Algae bloom is seen in June 2018 in Budd Inlet, at the southern end of Puget Sound in Thurston County. (Department of Ecology)

Human-caused ‘dead zones’ threaten the health of Puget Sound

Wastewater treatment plants account for about 70% of the excess nutrients.

Algae bloom is seen in June 2018 in Budd Inlet, at the southern end of Puget Sound in Thurston County. (Department of Ecology)
West Point Treatment Plant in Seattle. Photo courtesy of King County

Wastewater spills into Puget Sound, Lake Washington

About 20% of the 10 million gallons of untreated water was sewage, and 80% was stormwater.

West Point Treatment Plant in Seattle. Photo courtesy of King County
Democrats in the Washington State House are proposing to pay for transportation improvements partly by raising the gas tax by 18 cents. (Andrea Brown / Herald file)

Gas tax increase part of Dems’ massive transportation package

An 18-cent gas tax hike and a fee on carbon emissions would raise $25.8 billion for new roads and more.

Democrats in the Washington State House are proposing to pay for transportation improvements partly by raising the gas tax by 18 cents. (Andrea Brown / Herald file)
A sign in set up to alert that the vaccine station at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds, is by appointment only, on Monday, Jan. 18, 2020 in Monroe, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Inslee: New vaccination phase includes everyone 65 and older

The move to Phase 1b means more than 200,000 Snohomish County residents are eligible for the vaccine.

A sign in set up to alert that the vaccine station at the Evergreen State Fairgrounds, is by appointment only, on Monday, Jan. 18, 2020 in Monroe, Washington.  (Andy Bronson / The Herald)

Police: Thief berated mom for leaving kid in car he stole

“He actually lectured the mother for leaving the child in the car and threatened to call the police.”

  • Jan 19, 2021

12 arrested after blocking I-5 lanes in Seattle

During the protest, the group painted the letters “BLM” on the pavement.

  • Jan 18, 2021
Coho runs expected in the ocean and in Puget Sound dropped significantly in 2020. (Mike Benbow, file)

Time running out for Northwest salmon species, report says

Habitat restoration projects have not kept pace with ongoing habitat loss, especially in urban areas.

  • Jan 18, 2021
Coho runs expected in the ocean and in Puget Sound dropped significantly in 2020. (Mike Benbow, file)
Hollie Jordan surveys her father's service station that was destroyed by wildfire, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, in Malden, Wash. "This was filled with work and life and memories and it's all gone," said Jordan. (AP Photo/Jed Conklin)

State Rep.: Trump is blocking federal aid because of Inslee

It’s been more than four months since a wildfire tore through two towns in Eastern Washington.

  • Jan 18, 2021
Hollie Jordan surveys her father's service station that was destroyed by wildfire, Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, in Malden, Wash. "This was filled with work and life and memories and it's all gone," said Jordan. (AP Photo/Jed Conklin)
Republican gubernatorial candidate Loren Culp smiles while greeting supporters at a rally Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020, in Mount Vernon, Wash. Culp, police chief of the town of Republic, Wash., is running against incumbent Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee in November. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Culp drops election fraud suit after sanction threats

The lawsuit was withdrawn “with prejudice,” meaning it cannot be refiled.

  • Jan 15, 2021
Republican gubernatorial candidate Loren Culp smiles while greeting supporters at a rally Saturday, Aug. 29, 2020, in Mount Vernon, Wash. Culp, police chief of the town of Republic, Wash., is running against incumbent Democratic Gov. Jay Inslee in November. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Members of the Washington National Guard stand at a sundial near the Legislative Building, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Governors in some states have called out the National Guard, declared states of emergency and closed their capitols over concerns about potentially violent protests. Though details remain murky, demonstrations are expected at state capitols beginning Sunday and leading up to President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Washington National Guard members activated for inauguration

The extra security comes in the wake of the insurgence at the U.S. Capitol last week.

  • Jan 15, 2021
Members of the Washington National Guard stand at a sundial near the Legislative Building, Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Governors in some states have called out the National Guard, declared states of emergency and closed their capitols over concerns about potentially violent protests. Though details remain murky, demonstrations are expected at state capitols beginning Sunday and leading up to President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration on Wednesday. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Park rangers searching for Everett man whose car was found

He is believed to be in possession of a firearm and traveling with a small, white Blue Heeler-type dog.

FILE - In this May 8, 2003, file photo, a Northern Spotted Owl flies after an elusive mouse jumping off the end of a stick in the Deschutes National Forest near Camp Sherman, Ore. The Trump administration has slashed more than 3 million acres of protected habitat for the northern spotted owl in Oregon, Washington and northern California, much of it in prime timber locations in Oregon's coastal ranges. Environmentalists are accusing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service under President Donald Trump of taking a "parting shot" at protections designed to help restore the threatened owl species. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)

Trump administration slashes imperiled spotted owls’ habitat

The native bird sparked a decades-long battle over logging across Washington, Oregon and California.

