Washington State House Democrats


Wednesday, July 21

An apartment building with rental units in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood.

Evictions slowed during pandemic but some Washington renters still faced pressure to move, UW report says
Although a statewide moratorium sheltered many tenants from eviction over the last year, some renters still lost their housing in more informal ways, according to a recent report from researchers at the University of Washington. In a survey of renters with low incomes, about 16% reported a landlord texting, emailing, calling or telling them in person to vacate their rental unit, compared with 9% before COVID-19. Nearly 6% reported a landlord shutting off utilities compared with 4% before the pandemic. Continue reading at The Seattle Times. (Ken Lambert)

The co-owner of a Shell station in Point Roberts makes pizza.

U.S. extends border closure to Aug. 21 while Canada will allow in vaccinated Americans
Vaccinated Americans may be able to begin traveling to Canada in 2½ weeks, but Canadians, whether they’re vaccinated or not, will not be allowed to cross the border into the U.S. for non-essential reasons for at least another month. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday, July 21, announced that it was extending its temporary restriction prohibiting non-essential cross-border travel from Canada through at least Aug. 21. Continue reading at The Bellingham Herald. (Richard Read)

Washington’s death toll from June’s heat wave has reached 112
Authorities say last month’s Pacific Northwest heat wave that toppled all-time temperature records killed at least 112 people in Washington state. KUOW reports the Department of Health updated its tally on Monday, which caused the death toll to increase by 21. In Washington, the bulk of the deaths were in the state’s most populous counties, King, Pierce and Snohomish, though 20 of Washington’s 39 counties reported at least one death caused by the triple-digit heat. Continue reading at The Associated Press.


Associated Press
Washington’s death toll from June’s heat wave has reached 112
Washington Sen. Maria Cantwell quizzes airlines on delays, worker shortages

Aberdeen Daily World
$70 million in Chehalis Basin funds on hold
QIN gets federal funding for solar power in new Generations building
Op-Ed: Young people should be reading newspapers
Op-Ed: What good is a minimum wage if it’s stolen?
Bellingham Herald
U.S. extends border closure to Aug. 21 while Canada will allow in vaccinated Americans
Electric vehicles have a bright future in Whatcom County, if this issue can be overcome
COVID likely skewed annual homeless count, but it showed these numbers in Whatcom County
Whatcom COVID case numbers slowly creep up, but no new delta variant cases reported

Capital Press
Fish and Wildlife Service withdraws critical habitat rollbacks for spotted owl
As fires rage, DNR closes Eastern Washington lands
Earlier, hotter, bigger and faster fires are fueling historic fire season
Coping with stress, stigma and suicide in farm country

PeaceHealth COVID outbreak traced to patient; 3 of 4 infected workers unvaccinated
Editorial: In Our View: Climate essential component of I-5 Bridge plan

The King County Council put “Ranked Choice” voting legislation on hold this year, but may pitch it to voters next year. What do you think of this voting style?
Two weeks left to apply for small business grants in unincorporated King County

El Sol De Yakima (available in English via Google Translate)
Recreational areas in eastern Washington closed due to fire danger
Yakima authorities ask public opinion on parks, recreation

Everett Herald
Former Marysville student charged with racist death threats
Most sheriffs in Washington pledge to protect 2nd Amendment

Federal Way Mirror
Residential migration on the uptick as COVID eases

International Examiner
200 days in Congress, and Congresswoman Marilyn Strickland is full of surprises

Kent Reporter
Kent-based Blue Origin completes its first human flight into space | Photos

Kirkland Reporter
County property purchased in Bellevue for Eastside supportive and affordable housing

Kitsap Sun
‘I get to practice where I trained’: Residency program helps fill doctor’s void in Kitsap
Thanks to storage, aquifers and wells, Kitsap water providers report normal water levels
USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier arrival expected Thursday

Mercer Island Reporter
Islanders react to mask-free life as things return to normal
Letter: Thoughts on climate change

News Tribune
There’s a big construction project underway at UW Tacoma. Here’s what they’re building
South Tacoma, Lakewood transit stations need improvements, groups say. Will they happen?

New York Times
U.S. Life Expectancy Plunged in 2020, Especially for Black and Hispanic Americans
As Virus Resurges, G.O.P. Lawmakers Allow Vaccine Skepticism to Flourish
Republicans are set to block an infrastructure bill in the Senate, pleading for more time for bipartisan talks.

An Olympia parks project that was approved in the ’90s may begin construction in 2022
Thurston County added 1 death, 187 COVID-19 cases last week. Is virus activity rising?
Vaccinated people can still get COVID. Here are the most common symptoms, study says

Puget Sound Business Journal
Tacoma mayor seeks funding to join South Sound affordable housing coalition
Retail market sees some improvement in Q2. But supply chain, labor shortage continue to weigh on industry.
Biden to name a critic of Big Tech as the top antitrust cop
Think the labor shortage is bad now? The long-term pain is only going to get worse.
Amazon ‘ramping down’ Covid-19 testing for warehouse workers
Cyberattacks that targeted UW, Microsoft linked to Chinese government
This $2B transportation industry grant program is now closed. When will the money go out?

