Wednesday, October 20, 2021


What's happening in the Pacific Northwest? For information and details regarding Northwest news, see our articles below.

Updated 2 weeks, 5 days ago

Drawing lines: Eastern Washington to see redistricting

MOSES LAKE — Big changes are potentially in store for the Columbia Basin as the four voting members of the Washi...

Updated 5 days, 15 hours ago
Inslee: Nine out of 10 state workers complied with vaccine mandate

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee said thanks to the more than 91% vaccination and exemption rate among state employees, essential state services should be relatively unaffected as the vaccination deadline passes on Monday.

Updated 2 weeks, 1 day ago
WDFW lifts most fire restrictions; ban remains in Columbia Basin Wildlife Area

OLYMPIA — With lower temperatures and higher humidity reducing wildfire danger, the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife says it lifted fire restrictions Friday, including the ban on target shooting on most...

Updated 3 weeks, 1 day ago
Newhouse calls on Inslee to support a type of COVID-19 therapy, hospitals

Rep. Dan Newhouse, R-Wash., on Wednesday sent a letter to Gov. Inslee calling on him to prioritize and publicly acknowledge the success and the availability of monoclonal antibody therapy as a tool that has the a...

Updated 3 weeks, 1 day ago
Moses Lake man charged in benefits scheme

SEATTLE (AP) — Authorities say a former employee with the state Employment Security Department was arrested Friday and charged with defrauding the government of at least $360,000 in jobless benefits.

Updated 3 weeks, 2 days ago
Proposals for state legislative districts up for comment

The four voting members of the Washington State Redistricting Commission published their proposed maps for state legislative districts Tuesday.

Updated 2 months, 1 week ago
Health officers urge wearing of masks

SEATTLE (AP) — Health officers throughout Washington have issued a joint statement recommending all residents wear facial coverings in indoor public settings where the vaccination status of other people is unknown.

Updated 2 months, 1 week ago
Inslee orders state, health care workers to get vaccine

SEATTLE — Gov. Jay Inslee is ordering all state government employees and health care workers across Washington to become fully vaccinated against COVID-19 by Oct. 18 or risk losing their jobs.

Updated 3 months, 1 week ago
Ecology seeks comments on phase-out of HFCs

OLYMPIA — The Washington State Department of Ecology is seeking input from farmers in developing a program to deal with the environmentally sound disposal of hydrofluorocarbon (HFC) refrigerants.

Updated 3 months, 3 weeks ago
Opening up: Day arrives for end of pandemic-related restrictions imposed on businesses

OLYMPIA — Most of the COVID-19 restrictions that have been in place and modified several times since last spring were to be lifted in Washington state Wednesday at 12:01 a.m., meaning restaurants and bars and oth...

Updated 3 months, 3 weeks ago
Inslee creates ‘bridge’ on eviction moratorium

OLYMPIA — As the state’s eviction moratorium prepares to end on June 30, Gov. Jay Inslee on Thursday announced a short-term “bridge” to help both renters and...

Updated 3 months, 4 weeks ago
LDS investment firm makes high bid on Easterday properties

SPOKANE — A Salt Lake City-based investment company with ties to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is bidding $209 million for more than 33,000 acres of land belonging to bankrupt Easterday Farms an...

Updated 4 months ago
California vape company, others pay for illegal sales into Washington

A California vaping company must pay $375,000 to resolve a lawsuit over illegal sales into Washington, according to a release from Attorney General Bob Ferguson, who brought the lawsuit against the company in Aug...

Updated 4 months ago
Cyclist injured in record-breaking jump attempt

Motorcyclist and stunt rider Alex Harvill was rushed to Samaritan Hospital Thursday morning after a bad landing.

Updated 4 months, 2 weeks ago
State to reward vaccine recipients

OLYMPIA — It’s quite an incentive. Get a COVID-19 vaccination and possibly win $1 million.