Gambling Commission OKs sports betting at tribal casinos

The proposal involves 15 tribes, including the Tulalips and Stillaguamish, and now goes to the governor.

FILE - In this May 26, 2020, file photo, a sign at the headquarters for the Washington state Employment Security Department is shown at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Washington state's rush to get unemployment benefits to residents who lost jobs due to the coronavirus outbreak left it vulnerable to criminals who made off with hundreds of millions of dollars in fraudulent claims. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

State’s unemployment recipients must look for work after July 4

The change comes after Washington reported the third straight weekly decline in jobless claims.

  • Jun 10, 2021
FILE - In this May 26, 2020, file photo, a sign at the headquarters for the Washington state Employment Security Department is shown at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Washington state's rush to get unemployment benefits to residents who lost jobs due to the coronavirus outbreak left it vulnerable to criminals who made off with hundreds of millions of dollars in fraudulent claims. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
Cami Feek (Washington State Employment Security Department)

Inslee names new head of ESD; vax lottery winners contacted

The governor chose acting commissioner Cami Feek to lead the Employment Security Department.

Cami Feek (Washington State Employment Security Department)
Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan speaks at a news conference as Washington Gov. Jay Inslee looks on, Wednesday, March 10, 2021, at the Lumen Field Events Center in Seattle. Durkan and other officials announced Wednesday that a mass COVID-19 vaccination site would begin operation at the facility Saturday, and said it would be the largest civilian-led vaccination site in the country. Lumen Field is the home stadium of the Seattle Seahawks NFL football team and the Seattle Sounders MLS soccer team. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Mayor: Seattle first to fully vaccinate 70% of residents

The city will launch new efforts to support reopening stores, restaurants, and arts and culture programs.

Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan speaks at a news conference as Washington Gov. Jay Inslee looks on, Wednesday, March 10, 2021, at the Lumen Field Events Center in Seattle. Durkan and other officials announced Wednesday that a mass COVID-19 vaccination site would begin operation at the facility Saturday, and said it would be the largest civilian-led vaccination site in the country. Lumen Field is the home stadium of the Seattle Seahawks NFL football team and the Seattle Sounders MLS soccer team. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
FILE - In this photo taken Dec. 7, 2015, a worker cleans a display case at the Ganja Goddess Cannabis Store in Seattle. On Monday, June 7, 2021, Washington state officials announced that the state's nearly 500 licensed marijuana retailers could begin hosting COVID-19 vaccine clinics and offering a single, free pre-rolled marijuana cigarette to any adult over 21 who receives a shot on-site, but due to federal law and other complications, it's not clear if any of the state's legal pot shops will participate. A current manager at Ganja Goddess said that they would not be participating because they do not have space to host a clinic. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Washington’s ‘joints for jabs’ vaccine program falling flat

Some health care providers are queasy about setting up a clinic on the site of a marijuana business.

FILE - In this photo taken Dec. 7, 2015, a worker cleans a display case at the Ganja Goddess Cannabis Store in Seattle. On Monday, June 7, 2021, Washington state officials announced that the state's nearly 500 licensed marijuana retailers could begin hosting COVID-19 vaccine clinics and offering a single, free pre-rolled marijuana cigarette to any adult over 21 who receives a shot on-site, but due to federal law and other complications, it's not clear if any of the state's legal pot shops will participate. A current manager at Ganja Goddess said that they would not be participating because they do not have space to host a clinic. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
A plane drops fire retardant on the Palmer Mountain Fire last summer in north-central Washington. Laura Knowlton/Sound Publishing staff photo

Washington can expect a warmer, drier summer — and more fires

The Department of Natural Resources has responded to 615 wildfires across the state since January.

A plane drops fire retardant on the Palmer Mountain Fire last summer in north-central Washington. Laura Knowlton/Sound Publishing staff photo

Debt collector to return $475K to Washington consumers

AG Bob Ferguson took Machol & Johannes to court for filing improper wage-garnishment applications.

  • Jun 9, 2021

Bank robber who appeared on TV show sentenced

Richard T. Young pleaded guilty in Island County Superior Court June 4 and got two years in prison.

FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2014, file photo, endangered orcas from the J pod swim in Puget Sound west of Seattle, as seen from a federal research vessel that has been tracking the whales. A new study from federal researchers provides the most detailed look yet at what the Pacific Northwest's endangered orcas eat. Scientists with the NOAA Fisheries Northwest Fisheries Science Center spent years collecting fecal samples from the whales as well as scales from the fish they devoured. They say their data reaffirm the central importance of Chinook salmon to the whales. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Feds could restrict West Coast salmon fishing to help orcas

NOAA Fisheries is taking public comment on the plan, which wouldn’t affect tribes.

FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2014, file photo, endangered orcas from the J pod swim in Puget Sound west of Seattle, as seen from a federal research vessel that has been tracking the whales. A new study from federal researchers provides the most detailed look yet at what the Pacific Northwest's endangered orcas eat. Scientists with the NOAA Fisheries Northwest Fisheries Science Center spent years collecting fecal samples from the whales as well as scales from the fish they devoured. They say their data reaffirm the central importance of Chinook salmon to the whales. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee uses a red pen to veto sections of the state capital budget, Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Inslee signed the state's capital, operating, and transportation budgets Tuesday, officially designating funds — and new taxes — to pay for state programs for the next two years. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Supreme Court considers whether Inslee’s veto went too far

Lawmakers contend he exceeded his authority. The governor argues what he did was legal and necessary.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee uses a red pen to veto sections of the state capital budget, Tuesday, May 21, 2019, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Inslee signed the state's capital, operating, and transportation budgets Tuesday, officially designating funds — and new taxes — to pay for state programs for the next two years. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
FILE - In this Aug. 24, 2020, file photo, Ammon Bundy, center, who led the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation, stands on the Idaho Statehouse steps in Boise, Idaho. Mainstream and far-right Republicans are battling for control of the party and the state in deeply conservative Idaho. (AP Photo/Keith Ridler, File)

Deep-red Idaho sees growing clash between GOP and far right

The atmosphere is so charged that lawmakers spent extra to bring more police to the Statehouse.

