Washington State House Democrats


Monday, May 18

Spokane photographer Craig Goodwin took this photograph of Mount St. Helens from a trail in the recreation area. It shows how life has returned to the mountain 40 years after a massive eruption changed the landscape there forever. (Craig Goodwin)

Mountain of change: 40 years after the eruption of Mount St. Helens, the volcano’s story is still being told
The black-and-white images of the 16-mile high stanchion of ash give a false impression. The photos of Mount St. Helens’ eruption taken on May 18, 1980, suggest a cataclysm that remains in the past, safely ensconced in history and available for warm recollection of when the world exploded and we survived. But that’s wrong. Continue reading at The Spokesman-Review. (Craig Goodwin)

Eight dams along the Snake and Columbia rivers could face penalties for violating the Clean Water Act for the first time, after they had to apply for discharge permits that allow state guidance to be binding.

For the first time, Washington will regulate Columbia-Snake River dams if they violate federal pollution rules
Environmental groups lauded Washington state for issuing conditions under the Clean Water Act for the first time last week that will ensure pollution is reduced from eight dams along the lower Snake and Columbia rivers. In addition to sometimes increasing the temperature of the rivers to levels that can be dangerous for fish, these dams have had numerous oil spills over the years from the lubricants used in turbines and other moving parts. Continue reading at The Inlander. (Columbia Basin Federal Caucus)

A protester attends a demonstration over Michigan's coronavirus restrictions on Thursday at the state Capitol in Lansing.

‘Us Vs. Them’ In A Pandemic: Researchers Warn Divisions Could Get Dangerous
As the pandemic moves from public health crisis to partisan flashpoint, the debate over the coronavirus response in the U.S. is becoming increasingly nasty – and, in some cases, violent. It’s not just the clusters of gun-toting protesters at state capitols. In sporadic incidents across the country, disputes over emergency measures have turned into shootings, fistfights and beatings. Stories abound of intimidation over masking. And armed right-wing groups have threatened contract tracers and people who “snitch” on neighbors and businesses violating health orders. Continue reading at KUOW. (AP)


Associated Press
Paine Field airport to halt passenger service for 10 weeks
Coronavirus deaths reach 1,000 in Washington
World stock markets rebound on economic recovery hopes
‘COVID toes,’ other rashes latest possible rare virus signs
Virus interrupts St. Helens eruption anniversary plans
Agriculture workers strike in Yakima County over coronavirus

Aberdeen Daily World
No more positive COVID tests at Pacific Care Center
Basich Boulevard repairs on track for late summer completion
Letter: Aberdeen school cuts too heavy handed

Auburn Reporter
Inslee changes course, says diners won’t have to sign in

Bainbridge Island Review
State to deploy brigade of contact tracers to box in virus (Hobbs)
Bainbridge parks officials to get virus update
Kilmer discusses CARES Act 2.0 during telephone town hall

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Here’s what to do if people in Whatcom County aren’t following COVID-19 safety rules
Whatcom County reports no new positive tests or deaths related to coronavirus Sunday
Federal grant helps expand COVID-19 testing for low-income Whatcom County residents
Since pandemic began, 56 Whatcom healthcare workers have tested positive for coronavirus
Whatcom employers worry about health as COVID-19 lockdown eases. Help is on the way
Not ready to eat at a restaurant? WSU coronavirus survey says you’re not alone
The coronavirus is most infectious before people even know they have it, UW virologist says
Washington’s Slow Down Move Over law, as simple as it sounds, saves responders’ lives
40th anniversary of Mount St. Helens eruption to take place virtually amid COVID-19
Coronavirus updates: Statewide report shows transmission persisting in western Washington
Do you wear a mask to fight the pandemic? Here’s what your Whatcom neighbors are doing
Whatcom’s negative coronavirus test results continue to grow with 56 more Saturday
Washington state reports 1,000th COVID-19 death
Coronavirus updates: Washington reports 1,000th death; Pierce County has distributed $21 million
Washington state reports 145 new COVID-19 cases, no deaths
Washington state braces for wildfire season as firefighter tests positive for COVID-19
Some nursing homes taking coronavirus stimulus checks from patients. Can they do that?
Want to see a newly discovered comet? You may be able to see SWAN streak across sky

Capital Press
Inslee to add to general-safety rules for farms
Virus infects 18% of workers at beef plant in Washington
Cattle groups divided over proposed packer mandate
Rules upcoming for transporting farmworkers in Washington

