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Monday, Jan. 8


Associated Press
Inslee, others support package of voter access bills
Guns sold by police end up with drug dealers, in gang houses 
Gun used in veteran’s suicide among those confiscated, sold 
Law agencies split over selling seized guns 
Washington lawmakers set to kick off 60-day session 
Things to watch in Washington Legislature this year (Keiser, Pollet)
Lawmakers seek task force to protect timber communities (Blake)
State’s construction budget still tied up over water dispute (Chopp, Van De Wege)
Salmon farm sues after state cancels its lease
Pot industry frets, then shrugs off Sessions’ new policy

Aberdeen Daily World
Harbor legislators believe Democratic control will steer session (Tharinger, Chapman, Blake, Takko)

Auburn Reporter
Dangerous dog ordinance begging for an update, City officials say

Bainbridge Island Review
State lawmakers to again consider eliminating capital punishment | 2018 Legislative Session

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Pierce County deputy killed by fleeing burglar is identified; manhunt for gunman underway 
Op-Ed:  King’s birthday is a call to action. Unlike other holidays, it is ‘a day on, not a day off’ 

2018 Legislative Preview: A short session with a long list of challenges (Wylie, Cleveland, Chopp, Rolfes, Stonier, Nelson)
Mayor McEnerny-Ogle ready to push for transit, I-5 Bridge
In Our View: Hirst Things First, Etc.

The Daily News
Legislators prepare for 60-day sprint (Blake, Takko)
Pot industry frets, then shrugs off Sessions’ new policy
West Coast states push back on drilling proposal (Takko)
Your paycheck may be going up soon because of tax cuts

Everett Herald (subscription required)
State lawmakers begin new session with old problems to solve (McCoy, Liias, Hobbs, Rolfes, Chopp, Nelson)
How to contact your state lawmakers — and other fun facts
State lawsuit: Drug maker knew Oxy was too plentiful here
Commentary: Time is now to make sure growth meets our wishes
Editorial: State lawmakers have lot to prove and get done

Federal Way Mirror
Federal Way Coalition Against Trafficking hopes to expand reach
FW native, activist, musician opening doors to new opportunities

The Inlander
How Spokane is radically reinventing its yearly homeless count

Issaquah-Sammamish Reporter
Despite new majority, state Democrats won’t scramble for a capital gains tax (Nelson, Carlyle)

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Ranker makes protecting orcas and the Salish Sea a priority in the 2018 (Ranker)

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Bainbridge’s Christine Rolfes: In the middle of Olympia’s biggest issues (Rolfes)
Local lawmakers line up bills for 2018 session (Hansen, Appleton, Rolfes)
Federal pivot on marijuana sows uncertainty

News Tribune (subscription required)
Four storylines to watch in Olympia during the 2018 legislative session (Chopp, Carlyle)
A Tacoma veteran died waiting for heart surgery from the VA. His family has sued
Editorial: The Five Spot: 5 bills state legislators may see this year … or not
Opinion: A dazed-and-confused trip back to prohibition
Editorial: Modest car-tab relief should be priority in Olympia

New York Times
200,000 From El Salvador Must Leave, U.S. Says
World Sees Disorder in Trump’s Foreign Policy Tweets
Why So Cold? Climate Change May Be Part of It

Olympian (subscription required)
State officials vow to defend Washington’s marijuana laws in face of threat from Trump administration
The fight continues on school-funding in face of $1 billion court order
Editorial: OLYMPIAN AGENDA: Priorities for 2018

Peninsula Daily News
State’s construction budget still tied up over water dispute  (Van De Wege, Chopp)
McCleary funding, capital budget still the focus for state Legislature (Van De Wege, Tharinger, Chapman, Dhingra, Nelson, Lytton)
State lawmakers to again consider eliminating capital punishment
Senate Democrats take early aim at gun legislation (Frockt, Dhingra, Darnielle, Pedersen)

Puget Sound Business Journal
Care suffers as more nursing homes feed money into corporate webs
Big tech to join legal fight against net neutrality repeal
Viewpoint: Computers are making generalists of us all

Redmond Reporter
Eastside Muslim Safety Forum brings awareness to cultural understanding, crime prevention

