Kitsap Transit fast ferries in Kingston. (Puget Sound Regional Council) 20210215

Study examines Everett-Whidbey passenger ferry service

So far, no government is seriously considering such a service, which would cost millions of dollars.

Kitsap Transit fast ferries in Kingston. (Puget Sound Regional Council) 20210215
Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., takes part in a debate with her Republican challenger, Susan Hutchison, Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Washington’s delegation reacts to Trump’s Senate acquittal

“I applaud those Republicans in the House and Senate who put country over party,” said one.

Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., takes part in a debate with her Republican challenger, Susan Hutchison, Monday, Oct. 8, 2018, at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Wash. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
FILE - In this June 4, 2020, file photo, Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Wash., speaks during a Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee hearing about the COVID-19 response on Capitol Hill in Washington. Herrera Beutler, who was one of 10 GOP House members who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump, is urging people with knowledge of conversations Trump had during the Jan. 6 Capitol riot to come forward. (Al Drago/Pool via AP, File)

Washington congresswoman urges ‘patriots’ to talk about Trump call

Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler’s disclosure comes as the U.S. Senate is conducting Trump’s impeachment trial.

  • Feb 13, 2021
FILE - In this June 4, 2020, file photo, Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Wash., speaks during a Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee hearing about the COVID-19 response on Capitol Hill in Washington. Herrera Beutler, who was one of 10 GOP House members who voted to impeach former President Donald Trump, is urging people with knowledge of conversations Trump had during the Jan. 6 Capitol riot to come forward. (Al Drago/Pool via AP, File)
The National Archives building in Seattle. (National Archives)

Judge blocks sale of National Archives in Seattle

A preliminary injunction to stop the sale was granted by a federal judge Friday.

  • Feb 12, 2021
The National Archives building in Seattle. (National Archives)

Bill to ban Native American mascots passes House committee

The bill has been sent to the full Washington state House of Representatives.

  • Feb 12, 2021
FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2021, file photo, the Legislative Building is shown partially shrouded in fog at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Washington state's richest residents, including Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos, would pay a wealth tax on certain financial assets worth more than $1 billion under a proposed bill whose sponsor says she is seeking a fair and equitable tax code. Under the bill, starting Jan. 1, 2022, for taxes due in 2023, a 1% tax would be levied not on income, but on "extraordinary" assets ranging from cash, publicly traded options, futures contracts, and stocks and bonds. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)

Legislature approves $2.2 billion in coronavirus relief

Gov. Jay Inslee is expected to sign the bill next week, putting it into effect immediately.

FILE - In this Jan. 7, 2021, file photo, the Legislative Building is shown partially shrouded in fog at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. Washington state's richest residents, including Bill Gates and Jeff Bezos, would pay a wealth tax on certain financial assets worth more than $1 billion under a proposed bill whose sponsor says she is seeking a fair and equitable tax code. Under the bill, starting Jan. 1, 2022, for taxes due in 2023, a 1% tax would be levied not on income, but on "extraordinary" assets ranging from cash, publicly traded options, futures contracts, and stocks and bonds. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren, File)
FILE - In this April 22, 2015, file photo, a male sage grouse struts in the early morning hours outside Baggs, Wyo. A federal judge has overturned a Trump administration action that would have allowed mining and other development in parts of areas spanning six western states that are considered important for the survival of the struggling bird species. (Dan Cepeda/The Casper Star-Tribune via AP, File)

Judge: Trump’s lifting of mining ban in U.S. West was wrong

The former president’s effort failed to fully consider how the move would affect greater sage grouse.

  • Feb 12, 2021
FILE - In this April 22, 2015, file photo, a male sage grouse struts in the early morning hours outside Baggs, Wyo. A federal judge has overturned a Trump administration action that would have allowed mining and other development in parts of areas spanning six western states that are considered important for the survival of the struggling bird species. (Dan Cepeda/The Casper Star-Tribune via AP, File)
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Video: Seattle police kill man suspected of shooting 2 women

An investigation so far revealed no connection between the victims and the suspect. One woman died.

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John Snaza (Thurston County Sheriff's Office)

Justices block recall effort against Thurston County sheriff

The case is unlike that of Snohomish County Sheriff Adam Fortney, the state Supreme Court ruled.

  • Feb 12, 2021
John Snaza (Thurston County Sheriff's Office)
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee arrives to sign the first bill to be signed into law during the 2021 legislative session, Monday, Feb. 8, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. The measure increases the minimum weekly benefit for unemployed workers during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and prevents a dramatic increase in unemployment taxes paid by businesses. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Most counties cleared for Inslee’s Phase 2, joining Snohomish

The governor also announced another infusion of aid for struggling businesses, renters and landlords.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee arrives to sign the first bill to be signed into law during the 2021 legislative session, Monday, Feb. 8, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. The measure increases the minimum weekly benefit for unemployed workers during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and prevents a dramatic increase in unemployment taxes paid by businesses. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

4th Washington resident charged in U.S. Capitol breach

Taylor James Johnatakis of Kingston was charged in an eight-count indictment in Washington, D.C.

