Washington State House Democrats


Monday, Aug. 30

Leigh Spruce gets off of Everett Para Transit at the Everett Mall in Everett.

People with disabilities demand better sidewalks, transit
If she could drive, Amandeep Kaur could get from her Lynnwood home to school at Everett Community College in 30 minutes, probably less. Micah Lusignan could see his friend who lives 5 miles across town within a few minutes, instead of the hour by bus. But a disability keeps them from taking the wheel. Continue reading at The Everett Herald. (Olivia Vanni)

Report: COVID-19 vaccine for children could be available by end of year
As the delta variant takes hold, anxiety is rising along with cases. That’s especially true for parents who are sending children too young to be vaccinated back to school. Any news about a timeline is something parents want to hear. Continue reading at KIRO 7.

More restaurant owners worried about rent due to Delta variant
More small businesses are able to make rent as the economic recovery continues, but restaurant owners are still struggling. About 30% of all small businesses in the U.S. could not pay their August rent in full or on time, according to a new survey of 5,349 small business owners by small business referral network Alignable. Continue reading at The Puget Sound Business Journal.


Associated Press
Man found guilty of hate crime, murder in trans teen’s death
Hundreds protest Washington Gov. Inslee’s vaccine mandate
Record low numbers of steelhead returning to Columbia River
Hurricane Ida traps Louisianans, leaves the grid a shambles
EU takes US off safe travel list; backs travel restrictions
Rockets fired at Kabul airport but US flights continue
As districts insist on vaccines, some teachers push back
Opinion: The ache of Afghanistan isn’t sparing Yakima

Aberdeen Daily World
COVID-19 case rates skyrocket on Olympic Peninsula
County public health director: unvaccinated population putting strain on county’s hospitals
Aberdeen commits $7 million to North Shore Levee

Auburn Reporter
$113 million in improvements coming to Sound Transit’s Auburn Station

Bainbridge Island Review
Rep. Kilmer talks about local issues
Opinion: I got my shot, but the booster not so much
Opinion: Both parties failed due to Afghan corruption

Bellingham Herald
This is how Whatcom County plans to spend its $44.5 million in pandemic relief funds
Kelp is struggling in central and south Puget Sound. Are Whatcom’s kelp beds next?
Why is it important to monitor Puget Sound kelp health?
COVID vaccination mandate could leave these Whatcom fire stations under-staffed
With mask mandates in place, here’s how Whatcom businesses are coping
Landmark downtown Bellingham eatery closes, saying ‘COVID pandemic made it impossible’
Capital Press
Record low numbers of steelhead returning to Columbia River
Fall wheat planting may be delayed as farmers wait for break in drought
EXPLAINER: How wildfire camps keep crews ready for battle

Bogdanov found guilty of murder in death of Nikki Kuhnhausen
Opinion: In Our View: Open Washington-Canada border to vaccinated
Opinion: In Our View: Distribution of rental aid must be made priority
Opinion: In Our View: Cheers & Jeers: Chiles shines, virus surge sad

County will review 2019 deputy killing of Black Diamond man

The Daily News
School COVID-19 strategies largely the same, focus on keeping kids in class

Everett Herald
Snohomish County fire unions rail against vaccine mandate
Beazizo takes reins at LSPD, hopes to continue Dyer’s work
What we know: Washington coronavirus outbreak at a glance
At least one COVID case linked to Arlington basketball event
After cycle of arrest, release, repeat: a ‘walking miracle’
6 derelict boats in Everett on track to be hauled away
People with disabilities demand better sidewalks, transit
Editorial: Welcoming refugees to county serves all involved
Opinion: Burke: Would American heroes survive scrutiny of 24/7 news?
Opinion: Harrop: As Florida’s DeSantis proves, ignorance is expensive
Opinion: Muhlstein: ‘Letters to Myself,’ a VOA effort, aimed at suicide prevention’
Opinion: Viewpoints: Is belief in ‘welcoming the stranger’ wearing thin?
Opinion: Ival Salyer: Take it from a Polio Pioneer, vaccines save lives
Opinion: Dan Templeman: Drug possession law will take some adjustment
Comment: 5 steps we can take to build more affordable housing
Comment: State’s police reforms take effect as crime on rise
Bloomberg Comment: Delta variant isn’t sending us, economy back inside
WaPo Comment: Tragedy of Indian boarding schools must be faced
Letter: Denying science of vaccines can be deadly
Letter: Two protests in Snohomish threat to us, democracy