Renton Reporter
Inslee reacts to federal changes in marijuana guidelines
State AG sues Motel 6 for violating privacy of, discriminating against thousands
Editorial Comic: Happy 2018 from the (Dem-controlled) legislature
Opinion: Inslee dealt a clean-air defeat
New sick leave rules went into effect Jan. 1
Advisory group to discuss I-405/SR 167 corridor highway, transit and trail projects

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Pierce County deputy fatally shot after responding to home invasion; manhunt underway
Dozens evacuate before potential Yakima landslide; ‘Oso. We don’t want to feel what they feel.’
Q&A: Gov. Jay Inslee talks carbon pricing, Trump and open state government
As Alaska Air cuts costs, employee discontent grows and passenger loyalty is at risk
Washington state needs to do better at career education, audit report says
UW receives $6 million to create academic center for augmented, virtual reality
2 Seattle-area Democrats in new leadership roles as Legislature readies to convene (Nelson, Rolfes, Chopp, Frockt)
Liquor industry puts booze-label experiment on ice
FYI Guy: A new milestone: 1 million senior drivers on Washington state roads
Large: Climate-change expert shows how to slay carbon bigfoot
Westneat: Republicans’ yellow brick road always leads back to bashing Seattle
Editorial: Here’s what lawmakers should focus on in 2018 (Billig)
Opinion: Columbia River Treaty talks offer hope for river, native peoples
Editorial: Fight Sessions’ pot policy, but don’t ignore other issues

Seattle Weekly
As the DOJ Shifts on Marijuana, Washington Leaders Consider a Counter-Measure
Local Politicians and Advocates Push for Immigrant Protections
What’s Ahead for Washington’s New-Look Legislature

Skagit Valley Herald
Organization encourages community to envision sea level rise

Spokesman Review
2018 Washington Legislature faces heavy lifting on money for schools, construction projects, water rights law
Elk hoof disease research in hands of Washington State University veterinary school

Tri-City Herald
Your text or call while driving could cost you $136 
Our Voice: It’s not raining hard enough to dip into state reserves

Washington Post
200,000 Salvadorans may be forced to leave U.S. as protected status ends
Natural disasters caused $306 billion in U.S. damage in 2017
Supreme Court cites juror’s racist comments in allowing Ga. death row inmate to appeal

West Seattle Herald
Highline Public Schools: Time to talk boundaries
Opinion: Herbold: New parking regulations coming

Whidbey News-Times
Judge looking for new court commissioner

Yakima Herald Republic
Q&A: What lies ahead as fissures continue to widen on Union Gap ridge?
Yakima deputy mayor offers support for better voter rights
Preschool has a number of long-term benefits, new study suggests
Lawmakers seek task force to protect timber communities (Blake)
Editorial: A wish list for 2018 — much work lies ahead
Commentary: County’s pot actions reflect voters’ will


Lawmakers to tackle education funding, budget for 2018 legislative session
Landslide could happen by next Sunday on Rattlesnake Ridge
Lawmaker wants to study Olympia-Seattle ferry option
Deputy shot and killed identified; manhunt underway in Pierce County
Seattle makes up 75% of country’s hottest neighborhoods

Major makeover coming to state’s flagship ferry terminal 

Pierce County deputy fatally shot chasing burglary suspect in Frederickson
Gov. Inslee gets first-hand look at landslide near Yakima
Gun used in veteran’s suicide among those confiscated by State Patrol, sold
Lawmakers seek task force to protect timber communities (Blake)

Cooke Aquaculture Sues Wash. DNR Over Canceled Net Pen Lease In Port Angeles
Residents Weigh Options, Government Scrambles To Prep For Rattlesnake Ridge Landslide

As Cracks Widen In Washington State, Government Prepares For A Landslide
Pierce County cop dead after confrontation with burglary suspects
Washington Gun Dealers Report 1,200 Denied Purchases In First 5 Months Of New Law
What’s On Tap At The Washington Capitol This Session?

