Harris County Public Health Executive Director Dr. Umair Shah talks about contact tracing and the recent spike in COVD-19 cases in Harris County, Thursday, June 25, 2020, in Houston. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Wednesday that the state is facing a "massive outbreak" in the coronavirus pandemic and that some new local restrictions may be needed to protect hospital space for new patients. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Dr. Umair A. Shah named new Washington secretary of health

He “will help us lead Washington state through the next crucial phase of this pandemic,” said Gov. Inslee.

Harris County Public Health Executive Director Dr. Umair Shah talks about contact tracing and the recent spike in COVD-19 cases in Harris County, Thursday, June 25, 2020, in Houston. Texas Gov. Greg Abbott said Wednesday that the state is facing a "massive outbreak" in the coronavirus pandemic and that some new local restrictions may be needed to protect hospital space for new patients. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

300 attend wedding near Ritzville, leading to virus outbreak

County officials said attendees diagnosed with COVID-19 have been linked to two subsequent outbreaks.

Senate Minority Leader Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville,, left, talks with House Minority Leader J.T. Wilcox, R-Yelm, right, before the start of the AP Legislative Preview, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

State Republicans say they’ve been iced out of decision making

Some GOP lawmakers have previously claimed that the restrictions due to COVID-19 were costing lives.

Senate Minority Leader Mark Schoesler, R-Ritzville,, left, talks with House Minority Leader J.T. Wilcox, R-Yelm, right, before the start of the AP Legislative Preview, Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
This early Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, photo provided by R E Johnson shows an Alaska Airlines jet that struck a brown bear while landing in the early evening the day before, killing the animal and causing damage to the plane, at Yakutat Airport in Yakutat, Alaska. The left engine cowling of the jet was damaged. The Anchorage Daily News reports none of the passengers or crew members onboard the plane were injured. (R E Johnson via AP)

Jetliner hits bear on runway in Southeast Alaska

A Boeing 737-700 struck and killed a brown bear sow, but its cub was uninjured.

This early Sunday, Nov. 15, 2020, photo provided by R E Johnson shows an Alaska Airlines jet that struck a brown bear while landing in the early evening the day before, killing the animal and causing damage to the plane, at Yakutat Airport in Yakutat, Alaska. The left engine cowling of the jet was damaged. The Anchorage Daily News reports none of the passengers or crew members onboard the plane were injured. (R E Johnson via AP)
In this photo provided by his attorney, Gaven Picciano, 26, of the Keweenaw Indian Community in Michigan, poses for a self-portrait on Friday, Nov. 13, 2020. Picciano is suing the Clark County Jail in Washington state as well as its medical provider, saying he lost about 35 pounds and was malnourished to the point of unconsciousness during a three-week stay early this year because staff failed to provide him gluten-free food to accommodate his celiac disease. The county declined to comment on the case. The medical provider, NaphCare Inc., did not respond to a request for comment. (Gaven Picciano via AP)

Man sues Washington jail over lack of gluten-free food

After 9 days he was diagnosed with low blood pressure, dehydration and an irregular heartbeat.

  • Nov 16, 2020
In this photo provided by his attorney, Gaven Picciano, 26, of the Keweenaw Indian Community in Michigan, poses for a self-portrait on Friday, Nov. 13, 2020. Picciano is suing the Clark County Jail in Washington state as well as its medical provider, saying he lost about 35 pounds and was malnourished to the point of unconsciousness during a three-week stay early this year because staff failed to provide him gluten-free food to accommodate his celiac disease. The county declined to comment on the case. The medical provider, NaphCare Inc., did not respond to a request for comment. (Gaven Picciano via AP)
Gov. Jay Inslee

Watch the governor’s Sunday news conference here

As COVID-19 cases soar, Gov. Jay Inslee announced further restrictions on public gatherings.

Gov. Jay Inslee
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee poses for a photo, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in Olympia, Wash. Inslee, a Democrat, is being challenged by Republican Loren Culp, police chief of the small town of Republic, Wash., in the Nov. 3 election. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Inslee to hold news conference to announce new restrictions

Among them, reportedly, will be a ban on indoor service at restaurants and retail limitations.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee poses for a photo, Friday, Sept. 25, 2020, in Olympia, Wash. Inslee, a Democrat, is being challenged by Republican Loren Culp, police chief of the small town of Republic, Wash., in the Nov. 3 election. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
FILE - In this file photo taken June 19, 2013, Mount Rainier is seen from a helicopter flying south of the mountain and west of Yakima, Wash. A helicopter rescued four climbers from near the summit of Mount Rainier Thursday, June 6, 2019, after they had been stranded on the Cascade Mountain peak for several days. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Hiker whose heart stopped after Mt. Rainier rescue recovers

The Woodinville man has continued to have some trouble, but doctors said they believe he’ll be OK.

  • Nov 14, 2020
FILE - In this file photo taken June 19, 2013, Mount Rainier is seen from a helicopter flying south of the mountain and west of Yakima, Wash. A helicopter rescued four climbers from near the summit of Mount Rainier Thursday, June 6, 2019, after they had been stranded on the Cascade Mountain peak for several days. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Washington sets another new record for daily COVID-19 cases

On Friday, 2,147 additional coronavirus cases and 12 deaths were reported in Washington.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown attends a news conference Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020, in Portland, Ore. Brown and Oregon health officials warned Tuesday of the capacity challenges facing hospitals as COVID-19 case counts continue to spike in the state. (Cathy Cheney/Pool Photo via AP)

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown announces 14-day statewide ‘freeze’

Exemptions include hair salons, homeless sheltering, childcare and schools that are currently open.

