In this image taken from video provided by Roman Puzhlyakov, debris from a SpaceX rocket lights up the sky behind clouds over Vancouver, Wash. Thursday evening, March 25, 2021. The remnants of the second stage of the Falcon 9 rocket left comet-like trails as they burned up upon re-entry in the Earth's atmosphere according to a tweet from the National Weather Service. (Roman Puzhlyakov via AP)

Rocket debris lights up skies over the Pacific Northwest

The Falcon 9’s second stage did not successfully have a de-orbit burn, officials said.

  • Mar 26, 2021
In this image taken from video provided by Roman Puzhlyakov, debris from a SpaceX rocket lights up the sky behind clouds over Vancouver, Wash. Thursday evening, March 25, 2021. The remnants of the second stage of the Falcon 9 rocket left comet-like trails as they burned up upon re-entry in the Earth's atmosphere according to a tweet from the National Weather Service. (Roman Puzhlyakov via AP)
FILE - In this May 8, 2003, file photo, a northern spotted owl sits on a tree branch in the Deschutes National Forest near Camp Sherman, Ore. Environmental groups have filed a lawsuit seeking to preserve protections for 3.4 million acres of northern spotted owl habitat from the US-Canadian border to northern California. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service removed protections for the old-growth forest in the last days of the Trump administration. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)

Conservationists sue to save spotted owl logging protections

The 3.4 million acres of protected habitat stretches from the Canadian border to northern California.

  • Mar 26, 2021
FILE - In this May 8, 2003, file photo, a northern spotted owl sits on a tree branch in the Deschutes National Forest near Camp Sherman, Ore. Environmental groups have filed a lawsuit seeking to preserve protections for 3.4 million acres of northern spotted owl habitat from the US-Canadian border to northern California. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service removed protections for the old-growth forest in the last days of the Trump administration. (AP Photo/Don Ryan, File)
Medical workers prepare medicine at the Matanda Hospital in Butembo, where the first case of Ebola died, in the North Kivu province of Congo Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021. A second case and death of Ebola has been recorded in Congo's North Kivu province after a 60-year-old woman died Wednesday, according to officials. (AP Photo/Al-hadji Kudra Maliro)

23 people in Washington being monitored for Ebola

Airlines are notifying the CDC about passengers who were in Guinea or the Democratic Republic of Congo.

  • Mar 26, 2021
Medical workers prepare medicine at the Matanda Hospital in Butembo, where the first case of Ebola died, in the North Kivu province of Congo Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021. A second case and death of Ebola has been recorded in Congo's North Kivu province after a 60-year-old woman died Wednesday, according to officials. (AP Photo/Al-hadji Kudra Maliro)
King County Correctional Facility (Bellevue Reporter, file)

Over 50 infected in COVID-19 outbreak at King County Jail

Seven jail employees and 46 inmates have tested positive since March 9, officials said.

  • Mar 26, 2021
King County Correctional Facility (Bellevue Reporter, file)
The Washington State Capitol in Olympia. (Emma Epperly/WNPA Olympia News Bureau, file)

State Senate Democrats unveil ambitious $59.2B spending plan

The proposal would use reserves and federal aid for economic recovery and the fight against COVID-19.

The Washington State Capitol in Olympia. (Emma Epperly/WNPA Olympia News Bureau, file)
The remains of a pig after processing at Return Home in Auburn, the world's first, large-scale terramation facility. Courtesy photo, Nathan Janser

Large-scale, human composting facility set to open in Auburn

The chemical-free “terramation” process takes two months to turn a body into a dark, odorless soil.

The remains of a pig after processing at Return Home in Auburn, the world's first, large-scale terramation facility. Courtesy photo, Nathan Janser
Washington State Governor Jay Inslee speaks with special ed Pre-K teacher Michelle Ling in her classroom at Phantom Lake Elementary School in Bellevue, Wash. Tuesday, March 2, 2021. (Ellen M. Banner/The Seattle Times via AP, Pool)

Inslee: K-12 schools can reduce COVID social distancing

The governor reduced social distancing requirements for K-12 classrooms from 6 feet to 3 feet.