NW Public Radio
2018 Washington Legislative Session: What’s On Tap?
As Democrats Prepare To Take Control Of Olympia, Partisanship Flares
Fighting For Compensation: How Well Is L&I Hearing Latino Farmworkers?
Washington Gun Dealers Report 1,200 Denied Purchases In First Months Of New Law

Q13 TV (FOX)
LIVE UPDATES: Manhunt for gunman after Pierce County deputy shot, killed
Governor Inslee visits Rattlesnake Ridge, warns it could be ‘catastrophic’


Opinion: Dear King County: if you want injection sites, you need to educate
Will state Democrats revive an abortion coverage bill?
Gov. Jay Inslee takes first tour of landslide area

Top Stories: Washington’s Pot, ICE at Motel 6 and a “Ban the Box” Bill

State legislators should focus on advancing shared prosperity during 2018 legislative session

Seattle P.I.
Pierce County deputy killed, manhunt underway for suspect
Connelly: State Sen. Ericksen, Trump backer, goes to EPA (Carlyle)

Wow, I’m so glad Democrats took back the state Senate so they could waste more time f—ing over Sound Transit  (Pellicciotti, Chopp, Dhingra, Nelson)
Obama appointee who predicted Russian interference says Seattle election law should be national model

West Seattle Blog
WEST SEATTLE LIGHT RAIL: Why you need to heed 2018 ‘sense of urgency’ for 2030 service

Friday, Jan. 5


Associated Press
Republican state House leader says he was sexually harassed 
Washington state leaders slam federal decision on legal pot 
Ferguson: Sessions won’t meet on pot issues 
Washington allows third ‘X’ option on birth certificates 
Q&A: Plan to expand offshore drilling draws cheers, jeers
20 die from flu in Washington state
Superfund work touted by Trump EPA was completed years ago

Bainbridge Island Review
U.S. Senator Murray blasts Sessions, Trump for change on federal stance to legalized marijuana
Opinion: Congressman Kilmer: Change on legal marijuana is federal meddling

Bothell Reporter
45th district Dems give priority preview (Goodman)

Washington leaders slam federal decision on legal pot (Sawyer)
In Our View: Raise Vaping, Tobacco Age

Everett Herald (subscription required)
State leaders say they’ll resist any federal crackdown on pot
Snohomish GOP rep says he was sexually harassed at Capitol (Chopp, Nelson)
Editorial: Time’s up on distracted driving law’s grace period
Letter by AG Ferguson: Attorney general’s lawsuits are not funded by taxpayers

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Washington DOH adds a third option to birth certificates

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
No charges of voter fraud for three questionable cases in 2016 election
Op-ed: We’re mobilized against flu, cancer and heart attacks. Where’s the urgency on opioids?

News Tribune (subscription required)
Fed estimates infrastructure damage at more than $40 million in Amtrak 501 crash
The fight continues on school-funding in face of $1 billion court order (Rolfes, Chopp)
State officials vow to defend Washington’s marijuana laws in face of threat from Trump administration

Olympian (subscription required)
New state rule allows gender X on birth certificates

Peninsula Daily News
Peninsula pot shop owners take wait-and-see stance after federal policy change
Lands chief urges carbon policy to focus on climate change

Puget Sound Business Journal
Male nurses explain why nursing is a job of the future for men
U.S. added 148,000 jobs in December; unemployment at 4.1%
Observations: Republican tax act is a mixed bag for Puget Sound region
Opinion: Local news is worth protecting

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Interior secretary’s plan would open up Washington and Oregon coastlines to drilling
Opposition and legal challenges don’t deter Washington’s new charter-school leader
Washington state birth certificates will soon have nonbinary option
NTSB hasn’t interviewed engineer in fatal Amtrak derailment south of Tacoma
Podcast: Senate Majority leader Sharon Nelson talks taxes, voting rights & public records (Nelson)
Some residents below slow-moving landslide near Yakima won’t evacuate as crack widens, officials say
Editorial: Keep accountability in education reform

Skagit Valley Herald
Trumpeter swans a conservation success story

Spokesman Review
Washington promises battle with Sessions over legal pot (Sawyer)
New rules allow individuals to change sex designation on birth certificates
Ferris’ Mandy Manning makes final four for National Teacher of the Year

Yakima Herald Republic
State officials won’t back down on legal pot
Threat of slide on Rattlesnake Ridge draws big-time emergency response
Carbon policy key to new plan to fight climate change
Editorial: Watching, waiting for Rattlesnake Ridge slide


Seismic activity detected near Rattlesnake Ridge crack
How Washington may be impacted by DOJ pot decision
WA teacher finalist for national teacher of the year honor
Public Lands Commissioner urges state legislators to adopt carbon policy to deal with climate change