Oregon Gov. Kate Brown attends a news conference Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2020, in Portland, Ore. Brown and Oregon health officials warned Tuesday of the capacity challenges facing hospitals as COVID-19 case counts continue to spike in the state. (Cathy Cheney/Pool Photo via AP)
Native American tribal members sing and drum in the rotunda of the Capitol in Olympia, Wash., Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. The gathering was part of Native American Indian Lobby Day and supported issues such as the Puyallup Tribe's protest against the construction of a liquified natural gas plant being built in Tacoma, Wash. by Puget Sound Energy, as well as the awareness of missing and murdered indigenous women in Washington state. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

DOJ names coordinator for cases of missing, killed Indians

A Washington State Patrol report documented 56 cases of missing Native American women in the state.

  • Nov 13, 2020
Native American tribal members sing and drum in the rotunda of the Capitol in Olympia, Wash., Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. The gathering was part of Native American Indian Lobby Day and supported issues such as the Puyallup Tribe's protest against the construction of a liquified natural gas plant being built in Tacoma, Wash. by Puget Sound Energy, as well as the awareness of missing and murdered indigenous women in Washington state. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Metro buses post signs advising that masks are required Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020, in Seattle. Washington state and county health officials have warned of a spike in coronavirus cases across the state, and pleaded with the public to take the pandemic more seriously heading into the winter holidays. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

California, Oregon, Washington issue virus travel advisories

People are urged to avoid non-essential travel or self-quarantine after arriving from another state.

Metro buses post signs advising that masks are required Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020, in Seattle. Washington state and county health officials have warned of a spike in coronavirus cases across the state, and pleaded with the public to take the pandemic more seriously heading into the winter holidays. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Grocery Manufacturers Association lawyer Matthew Gardner, right, talks with others before making arguments in a case alleging that the food industry group violated state campaign disclosure laws in opposing a 2013 food labeling initiative, Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, in Olympia, Wash. Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson sued the Grocery Manufacturers Association in October 2013, saying it collected money from member companies to defeat Initiative 522 but engaged in a scheme to shield those contributions from public scrutiny. Voters narrowly rejected the initiative, which would have required labeling of genetically modified foods. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Court upholds $18 million penalty in GMO labeling case

The Grocery Manufacturing Association was accused not disclosing where its contributions to the “No on 522” campaign came from.

  • Nov 13, 2020
Grocery Manufacturers Association lawyer Matthew Gardner, right, talks with others before making arguments in a case alleging that the food industry group violated state campaign disclosure laws in opposing a 2013 food labeling initiative, Friday, Feb. 19, 2016, in Olympia, Wash. Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson sued the Grocery Manufacturers Association in October 2013, saying it collected money from member companies to defeat Initiative 522 but engaged in a scheme to shield those contributions from public scrutiny. Voters narrowly rejected the initiative, which would have required labeling of genetically modified foods. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

FBI investigating hack involving black students at Gonzaga

The IP addresses were both domestic and international.

  • Nov 12, 2020
The Olympic mountains peek through clouds Wednesday morning. (Sue Misao / The Herald)

Major storm headed for Pacific Northwest

High winds, drenching rain and heavy snow are expected by the end of the week.

  • Nov 12, 2020
The Olympic mountains peek through clouds Wednesday morning. (Sue Misao / The Herald)
FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2020, file photo, a Washington state Department of Agriculture worker holds two of the dozens of Asian giant hornets vacuumed from a tree in Blaine, Wash. When scientists destroyed the first nest of so-called murder hornets found in the U.S. recently, they discovered about 500 live specimens inside in various stages of development. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Whatcom nest had 500 Asian giant hornets in stages of growth

The number includes 76 live queens that emerged after the small nest was vacuumed out late last month.

  • Nov 11, 2020
FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2020, file photo, a Washington state Department of Agriculture worker holds two of the dozens of Asian giant hornets vacuumed from a tree in Blaine, Wash. When scientists destroyed the first nest of so-called murder hornets found in the U.S. recently, they discovered about 500 live specimens inside in various stages of development. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
Sen. Doug Erickson

Whatcom legislator seeks end to Washington’s all-mail voting

Sen. Doug Ericksen wants to bring back in-person voting and make Election Day a holiday.

  • Nov 11, 2020
Sen. Doug Erickson
Horn Rapids Solar, Storage and Training conceptual graphic. (City of Richland)

Triple-threat solar farm already powering up in Tri-Cities

Utilities by law must use an electricity supply free of greenhouse gas emissions by 2045.

  • Nov 10, 2020
Horn Rapids Solar, Storage and Training conceptual graphic. (City of Richland)

2 deputies hurt in Woodinville shooting that killed man

The officers’ wounds are described as serious but not life-threatening. One has been discharged from the hospital.

  • Nov 9, 2020
Rodney Cawston, chairmen of the Colville tribe business council, stands at the site of the Enloe Dam on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, in Oroville, Wash. The Colville tribe wants the dam, which blocks fish from reaching the Similkameen River, removed.  (Steve Ringman/The Seattle Times via AP)

Tribes, utility consider old dam’s removal in NC Washington

Enloe Dam, originally built in 1906 to power mining camps, has not generated electricity since 1958.

  • Nov 9, 2020
Rodney Cawston, chairmen of the Colville tribe business council, stands at the site of the Enloe Dam on Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2020, in Oroville, Wash. The Colville tribe wants the dam, which blocks fish from reaching the Similkameen River, removed.  (Steve Ringman/The Seattle Times via AP)