Washington State House Democrats


Friday, September 11


Washington ranked as state with best safety net for workers during COVID-19
With unemployment rates at levels not seen since the Great Depression, how much help is available to workers who have been affected? It varies tremendously from state to state. And no state has a better safety net than Washington, according to a new report from Oxfam America, a nonprofit that works to alleviate poverty. Continue reading at The Seattle Times. (Mark Nowlin / The Seattle Times)

Second Harvest

Elevated need to continue at food banks
Washington food banks are gearing up for higher needs for the foreseeable future. “We haven’t really turned a corner either on the virus or economic recovery,” said Katie Rains, food assistance specialist for the state Department of Agriculture. “We anticipate seeing elevated need across the emergency food system for months, if not years, to come, so we do really see this as a long haul effort.” Continue reading at Capital Press. (Second Harvest)

caption: Landfill workers bury all plastic except soda bottles and milk jugs at Rogue Disposal & Recycling in southern Oregon.

How Big Oil Misled The Public Into Believing Plastic Would Be Recycled
Laura Leebrick, a manager at Rogue Disposal & Recycling in southern Oregon, is standing on the end of its landfill watching an avalanche of plastic trash pour out of a semitrailer: containers, bags, packaging, strawberry containers, yogurt cups. None of this plastic will be turned into new plastic things. All of it is buried. Continue reading at KUOW. (NPR)


Associated Press
Assaults and infections continue at Western State Hospital

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
The eerie glow of West Coast wildfires can be seen 20 miles out in the Pacific Ocean
Can’t imagine what it would be like if a tsunami hit the Washington coast? This video can help
Smoke returns to Whatcom again — how bad will it be and how long will it stick around?
Whatcom welcomes students into its first campus dorm, with these COVID-19 restrictions
Whatcom sees 16 new COVID cases Thursday, six months from the county’s first case

Capital Press
‘Evacuate now:’ Wildfires grow in Oregon as 500K flee
Volunteers rescue thousands of farm animals from Oregon wildfires
Elevated need to continue at food banks
Few test positive for COVID at Gebbers Farms

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Wildfire smoke to ‘get worse from here’ as plume moves north
State Supreme Court clears way for 2nd Fortney recall bid
Marysville hires new police chief, who comes from Redmond
What we know: Washington coronavirus outbreak at a glance
Comment: Front-line workers call for medical care for all
Comment: Can we recover unity that sustained us after 9-11?

Federal Way Mirror
History at home: South King Fire 9/11 memorial explained
Smoke from Oregon, California fires moving into Western Washington

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Crews contain Bainbridge brush fire after homes put on standby for evacuation
St. Michael leaders ‘very optimistic’ the hospital has largely contained COVID-19 outbreak
Jeff Graham: CKSD trying to solve return-to-sports puzzle
A desperate rescue: A father’s heartbreaking attempt to save his family from a raging fire
Air quality expected to get worse heading into the weekend
Kitsap jail inmate restrained by officers died of homicide from ‘restraint asphyxia’
Wildfire danger prompts closures of Kitsap forests
In Tahuya, a state plan to log 176 acres unites activist, neighbors

News Tribune (subscription required)
Brush fire ignites in South Tacoma at site of old airport
Washington state reports 458 new COVID-19 cases Thursday and 7 deaths
Body and dash cams for deputies? Pierce County begins moving in that direction
Pierce County Sheriff Paul Pastor to retire a month before elections

New York Times
Wildfires Live Updates: Evacuations Ordered as Fires Near Portland Suburbs
Covid-19 Live Updates: Pandemic Intensifies Food Insecurity, Leaving ‘Children Screaming in Hunger’
False Rumors That Activists Set Wildfires Exasperate Officials

Olympian (subscription required)
Pierce County retired general on Trump’s reported military comments: ‘You’re no patriot’
Op-Ed: It is humans we save by battling climate change, not the Earth
The number of Washingtonians facing hunger has doubled since start of the pandemic
Lacey air quality still unsafe for sensitive groups
Washington Health Department issues guidelines for COVID-19 patients returning to work
‘Super massive’ plume of smoke heading for Western Washington

Peninsula Daily News
Mayor, city say ‘Coffee’ sessions no place for personal opinions
Thick wildfire smoke creeping into Western Washington
Number of confirmed cases on Peninsula unchanged

Puget Sound Business Journal
Seattle City Council approves funds for early West Seattle Bridge work
Hopes dim for more stimulus as Democrats block narrow GOP plan
Boeing hopes education, new technology will persuade consumers to fly again
Justice Department announces fraud charges in small-business aid program
Covid forced millions to work from home. Here are 6 things to know about the home office deduction.