Everett pot shop reacts to Sessions’ decision
Washington’s counting on $741M in pot revenue amid Trump administration threat

Trump Administration announces offshore drilling plan; WA leaders worry about impact
Kitsap Transit fast ferry continues to maneuver through rough waters

Democratic State Senator Says Boosting Special Education Funding Is A Priority This Session
NTSB Report Says Inactive Safety Tech Could Have Prevented Deadly Train Wreck
Washington House GOP Leader: ‘I Have Personally Been A Victim Of Sexual Harassment’
Attorney General Rescinds Obama-Era Marijuana Guidelines
Lawsuit Claims PCBs in Classrooms Made Kids Sick At Monroe Alternative School

While The Eastern U.S. Freezes, It’s Too Warm In Alaska
Washington officials vow to uphold marijuana market, call federal decision ‘backwards’
Offshore Oil, Gas Drilling Is Coming To The Pacific Northwest Under Trump Proposal

Q13 TV (FOX)
Poachers beware: Robot deer are roaming our woods, hunting for you
Two suspects arrested for allegedly firing over 60 rounds into Pinewood Elementary in Marysville
Geologist: Landslide may happen by February after crack forms in ridge near Yakima; WSDOT taking action


Jeff Sessions’ marijuana move puts Seattle, state on the defensive
Will state Democrats revive an abortion coverage bill? (Hobbs)
How the 2020 census could alter state politics

Coal exporters file federal lawsuit against Governor Inslee
Dave Reichert is wrong again, this time about pot legalization
State Legislature could consider banning the box statewide

The Stand
Pro-worker bills will be heard in new Senate (Dhingra, Keiser, Cleveland, Senn)

West Seattle Blog
SOUTHWEST DISTRICT COUNCIL: Hot topics from Councilmember Herbold; what you don’t know about the Senior Center; logistics, updates, more…
NEW FERRY: M/V Suquamish christened at Vigor on Harbor Island

Thursday, Jan. 4


Associated Press
Justice Department to end policy that let legal pot flourish
Washington sues Motel 6 for giving guest information to US 
City votes to transfer land for homeless, mental ill housing 
Lands chief urges carbon policy to focus on climate change 
Harrington becomes interim US Attorney for E.Washington 
20 die from flu in Washington state 
Families sue school, state, Monsanto over chemical pollution 
Family of pregnant woman killed by deputies files lawsuit
Conductor, passenger injured in deadly Amtrak crash sue
Jury rules against families in isolation booth lawsuit

Bainbridge Island Review
New Bainbridge council kills controversial bridge project
New park commissioner to take oath

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Blisters, rashes, illness: Suit blames chemicals at school
Sedro-Woolley mayor chosen to fill vacant state Senate seat
Eyman isn’t letting a bad 2017 slow him down in the new year
Trump disbands voter fraud panel, still calls system ‘rigged’
Editorial: Amtrak derailment a train wreck of factors

Federal Way Mirror
Councilwoman Susan Honda appointed as Federal Way’s deputy mayor

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Loring sworn in as San Juan County Superior Court Judge

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
S’Klallam Tribe moves closer to marijuana sales
Justice Department to crack down on legal marijuana with roll back of Obama policy 
Op-ed by Rep. Hansen: Safer gun ownership is possible – we did it here (Hansen)

News Tribune (subscription required)
Tacoma wants ‘baffling opponent’ out of picture, seeks authority to annex Point Ruston (Fey)
A rape suspect couldn’t bring up the victim’s visa application at trial. Now he can.
Trump disbands Kobach-led voter fraud commission after resistance from states
Trump will negotiate with senators about Dreamer fix

New York Times
Justice Dept. Takes Step That Threatens Legal Pot in States
Where Pot Entrepreneurs Go When the Banks Just Say No
Trump Dissolves His Panel Investigating 2016 Election Fraud
North Korean Move Raises Hopes, but Obstacles Loom
2 Major Flaws Are Discovered in the World’s Computers

Peninsula Daily News
DNR chief: Cooke to dismantle fish pens at Ediz Hook (Lytton, Chapman)
DNR chief differs from Gov. Inslee on climate change policy

Puget Sound Business Journal
Attorney General Jeff Sessions ends federal policy that has allowed legal marijuana industry to flourish
Companies are handing out bonuses thanks to the tax law. Is it a publicity stunt?