High Country News
Anxiety and hope in wildfire-prone Oregon
Confused about what’s happening on the Klamath? Here’s a rundown.
A new Conservation Corps for the climate

Islands’ Weekly
Boaters are critical to protection of endangered whales

Journal of the San Juan Islands
San Juan County COVID count increases by 6 and decreases by 17
Washington State Ferries’ staffing shortage faces a new foe — vaccine mandates
Lekanoff: Lekanoff updates her constituency on social issues (Lekanoff)

Kent Reporter
Auburn firefighters union opposes vaccine mandate
Kent School Board votes 3-2 to approve police in schools program
Opinion: What the Afghan wants to say

Kitsap Sun
COVID-19 outbreaks reported at St. Michael Medical Center, Kitsap County Jail
Plans move forward to turn gravel pit in Silverdale into housing

Lewis County Chronicle
Lewis County Sheriff Speaks Out Against New Police Reform Laws (Goodman)

Mercer Island Reporter
Mercer Island students head back to school this week

News Tribune
3 life-or-death minutes for Said Joquin emerge in new fatal police shooting document
A growing mountain of shipping containers in Tacoma is latest pandemic symbol
Editorial: So long, Wilson: Renamed Tacoma school brings swift changes. But what about uniforms?

Want to keep your kids learning remotely? Thurston districts offer virtual academies
Thurston County warns of toxic algae bloom at Long Lake, lifts Lake Lawrence advisory
200 soldiers to train at JBLM to assist with California wildfires
Lacey spent $440,000 fulfilling public records requests in 2020
Rising housing prices drive jump in assessed property values, Assessor’s Office says
Hundreds rally at Washington state Capitol Campus against COVID-19 vaccine requirements
Port of Olympia says interest in Panama Canal-size ships misunderstood
Editorial: Together’s new Host Homes program will pull kids out of the homeless pipeline

Peninsula Daily News
Sea to Sound illustrates accessibility of ODT
Man accused of hate crime ordered into treatment
More health mandates likely
Vaccination question: Mandate or encourage?
Clallam Transit approves increase in service
Deer Park, Hurricane Ridge areas closed for public safety
West End DSHS plans to cut its presence

People Magazine
Man Convicted of Killing Transgender Teen After Date in Case That Inspired Mom to Create Change (Wylie)

Puget Sound Business Journal
Patti Payne: American Hospital Association head shares frustration and concern
More restaurant owners worried about rent due to Delta variant
Delta variant putting a damper on airlines’ recovery
PPP forgiveness portal picking up steam. But experts say to act fast.
South Sound agency wants help training workers quickly in face of labor shortage

Redmond Reporter
Opinion: King County executive wins battle with suburbs over inquests

Renton Reporter
King County Councilman calls for plan to help Afghan refugees settle here

Runta News
DOH Provides Free Mobile Service to Local Communities

Seattle Times
Washington state employee union sues Gov. Jay Inslee to delay vaccine mandate, pending negotiations
Wealth without working: King County ranks 8th in U.S. for income from assets
‘My time to live’: Novel program gives Seattle-area kidney patients palliative care and dialysis until the end
Seattle-area educators ‘teach truth’ to push back against critical race theory opponents
As America prepares for Afghan refugees, how Washington once led the way
How Washington’s new laws on police use of force have changed officers’ training, weapons
The kids are all right; it’s the adults who have gone bonkers over the pandemic
Opinion: Time to recognize caregiving as part of infrastructure
Editorial: Hopes for downtown recovery depend on safety and security

