Bainbridge councilman proposes ordinance banning balloons

A Washington city councilman is floating a new city ordinance that would prohibit the sale and use of any type… Continue reading

Spokane family’s harrowing escape from Eagle Creek fire

By Rich Landers / The Spokesman-Review A Spokane family heard the bang about 4 p.m. that transformed their refreshing Saturday hike past waterfalls in the… Continue reading

Wildfire evacuations announced near Mount Rainier

A wildfire burning near Mount Rainier National Park in Washington state has grown to more than 29 square miles, and… Continue reading

Earthquake swarm continues to rattle southeastern Idaho

More than 100 aftershocks have rattled southeastern Idaho since a 5.3 magnitude quake hit near the… Continue reading

Washington AG sues Tacoma hospital over charity care

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson has sued a Tacoma hospital over allegations that it illegally withheld charity care from tens of… Continue reading

Microsoft will defend its 39 ‘dreamers’ in court if necessary

By Hamza Shaban / The Washington Post After the Trump administration announced Tuesday that it would begin to unwind an Obama-era program that shields younger… Continue reading

Washington schools 2nd worst in US for chronic absenteeism

A new report shows nearly 17 percent of students in Washington are chronically absent from school, meaning that each misses at… Continue reading

Judge erred in dismissing Tesoro refinery fines, state says

State regulators say a judge erred when he overturned $2.39 million in penalties against Tesoro following the 2010 deadly explosion at… Continue reading

Born out of tragedy, Alger ‘Fun’raiser’ builds community

In September 2008, the people of Alger couldn’t imagine something positive coming out of Isaac Zamora’s… Continue reading

Creek near Skagit-Snohomish line to flow freely this fall

By Kimberly Cauvel / Skagit Valley Herald Beneath the twin I-5 bridges recently completed just north of the Snohomish-Skagit county line, crews are preparing to… Continue reading

Revolutionary surgery gives Kennewick woman, 87, new life

Myra Gaines had an eventful summer. In early August, she turned 87. A couple weeks before that, the Kennewick woman became the first person ever… Continue reading

Ships slowing in busy channels to protect endangered orcas

Ships moving through a busy channel off Washington state’s San Juan Island are slowing down this summer as part of a study to… Continue reading

Family rescued after inflatable rafts pop, bees sting

By Rolf Boone / The Olympian Some family time spent on the Nisqually River turned into a river rescue for Lacey Fire District 3 and… Continue reading

Gov. Inslee declares state of emergency due to wildfires

Gov. Jay Inslee proclaimed a state of emergency across all Washington counties Saturday evening due growing wildfire concern. KOMO-TV reported… Continue reading

Dozens of Oregon hikers rescued amid wildfires

Crews helped rescue more than 100 hikers stranded in the mountains overnight after a wildfire closed their trail and… Continue reading

Headaches and raspy voices as wildfire smoke chokes West

Associated Press The smoke from massive wildfires hangs like fog over large parts of the U.S. West, an irritating haze causing health concerns, forcing sports… Continue reading

Spokane homeless say boulders ‘won’t stop us’ from camping out

The city of Spokane is hoping that basalt boulders placed under a highway overpass will deter homeless people from camping downtown.… Continue reading

Trump’s DACA decision affects 18,000 in Washington state

Related: Hundreds of business leaders ask Trump to protect ‘dreamers’ By Asia Fields / The Bellingham Herald Undocumented immigrants brought here as children have been… Continue reading

Bellevue restaurant owner used software to aid tax theft

A Bellevue restaurant owner has pleaded guilty to using software that deleted transactions and allowed her to steal nearly $400,000 in… Continue reading

State fines feds $16K over unidentified powder at Hanford

The state of Washington has levied a $16,000 fine for failure to identify a white powder on the Hanford Nuclear Reservation.… Continue reading