Redmond Reporter
New park rules, homeless ordinances passed
Wastewater pump replacement project finishes

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Injured conductor sues Amtrak over fatal train derailment onto I-5
Poll: Schools and taxes top Washington voter concerns for 2018 Legislature
Washington carbon policy should invest in landscapes, rural communities, state lands chief says
Alaska Airlines, others cancel flights because of East Coast megastorm
Washington state AG sues Motel 6 over giving ICE info on 9,000 guests
Editorial: Pass Washington Voting Rights Act now
Large: In 2018, I hope conservatives return to the planet of real facts

Skagit Valley Herald
Sedro-Woolley mayor appointed to state Senate

Spokesman Review
Avista filing request to lower natural gas prices
With no permanent picks from Trump, Sessions appoints U.S. attorneys in Eastern Washington, 16 other districts

USA Today
Justice Department to crack down on legal marijuana with rollback of Obama policy

Washington Post
Monster winter storm is one of the strongest to hit East Coast in modern history
Legalized marijuana use threatened as Sessions is set to rescind Obama-era directive that eased federal enforcement

Wenatchee World
School board can’t put school name vote on ballot
Investor lawsuit claims securities malfeasance by bitcoin host Giga Watt
Housing solutions group narrowing its focus

West Seattle Herald
Seattle Parks and Recreation begins construction of Gemenskap Park

West Seattle Blog
VIDEO: Parking-policy changes’ backstory @ City Council committee

Whidbey News-Times
South Whidbey Skagit Valley campus moves to new location
County looking for public input on Freeland code
Island County Housing Authority sees increase in federal grant


State legislative leaders lay out priorities for 2018
S’Klallam Tribe moves closer to marijuana sales
First passenger lawsuit filed in Amtrak derailment
US Attorney General Jeff Sessions to end policy that let legal pot flourish 
Jesse Jones Free Credit Freezes For All Campaign Leads To New Legislation (Hudgins, Mullet)
Everett votes to transfer land for homeless, mentally ill housing

Jury rules against families in isolation booth lawsuit

Conductor, Passenger From Derailed Amtrak Train Allege Inadequate Training In Lawsuits
Landslide Threat Leads To Evacuations Near Rattlesnake Ridge
Tacoma Considers Limits On Immigrant Detention Center
Salmon Net Pens Ban, Net Neutrality, Bump Stocks Among Pre-Filed Bills In Olympia
Washington Revises School Accountability Plan With Feedback From Education Department
State AG Ferguson Sues Motel 6 For Giving Guest Information To Immigration Authorities

Q13 TV (FOX)
Family of pregnant woman killed by deputies files lawsuit
Dozens of rounds fired into Marysville school in ‘horrible’ vandalism during holiday break
Conductor, passenger injured in deadly Amtrak crash sue


Civic Skunkworks
Is Housing a Better Investment than Stocks?

AG Ferguson sues Motel 6 for outing guests to ICE agents

What to Watch in Local Politics This Year

AP: Feds to end rules protecting states with legal weed
Attorney General sues Motel 6 for sharing thousands of guests’ personal information with ICE
Is Mt St Helens about to blow?
Judge vacates convictions in Eastern Washington medical cannabis case

The Stand
‘Important progress can be made’ in 2018

Wednesday, Jan. 3


Associated Press
Officials keeping wary way on potential landslide
Police begin enforcing Washington’s distracted driving law
Trump boasts of ‘nuclear button’ but doesn’t really have one
State Republican Party chair Susan Hutchison to step down

Aberdeen Daily World
Local businesses react to raised minimum wage, paid sick leave
North Cove community tours shoreline preservation efforts (Blake)

Bainbridge Island Review
New Bainbridge council kills controversial bridge project
Bainbridge to pick a new mayor: Councilman Medina in line for appointment
Opinion: The ‘Merchants of Death’ Survive and Prosper
Opinion: Will a war with North Korea be our political leaders’ greatest regret?