  • Mar 25, 2021
Washington State Governor Jay Inslee speaks with special ed Pre-K teacher Michelle Ling in her classroom at Phantom Lake Elementary School in Bellevue, Wash. Tuesday, March 2, 2021. (Ellen M. Banner/The Seattle Times via AP, Pool)
Rep. Tarra Simmons holds blank voter registration forms as she poses for a photo Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020, at her home in Bremerton. Simmons is believed to be the first formerly incarcerated person to win election to the Statehouse. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, file)

Washington state OKs bill to give voting rights to parolees

The bill’s main sponsor was a Bremerton lawmaker who was once incarcerated before becoming a lawyer.

  • Mar 25, 2021
Rep. Tarra Simmons holds blank voter registration forms as she poses for a photo Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2020, at her home in Bremerton. Simmons is believed to be the first formerly incarcerated person to win election to the Statehouse. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, file)
The Global Supertanker drops retardant while battling the Glass Fire in Napa County, Calif., on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

Global Supertanker in position to soak wildfires in the West

The converted Boeing 747 can drop in one pass what would take a standard plane eight drops to accomplish.

  • Mar 25, 2021
The Global Supertanker drops retardant while battling the Glass Fire in Napa County, Calif., on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
Lights illuminate cars from an Amtrak train that derailed above Interstate 5, Monday, Dec. 18, 2017, in DuPont, Wash. The Amtrak train making the first-ever run along a faster new route hurtled off the overpass Monday near Tacoma and spilled some of its cars onto the highway below, killing several people, authorities said. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Court: Amtrak, not engineer, liable for deadly 2017 derailment

A lawsuit filed by the engineer seeks damages for medical expenses and lost earning capacity.

  • Mar 24, 2021
Lights illuminate cars from an Amtrak train that derailed above Interstate 5, Monday, Dec. 18, 2017, in DuPont, Wash. The Amtrak train making the first-ever run along a faster new route hurtled off the overpass Monday near Tacoma and spilled some of its cars onto the highway below, killing several people, authorities said. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Former Washington state Auditor Troy Kelley, right, arrives at the federal courthouse in Tacoma, Wash., with his wife Diane, left, Friday, June 29, 2018, for a sentencing hearing following his conviction in 2017 on several charges related to when he ran a real-estate escrow services business during the height of last decade's housing boom. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Ex-Washington state auditor exhausts appeals, faces prison

Troy Kelley was convicted for possession of stolen property, tax fraud and making false statements.

  • Mar 24, 2021
Former Washington state Auditor Troy Kelley, right, arrives at the federal courthouse in Tacoma, Wash., with his wife Diane, left, Friday, June 29, 2018, for a sentencing hearing following his conviction in 2017 on several charges related to when he ran a real-estate escrow services business during the height of last decade's housing boom. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
A woman gathers flowers at Snofalls Lavender Farm outside Fall City on July 18, 2020. Aaron Kunkler/staff photo

Finding farmland in King County is a perpetual struggle

An acre of farmland in King Co. averaged more than $35,000 in 2017. It was $19,332 in Snohomish Co.

A woman gathers flowers at Snofalls Lavender Farm outside Fall City on July 18, 2020. Aaron Kunkler/staff photo

Emergency rule bans credit scoring in Washington for 3 years

The insurance commissioner said the way insurance rates are factored is unfair.

  • Mar 23, 2021

More COVID-19 restrictions eased in Washington state

All indoor spaces, including restaurants, can increase capacity from 25% to 50%.

Noriko Nasu, a high school teacher who was attacked earlier in the year while walking through Seattle's Chinatown-International District, speaks about the possible hate crime Monday, March 22, 2021, at a news conference at Renton City Hall in Renton, Wash., south of Seattle. Nasu joined Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and other leaders Monday to denounce recent acts of violence and harassment targeted at Asians and Asian communities. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Inslee decries ‘horrendous surge’ of violence against Asians

The governor was joined Monday by leaders in Renton, where he criticized former President Donald Trump.