  • Feb 11, 2021

Most of state will be in Phase 2 of reopening plan next week

Snohomish County, in the Puget Sound region, met the standard two weeks ago and is in Phase 2.

Shell pays $191K fine for Skagit County refinery incident

Operating procedure violations in 2015 resulted in the release of about 700 pounds of pollutants.

  • Feb 11, 2021
Snohomish County Health District. (Sue Misao / Herald file)

Lawmakers examine restructuring public health in Washington

King, Snohomish and Pierce counties will likely be allowed to use their existing health departments.

Snohomish County Health District. (Sue Misao / Herald file)
Gray wolves historically roamed across the state but were eradicated in Washington by 1930s. In recent decades wolves have been migrating back to the state from Canada, Idaho and Oregon. John and Karen Hollingsworth/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Pack to the future: Will more wolves come to King County?

The state has more than 20 known wolf packs, but only one has crossed the Cascades, east of Bellingham.

Gray wolves historically roamed across the state but were eradicated in Washington by 1930s. In recent decades wolves have been migrating back to the state from Canada, Idaho and Oregon. John and Karen Hollingsworth/U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
Initiative promoter Tim Eyman listens during a session of Thurston County Superior Court, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021, in Olympia, Wash. Eyman, who ran initiative campaigns across Washington for decades, will no longer be allowed to have any financial control over political committees, under a ruling from Superior Court Judge James Dixon Wednesday that blasted Eyman for using donor's contributions to line his own pocket. Eyman was also told to pay more than $2.5 million in penalties. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Judge fines Eyman $2.6 million for campaign law violations

The serial anti-tax initiative sponsor said he will abide the court’s order but denied he violated “any law.”

Initiative promoter Tim Eyman listens during a session of Thurston County Superior Court, Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021, in Olympia, Wash. Eyman, who ran initiative campaigns across Washington for decades, will no longer be allowed to have any financial control over political committees, under a ruling from Superior Court Judge James Dixon Wednesday that blasted Eyman for using donor's contributions to line his own pocket. Eyman was also told to pay more than $2.5 million in penalties. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Jim Murray, 59 surveys his house that was destroyed by a wildfire on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, in Malden, Wash. "I bought this house about 5 years ago to retire here. My grandfather ran the town gas station, was the town cop at one time, and was the fire chief," said Murray. "My wife and I planned to retire here but I'm not sure I am going to rebuild. I have a feeling this is going to be a ghost town now." (AP Photo/Jed Conklin)

FEMA rejects Malden fire request for individual assistance

The state has only received FEMA assistance once in the last decade, for the 2014 deadly Oso landslide.

  • Feb 9, 2021
Jim Murray, 59 surveys his house that was destroyed by a wildfire on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2020, in Malden, Wash. "I bought this house about 5 years ago to retire here. My grandfather ran the town gas station, was the town cop at one time, and was the fire chief," said Murray. "My wife and I planned to retire here but I'm not sure I am going to rebuild. I have a feeling this is going to be a ghost town now." (AP Photo/Jed Conklin)
Washington State Trooper Steve Houle. (Washington State Patrol)

State patrol trooper killed in avalanche near Cle Elem

A second man was able to dig himself out and call for help.

  • Feb 9, 2021
Washington State Trooper Steve Houle. (Washington State Patrol)
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signs the first bill to be signed into law during the 2021 legislative session, Monday, Feb. 8, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. The measure increases the minimum weekly benefit for unemployed workers during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and prevents a dramatic increase in unemployment taxes paid by businesses. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

New law averts big spike in unemployment taxes on businesses

Inslee signed a measure to spread out increases and boost weekly benefit checks for those who are unemployed.

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signs the first bill to be signed into law during the 2021 legislative session, Monday, Feb. 8, 2021, at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash. The measure increases the minimum weekly benefit for unemployed workers during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic and prevents a dramatic increase in unemployment taxes paid by businesses. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
In this Aug. 29, 2019 photo, the 3M corporate logo stands atop the headquarters of the Minnesota-based company in Maplewood, Minn. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)

Washington hospitals find counterfeits in 3M mask supplies

It is unclear whether the counterfeit masks are less safe than those manufactured by 3M.

In this Aug. 29, 2019 photo, the 3M corporate logo stands atop the headquarters of the Minnesota-based company in Maplewood, Minn. (AP Photo/Jim Mone)