Bellingham Herald
Most power restored in north Whatcom, damages in the hundreds of thousands
Ice storm creates havoc in north Whatcom County
Here’s your chance to review the plans for the new park in the Cordata neighborhood

The Daily News
LCC welding lab to re-open
SR4 open again after debris slide closure

Everett Herald (subscription required)
WaPo: Fusion GPS execs attack ‘fake investigations’ by Republicans
Editorial: Time to pass on Discover Pass for state parks

Journal of the San Juan Islands
NOAA says vessel rules are a win for orcas and whale watch boaters
Top stories of 2017 | Part II (Ranker)

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Olympic College opens new arts and health sciences building

Maple Valley Reporter
Inslee talks clean-energy economy, climate

News Tribune (subscription required)
Schools roll out new lessons on gender and identity in response to new state rules
With student debt rising, attorney general calls for legislation regulating lenders (Ranker)
Editorial: You’ve been warned enough; put that phone away, driver

New York Times
North Korea reopens border hotline with the South
Trump taunts Kim: ‘I too have a nuclear button’
U.S. universities feel sting of fewer foreign students
Ex-officials urge faster action to shield ‘Dreamers’
Critics say questions about citizenship could wreck chances for an accurate census
The federal government’s strange silence about gun crimes (Hansen)

Olympian (subscription required)
DuPont curve where Amtrak derailed long known as problem for high-speed train alignment
Editorial: Western State Hospital’s woes need firmer hand

Puget Sound Business Journal
As foreign students shy away, colleges cut budgets
Susan Hutchison to step down as head of Washington State Republican Party
New tax code will likely dampen home values, Seattle economist says

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Mitzi Johanknecht, King County’s new sheriff, selects command staff, sets priorities for her new term
Drone video shows massive cracks in hillside above I-82 near Yakima
Swarm of small earthquakes reported near Mount St. Helens
300 more Seattle-area families to join program that helps them teach their toddlers
Westneat: My solution to the coming downtown Seattle tunnel mess: Pay drivers to use it
Editorial: Sex education in schools should cover consent
Editorial: Headlines we would like to see in 2018

Snohomish Times
Advisory group to discuss I-405/SR 167

Spokesman Review
Ample flu cases reason for concern among health officials

Tri-City Herald
It’s 2018. From pot shop rules to council districts, do you know what Tri-City lawmakers are up to? (Gregerson)

USA Today
Trump: My nuclear button is ‘much bigger’
Orin Hatch says he’ll retire after this year
US sees surge in women interested in running for office

Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber
State investigates local health care provider over licensing concerns
High school opens all-gender restrooms

Washington Post
Trump takes hard line on ‘dreamers,’ but remains interested in a deal

West Seattle Herald
Your Voice, Your Choice 2018: Help decide how to spend $3 million on park and street improvements in Seattle
Mitzi Johanknecht sworn in as new King County Sheriff

West Seattle Blog
WEDNESDAY: Genesee Hill, Lafayette boundary-change proposal to School Board
Next step in planning West Seattle light rail: ‘Elected leadership’ group’s 1st meeting
FOLLOWUP: Schmitz Park expansion purchase gets unanimous final approval
She’s now King County Sheriff Mitzi Johanknecht: West Seattleite takes oath of office

Whidbey News-Times
Whale experts relieved with uptick in winter sightings
Navy Sea Cadets ‘build leaders’
Developer files suit to reverse county’s decision

Yakima Herald Republic
School funding still a top priority for new Legislature


I-405 tolls coming between Renton and Bellevue
Dozens of dead ducks dumped on Grays Harbor County roadside

‘The grace period has ended:’ Police, State Patrol now enforcing new distracted driver law
State investigates construction worker’s deadly fall in Seattle

British Columbia High Court Sides With Native American Tribe In Cross-Border Dispute
Few Universities In Northwest Keep Track Of Student Suicides
Change In State Health Care Law Makes Getting Birth Control Pills Easier (Robinson)

Despite Glimmers of Hope, Starfish Are Still Wasting Away
Firm That Contracted Steele Dossier Says It Was ‘Shocked’ By Findings on Trump
U.S. Service Member Killed, 4 Others Injured In Afghanistan ‘Combat Engagement’
Commercial Airliners Had Their Safest Year Ever, Flight Trackers Say

Q13 TV (FOX)
VIDEO: Slow moving landslide threatens homes near Yakima, but some are staying put
Vashon Island High School opens all gender restrooms
Washington State Republican Party Chair Susan Hutchison stepping down
Washington marijuana businesses making push into California

