City of Seattle staffing strained due to vaccine mandate

Seattle’s vaccine mandate has exacerbated staffing shortages in major departments.

FILE - The decommissioned plutonium-producing DR reactor, left, and D reactor, right, are shown on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, June 13, 2017, near Richland, Wash. The federal government is moving forward with the cost-saving "cocooning" of eight plutonium production reactors at Hanford that will place them in a state of long-term storage for decades to allow radiation inside to dissipate until they can be dismantled and buried. (AP Photo/Nicholas K. Geranios, File)

US government works to ‘cocoon’ old Hanford nuclear reactors

They’ll be placed in long-term storage to allow radiation inside to dissipate over a period of decades.

  • Nov 4, 2021
FILE - The decommissioned plutonium-producing DR reactor, left, and D reactor, right, are shown on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation, June 13, 2017, near Richland, Wash. The federal government is moving forward with the cost-saving "cocooning" of eight plutonium production reactors at Hanford that will place them in a state of long-term storage for decades to allow radiation inside to dissipate until they can be dismantled and buried. (AP Photo/Nicholas K. Geranios, File)
Bruce Harrell, who is running against Lorena Gonzalez in the race for Mayor of Seattle, campaigns Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021, on Election Day at a grocery store in South Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Defund the police candidates stumble in liberal Seattle

Moderate candidates took commanding leads in the races for mayor, city attorney and a key council race.

Bruce Harrell, who is running against Lorena Gonzalez in the race for Mayor of Seattle, campaigns Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2021, on Election Day at a grocery store in South Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Another Oregon county looks to join Idaho

Voters in Harney County approved a measure to begin official meetings about moving into the Gem State.

  • Nov 3, 2021
The United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service will be accepting applications for more than 1,000 seasonal and summer jobs in Washington and Oregon this November. (U.S. Forest Service)

Forest Service looks to fill 1,000 jobs in November

Positions include fire, recreation, timber, natural resources, engineering, visitor services and archaeology.

  • Nov 2, 2021
The United States Department of Agriculture Forest Service will be accepting applications for more than 1,000 seasonal and summer jobs in Washington and Oregon this November. (U.S. Forest Service)
FILE - In this June 21, 2017, file photo, a guard with the GEO Group stands in a detainee processing section of the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Wash., during a media tour of the facility.  The Trump administration is opposing Washington state’s effort to make a privately run, for-profit immigration jail pay detainees minimum wage for the work they do.
Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson sued The GEO Group in 2017, saying its Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma must pay the state minimum wage to detainees who perform kitchen, janitorial and other tasks. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Northwest detention center ordered to pay millions in wages

Private prison GEO is accused it of running its immigration lockup in Tacoma on the backs of detainees.

  • Nov 2, 2021
FILE - In this June 21, 2017, file photo, a guard with the GEO Group stands in a detainee processing section of the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma, Wash., during a media tour of the facility.  The Trump administration is opposing Washington state’s effort to make a privately run, for-profit immigration jail pay detainees minimum wage for the work they do.
Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson sued The GEO Group in 2017, saying its Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma must pay the state minimum wage to detainees who perform kitchen, janitorial and other tasks. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Gov. Inslee lets eviction moratorium expire on Sunday

“You can’t have an economy ultimately where just nobody pays rent,” he said.

Amy McCoy reads a book to preschoolers as they finish their lunch at her Forever Young Daycare facility, Monday, Oct. 25, 2021, in Mountlake Terrace, Wash. Child care centers once operated under the promise that it would always be there when parents have to work. Now, each teacher resignation, coronavirus exposure, and day care center closure reveals an industry on the brink, with wide-reaching implications for an entire economy's workforce. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

Child care crisis hampers the economy, here and nationwide

The effects are felt in Mountlake Terrace, Edmonds and beyond as providers and clients struggle to make ends meet.

Amy McCoy reads a book to preschoolers as they finish their lunch at her Forever Young Daycare facility, Monday, Oct. 25, 2021, in Mountlake Terrace, Wash. Child care centers once operated under the promise that it would always be there when parents have to work. Now, each teacher resignation, coronavirus exposure, and day care center closure reveals an industry on the brink, with wide-reaching implications for an entire economy's workforce. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
FILE - An anti-fascist protester swings a baton as members of the far-right Proud Boys advance during clashes between the politically opposed groups on Sunday, Aug. 22, 2021, in Portland, Ore. The city's leaders were told this week that Portland's "badly damaged" reputation – marked by months of destructive protests – continues to hurt the standing of Oregon's largest city in the eyes of potential visitors. (AP Photo/Alex Milan Tracy, File)

Oregon’s biggest city has ‘long way to go’ repairing its rep

Portland is at its lowest level of being a likely destination for delegates to attend conferences.