  • Jan 14, 2021
FILE - In this May 8, 2003, file photo, a Northern Spotted Owl flies after an elusive mouse jumping off the end of a stick in the Deschutes National Forest near Camp Sherman, Ore. The Trump administration has slashed more than 3 million acres of protected habitat for the northern spotted owl in Oregon, Washington and northern California, much of it in prime timber locations in Oregon's coastal ranges. Environmentalists are accusing the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service under President Donald Trump of taking a "parting shot" at protections designed to help restore the threatened owl species. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)
FILE - This June 29, 2017, file remote camera image provided by the U.S. Forest Service shows a female gray wolf and two of the three pups born in 2017 in the wilds of Lassen National Forest in Northern California. Trump administration officials on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, stripped Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in most of the U.S., ending longstanding federal safeguards and putting states in charge of overseeing the predators.  (U.S. Forest Service via AP, File)

Groups ask court to restore protections for US gray wolves

The predator is revered by wildlife watchers but feared by many livestock producers.

  • Jan 14, 2021
FILE - This June 29, 2017, file remote camera image provided by the U.S. Forest Service shows a female gray wolf and two of the three pups born in 2017 in the wilds of Lassen National Forest in Northern California. Trump administration officials on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020, stripped Endangered Species Act protections for gray wolves in most of the U.S., ending longstanding federal safeguards and putting states in charge of overseeing the predators.  (U.S. Forest Service via AP, File)
In this image made from video, a racing pigeon sits on a rooftop Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, in Melbourne, Australia, The racing pigeon, first spotted in late Dec. 2020, appears to have made an extraordinary 13,000-kilometer (8,000-mile) Pacific Ocean crossing from the United States to Australia. Experts suspect the pigeon named Joe, after the U.S. president-elect, hitched a ride on a cargo ship to cross the Pacific. (Channel 9 via AP)

Australia to kill pigeon that crossed Pacific from Oregon

Birds from the U.S. are considered a risk that could compromise food security and wild bird populations.

  • Jan 14, 2021
In this image made from video, a racing pigeon sits on a rooftop Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, in Melbourne, Australia, The racing pigeon, first spotted in late Dec. 2020, appears to have made an extraordinary 13,000-kilometer (8,000-mile) Pacific Ocean crossing from the United States to Australia. Experts suspect the pigeon named Joe, after the U.S. president-elect, hitched a ride on a cargo ship to cross the Pacific. (Channel 9 via AP)
Law enforcement officers stand atop the Capitol in anticipation of protests Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. According to organizers, some protesters are unhappy the Legislature will be meeting virtually and in sessions not open to the public, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, during the 2021 session which opens Monday. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee activated members of the National Guard this week to work with the Washington State Patrol to protect the Capitol campus. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Inslee extends Capitol security efforts through Inauguration

A right-wing militia had encouraged its members to occupy the Capitol before calling it off.

  • Jan 13, 2021
Law enforcement officers stand atop the Capitol in anticipation of protests Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. According to organizers, some protesters are unhappy the Legislature will be meeting virtually and in sessions not open to the public, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, during the 2021 session which opens Monday. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee activated members of the National Guard this week to work with the Washington State Patrol to protect the Capitol campus. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
A car drives through a flooded street in Lynnwood, Wash., after a rainstorm Monday, Jan. 4, 2021.  (Mike Siegel/The Seattle Times via AP)

‘Atmospheric river’ brings threat of floods, landslides

The WSDOT plans to do avalanche control over Stevens Pass early Tuesday and maybe Wednesday morning.

  • Jan 12, 2021
A car drives through a flooded street in Lynnwood, Wash., after a rainstorm Monday, Jan. 4, 2021.  (Mike Siegel/The Seattle Times via AP)

2 killed in small jet crash on Oregon tribal reservation

Rescuers confirmed that the pilot and passenger on the twin-engine Cessna Citation C560 were killed.

  • Jan 10, 2021
A supporter of President Donald Trump listens to speakers during a rally Sunday at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Protesters from several causes rallied Sunday at the Capitol, which was secured with a perimeter fence and National Guard members, the day before the 2021 legislative session was scheduled to begin. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Protesters gather outside Capitol in Olympia, Washington

Some opposed vaccines and building’s closure to the public; others supported President Donald Trump.

  • Jan 10, 2021
A supporter of President Donald Trump listens to speakers during a rally Sunday at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Protesters from several causes rallied Sunday at the Capitol, which was secured with a perimeter fence and National Guard members, the day before the 2021 legislative session was scheduled to begin. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Seattle man charged with assaulting officer in Capitol riot

A Capitol Police officer said the 51-year-old man repeatedly punched an officer.

  • Jan 10, 2021

Helicopter crash lands near Winthrop ice rink; no injuries

Okanogan County Sheriff Tony Hawley said two passengers on the aircraft were unhurt.

  • Jan 10, 2021