Sunday, February 05, 2023


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

Updated 1 day, 7 hours ago

Washington state legislature, Samaritan Hospital bond, and sports on Studio Basin Podcast

On this episode of the Studio Basin podcast, staff writer Rebecca Pettingill joins senior reporters Charles Feat...

Updated 1 week, 3 days ago
Graham proposes bill to recognize parental rights

OLYMPIA - Representative Jenny Graham (R-Spokane) proposed legislation in the Washington House this week that lists a specific set of rights that parents sho...

Updated 1 week, 3 days ago
Tater plates

KENNEWICK — The Washington State Potato Commission wants state residents who grow potatoes — or simply like to eat them — to be able to celebrate that with a state potato license plate.

Updated 1 week, 3 days ago
Potato business

KENNEWICK — Tim Prickett said the annual Washington-Oregon Potato Conference is the most important conference he goes to all year. “It’s the only conferen...

Updated 1 week, 3 days ago
Washington Head Start receives national grant

VIRGINIA - A Washington Head Start program is one of only 10 recipients across the country to receive $5,000 through a grant program to get children interested in and learning about gardening. “It’s so importa...

Updated 1 week, 4 days ago
'A lot going on this year'

OLYMPIA - District 13 State Representative Tom Dent (R–Moses Lake) has nine bills for which he is the primary sponsor as well as two dozen others where he is...

Updated 1 week, 4 days ago
Heimlich re-elected as chairman of state Republican Party

BELLEVUE – The Washington State Republican Party State Committee voted Saturday to re-elect Chairman Heimlich to another term as Chairman of the Washington S...

Updated 1 week, 6 days ago
Bill looks to bring plea bargain transparency

OLYMPIA - A bill in the Washington State House would bring transparency to the plea negotiation process in the criminal justice system. "For the most part...

Updated 2 weeks, 1 day ago
Inslee seeks more funding for homelessness programs

OLYMPIA - Homelessness remains a serious issue throughout Washington, and while the state has spent millions, the governor wants to invest more. In a pres...

Updated 2 weeks, 2 days ago
Washington students invited to National Civics Bee

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Young people in Washington will have a chance to show off their knowledge of government on a national stage this year, according to a statement from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation...

Updated 2 weeks, 3 days ago
Rukke named acting pipeline safety director

LACEY, Wash. — The Washington State Utilities and Transportation Commission has named Scott Rukke acting director of the commission’s pipeline safety division, according to a commission press release...

Updated 2 weeks, 3 days ago
USDA published final organic enforcement rule

Washington, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture on Wednesday published the final revision of its updated rules for the production, sale and certification of organic farm and food products, according to a US...

Updated 2 weeks, 3 days ago
Affordable housing legislation introduced in Olympia

OLYMPIA - Two new pieces of legislation, House Bill 1401 and House Bill 1402, will allow the development of affordable housing to be more accessible for cities and counties around Washington...

Updated 2 weeks, 3 days ago
Agriculture bills being considered by WA Legislature

OLYMPIA — Several agriculture-related bills have been introduced in the 2023 session of the Washington Legislature, which started last week. Topics include fur farming, alternative energy resource impacts and pes...

Updated 2 weeks, 3 days ago
Bill to pay incarcerated workers passes House Committee

OLYMPIA - The House Community Safety, Justice, and Reentry Committee voted 6-3 in favor of passing HB 1024, an act that would ensure incarcerated workers are paid state minimum wage, among other things...

Updated 2 weeks, 3 days ago
Bill proposed to create Boys and Men Commission

OLYMPIA — A statement by Rep. Mary Dye (R-Pomeroy) on Wednesday announced the introduction of a bill that would create a new Washington State Commission on Boys and Men. "There are many issues that impact men ...