Washington GOP leader Susan Hutchison keeps mum about decision to step down
2018 will be the year of reckoning for I-405 express toll lanes

Seattle P.I.
Connelly: Min. wage goes up in Washington, Seattle, 18 states & 19 cities

Tuesday, Jan. 2


Associated Press
Most big public colleges don’t track suicides, AP finds 
Rape trial for former state employee set to begin 
Seattle settles lawsuit over abuse claims against ex-mayor
Embattled lawmaker ordered to stay away from students
Energy Department to permanently close damaged Hanford tank

Aberdeen Daily World
Local governments thinking about legislative wish lists (Van De Wege, Tharinger)
Still no timeline for Blue Slough Road repair
Accidental shooting deaths have plummeted

Arlington Times
Helping homeless top M’ville story in ‘17
Proposed regional fire authority on life support after tense talks

Auburn Reporter
Sound Transit looking at expanding paid parking permits to solo drivers
Steady rain brings minor flooding to White River

Bainbridge Island Review
Bainbridge officials offer new look at controversial 305 bridge
Southern stretch of 305 is a relative safe space
Bainbridge gives OK to plans, permit for new elementary school
Security scare at Colman Dock delays ferry sailings

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Everett’s opioid lawsuit joined to other cases out of state 

In Our View: Shine Light on ‘Dark Money’ (Billig)
Washington Lawmakers Try To Entice Oregon Back To I-5 Bridge Talks (Cleveland)
In Our View: Good Start to New Year (Cleveland)
In Our View: Inslee Budget Needs Work

The Daily News
Cowlitz Democratic Women elect new officers
Opinion: Dionne: The word for 2018 is: Enough
Yakima woman helps others find a way to beat addiction

The Daily World
Local governments thinking about legislative wish lists (Van De Wege)

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Eyman gets too few signatures for another $30 car-tab vote
EvCC has issues with new 140-unit housing proposal
City Council in Mukilteo cuts policy analyst position (Liias)
The 2017 news that changed business in Snohomish County
WaPo: For a wealthy nation, US has a stingy minimum wage policy
Robinson: The worrying rhetoric of Trump and his generals
Other Voices: Opioid crisis driving down life expectancy
Other Voices: Businesses need to share windfall with workers
Commentary: Court may cure gerrymandering and avoid bias
Harrop: Social Security and Medicare aren’t the problem
Editorial: State must spend more on anti-smoking programs
Editorial: Investment needed now for U.S. 2 trestle, I-405

Federal Way Mirror
School bond, PAEC opening among Federal Way’s top 5 stories of 2017
Federal Way elects new council members, positive strides made in areas in 2017
Sound Transit looking at expanding paid parking permits to solo drivers

The Island Guardian
State Gives Fawns Euthanization Reprieve-For Now

Island’s Weekly
County awarded $10,000 in public records lawsuit

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Lopez becomes a hub for Pacific salmon research
Eastsound talk on tanker traffic, noise and marine wildlife

Kirkland Reporter
A look back at Kirkland in 2017
Attorney general sends allegations against King County to PDC for review

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Law granting sick time goes into effect

News Tribune (subscription required)
Psychiatric hospital’s proposed release of accused murderer sidestepped law intended to prevent it (Kilduff)
Bathrooms lose their genders at Vashon Island high school after students push for change
Initiative reforming legal standard for police who kill likely headed to Legislature
Opinion: Military can’t be ready if children aren’t ready

New York Times
North Korea’s overture could divide South Korea and U.S.
Courts must better police themselves on harassment, Chief Justice says
Businesses look to invest as Trump relaxes regulations

Olympian (subscription required)
Tim Eyman initiative to toss Sound Transit car-tab tax fails to garner enough signatures
Editorial: State law on police use-of-force is dead wrong
Opinion: State Supreme Court ignores K-12 equity issues
Opinion: Washington state must keep up with technology’s pace
Editorial: Business must share tax-cut windfalls with workers

Puget Sound Business Journal
Workplace technology fuels new harassment wave

Redmond Reporter
Looking back: A Redmond year in review

Renton Reporter
Advisory group to discuss I-405/SR 167 corridor highway, transit and trail projects
County takes first steps to make county code gender-neutral