In Our View: Persuasion more effective than intimidation
Lawmakers, Clark County businesses discuss impact of coronavirus (Cleveland, Wylie, Stonier)

Everett Herald (subscription required)
No government aid for Everett’s undocumented amid pandemic
Articulated buses with few riders? Better social distancing
Marysville-Lake Stevens roundabout work to cause congestion
What we know: Washington coronavirus outbreak at a glance
Test results released for 13 long-term care facilities
Bloomberg: Commentary: True freedom-lovers wear face masks
Yakima-area fruit workers in talks with employers
Editorial: More than buyer must beware in opening too soon
Paine Field terminal to close for 71 days of ramp repairs
Was coronavirus here in December? Health officer has doubts
University of Washington staff rally for better protections
What we know: Washington coronavirus outbreak at a glance
Mount St. Helens ‘changed my life,’ says Camano filmmaker
200 Snohomish County protestors rally against COVID order
Somers announces $14 million in relief for small businesses

Federal Way Mirror
I-5 closures set in Kent for Federal Way Link construction
City-led coronavirus response task forces work to establish support network

The Inlander
For the first time, Washington will regulate Columbia-Snake River dams if they violate federal pollution rules

Islands Weekly
Inslee announces contact tracing initiative
CDC video: ‘How COVID-19 can spread in a community’
Back to the wild – it’s a whole new outdoor recreation world

Issaquah Reporter
Tenants demand more relief from Eastside low-income housing provider
Bellevue teacher arrested on child rape charges

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Face coverings to be required in public in San Juan County

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Drive-ins and FM radio: How Kitsap churches are worshipping together again
Construction delays could push back fast ferry service from Southworth
Belfair man, a Navy vet and nuclear engineer, succumbs to coronavirus
Highly touted antibody testing arrives in Kitsap. But the tests have limits
When a coronavirus vaccine is developed, who will be first in line to get it? A CDC panel usually decides
A spike in ferry riders for Mother’s Day weekend as highway traffic begins to trend upward

News Tribune
Tacoma Dome to host free COVID-19 testing starting Tuesday
Coronavirus updates: Statewide report shows transmission persisting in western Washington
King County just made masks mandatory. In COVID crisis, Pierce County should do same
Washington state has big budget mess. Don’t surrender open government as we dig out

New York Times
Coronavirus Live Updates: Vaccine Tests Show Early Promise, Drugmaker Says, Rallying Wall Street
Employers can let workers change health plans and dependent-care accounts without waiting
Fed chairman says recovery may ‘stretch’ through end of 2021

Olympian (subscription required)
Olympia allocates $1.1 million in federal funds to aid local COVID-19 response
Washington state reports 145 new COVID-19 cases, no deaths
Thurston County ends week with 4 COVID-19 cases, fewest since early March
The coronavirus is most infectious before people even know they have it, UW virologist says
Olympia car dealerships embrace a COVID-19 future, as showroom sales resume
Little Creek, Red Wind casinos plan to reopen Monday
Washington state braces for wildfire season as firefighter tests positive for COVID-19

Peninsula Daily News
COVID-19 Relief Fund nears $250,000
Drug overdoses on the rise on Peninsula
In-house, by-patient testing systems in place on Peninsula
Governor’s rules for golf courses modified
Inslee retracts restaurant contact requirement
Jefferson Board of Health supports, but does not approve, pursuing variance
Jefferson works on application

Puget Sound Business Journal
What’s next for J.C. Penney and Neiman Marcus?
‘V-shaped’ economic rebound unlikely, bankers say
Disrupted dreams — The pandemic view from a bank that serves half the country’s startups
Seattle’s mega convention center project in ‘crisis,’ seeks federal help
King County face mask directive goes into effect Monday
Specialty’s closure is the latest sign of trouble for Seattle-area retail
Developers pin their hopes on multifamily projects in Seattle

