital in Indiana, authorities said. Joseph Edward Duncan died at the medical center near United States Penitentiary, Terre Haute, where he was on death row, according to a statement from prosecutors in Riverside County, California. Duncan, 58, had been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. (Terry Pierson/The Orange County Register via AP)

‘My soul is lighter’: Serial killer’s death brings closure

In 2005 he killed 4 members of an Idaho family and later was caught with the surviving child.

  • Mar 31, 2021
FILE - In this April 5, 2011, file photo shows Joseph Edward Duncan III stands in court in Indio, Ca, Duncan convicted of killing a couple and two children in Idaho was sentenced to life in prison for torturing and killing a 10-year-old boy in California in 1997. A convicted serial killer whose victims included two young boys died Sunday at a hospital in Indiana, authorities said. Joseph Edward Duncan died at the medical center near United States Penitentiary, Terre Haute, where he was on death row, according to a statement from prosecutors in Riverside County, California. Duncan, 58, had been diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. (Terry Pierson/The Orange County Register via AP)
In this 2019 photo provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is a grizzly bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) in Grand Teton National Park, Wyo. Grizzly bears are slowly expanding in the northern Rocky Mountains but scientists say they need continued protections and have concluded no other areas of the country would be suitable for the fearsome animals. The Fish and Wildlife Service on Wednesday, March 31, 2021, released its first assessment in almost a decade on the status of grizzly bears in the contiguous U.S. (Joe Lieb/USFWS via AP)

Scientists: Grizzlies expand turf but still need protection

About 1,900 grizzly bears live in the Northern Rockies of Wyoming, Montana, Idaho and Washington.

  • Mar 31, 2021
In this 2019 photo provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is a grizzly bear (Ursus arctos horribilis) in Grand Teton National Park, Wyo. Grizzly bears are slowly expanding in the northern Rocky Mountains but scientists say they need continued protections and have concluded no other areas of the country would be suitable for the fearsome animals. The Fish and Wildlife Service on Wednesday, March 31, 2021, released its first assessment in almost a decade on the status of grizzly bears in the contiguous U.S. (Joe Lieb/USFWS via AP)
Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Rishi Sharma checks levels in his camera before interviewing WWII combat veteran Frank Burns of Freeland last Saturday. Sharma travels the country interviewing WWII combat veterans for his oral history project and nonprofit, Heros of the Second World War.

Traveling interviewer records WWII vets on Whidbey Island

Rishi Sharma has met more than 1,100 World War II combat veterans to document their stories.

Photo by Emily Gilbert/Whidbey News-Times
Rishi Sharma checks levels in his camera before interviewing WWII combat veteran Frank Burns of Freeland last Saturday. Sharma travels the country interviewing WWII combat veterans for his oral history project and nonprofit, Heros of the Second World War.