Seattle Times (subscription required)
King County has a new sheriff in town: What you need to know about Mitzi Johanknecht
Straightening of curve at derailment site in Dupont had not been state priority
Trump accuses Justice Department of being part of ‘deep state’
New research from Oklahoma suggests preschool doesn’t just help students in the short term
Everett’s opioid lawsuit against drugmaker to join other federal cases around country
Congrats? Seattle completes wettest four-year stretch in recorded history
Prices going up for sugary drinks as Seattle tax kicks in
Tim Eyman initiative to toss Sound Transit car-tab tax fails to collect enough signatures
Editorial: Fund alternatives to keep truants and runaways out of jail (Orwall)
Editorial: New mayor should take a careful look at city spending
Editorial: Citizens need clarity on school funding before levy votes 

Seattle Weekly
Ruling in Seattle Is Likely to Reunite Many Refugee Families
Counties Fed Up With Unfunded Mandates May Sue the State
Delivery Drivers File Lawsuit Against Amazon for Labor Violations
Opinion: What White Marchers Mean for Black Lives Matter

Shoreline Area News
Politics: Frockt says that State Senate majority Democrats must start by passing capital budget (Frockt)

Skagit Valley Herald
Local employers prepare for paid sick leave law  
Proposed plan would relocate mountain goats to North Cascades  
Status of North Cascades grizzly bear EIS uncertain  

Spokesman Review
Collective bargaining in public? Not all are in favor of open sessions

Tri-City Herald
It’s 2018. From pot shop rules to council districts, do you know what Tri-City lawmakers are up to? 

USA Today
“Dangerously cold’: Killer weather wave closes schools, breaks records
Trump backs Iran protesters, hits Obama for nuke deal
Chief Justice vows review of sexual misconduct policies

Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber
Vashon housing prices continue to climb, reflect regional trend

Washington Post
Congress will return to a full slate of thorny issues – with deadlines looming
How drug companies, under attack for high prices, started an industry war
Chief Justice Roberts says courts will examine protections against sexual harassment

Wenatchee World
Chelan hospital CEO resigns
Foundation approves funding for Wenatchee Valley College

Yakima Herald Republic
Other Views: U.S. becoming the world’s new tax haven — and that’s not good
Other Views: Find and fund alternatives to jailing truants and runaways
U.S. Supreme Court can lower the boom on gerrymandering


Grace period ends for WA distracted driving law
Law granting sick time goes into effect
Kitsap fast-ferry sailings overbooked for January

Rail investigator says train derailment may have been caused by more than just speed
Activists staging largest protest against PSE gas storage facility
Washington state terminates Atlantic salmon farm lease after violations

Police Shooting Accountability Campaign Turns In Initiative Qualifying Signatures 
Microsoft Grant Shows How Artificial Intelligence Could Help Salmon Recovery
Embattled Washington Lawmaker Ordered To Stay Away From Students During Sexual Harassment Probe
County Governments In Washington Demand More Money From State

After a year battling gun violence, ‘the work is still urgent’
Embattled Washington Lawmaker Ordered To Stay Away From Students During Sexual Harassment Probe

NW Public Radio
Census Data Highlights Pacific Northwest Population Growth
Study Estimates Wildfire Smoke Contributes To Tens Of Thousands Of Deaths
Washington Voters Will Likely Get To Weigh In On Police Deadly Force

Q13 TV (FOX)
Vashon Island High School opens all gender restrooms
Who gets the dog in a divorce and other state laws going into effect in 2018
Washington state cancels Atlantic salmon farm lease after fish escape


Olympia’s two influential leaders will battle it out (Chopp, Ormsby, Nelson)
Tax reform’s impact on affordable housing, local nonprofits
Senator: Work from home to reduce Washington gridlock (Van De Wege)

A Review of Seattle’s Craziest Year in Politics

Washington State Wire
Rep. Cody and Sen. Van De Wege pre-file bills placing restrictions on opioid prescriptions (Cody, Van De Wege)

West Seattle Blog
‘Neighborhood parking reform’ goes to City Council committee Wednesday

West Seattle Herald
Lisa Herbold offers a look back at 2017
City of Seattle settles lawsuit with Murray accuser 
Mitzi Johanknecht to be sworn in as new King County Sheriff Jan. 2
Meeting set for four-story 58 unit apartment bldg.; Parking for 26 cars

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