Washington State House Democrats


Thursday, Sept. 9

Wali Khairzada, owner of Kabul Restaurant in Seattle’s Wallingford neighborhood, slices beef for one of the many traditional Afghan dishes that his restaurant serves.

Resettling Afghan refugees in WA: What’s different this time
Individuals migrating across the globe after Afghanistan fell to the Taliban in August are getting resettlement help from groups like World Relief, the International Rescue Committee and Jewish Family Service. Leaders in these organizations have noticed distinct challenges during this wave of immigration because of Washington’s affordable housing crisis and the ongoing threat of COVID-19. Continue reading at Crosscut. (Matt M. McKnight)

A pedestrian wears a mask while crossing a street near the Space Needle in Seattle.

‘We should not be overly concerned’ about mu variant of coronavirus, Washington state and local health officials say
While the mu variant of the coronavirus has continued to slowly spread throughout the world over the last several months — including in 49 U.S. states — local and state health officials say Washingtonians shouldn’t be too concerned at this point. The variant was first identified in Colombia in January and has since caused isolated outbreaks in South America, Europe and the United States. Continue reading at The Seattle Times. (Ted S. Warren)

Washington’s school cafeterias face food, supply shortages due to pandemic disruptions
Pandemic-related supply chain issues are now hitting school cafeterias in Washington state. It’s just one week into the new school year and districts are already experiencing shortages of some staple items and scrambling to come up with fixes. “We don’t know week to week if we’re gonna be able to get the food that we ordered,” said Burlington-Edison School District Food Services Director Mark Dalton. Continue reading at KING 5.


Associated Press
Idaho hospitals begin rationing health care amid COVID surge
Microsoft return to U.S. offices delayed indefinitely
AP source: Biden requiring federal workers to get COVID shot

Bellingham Herald
Whatcom County surpasses 12,000 COVID cases, 120 deaths with big holiday weekend report
While COVID infection rates drop in 3 Whatcom regions, another region climbs above 1,000
Whatcom health department identifies more COVID cases associated with NW Washington Fair
A Bellingham household cut its energy use by 85% — here’s how they did it
Two more live ‘Murder Hornets’ spotted in Whatcom County — is there another nest?
Port of Bellingham moves forward on waterfront affordable housing, food campus plan
Capital Press
Zippy Duvall: American Farm Bureau President speaks on issues crucial to NW farmers
Wheat crop insurance harvest prices announced

Opinion: In Our View: Sexual assault victims finally getting justice

The Daily News
Cathlamet deer refuge wetland restoration a success for salmon, birds, deer and people
Federal unemployment benefits expire, strongly affecting filers with high school diploma or less
Payment plans, assistance available for past-due utility customers in Cowlitz County
SNAP benefits to receive permanent increase, amid pandemic’s temporary additions

Everett Herald
New plan: Lynnwood jail could include a mental health wing
What we know: Washington coronavirus outbreak at a glance
As offices reopen, some former ‘super commuters’ aren’t happy
Lake Stevens is still at odds with state over bridge permit
Bloomberg: Needle phobics want COVID vaccines, but injection terrifies them
Bloomberg Comment: Travel during pandemic is a disaster; it shouldn’t be
WaPo Comment: With homeless more visible maybe we’ll do something
WaPo Comment: Texas’ Abbot can’t arrest way out of tough question

High Country News
What rebuilding from wildfire looks like
More national parks won’t solve overcrowding

The Inlander
As Afghanistan falls to the Taliban, Spokanites try, mostly in vain, to rescue their Afghan friends and family
Washington’s first-in-the-nation long-term care program starts in January, with opt-out deadline soon

Islands’ Weekly
State lands honor Public Lands Day with a Discover Pass free day

Kitsap Sun
How to get a COVID-19 test in Kitsap County

Mercer Island Reporter
Mayor approves five proclamations at city council meeting

News Tribune
A PI helped reunite a homeless man with his mom in Tacoma. All it took was a phone call
WA agrees to settle lawsuit about abuse at Green Hill School juvenile facility
Homeless encampment at South 8th and Yakima in Tacoma set to be cleared
After 18 years, News Tribune opinion editor leaves to join another Tacoma institution

Olympia area goes nearly three months without substantial rainfall
Here are the latest COVID-19 numbers confirmed Wednesday in Washington state
Thurston County earns its sixth clean state audit in row

Peninsula Daily News
Peninsula COVID-19 deaths at 42
WHAT WE KNOW: Coronavirus outbreak at a glance
POINT OF VIEW: Current COVID surge is a self-inflicted wound

Port Townsend Leader
Five more COVID-19 deaths reported in Jefferson County
UPDATE | Recent COVID deaths were unvaccinated residents
70 new COVID-19 infections in five days in Jefferson County 
Third-dose COVID vaccine clinics coming

Puget Sound Business Journal
Expert View: Sharing courses could help small private colleges survive
Housing starts still forecasted to be above 2020. But supply-chain issues, material costs are affecting builders.
Corporate travel is a ‘moving target’ with Covid cases on the rise
State colleges are reaping billions from corporate sports partners. We follow the dollars.
Ryanair calls off negotiations on Boeing 737 Max deal
SBA, PPP lenders clash over alleged delays in loan forgiveness

