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OLYMPIA – Thousands of state employees, including hundreds of state troopers and prison guards, are seeking exemptions from Gov. Jay Inslee’s vaccination mandate. The deadline for full … more
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) shellfish managers announced  62 tentative dates for razor clam digs beginning in mid-September and running through the end of the … more
OLYMPIA — The deadline for many Washington employees to get a COVID-19 vaccine or face job termination is growing near, and so is the fight over how it will happen. Unions for affected … more
It's almost time for Washington residents to decide between a state long-term health care benefit or a private one. Beginning in 2022, Washington workers will see a payroll tax for long-term care, … more
For more than a year, the pandemic canceled or dramatically changed nearly all of the major events Eastern Washingtonians love. Hoopfest and county fairs didn't happen. Washington State University … more
OLYMPIA — Masks are back for everyone in Washington. After about three months of freedom from masks for vaccinated people, Gov. Jay Inslee announced Wednesday vaccinated people must join … more
Outdoor recreation accounted for 2 percent of Washington's total gross domestic product in 2020, according to a study released this month, while the outdoor recreation industry accounted for 2.8 … more
Washington state’s Department of Health (DOH) is reporting concerning drops in 2020 vaccination rates among preteens. While 4- to 6-year-olds saw a drop in vaccine rates by around 2-3 … more
OLYMPIA — About 1,200 people on community supervision because of drug possession convictions could have their sentences commuted by Gov. Jay Inslee. The Washington state Supreme Court ruled … more
Teachers and staff in Washington's public schools could lose their jobs if they fail to get vaccinations against COVID-19 under a proposal floated Thursday by state superintendent Chris … more
Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and People Task Force on Thursday morning. “Tribal communities have experienced disproportionate … more
Local health officers, representing all counties in Washington, are asking residents to wear masks indoors in some settings, regardless of vaccination status. As hospitalization and COVID cases … more
Washington’s effort to boost vaccine rates has turned into mandates for state employees and health care workers. But the move affecting nearly a half million employees also raised many … more
U.S. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, alongside Oregon Rep. Kurt Schrader, announced they have secured almost $900,000 in funding aimed at protecting salmon from sea lion predation. The $892,000 … more
OLYMPIA — The only way to prevent forests from disappearing in the next century is to fight climate change, Gov. Jay Inslee told the president on Friday. Inslee joined six governors in a … more
Masks will be required for students, teachers and staff regardless of vaccination status in Washington state schools this fall. While it’s possible that these recommendations could change, … more
Hoping to quell their constituents’ fears, the Washington State Sheriffs’ Association put out a statement last week affirming their commitment to uphold the Constitution – … more
A red flag warning remained in place for much of Eastern Washington through Thursday night as firefighters continue to brace for breezy conditions. The National Weather Service said winds of 5 to … more
Federal wildlife managers captured and collared a female grizzly bear, with three cubs, near Metaline Falls in northeast Washington, about 10 miles from the Canadian border on June 17. This is the … more
OLYMPIA – A flower in Western Washington and Oregon may be removed from the nation’s endangered species list after decades of work to save it. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service … more
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