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Times Watchdog: Washington state relied heavily on Chinese firm for coronavirus supplies; they’re weeks behind schedule
‘Clear, uniform, national’ coronavirus guidelines needed for U.S. air travel, Sen. Cantwell says
Ishisaka: Caught between coronavirus and racial profiling, some Seattle residents use masks warily
West Seattle Bridge report explains how a partial collapse would lead to demolition
Mount St. Helens’ mysteries still astound scientists, 40 years after eruption
Man says officer shrugged off racist incident at Home Depot, Seattle police say they’re investigating
Massive distribution of food boxes to begin with challenging timelines for delivery
Losing jobs, finding resilience: How Seattle workers are battling through coronavirus unemployment
Two months into the coronavirus dining room shutdown, how well is delivery working for Seattle-area restaurants?
King County’s directive on face coverings goes into effect today. Here’s how to properly wear a face mask.
Vashon Island: remote and ready to fight coronavirus’ next wave
Rant and Rave: Biking scavenger hunts keep reader happy and healthy
Snohomish County deputies reinstated by new sheriff to stay on prosecutor’s list of officers with credibility problems
What to do if your name is used in attempted unemployment fraud
Op-Ed: Mount St. Helens’ ominous lessons for the age of coronavirus
Editorial: Mask directive necessary to slow the spread of COVID-19
Editorial: Washington needs COVID-19 testing plan
Op-Ed: Get kids up and moving — walking, biking, dancing! — for better learning at home 
Op-Ed: The pandemic of loneliness

Skagit Valley Herald
During pandemic, weddings get changed — or don’t happen
Mount Vernon Farmers Market kicks off with limited vendors

Spokesman Review
Mountain of change: 40 years after the eruption of Mount St. Helens, the volcano’s story is still being told
Hospital officials urge residents to seek urgent care if needed, new guidelines coming Monday
Spokane health board member who spread misinformation at May Day stay-home rally draws criticism from colleagues
Washington governor retracts restaurant contact requirement
$3 trillion stimulus bill passes House; McMorris Rodgers pans it as Democratic ‘wish list’
Spokane schools to continue feeding hungry kids after USDA extends federal waiver
Opinion: Teddy Benson: State needs to spend more to help struggling businesses

Tri-City Herald
Tri-Cities YMCA switches gears during coronavirus to provide emergency child care
Roadside memorial honors 3 Tri-Cities Tyson plant workers who died of COVID-19
Tri-Cities child care may be harder to find after coronavirus. New grants may help
Half of workers positive for COVID-19 at Tyson plant near Tri-Cities had no symptoms
Another COVID-19 death in Tri-Cities area. Known cases top 1,300
Editorial: Cut restaurants some slack when they reopen. They’ve got new rules to follow 

USA Today
When a coronavirus vaccine is developed, who will be first in line to get it? A CDC panel usually decides
Aftershock: If coronavirus swells in a second wave later this year, will the nation be ready?

Vancouver Business Journal
Clark County state lawmakers review 2020 session and economic recovery steps at Chamber webinar (Wylie)
Clark County prepares for financial impacts of pandemic

Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber
Neighborcare won’t renew clinic lease

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Seattle Times: Fed shipment of Q-tip-style coronavirus swabs puzzles Washington State officials — latest wrinkle in supply woes
Seattle Times: Foursomes of non-related golfers are now allowed to play together at Washington courses
Walla Walla County to apply for early reopening
Editorial: Legislation aimed at helping farmers, good banks makes sense
Editorial: Giving personal information to dine is tough to accept, but it makes sense

Washington Post
$500 billion Treasury relief fund has lent barely any money so far, oversight commission finds
Moderna vaccine shows promising early results
China’s Xi backs WHO-led probe of pandemic origins
Trump responds to whistleblower who criticized government’s pandemic response
Bars and barre return, but date night and workouts aren’t the same: A glimpse into the new normal
Op-Ed: The key tool to a safe opening is not social distancing
Barr doesn’t expect Obama or Biden will be investigated in review of 2016 Russia probe
A highly contagious and fatal virus is spreading in several states. Its victims are rabbits.
Uber lays off 3,000 more staffers, shutters dozens of offices
Big Tech was first to send workers home. Now it’s in no rush to bring them back.
Op-Ed: There’s no hope for America unless we can pity ourselves

West Seattle Blog
Coronavirus: 5/17 Sunday Round-up

West Seattle Herald
Protecting rights of people with disabilities as face-covering directive goes in effect