  • Oct 29, 2021
FILE - An anti-fascist protester swings a baton as members of the far-right Proud Boys advance during clashes between the politically opposed groups on Sunday, Aug. 22, 2021, in Portland, Ore. The city's leaders were told this week that Portland's "badly damaged" reputation – marked by months of destructive protests – continues to hurt the standing of Oregon's largest city in the eyes of potential visitors. (AP Photo/Alex Milan Tracy, File)
FILE - This July 16, 2004, file photo shows a gray wolf at the Wildlife Science Center in Forest Lake, Minn. The Biden administration said Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021, that federal protections may need to be restored for gray wolves in the western U.S. after Republican-backed state laws made it much easier to kill the predators. (AP Photo/Dawn Villella, File)

Senators urge emergency protections for wolves in US West

The move is in response to Republican-backed state laws that make it easier to kill the predators.

  • Oct 28, 2021
FILE - This July 16, 2004, file photo shows a gray wolf at the Wildlife Science Center in Forest Lake, Minn. The Biden administration said Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021, that federal protections may need to be restored for gray wolves in the western U.S. after Republican-backed state laws made it much easier to kill the predators. (AP Photo/Dawn Villella, File)
Peter Mayer (Washington State Parks & Recreation Commission)

Workplace complaints predated Parks director’s resignation

The former Snohomish County Health District deputy director allegedly used foul language and belittled others.

  • Oct 28, 2021
Peter Mayer (Washington State Parks & Recreation Commission)
The North Cascades Highway is seen from the Washington Pass overlook on Oct. 11. (Sue Misao / The Herald)

State sets winter closing date for North Cascades Highway

The scenic road is expexted to close Nov. 15, or sooner if there is significant snow or ice.

  • Oct 27, 2021
The North Cascades Highway is seen from the Washington Pass overlook on Oct. 11. (Sue Misao / The Herald)
FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2017, file photo, Nicholas Kristof speaks during the Goalkeepers Conference in New York. The former New York Times reporter and columnist announced Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021 he is running for governor of Oregon, the state where he grew up on a rural farm. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

Forner New York Times reporter is running for Oregon governor

Nicholas Kristof was raised in Yamhill, Oregon, and went on to become a foreign correspondent and columnist.

  • Oct 27, 2021
FILE - In this Sept. 20, 2017, file photo, Nicholas Kristof speaks during the Goalkeepers Conference in New York. The former New York Times reporter and columnist announced Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2021 he is running for governor of Oregon, the state where he grew up on a rural farm. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)
FILE - This October 2021, photo provided by Pfizer shows kid-size doses of its COVID-19 vaccine in Puurs, Belgium. The U.S. moved a step closer to expanding vaccinations for millions more children as a panel of government advisers on Tuesday, Oct. 26, endorsed kid-size doses of Pfizer's shots for 5- to 11-year-olds. (Pfizer via AP, File)

Pfizer vaccines for younger kids expected in state next week

The Health Department estimates about 30% of parents will seek shots immediately for children ages 5-11.

FILE - This October 2021, photo provided by Pfizer shows kid-size doses of its COVID-19 vaccine in Puurs, Belgium. The U.S. moved a step closer to expanding vaccinations for millions more children as a panel of government advisers on Tuesday, Oct. 26, endorsed kid-size doses of Pfizer's shots for 5- to 11-year-olds. (Pfizer via AP, File)
FILE - Kim Wyman, Washington state's Secretary of State, poses for a photo on Sept. 15, 2020, in Olympia, Wash. The Republican secretary of state who challenged former President Donald Trump's false claims of election fraud in 2020 is the frontrunner for a job heading the Biden administration's effort to protect future elections. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

GOP secretary of state resigns to take federal elections job

Kim Wyman, who rejects claims that the 2020 election was rigged, will join the Department of Homeland Security.

