Washington State House Democrats


Tuesday, Sept. 7

A community health program manager and registered nurse prepares a coronavirus vaccine in Suquamish

Unvaccinated 49 times more likely to be hospitalized for COVID-19, King County data shows
Amid ongoing debate over vaccine mandates, legal challenges and booster shots, a new dashboard maintained by King County confirms vaccinated residents are significantly better protected from illness, hospitalization and death compared with their unvaccinated counterparts, even as the delta variant surges through the state. Continue reading at The Seattle Times. (Ellen M. Banner)

A QFC pharmacist administers a flu shot in Everett.

Flu shots can thwart ‘twindemic’ punch of COVID and influenza
Last year was the flu season that wasn’t. This year, good question. “You’re asking me to look into a crystal ball. No one really knows what’s going to happen,” said Dr. Yuan-Po Tu, infectious disease specialist at The Everett Clinic. A so-called “twindemic,” a bad flu season combined with the COVID-19 pandemic, didn’t happen in the 2020-21 session. Continue reading at The Everett Herald. (Olivia Vanni)

Federal jobless benefits expire for thousands of Washingtonians
More than 7 million Americans have lost their unemployment benefits as several pandemic-related programs expired Saturday. In Washington, there are about 120,000 people without jobs, and as federal programs end, the state is not stepping in to help. Continue reading at KIRO 7.


Associated Press
Anti-mask protests force 3 schools into lockdown
Baby whale unwell, rule issued to keep boaters away
US to bolster firefighter ranks as wildfires burn year-round
First responders nationwide resist COVID vaccine mandates
Outdoor mask mandates begin in King, Pierce Counties

Bellingham Herald
Whatcom sees second-highest weekly COVID increase of pandemic and another death reported
Whatcom’s demand for COVID-19 testing has tripled in a month — how are sites keeping up?
Which areas of Whatcom County grew the fastest according to the 2020 U.S. Census?
Public comment returning to Bellingham council meetings after YouTube removal. Here’s how
One hundred years after Peace Arch was dedicated, experts worry about COVID-closed border
Artificial intelligence is growing, but wide use at U.S. intersections is still to come
Outdoor recreation industry fears for future as these changes impact the North Cascades
This new Whatcom program could help resolve landlord-tenant disputes before evictions

Capital Press
Grant to target stress, suicide prevention in Washington state
Food industry heading back to Washington Supreme Court
Judge: Sheriff’s use of dogs to kill dangerous wildlife OK’d
Wolf advocate defends WDFW’s plan to cull pack
Risk of large wildfires remains high in parts of West
Yakima reservoirs defy drought, stay high
Washington legislators, staffers get close-up look at Snake River dams
Coronavirus assistance program includes all grass seed

Opinion: In Our View: Labor Day recognizes productivity of workers
Opinion: In Our View: Cheers & Jeers: Waterfront, balloons
Opinion: In Our View: Laboratory must restore trust of prosecutors, defendants, public

El Sol De Yakima (available in English via Google Translate)
Más de 140 estudiantes, personal de Pasco enferman en la primera semana de clases. La mayoría de COVID
Autoridades de Washington piden ayuda al público para evitar incendios en fin de semana festivo

Everett Herald
Closing of reformatory sparks inmates’ fears at Monroe prison
Essential workers to receive up to $1,250 starting Sept. 22
Trooper doesn’t want the vaccine, and locals want to hire him
In Arlington, a stream is born, giving fish a new route
New contract keeps Everett teachers as Washington’s best-paid
Flu shots can thwart ‘twindemic’ punch of COVID and influenza
‘Critical time’: 101 hospitalized here, 25 on ventilators
County’s $80M proposal will prioritize COVID-19 response
Recreational shellfish harvest closed in much of Puget Sound
What we know: Washington coronavirus outbreak at a glance
Comment: During pandemic we’ve seen ‘union difference’ in action
Comment: Pandemic jobless relief ends when it’s most needed
Comment: Counting Afghanistan war’s costs in blood, treasure
Comment: BPA’s part in infrastructure bill aids clean energy
WaPo Comment: Supreme Court majority has dealt blow to rule of law
WaPo Comment: There is free lunch for students; it must be better
WaPo Comment: Afghanistan’s girls need eyes of America on them
WaPo Comment: Court’s inconsistent shadow-docket use threat to itself
Editorial: Efforts for affordable housing need our support
Letter: Maybe school mask protesters should home-school their kids
Letter: Coverage of protest at school meeting omitted racist acts

High Country News
A California count spars over water, marijuana law and race
National park managers search for answers to overcrowding
The lack of diversity in outdoor rec is systematic and disconcerting

The Inlander
Salmon face deadly hot waters along Columbia and Snake rivers as the call for dam removal grows