Whidbey News-Times
Hospital resuming elective surgeries

Yakima Herald Republic
Sunday update: 94 new COVID-19 cases reported, marking fifth day in May with 90-plus
40 years after Mount St. Helens: Readers share stories of cleanup, choir concert and camping
Gordon Kelly took the back roads when the mountain blew
It Happened Here: Yakima church group experienced Mount St. Helens eruption from 30 miles away
Yakima Council to discuss COVID-19 response and options for struggling residents
40 years on: Yakima Valley reels from ash fall
Cascades Volcano Observatory is keeping an eye on Northwest volcanoes
Community health centers face budget shortfalls because of COVID-19 pandemic
Former Yakima City Manager: Mount St. Helens response city’s ‘finest hour’
40 years later: Yakima Herald-Republic readers share their memories of Mount St. Helens
Fire battalion chief remembers Mount St. Helens eruption as “black cloud” over Yakima
Saturday update: Strike continues at Selah fruit plant; 41 new coronavirus cases; Sunnyside pool
Yakima County jail reports inmate tests positive for coronavirus


Real-time updates: Casinos in western Washington reopening today with limits
Sea-Tac Airport wants TSA to check passengers’ temperatures
Emerald Queen Casino in Fife preparing to reopen Monday with certain safety measures
Sea-Tac Airport to require face coverings starting Monday

King County’s directive to wear face coverings starts Monday
Community supports mask exchange and food donation in Greenwood
US cases near 1.5M, deaths top 89K
Need for food growing during COVID-19 pandemic
Petition to recall Snohomish County sheriff gets OK
Seattle-Tacoma International Airport will require all to wear masks
WA state the primary target for unemployment fraudsters
Washington state braces for wildfire season as firefighter tests positive for COVID-19
Fred Meyer, QFC employees protest to keep hazard pay and for safer conditions

New face mask rules, guidelines take effect Monday in W. Wash.
Monroe fridge magnet maker now producing PPE

At age 6, he and his classmates fled Mount St. Helens. 40 years later this reporter recalls that day

Live updates: Coronavirus pandemic in Washington state
Changes In Opioid Supply Create New Risks As Stay-At-Home Rules Ease
This is why you might not be getting a haircut as soon as you want
‘Unprecedented’ World Health Assembly Convenes Online As Pandemic Rages
40 Years After Mount St. Helens, Sounds Of Past Government Response Echo Today
Bike Sales Gear Up As The Homebound Try Socially Distant Exercise
As Nursing Homes Report More COVID-19 Deaths, More Governors Order Universal Testing
King County reported no Covid-19 deaths on Thursday, the first time since the pandemic started
Here’s how the pandemic — and your grocery store habits — are affecting Washington farmers
Parents: You may qualify for three months of paid leave during the pandemic
With Historic Vote, House Will Allow Proxy Voting, Remote Hearings During Pandemic
‘Us Vs. Them’ In A Pandemic: Researchers Warn Divisions Could Get Dangerous
San Juan becomes first county in Pacific Northwest to mandate face masks in public
Bunk beds and farm workers: Washington’s new housing rules
Trump, Unveiling Space Force Flag, Touts What He Calls New ‘Super Duper Missile’
Coronavirus FAQs: How Risky Is It To Fly? Is There Any Way To Reduce The Risks?
Trump Touts ‘Operation Warp Speed’ Coronavirus Vaccine Effort
Are you a loud talker? You might be a superspreader
Congress Has Approved $3 Trillion For Coronavirus Relief So Far. Here’s A Breakdown
New Evidence Suggests COVID-19 Patients On Ventilators Usually Survive

Q13 TV (Fox)
Governor Inslee retracts restaurant contact requirement in Washington
Brandi Kruse: It’s OK to question the governor’s logic, but do you really question his motives?
‘Fact or Fake?’: Can the government force you into quarantine?
Poll shows 1/3 of Seattle residents plan on working remotely for at least a year
Tents cause tension in Seattle’s Lake City neighborhood


The New Normal: When checkout lines become the front lines
You could be the citizen scientist the world needs right now
Washington’s $1.8B convention center expansion is in danger
Opinion: GoFundWho? More equitable ways to crowdfund in a crisis
Opinion: $100B a month would be a small price to pay to save the economy
The pandemic politics of Washington’s stay-at-home protesters

Can Kshama Sawant’s New Tax Amazon Meeting Even Happen?
Seattle’s Twenty Miles of Stay Healthy Streets Is Just the Beginning
Opinion: The Post-Pandemic Workweek Should Be Reduced by 10 Hours
Local Sleuths Track Down Source of Mysterious Radio Songs