  • Mar 22, 2021
Noriko Nasu, a high school teacher who was attacked earlier in the year while walking through Seattle's Chinatown-International District, speaks about the possible hate crime Monday, March 22, 2021, at a news conference at Renton City Hall in Renton, Wash., south of Seattle. Nasu joined Washington Gov. Jay Inslee and other leaders Monday to denounce recent acts of violence and harassment targeted at Asians and Asian communities. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

U.S. House passes Yakima Rep’s immigrant farmworker measure

The bill benefits guest workers, farm owners and those who have worked in the U.S for 10 years or more.

  • Mar 22, 2021

First federal vaccination site in Washington to be in Yakima

1,200 daily doses are expected to be administered over a six-week period starting on March 31.

FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2020, file photo, then-Pierce County Sheriff's Dept. spokesman Det. Ed Troyer answers questions during a news conference in Tacoma, Wash. Troyer, who last year was elected Pierce County sheriff, sparked a large police response in late January after confronting a Black newspaper carrier driving near his home, telling a 911 dispatcher the man “threatened to kill me.” The Seattle Times reports that Sheriff Troyer retracted that allegation upon questioning by Tacoma police.  The 24-year-old carrier, Sedrick Altheimer, said the early morning encounter on Jan. 27 left him afraid and angry at Troyer — who was driving an unmarked, personal SUV and didn’t identify himself as law enforcement.  (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Pierce County sheriff confronted Black newspaper carrier

The sheriff told a 911 dispatcher that the man “threatened to kill me.” He later retracted that allegation.

  • Mar 19, 2021
FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2020, file photo, then-Pierce County Sheriff's Dept. spokesman Det. Ed Troyer answers questions during a news conference in Tacoma, Wash. Troyer, who last year was elected Pierce County sheriff, sparked a large police response in late January after confronting a Black newspaper carrier driving near his home, telling a 911 dispatcher the man “threatened to kill me.” The Seattle Times reports that Sheriff Troyer retracted that allegation upon questioning by Tacoma police.  The 24-year-old carrier, Sedrick Altheimer, said the early morning encounter on Jan. 27 left him afraid and angry at Troyer — who was driving an unmarked, personal SUV and didn’t identify himself as law enforcement.  (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
In this Jan. 6, 2021, photo, Proud Boys including Joseph Biggs, front left, walks toward the U.S. Capitol in Washington, in support of President Donald Trump. With the megaphone is Ethan Nordean, second from left. The Proud Boys and Oath Keepers make up a fraction of the more than 300 Trump supporters charged so far in the siege that led to Trump's second impeachment and resulted in the deaths of five people, including a police officer. But several of their leaders, members and associates have become the central targets of the Justice Department’s sprawling investigation. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

4 men linked to Proud Boys charged in plot to attack Capitol

One of the men, from Auburn, was a member of the group’s national “Elders Council.”

  • Mar 19, 2021
In this Jan. 6, 2021, photo, Proud Boys including Joseph Biggs, front left, walks toward the U.S. Capitol in Washington, in support of President Donald Trump. With the megaphone is Ethan Nordean, second from left. The Proud Boys and Oath Keepers make up a fraction of the more than 300 Trump supporters charged so far in the siege that led to Trump's second impeachment and resulted in the deaths of five people, including a police officer. But several of their leaders, members and associates have become the central targets of the Justice Department’s sprawling investigation. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
Flowers and other items were placed at the front of Bainbridge High School Wednesday to honor the three students who were killed in a single-vehicle rollover Tuesday. Tyler Shuey/Bainbridge Island Review

Three Bainbridge Island teens killed in rollover crash

The girls played together on the high school JV volleyball team.

Flowers and other items were placed at the front of Bainbridge High School Wednesday to honor the three students who were killed in a single-vehicle rollover Tuesday. Tyler Shuey/Bainbridge Island Review