Renton Reporter
Study suggests that the top 10 percent of gasoline-using drivers consume one-third of all the gas

Seattle Medium
City Of Seattle Grants $10.4 Million To Community Organizations Focused On Safety For Communities Of Color
Dunn Introduces Legislation To Provide Greater Transparency For Property Taxes

Seattle Times
Evictions slowed during pandemic but some Washington renters still faced pressure to move, UW report says
Seattle’s new Fairview Avenue bridge opens Saturday morning
Canada’s new COVID border rules have put us in our place
A new generation of Asian American artists is expanding Bruce Lee’s legacy
Washington State Department of Natural Resources will close lands east of Cascades due to extreme fire danger
Parents are returning to work, but Seattle’s child care industry continues to struggle with COVID-19 impact
Editorial: Washington prisons require humane climate resiliency

Skagit Valley Herald
Skagit County considers changes to building codes
Conway School Board approves school district’s budget

South Whidbey Record
Four county officials fined for public disclosure violations
South Whidbey Harbor sees revenue surging post-COVID

Spokesman Review
State Rep. Rob Chase’s anti-vaccine comments removed from Facebook, called ‘false information’
Hot, dry conditions fuel several wildfires in Eastern Washington, Idaho
Opinion: Matthew Hollon, MD: A big, bold idea for Spokane

Tri-City Herald
State closes Eastern Washington land to camping due to fire danger
Attorneys charging $1 million a month to get Easterday farms, ranches out of bankruptcy
COVID patients hospitalized in Tri-Cities more than double in a week

Walla Walla Union Bulletin
Water conservation encouraged for extreme drought in Walla Walla Valley, but no restrictions yet
Fires in Umatilla National Forest grow to 92,000 acres

Washington Post
Heat waves are dangerous. Isolation and inequality make them deadly.
Rescue efforts launched after record floods in central China displace 1.2 million
Key federal aid programs are running out of time — and cash — as new coronavirus variant spreads
Growing number of Republicans urge vaccinations amid delta surge

Whidbey News-Times
Letter: Vaccination rate is appallingly low across the country
School board member threatens to sue students
Law enforcement role in school threats debated

Yakima Herald Republic
Judge issues temporary protection order against Yakima council member Jason White
High fire danger leads to DNR, WDFW land closures. Here’s how it will affect the Yakima Valley
Fewer Yakima County residents out of work in June as businesses ramp up activity
Yakima Valley law enforcement critical of police reform measures set to go into effect


Drone highways? Washington Transportation Commission planning for the future
Health officials urge people who use drugs to carry Narcan as overdose deaths rise in Washington
Homeless encampment near I-90 in Seattle to be removed following string of rock-throwing incidents
New timeline for replacement of I-5 bridge between Washington and Oregon

Large homeless camps to be cleared along highway to address debris-throwing incidents
Auburn hotel to be King County’s latest site to house chronically homeless people
Two veterans work to get interpreter out of Afghanistan
Seattle Children’s eliminates opioids from Bellevue surgery center
Canadian tourism businesses brace for American travelers
DNR-managed lands in Eastern Washington closed due to extreme fire danger
State proposes new toll rates on SR 99 Tunnel, Tacoma Narrows Bridge
‘Frustrating and disappointing’: Washington families react to new Canada entry requirements

Transportation officials mulling how much to increase price on Washington state toll roads
Doctors stress unvaccinated kids should continue masking, social distancing 
Breakthrough COVID cases prompts new calls to mask up in Washington state
Crews to clear homeless camp near I-90 that has been linked to rock attacks on motorists

$2M grant increases learning opportunities for kids outside the classroom

NW Public Radio
Western Ranchers Are Cuttin’ Herds Like Mad To Prep For A Winter With Short Hay
Extreme Fire Danger Forces Managers To Close Public Lands In WA, OR

Q13 TV (Fox)
WSDOT to remove homeless camp along I-90 as rock-throwing incidents increase in the area
Delta variant accounts for 83% of US COVID-19 cases, CDC says
Amazon to end testing for COVID-19 at warehouses this month


US extends ban on non-essential travel from Canada
Seattle Children’s eliminates opioids from Bellevue surgery center
Homeless camps along I-90 to be cleared after 7 more vehicles hit by debris
Thurston County ambulances seeing long emergency room wait times
Bellevue appoints interim police chief with Steve Mylett leaving for new job in August
Future of Seattle’s proposed I-5 lid will likely fall to city’s next mayor
With fires ‘smashing records,’ state closes DNR lands in Eastern Washington
Washington’s fentanyl crisis deepens as overdose deaths continue to rise
Washington’s military-focused vaccine lottery holds first drawing Tuesday