Washington State House Democrats


Monday, July 19

A memorial marker for a man who died from COVID-19.

‘This isn’t over.’ Even as life gets back to normal for many, COVID-19 keeps killing Washingtonians
Millions of Washington residents are vaccinated, the state has dropped most restrictions, and life for many is tilting toward pre-pandemic conditions. But people are still dying from the virus. Losses at this stage can seem particularly cruel, like having a loved one die in battle just days before the armistice is signed. Continue reading at The Seattle Times. (Ellen M. Banner)

Firefighters battle the Tamarack Fire in California.

Dangerous conditions complicate wildfire fight in western US
Erratic winds and dry lightning added to the dangers for crews battling the nation’s largest wildfire on Monday in parched Oregon forests, just one of dozens burning across several Western states. The destructive Bootleg Fire, one of the largest in modern Oregon history, has already burned more than 476 square miles, an area about the size of Los Angeles. The blaze just north of the California state line was 25% contained. Continue reading at The Associated Press. (Noah Berger)

What small business owners need to know about PPP loan forgiveness
The Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program was as massive as it was popular, dispensing a total of 11.8 million forgivable loans for nearly $800 billion across 2020 and in early 2021. But, as those loans start to come due, small businesses need to stay abreast of the most recent developments and rules to make sure they maximize every dollar, particularly when it comes to PPP loan forgiveness or the interplay with potentially lucrative employee retention credits. Continue reading at The Puget Sound Business Journal.


Associated Press
Dangerous conditions complicate wildfire fight in western US
COVID-19 outbreak reported at Vancouver medical center

Aberdeen Daily World
Aberdeen commits $7 million to Gateway Center
Letter: Closing Aberdeen homeless camp hard-hearted
Auburn Reporter
New state police reforms change policing in Auburn
Council discusses body-worn cameras for Auburn police

Bainbridge Island Review
Opinion: ‘Underdog’ dad taught me system sometimes works
Parks able to answer more questions about BAC purchase

Bellingham Herald
These sales numbers show how big a hit Whatcom restaurants, businesses took from COVID-19
With border reopening a possibility next month, Whatcom prepares to welcome Canadians
What’s with all the ship traffic in Bellingham Bay? There could be more on the way
Capital Press
Washington sets rule for farm work in wildfire smoke
Lawsuit seeks more spill over Columbia Basin dams for salmon
Red Apple Fire slows in Central Washington

COVID-19 outbreak sickens patients, staff at PeaceHealth
Editorial: In Our View: Cheers & Jeers: Vaccine milestone, virus variants

Covington-Maple Valley Reporter
WSDOT awards contract for I-405/NE 132nd Street Interchange project in Kirkland

El Sol De Yakima (available in English via Google Translate)
Washington issues emergency rules to protect workers from fire smoke
Fire evacuation order lifted near state route 821
Dairy workers will receive overtime pay starting July 25
Small farmers face labor shortages
Extreme heat kills a significant portion of the Northwest cherry crop

Everett Herald
Snohomish County winds down emergency response to COVID-19
Edmonds Rescue Plan could put $12 million back into the city
Housing Authority considers 1,500 units for Baker Heights
Down to 2 police officers, Brier reaches out to the county
Shoppers, it’s once again time to break the plastic bag habit
Editorial: Burke: Trump is history, but recent enough to justify study
Comment: Viewpoints: Why Trump won’t get far in social media lawsuits
Comment: Inslee dropped ball in touting pandemic response
Comment: Why schools should teach about racism
WaPo Comment: National Mall to fly flags, one for every covid death
WaPo Comment: Court-packing is dead but other reforms are possible
WaPo Comment: Biden’s BLM pick faces scrutiny for Earth First ties
WaPo Comment: Here’s what can replace monuments to Confederates
Bloomberg Comment: Trump’s Twitter lawsuit raises one serious concern

High Country News
Supreme Court ruling fails to protect Indigenous voters
The Upper Skagit Indian Tribe calls on Seattle to remove the Gorge Dam

Issaquah Reporter
What is ranked-choice voting and why does it matter?

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Ferry fares set to increase in October
Moratorium on new vacation rental permits continues
Opinion: County finance update: Coming out of the pandemic

Kent Reporter
WSDOT launches new Good To Go!

Kitsap Sun
Nurses’ class action suit against CHI Franciscan settles for $5.5 million

News Tribune
Opposition growing to proposed Milton megachurch, including from Native American tribes

New York Times
Why the New Monthly Child Tax Credit Is More Likely to Be Spent on Children
Democrats to Propose a Border Tax Based on Countries’ Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Stocks tumble amid concerns over the Delta variant’s impact on growth.
U.S. Formally Accuses China of Hacking Microsoft
Senate Democrats took their voting rights push on the road with a hearing in Atlanta.
Opinion: Joe Biden’s Monumental Environmental Gambit

Thurston County tenants facing rent increases as governor’s rent protections expire
Fred Meyer warehouse workers vote to authorize strike; work stoppage could begin Monday
Here’s why Thurston County residents who need an ambulance might be waiting longer
10 questions answered about the draft environmental report for Capitol Lake