  • Jun 8, 2021
FILE - In this Aug. 24, 2020, file photo, Ammon Bundy, center, who led the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation, stands on the Idaho Statehouse steps in Boise, Idaho. Mainstream and far-right Republicans are battling for control of the party and the state in deeply conservative Idaho. (AP Photo/Keith Ridler, File)
Vaccine lottery promotional (Washington State Governor's Office)

Vaccine lottery’s first $250,000 winner to be picked Tuesday

And marijuana retailers can now offer a free joint to customers who get shots at on-site clinics.

Vaccine lottery promotional (Washington State Governor's Office)
A firefighter sprays foam on burning, derailed train cars Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020, in Custer, Wash. Officials say seven train cars carrying crude oil derailed and five caught fire north of Seattle and close to the Canadian border. Whatcom County officials said the derailment occurred in the downtown Custer area, where streets were closed and evacuations ordered during a large fire response. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Rail union: Sabotage caused Washington oil-train derailment

Seven train cars carrying crude oil derailed and five caught fire in Custer, Washington, last December.

  • Jun 8, 2021
A firefighter sprays foam on burning, derailed train cars Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020, in Custer, Wash. Officials say seven train cars carrying crude oil derailed and five caught fire north of Seattle and close to the Canadian border. Whatcom County officials said the derailment occurred in the downtown Custer area, where streets were closed and evacuations ordered during a large fire response. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Ex-mayor in NE Washington sentenced for stealing funds

She said her husband left her, causing her to have a breakdown and fall into addiction.

  • Jun 8, 2021

Navy destroyer causes oil spill in Port Townsend Bay

The boat, which calls Naval Station Everett its home, spilled 20 gallons into the water.

  • Jun 5, 2021
The Monroe Correctional Complex on Friday, June 4, 2021 in Monroe, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)

As cells empty, state looks to close Monroe prison units

Half of the lockup there could be shut down, with officials looking to close prison units statewide.

The Monroe Correctional Complex on Friday, June 4, 2021 in Monroe, Wash. (Olivia Vanni / The Herald)
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee waves as he arrives to speak Thursday, June 3, 2021, during a news conference in Olympia, Wash. Inslee announced that Washington will be the latest state to offer prizes to encourage people to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Incentives will include a series of giveaways during the month of June including lottery prizes totaling $2 million, college tuition assistance, airline tickets, and game systems. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

As vax rates ease, here come the prizes — including $1 million

Incentives range from big cash drawings to sports tickets and tuition. Drawings start next week.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee waves as he arrives to speak Thursday, June 3, 2021, during a news conference in Olympia, Wash. Inslee announced that Washington will be the latest state to offer prizes to encourage people to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Incentives will include a series of giveaways during the month of June including lottery prizes totaling $2 million, college tuition assistance, airline tickets, and game systems. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
A stolen Seattle Police Department rifle after it was unearthed in Marysville. (Marysville Police Department) 20210603

Stolen Seattle police rifle found buried in Marysville yard

The semiautomatic gun was looted from a Seattle police vehicle on May 30, 2020, according to police.

A stolen Seattle Police Department rifle after it was unearthed in Marysville. (Marysville Police Department) 20210603
Monroe Correctional Complex. (Kevin Clark / Herald file)

State to pay $3.25 million in death of Monroe prisoner

The lawsuit said John Kleutsch, 57, died of an abdominal wound that staff failed to properly treat.

Monroe Correctional Complex. (Kevin Clark / Herald file)
In this April 6, 2020 photo, a bus drives past a roadwork construction project in Seattle where ramps off of the Highway 520 floating bridge meet Montlake Blvd. that has been shut down due to concern over the spread of the coronavirus. The $2 trillion federal stimulus package enacted in March included billions of dollars for public transit systems, publicly owned commercial airports and Amtrak passenger train service, but earmarked nothing for state highways and bridges. Many of those projects across the country have been put on hold because of a sharp drop in fuel taxes, tolls and user fees since the coronarvirus-related shutdowns suspended much of the U.S. economy. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Construction worker on Highway 520 project dies in site accident

The man, 45, was struck by an 11,000-pound steel beam and pinned between a pillar and a flatbed trailer.

  • Jun 3, 2021
In this April 6, 2020 photo, a bus drives past a roadwork construction project in Seattle where ramps off of the Highway 520 floating bridge meet Montlake Blvd. that has been shut down due to concern over the spread of the coronavirus. The $2 trillion federal stimulus package enacted in March included billions of dollars for public transit systems, publicly owned commercial airports and Amtrak passenger train service, but earmarked nothing for state highways and bridges. Many of those projects across the country have been put on hold because of a sharp drop in fuel taxes, tolls and user fees since the coronarvirus-related shutdowns suspended much of the U.S. economy. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)