Washington State House Democrats


Thursday, June 10

A woman gets her second dose of the Pfizer vaccine

Seattle is first major city to fully vaccinate 70% of eligible residents, Durkan says
Seattle has become the first major American city to reach its goal of fully vaccinating 70% of residents 12 and older, helping push Washington toward its overall vaccination and reopening targets. Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan touted the milestone in a news release Wednesday, saying the city has surpassed San Francisco to take the lead in COVID-19 vaccine jabs. Continue reading at Seattle Times. (Amanda Snyder)

The WA Notify app

WA Notify saved lives, officials say
The Washington State Department of Health reported Wednesday that its COVID-19 exposure notification tool saved an estimated 30-120 lives and likely prevented about 6,000 cases during its first four months while in use. Researchers at the University of Washington and the DOH released the results on Monday after conducting a modeling study of the tool.Since Nov. 30, 2020, more than 2 million people have enabled WA Notify since it launched, according to a release. Continue reading at KIRO 7.

A plane drops fire retardant on a fire

Washington can expect a warmer, drier summer – and more wildfires
The threat of wildfires in much of Washington state is expected to be above average this summer as hot and dry conditions are predicted through September. This May was warm and dry across much of the Pacific Northwest, with the exception of some areas of the Cascades and in Western Washington. Most of Eastern Washington and Southwest Oregon saw less than 10% of their average precipitation for the month, according to a fire outlook report by the Predictive Services of the National Interagency Fire Center. Continue reading at Bellevue Reporter. (Laura Knowlton)


Associated Press
Washington’s ‘joints for jabs’ vaccine program falling flat
Mayor: Seattle 1st major city to fully vaccinate 70%
Gov. names Feek as Employment Security Department head
Washington state high court to consider if veto went too far

Auburn Reporter
Auburn police complete state mandated crisis intervention training

Bainbridge Island Review
BI Parks may buy Bainbridge Athletic Club

Bellevue Reporter
Washington can expect a warmer, drier summer – and more wildfires

Bellingham Herald 
Legislators urge Biden to ease restrictions that could help this Bellingham facility grow
Washington on target for reopening June 30, Inslee says. But there is 1 exception
Here are the latest COVID-19 numbers confirmed Wednesday in Washington state
Watch: Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee’s COVID-19 update from Wednesday (June 9)
Feds could restrict West Coast salmon fishing to help orcas
Inslee names longtime leader to head embattled Washington unemployment agency

Capital Press
Biden administration to rewrite WOTUS rule
USDA to invest in strengthening supply chain

Everett Herald 
Baker Heights site no longer on the table for WSU expansion
Inslee picks acting commissioner to run unemployment agency
What we know: Washington coronavirus outbreak at a glance
Local groups plan to mark Juneteenth and end of U.S. slavery
WaPo Comment: Biden pledge to respect reporters’ rights not enough
Editorial: Courts, lawmakers shouldn’t make call on who’s media
Letter: Plan to removal Snake River dams should be supported

High Country News
Film: After wildfire, a motel becomes a temporary refuge

International Examiner
Constituents ask what the most diverse legislature got accomplished this session (Duerr, Nguyen, Das, Thai, Ryu, Hasegawa, Gregerson, Ortiz-Self)

Island’s Weekly
Washington State Parks launches gift cards

Issaquah Reporter
Invasive milfoil plant linked to dwindling salmon population in Lake Sammamish

Kent Reporter
Kent city leaders propose how to spend $28.2 million in federal relief

Kitsap Sun 
Got a COVID-19 shot from the VA or DoD? You can’t win WA’s vaccine lottery. Here’s why.

News Tribune (subscription required)
Despite pandemic, students of color at this high school made sure their voices were heard
Tacoma man pleads guilty to setting fire to Seattle police building during 2020 protests
Will the COVID vaccine prize lottery get Pierce County to 70 percent?
Puyallup approves restaurant gift cards as incentive for COVID-19 vaccinations
Editorial: Washington gives cash, other perks to go get vaccinated. How about to go back to work? 