Port Townsend Leader
COVID-19 cases on the rise in Jefferson County

Puget Sound Business Journal
Workforce shortage and other costs will likely cause restaurant prices to rise
Pike Place Market took a catastrophic economic hit. Now, it’s mounting a comeback.
PPP loan forgiveness: SBA Administrator Isabel Guzman says new application portal will roll out ‘very soon’
What small business owners need to know about PPP loan forgiveness
Private college president thinks higher ed’s business model is broken — and he has a proposal to fix it
Blue Origin’s auction winner declines space trip due to ‘scheduling conflict’
‘It’s been a long time coming’: Housing developer welcomes Tacoma’s growth
Op-Ed: Seattle will thrive again

Redmond Reporter
Opinion: Why wouldn’t you vaccinate to save loved ones? | Roegner

Seattle Times
‘This isn’t over.’ Even as life gets back to normal for many, COVID-19 continues to kill
Other regions have specific plans for heat waves. Experts say Seattle, Puget Sound cities need them too
The Seattle Times v. Seattle: Why we’re suing City Hall | From the editor
Though millions are at risk for diabetes, Medicare struggles to expand prevention program
Is it really OK to not be OK? Richard Sherman and Naomi Osaka cases show there’s a ways to go to support mental health
Opinion: Congress, follow Washington’s lead on voting rights and pass the For the People Act
Opinion: Right past wrongs of racist ‘urban renewal’ and pay reparations to Seattle’s Black community

Skagit Valley Herald
Hot summer has taken toll on water temperatures, snowpack

Snoqualmie Valley Record
Meet the new superintendent for Snoqualmie Valley School District
Town hall set for Meadowbrook Utility Local Improvement District project

South Whidbey Record
So long, s’mores: No campfires allowed in a stricter burn ban
Editorial: Island County’s pandemic bonuses are a smart idea, if legal
Island County employees to get COVID bonuses

Tri-City Herald
Tri-Cities teacher threatened after she signs onto controversial pledge
New WA tax law could upend retirement plans. The blame is on Dems and Gov. Inslee
‘Day by day.’ Milk prices may climb as WA dairy cows hit hard by NW heat wave
COVID hospitalizations mount in Tri-Cities area with rise in new cases
Wildfire scorches 100 acres west of Tri-Cities

Walla Walla Union Bulletin
Lawsuit alleges Walla Walla School District failed to protect student from sexual harassment

Washington Post
U.S., allies accuse China of hacking Microsoft and condoning other cyberattacks
Haiti’s acting prime minister Claude Joseph says he will step down amid leadership dispute
Biden administration repatriates Guantánamo Bay inmate to Morocco
In this summer of covid freedom, disease experts warn: ‘The world needs a reality check’
Opinion: The spirit of John Lewis lives on in the voting rights fight

Yakima Herald Republic
Yakima Police Department renews focus on data-driven policing, will invest in license plate cameras
Officials ask residents what they like — and want — in Yakima city parks and recreation facilities
State issues emergency rules to protect workers from wildfire smoke
Opinion: Congratulations to Washington’s newest millionaire


Why isn’t the Seattle area in a drought like the rest of the state?
Victoria Clipper, Black Ball Ferry optimistic on US-Canada border reopening
VERIFY: Yes, rent control is illegal in Washington

Fred Meyer warehouse workers authorize strike
Long-delayed Seattle cruise industry setting sail
How a carbon market is fueling change in the Nisqually Community Forest
Welcome back party in Chinatown-ID draws crowd to Hing Hay Park
Revive I-5 returns to Seattle with a full freeway closure
Researchers tackle Dungeness crab population concerns
Out of service ferry causing big delays at Kingston-Edmonds crossing
Two dozen cases of debris thrown at drivers in Seattle in two weeks, spurring calls for action
Mount Rainier announces parkwide fire ban

COVID cases are trending up across Puget Sound bringing on a call for masks
COVID-19 outbreak reported at Vancouver medical center
Bootleg Fire nears 300,000 acres as containment stalls at 22%

Local organization to launch billboard campaign addressing violence against Indigenous women
New police reform laws raise concerns for local police departments
“Shot of a Lifetime” grand prize winner announced

Q13 TV (Fox)
Seattle’s ‘normal’ summer returns for July with weeks-long streak of pleasant temperatures
The Divide: Seattle sues the news
Inslee says Washington will not follow LA County, which has reverted back to mask mandates
New research from WSU shows many leaving the hospitality industry
Opinion: Brandi Kruse: Inslee’s shame game serves no purpose


Want ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Balmer’s low tax rate? Buy a sports team
A tale of two waters
Historia de dos aguas
Opinion: In the PNW, Confederate flag controversies are not new

United Airlines will pull its last route out of Paine Field in October
Fred Meyer warehouse workers authorize strike
Building under demolition partially collapses in downtown Seattle
Two firearms found at Sea-Tac Airport screening 5 minutes apart
Re-imposing state’s mask mandate ‘not under consideration,’ says Gov. Inslee
Officials hope to have homeless camp next to Bitter Lake school cleared by September