Kitsap Sun
Kitsap County jurisdictions receive first installment of COVID-19 relief funding
After Swedish clinic closure, effort underway to draw health care provider to Bainbridge

News Tribune
Ploy or legitimate tactic? Group promotes religious exemption to WA COVID vaccine mandates
Was TPD officer justified in driving through street-racing crowd? Records show chaotic scene
Numerous challenges bogged down investigation into TPD officer who drove through crowd
Murder conviction overturned due to Pierce County prosecutor’s use of ‘racist stereotypes’
Oohs and aahs as kids and parents get their first look at four new Peninsula schools
On Hilltop, the Food is Free Project looks for a new home. ‘We’re trying to feed people’
PenMet Parks to gain 116 acres for recreation; KP lighthouse site will shelter salmon
Tacoma Tideflats need predictable rules to remain backbone of Pierce County economy
Op-Ed: Police presence criminalizes Tacoma schools, contributes to campus-to-prison pipeline

Hanford investigation says toxic waste vapors didn’t sicken workers. Some question that
Residents at odds over proposed YMCA camp at Mineral Lake
What to know before you send your kids back to school in person this year
Olympia to sweep some homeless RV residents from road near Providence hospital
U.S. appeals court will hear challenge to Lacey law targeting homeless RV residents
New ‘mu’ COVID-19 variant now found in 49 US states
Seattle Kraken, Climate Pledge Arena to require proof of vaccination
Editorial: Protecting each other — from racism and from COVID-19 — should be our shared priority

Peninsula Daily News
Wild Olympics legislation on upswing (Tharinger)
Aid program for rent, utilities explained
Mandate comment expected Tuesday
Anti-vax concerns prompt courthouse closure
Hundreds gather at Clallam Courthouse
Another COVID-19 death confirmed
Peninsula College to host vaccination clinics
Clallam County housing demand, prices high

Port Townsend Leader
Two more COVID-19 deaths reported in Jefferson County
Third dose of vaccine recommended for some

Puget Sound Business Journal
Tacoma mayor: ‘We aren’t the next big thing. We are the big thing.’
Airlines are scaling back flights in Q4. Here’s what’s happening at Sea-Tac Airport.
Pierce County offers historic building preservation grant funds
Puget Sound region emerging as a satellite capital amid shift to mass production
Providence offers $1,000 bonuses to workers as part of $220M investment
Puget Sound port export value jumps in 2021 after 5 years of declines
Comment: Why drug price controls and forced patent sharing will harm patients

Seattle Times
On 9/11, Robert Ezelle monitored the Western skies. 20 years later, as he leads Washington’s pandemic response, he sees parallels
Ivermectin poison control calls triple in Washington, despite multiple warnings against use for COVID treatment
King County to require masks at large outdoor gatherings, regardless of COVID vaccination status
Seattle homelessness nonprofits struggle to hire, complicating plans to expand shelters and housing
Lower Snake River irrigators propose two-dam drawdown, breaking with some farmers and bargers
Unvaccinated 49 times more likely to be hospitalized for COVID-19, King County data shows
Opinion: Strong unions benefit all workers

Washington Post
Justice Department to protect women seeking an abortion in Texas
Taliban forms acting government in Afghanistan, saying permanent leadership to be named soon, as protests grow
U.S. hospitalizations more than doubled since last Labor Day

Yakima Herald Republic
Yakima County jail slowly recovering from financial tailspin caused by pandemic
Hop harvest underway in the Yakima Valley, with growers cautiously optimistic
Forest, firefighting experts call for expanded prevention tactics as fire seasons become more extreme
Comment: The ‘union difference’ is especially important amid this pandemic
Editorial: Happy Labor Day, for whatever it’s worth


New mask rules start in King County and Pierce County on Tuesday
Meaning behind first Labor Day motivating local union carpenters to consider strike
Sumner, Bonney Lake students head back to class amid bus driver shortage
Federal jobless benefits expire for thousands of Washingtonians
Justice Department will ‘protect’ abortion seekers in Texas
Washington state workers union agree to COVID mandate terms
Nisqually Tribe buys back land, as watershed struggle
Danger from new Afghan government felt even at local fundraiser

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Desperate times for pet owners and vets as clinics, hospitals are overwhelmed
Baby orca unwell; rule issued to keep boaters away

A Wildfire Burned 85% of This Washington Town. This Is Their Recovery Story.
Pandemic blog: Updates for Washington state
Planes Chartered To Evacuate Americans And Others From Afghanistan Remain Grounded
6 Tips For Coping With COVID Anxiety This Fall And Winter


PNW hiking and camping upended as wildfires force tough choices

West Seattle Blog
WEST SEATTLE BRIDGE: How the ‘Priority Hire’ plan will work