  • Oct 26, 2021
FILE - Kim Wyman, Washington state's Secretary of State, poses for a photo on Sept. 15, 2020, in Olympia, Wash. The Republican secretary of state who challenged former President Donald Trump's false claims of election fraud in 2020 is the frontrunner for a job heading the Biden administration's effort to protect future elections. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
A sign that reads "No Jab" is held by a person taking part in a demonstration opposing mask and COVID-19 vaccine mandates outside the Legislative Building, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced Wednesday that Washington state is expanding its vaccine mandate to include all public, charter and private school teachers and staff, as well as those working at the state's colleges and universities. Inslee also expanded the statewide indoor mask mandate in place for non-vaccinated individuals to include those who are vaccinated. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Federal judge rejects bid to stop Washington vaccine mandate

Workers say their civil rights are being violated by the requirement they get vaccinated to keep their jobs.

A sign that reads "No Jab" is held by a person taking part in a demonstration opposing mask and COVID-19 vaccine mandates outside the Legislative Building, Wednesday, Aug. 18, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced Wednesday that Washington state is expanding its vaccine mandate to include all public, charter and private school teachers and staff, as well as those working at the state's colleges and universities. Inslee also expanded the statewide indoor mask mandate in place for non-vaccinated individuals to include those who are vaccinated. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
A Snohomish County PUD crew works to restore power in Mountlake Terrace on Sunday night. (Snohomish County PUD)

Tens of thousands without power in Pacific Northwest; 2 killed

More power outages are reported to be possible through Monday.

  • Oct 25, 2021
A Snohomish County PUD crew works to restore power in Mountlake Terrace on Sunday night. (Snohomish County PUD)
In this photo provided by the U.S. Senate Photographic Studio, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., right, poses with Tana Lin in Washington on June 9, 2021. The U.S. Senate on Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021, confirmed civil rights attorney Tana Lin as a federal judge in Seattle. Lin, the president of the board of the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington, will be the first former public defender and the first Asian American to serve as a federal judge in Washington state, said Democratic Sen. Patty Murray. (John Shinkle/U.S. Senate Photographic Studio via AP)

Senate confirms first Asian American as US judge in Seattle

Tana Lin is the president of the board of the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington.

  • Oct 21, 2021
In this photo provided by the U.S. Senate Photographic Studio, Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash., right, poses with Tana Lin in Washington on June 9, 2021. The U.S. Senate on Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021, confirmed civil rights attorney Tana Lin as a federal judge in Seattle. Lin, the president of the board of the American Civil Liberties Union of Washington, will be the first former public defender and the first Asian American to serve as a federal judge in Washington state, said Democratic Sen. Patty Murray. (John Shinkle/U.S. Senate Photographic Studio via AP)
In this May 31, 2019, photo provided by the Auburn Police Department via the Port of Seattle Police Department, Auburn police Officer Jeff Nelson, second from right, is shown at the scene where he shot and killed Jesse Sarey in a grocery store parking lot in Auburn, Wash. Although Nelson has been investigated in more than 60 use-of-force cases since 2012, he wasn't placed on the King County Prosecuting Attorney's "potential impeachment disclosure" list, or Brady List, which flags officers whose credibility is in question due to misconduct, until after he was charged in Sarey's killing. (Auburn Police Department via Port of Seattle Police Department via AP)

Tool for police reform rarely used by local prosecutors

The Brady Lists could shine a light on troubled officers, but many police unions work to hide them.

  • Oct 21, 2021
In this May 31, 2019, photo provided by the Auburn Police Department via the Port of Seattle Police Department, Auburn police Officer Jeff Nelson, second from right, is shown at the scene where he shot and killed Jesse Sarey in a grocery store parking lot in Auburn, Wash. Although Nelson has been investigated in more than 60 use-of-force cases since 2012, he wasn't placed on the King County Prosecuting Attorney's "potential impeachment disclosure" list, or Brady List, which flags officers whose credibility is in question due to misconduct, until after he was charged in Sarey's killing. (Auburn Police Department via Port of Seattle Police Department via AP)
A person wears a mask while jogging, Tuesday, April 27, 2021, near the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention eased its guidelines Tuesday on the wearing of masks outdoors, saying fully vaccinated Americans don't need to cover their faces anymore unless they are in a big crowd of strangers. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

House facility access limited to vaccinated through January

Lawmakers and legislative employees at the Washington state House must be fully vaccinated to enter.

A person wears a mask while jogging, Tuesday, April 27, 2021, near the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention eased its guidelines Tuesday on the wearing of masks outdoors, saying fully vaccinated Americans don't need to cover their faces anymore unless they are in a big crowd of strangers. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)