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Wildfire news updates, September 11: What to know today about the destructive fires in Washington state and on the West Coast
Officials squash rumors of far right, far left setting fires
Weather shifts, helping firefighting but bringing more smoke to Washington state
Washington ranked as state with best safety net for workers during COVID-19
1 in 5 Washington residents could face hunger this year as COVID-19 pandemic wears on, says Food Lifeline CEO

Snoqualmie Valley Record
Antifa isn’t starting Washington wildfires
Smoke from Oregon, California fires moving into Western Washington
Port of Seattle launches task force on Port Policing and Civil Rights
Threat multiplier: How climate change, coronavirus and weather are scorching WA
Editorial: State lawmakers shouldn’t wait to start budget work

Spokesman Review
As virus continues to spread, so does hunger
Inslee offers cash assistance to Malden residents displaced by fire
‘A major threat to the state of Washington’: Inslee meets with health officials in Pullman as COVID cases climb at WSU
Ferguson asks judge to reverse Postal Service changes ahead of election
Shawn Vestal: We have met the cause of the wildfires, and it’s usually one of us
Rumors of blazes started by antifa spreading as fast as fires
‘You have today to prepare’: Massive smoke cloud approaches Washington

Tri-City Herald
‘Going to be OK.’ Prosser dairy family lose their home but find comfort in faith, family
Benton County COVID cases close to level for schools to reopen
Honoring the lives lost 19 years ago in terrorist attacks
Smoky Tri-Cities air likely to get worse. What to expect this weekend
Power lines possibly sparked raging wildfire that ripped through Prosser this week
New Tri-Cities COVID cases bump back up. 1 new death reported

USA Today
More young people are dying by suicide, and experts aren’t sure why
‘We have never seen this’: 10% of Oregon forced to evacuate; death toll rises from wildfires across Western states
‘Astonishingly risky’: COVID-19 cases at colleges are fueling the nation’s hottest outbreaks

Washington Post
ICE flew detainees to Virginia so the planes could transport agents to D.C. protests. A huge coronavirus outbreak followed.
At least 10 dead in Northern California wildfire as half a million Oregonians evacuate
The Finance 202: Forget Wall Street. Now it’s Washington that looks out of touch with Main Street.
Trump isn’t talking about the wildfires in Oregon and California

Yakima Herald Republic
Air quality alert in effect in Yakima area through the weekend
YPD changes policy, disciplines commanding officer in wake of woman’s death in June
Washington Wildfire Map
Virtual suicide intervention training to dispel myths, provide training to support those in need
Opinion: When it comes to fire, take every precaution


‘Super-massive’ cloud of wildfire smoke headed for Washington
Half of Seattle students haven’t logged into remote learning system this fall
What you need to know about coronavirus Friday, Sept. 11
Gov. Inslee signs order allowing people impacted by wildfires to get financial help

Smoke settling across Western Washington; Air Quality Alert until MondaySmoky skies: What you can do to stay safe
Doctors worry about the flu, COVID-19 colliding
A glimpse into the future: How recent wildfires stack up to climate predictions
Gov. Inslee issues proclamation to aid families impacted by wildfires
Inslee visits tiny Malden, devastated by wildfire
Fire started at large encampment burns 24 acres, officials say
‘We got another one’: Second man arrested for intentionally starting brush fire in Pierce County
Public health officials say common colds are on the rise in King County

Massive smoke plume from Oregon wildfires invades Puget Sound region
European flight safety agency completes Boeing 737 Max tests
Seattle City Council considering revision of ban on chemical projectiles for police

The view from one middle school in Parkland, as an unprecedented school year starts
Extreme End To The 2020 Northwest Fire Season Reminds Of The 1910 ‘Big Burn’

Amid Flood Of News, Voters Appear Locked In On Their Presidential Choices
How Big Oil Misled The Public Into Believing Plastic Would Be Recycled
Blog: Ongoing Covid-19 pandemic in the Northwest
‘Massive’ cloud of wildfire smoke headed to Seattle overnight
SDOT points to rays of hope for reopening the West Seattle Bridge

Q13 TV (Fox)
Nearly 600,000 acres scorched by Washington wildfires, Inslee says
Tips to protect yourself from unhealthy air as wildfire smoke inundates Washington
Expect thick smoke, unhealthy air quality Friday in Washington
Officials squash rumors of far right, far left setting fires


My Ballard
Smoke is back: air quality deemed unhealthy for all groups

After Months of Protests, Portland’s Mayor Bans CS Gas
Landlord to Tenants: Take Down Your BLM Signs or Face Eviction
Washington Just Filed a Legal Maneuver That Could Fix the Post Office at the Last Minute