New York Times
Live Updates: After Report on Tax Payments of Richest Americans, Congress Rethinks the Code

State Commission sets hearing on changes to congressional, legislative district maps
SPSCC names Tolefree vice president of finance and operations
Here are the latest COVID-19 numbers confirmed Wednesday in Washington state
More than 1,500 acres near Tenino to be conserved with state-nonprofit deal
Inslee names longtime leader to head embattled Washington unemployment agency

Peninsula Daily News
Department of Natural Resources addressing hardwood shortage
Feds could restrict West Coast salmon fishing to help orcas
WHAT WE KNOW: Coronavirus outbreak at a glance
Long-term care facility outbreak up to 15 cases

Puget Sound Business Journal
She applied for SBA PPP loan forgiveness. A typo cost her $12,000.
Washington state closes in on vaccination goal, but stays in Phase 3
Tacoma council clears way for $300M Town Center project to resume

Seattle Times 
Seattle is first major city to fully vaccinate 70% of eligible residents, Durkan says
Amazon to maintain pace of warehouse work despite regulator’s citation
Lawyer: CHOP protester who pleaded guilty to arson was housemate with Manuel Ellis
Got a COVID vaccine? Check your voicemail. You didn’t win jackpot, but Washington is trying to reach other winners.
Casa Latina closes Seattle worker center, saying protests have caused unsafe environment
Cami Feek named to head embattled Washington Employment Security Department
Editorial: Opioid peddlers don’t deserve a free pass

South Seattle Emerald
With vaccination rate rising, state prepares to reopen no later than June 30
Tiny house village to open in Skyway
WA DOH host panel focuses on misinformation with COVID-19 vaccines
Filipino Community Village set to open this summer

Spokesman Review
‘The future of college sports is in jeopardy,’ Gonzaga’s Mark Few tells Cantwell’s Senate panel on student-athlete pay
Cami Feek to head Washington’s Employment Security Department, Inslee announces
In victory for Cantwell and other Northwest senators, Senate passes rare bipartisan bill aimed at outcompeting China
As lawsuit against Inslee gets Supreme Court hearing, lawmakers, activists express concerns for future compromises (Billig, Chapman, Van De Wege)
Washington ‘really close’ to 70% vaccination goal, Inslee says
Vaccine clinics at Spokane fire stations draw modest numbers, big praise
Spokane City Council withdraws mayor’s COVID state of emergency; administration calls action ‘premature’
Opinion: George Nethercutt: The right way to battle opioid abuse in Washington state

Tri-City Herald
Moving mountains of dirt for Highway 395 underpass in Kennewick
Canada considering reopening its border, starting with vaccinated travelers. Here’s when
Grammy-winning rapper and country music stars coming to Benton Franklin Fair
U.S. Senate approves $200 billion to boost tech research. What it means for Tri-Cities

Walla Walla Union Bulletin 
Walla Walla will use a salary commission to review Council salaries
Washington’s ‘joints for jabs’ vaccine program falling flat

Washington Post
The push to remake policing takes decades, only to begin again
Global approval of the United States has rebounded under Biden, survey finds
Seattle overtakes San Francisco as America’s most vaccinated big city
Opinion: A shocking exposé of superrich people’s tax bills should prompt a big rethink

Yakima Herald Republic
Yakima County Board of Health won’t commit to following state, federal laws
26 new COVID cases in Yakima County Wednesday; mobile vaccine clinics planned
Opinion: Treaty Days honors strength of Native spirit


Seattle becomes first large city to reach 70% fully vaccinated
WA Notify saved lives, officials say

Free ORCA card program aims to draw workers to struggling areas in Seattle
A Group Of Gray Whales Survives Die-Off With An Annual Detour To Puget Sound
Listen: Vaccination push, eviction moratorium are hot topics in Olympia right now

Pandemic blog: Updates for western Washington

‘This is an amazing moment in our state’; Washington on the verge of reopening


On police funding, Seattle council members worry they’re losing momentum
Podcast | Can conservative America embrace climate policy?

‘Joints for jabs’ vaccine program in Washington faces hurdles
Gov. Inslee: Washington ‘close’ to being able to reopen ahead of schedule
Puget Sound wedding industry springs back to life ahead of state reopening
Gov. Inslee names new head of oft-maligned Employment Security Department
Seattle hits major milestone, becomes ‘most vaccinated city’ in US
ACLU: ‘Compassion Seattle’ homelessness proposal ‘is neither compassionate nor effective’
Seattle City Council working on steps to decriminalize psychedelics like mushrooms

West Seattle Blog
As city celebrates COVID-19 vaccination milestone, mayor thanks West Seattle on hub’s closing day