Friday, January 21, 2022


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

Updated 14 hours, 58 minutes ago

Salmon recovery bill sparks plenty of testimony

OLYMPIA — Highly contested legislation designed to drive up salmon populations could also devastate Washington f...

Updated 1 day, 14 hours ago
New bill could reduce prices for insulin, other medications

Insulin prices and other drugs could drop in 2023 if the state passes two bills, which had public hearings by the Washington State Senate Health & Long Term ...

Updated 2 days, 15 hours ago
Legislators discuss officer pursuits, catalytic converter tracking program

Legislation loosening law enforcement’s restrictions to vehicular pursuit and hampering catalytic converter theft passed through the Washington State House P...

Updated 3 days, 14 hours ago
Legislators, citizens discuss two bills on firearms

Two controversial bills, which could prohibit assault rifles and allow local governments to restrict open-carry of firearms, passed through the Washington St...

Updated 4 days, 15 hours ago
Legislators discuss state holidays, data, environment-friendly products

If passed, House Bill 1485 would bring a new holiday to Washington celebrating Women’s Suffrage Day and the federal 19th Amendment, and was one item on legislators’ agenda on Jan. 10.

Updated 1 week ago
Sens. Warnick and King criticize response to Kittitas County offer to help clear snow on state highways

Sens. Warnick and King say they are shocked and very disappointed that the state Department of Transportation refused Kittitas County’s offer to help clear s...

Updated 1 week ago
Inslee activates Washington National Guard due to omicron

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee announced during a Thursday afternoon press conference he is activating 100 Washington National Guard troops to help in hospitals ...

Updated 1 week, 1 day ago
Bills could improve extreme weather response

A bill requiring the Washington Military Department to create and implement an extreme weather response grant program moved through a public hearing with state legislators without opposition on Wednesday.

Updated 1 week, 1 day ago
Three local representatives, other lawmakers back bill to replace WA Cares Fund program

Washington state’s new long-term care program and payroll tax got immediate attention from lawmakers as the Legislature opened its session.

Updated 1 week, 2 days ago
House Public Safety Committee discusses use of force bills

Testimonial debate over the proper use of force rattled legislators again as House Bills 1735 and 1726 reached the Washington State House Public Safety Committee Tuesday morning.

Updated 1 month, 3 weeks ago
Change coming for apple foundation leadership

After leading the Washington Apple Education Foundation, or WAEF, as its executive director for 20 years, Jennifer Witherbee has announced she intends to step down at the end of March 2022.

Updated 2 months ago
Democrat runs for Congress, says central Washington needs attention

YAKIMA — Doug White looks back on some important lessons he learned while working in his grandfather’s vineyards as a child.

Updated 2 months ago
Warnick to lead Republicans in Senate

Members of the Washington state Senate Republican Caucus on Thursday elected Sen. Judy Warnick, R-Moses Lake, as their caucus chair and Sen. Ron Muzzall, R-Oak Harbor, as caucus vice chair.

Updated 2 months ago
Job not done: State redistricting left up to court, will affect local legislators

OLYMPIA — The Washington State Redistricting Commission failed to reach an agreement on new legislative district boundaries by the midnight Monday deadline, ...

Updated 2 months, 1 week ago
Republicans call for repeal of WA Cares Fund

State House Republicans on Nov. 1 called for a repeal of the Democrats’ long-term care insurance program and payroll tax, according to a release from the Washington House Republicans.