Skagit Valley Herald
Burlington City Council votes down George Hopper overpass improvements
Anacortes, Burlington-Edison school boards pass district budgets

Snoqualmie Valley Record
Snoqualmie Police Association rejects city vaccine mandate
Opinion: ‘Back to normal’ could be the worst thing to happen for some seniors

South Seattle Emerald
30 years of MFPA: advocating for police transformation
Emergence of delta variant means a back-to-school like no other
Weekend Long Reads: The evolution of our health care system
The South End guide to reducing our carbon footprint: laundry day
Judge strikes homelessness charter amendment from ballot

Tri-City Herald
Sunday bus service launches in Tri-Cities. And it’s free
Hundreds rally at Washington state Capitol Campus against COVID-19 vaccine requirements
Now hiring. Worker shortage squeezes Tri-Cities restaurants, businesses

Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber
Defiant Fire Chief defines anti-mandate stance as ‘leadership’

Walla Walla Union Bulletin
Walla Walla accepts $1.6 million in streets grants; Rose Street to lose a lane
With opt-out deadline looming, Washington’s long-term care benefit and tax draws praise, criticism (Jinkins)

Washington Post
Ida weakens to tropical storm as it moves to Mississippi with heavy flooding
The U.S. reckons with defeat in Afghanistan
How the pandemic set back women’s progress in the global workforce
A Calif. elementary school teacher took off her mask for a read-aloud. Within days, half her class was positive for delta.
U.S. regulator tells White House it will step up enforcement of oil and gas conglomerates

Whidbey News-Times
Editorial: With tourism at all-time high, change in investment needed

Yakima Herald Republic
Early Schneider Springs Fire response limited by resources, access
Schneider Springs Fire burning northwest of Naches engulfs another 2K acres
COVID vaccine Q&A: Immunity, antibodies and vaccine approvals
Comment: Why colleges should invest in civic engagement
Opinion: The ache of Afghanistan isn’t sparing Yakima
Letter: Your COVID choices put at-risk kids in peril


Wildfire near Wenatchee prompts evacuation orders
Yes, you can get a COVID-19 vaccine booster shot and the flu shot at the same time

White Center businesses reopening after destructive fire
Ida live updates: Tropical storm threatens heavy rain for Mississippi, Alabama, part of Florida
Supply chain problems and shortages make back-to-school shopping more challenging
Report: COVID-19 vaccine for children could be available by end of year
Kabul airport attack: Rocket fire strikes neighborhood near airport
Home-based command center created to get Afghan allies out
200 JBLM Army soldiers to train, help fight northern California fire
A growing mountain of shipping containers in Tacoma is latest pandemic symbol

Dr. Fauci says coronavirus vaccine mandate for eligible students is a ‘good idea’
Skagit Co. reopens testing and vaccination site as hospitalizations reach pandemic heights
Tillamook commissioner on coronavirus surge: ‘We are in a dire crisis’

A deadly message for a region unprepared for earth’s rising temperatures
The Pentagon Says U.S. Operations In Afghanistan Will End Soon
Same Hospital And Insurer, But The Bill For His 2nd Jaw Procedure Was $24,000 More
When COVID Deaths Are Dismissed Or Stigmatized, Grief Is Mixed With Shame And Anger

Impending Monroe prison closure leaves inmates, families reeling over the future
Want to opt-out of Washington’s new long-term care tax? Good luck getting a private policy in time
Hotels could become home for many Afghan refugees in Seattle area
Judge strikes Seattle homelessness measure from ballot
What the end of a federal eviction moratorium means for Washington
Photos: In Seattle, a rally to stand in solidarity with Afghans

Q13 TV (Fox)
Families approach COVID-19 safety as kids return to in-person learning


Opinion: Many of us were vigilant but COVID could be endemic. We must adapt

What went wrong for Compassion Seattle initiative, and what’s next?
State employees union suing over vaccine mandate
Kent PD chief: New laws don’t prevent response,