Renton Reporter
Renton-based debt collector to pay $1.6 million after misleading letters

Seattle Times
Recent robberies prompt Seattle police to urge caution with OfferUp and Facebook Marketplace meetups
‘We should not be overly concerned’ about mu variant of coronavirus, Washington state and local health officials say
New Seattle law requires third-party delivery apps to get restaurants’ consent to list their menus. Why this matters.
Washington redistricting commission invites public to draw new legislative, congressional maps
Editorial: Biden expands food assistance, but families still go hungry

Skagit Valley Herald
Skagit County commits ARPA funding to address court backlog

Snoqualmie Valley Record
Snoqualmie Mill Site poses high risk to human, environmental health

Spokesman Review
After last year’s distance-learning decision, Wednesday was the first day for one of Spokane’s biggest kindergarten classes
‘Nobody is safe in Afghanistan’: Members of Spokane’s Afghan community, supporters gather at Riverfront Park as Taliban seizes power
School is back, and so are COVID-19 cases in Eastern Washington and North Idaho
Haze creeps into Spokane as fires continue their devastating toll on the West
‘Misery’ inside Washington hospitals as COVID patients stretch capacity
Opinion: John Hagney: Sinking wages are threatening democratic capitalism
Opinion: Karen Ferguson: Pharmacy benefit managers must be reined in

Tri-City Herald
25% of COVID tests at Pasco site are positive. New testing opens in Richland to help with surge
Franklin admits commission elections violate WA law by discriminating against Latinos
Kennewick council says ‘no’ to local income tax. But that wouldn’t stop it in the future

Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber
Why burning our trash may not be as bad as it sounds

Walla Walla Union Bulletin
Milton-Freewater winery Ducleaux Cellars cancels in-person tastings as COVID-19 surges
Survey says: Walla Walla residents support keeping road taxes, oppose new ones

Washington Post
At least 200 Afghan dual nationals, including Americans, leave from newly reopened Kabul airport
Biden expected to order all federal workers to be vaccinated, with no testing option
Xi Jinping’s crackdown on everything is remaking Chinese society
For thousands of refugees displaced by the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, this is home now
Rape counselors in Texas could be sued under the abortion law. They’re preparing for the worst.
More Americans say 9/11 changed U.S. for worse than better, Post-ABC poll finds

Yakima Herald Republic
Yakima County ties COVID hospitalization record, doctors warn of crisis
Yakima council debates how to spend coronavirus relief funds
Opposition in Terrace Heights halts plan to build tiny homes village for homeless people
Yakima City Council weighs new sales tax to fund housing projects


Clallam County Health Officer receiving threats, hate mail following order requiring proof of vaccination for indoor dining
Sports betting to launch in Washington in time for NFL season
Washington’s school cafeterias face food, supply shortages due to pandemic disruptions
Tacoma working to get homeless youth into the classroom

Seattle Public Schools reports 44 COVID-19 cases
COVID-19 surge straining primary and urgent care clinics
‘Launching pad’ for next steps on decriminalizing psychedelics in Seattle
WA agrees to settle lawsuit about abuse at Green Hill School juvenile facility
Parents enroll their children in remote learning as COVID-19 cases rise
How educators can play a key role in making the return to school safe, welcoming for LGBTQ+ students

First Washington state sportsbook prepares to open as sports gambling becomes reality
Two new Asian Giant Hornet sightings reported in Whatcom County
A COVID-19 case is confirmed at school. How does the district respond?
Tacoma Public School students, staff return to classroom full-time amid COVID-19 concerns
Yakima hospital low on oxygen, fears being forced to ‘ration healthcare’
Judge: Protests banned near Vancouver schools after anti-mask group triggers lockdowns

Clark County judge bans protests near Vancouver schools, days after rally put 3 schools in lockdown
WA Rural Hospitals Are As Covid-Stressed As Urban Facilities

Hidden Wireless Technology Keeps Buses Moving in This Rural Washington Town
Pandemic updates for Seattle and the Northwest
A Major Decision From The FDA Today Could Dramatically Reshape The Vaping Industry
Hundreds of Washington schools start academic year with failing grade on quake safety

Washington state identifies guidelines to prevent activating crisis standard of care
Even with federal staffing resources, Kootenai Health still doesn’t have enough staff for patients
Spokane woman struggles to find COVID-19 test as demand soars
Surge in COVID cases spikes demand for testing

Q13 TV (Fox)
Federal Way Public Schools says dozens of students, teachers have COVID
COVID-19 testing demand significantly higher in Seattle over the last several weeks
Light Rail network growing
COVID-19 deaths overwhelm morgue in Cowlitz County
COVID-19 deaths among first responders continue to increase
US unemployment claims reach another pandemic low as economy recovers
Rise in COVID hospitalizations in rural areas leaving few, if any, beds for other patients
‘We’re all links in a chain:’ Protecting each other’s families from COVID-19 infection
The Divide: Washington’s Congressional delegation split over deadline to leave Afghanistan

Univision Seattle
Estadios de Seattle requerirán prueba de vacunación


Resettling Afghan refugees in WA: What’s different this time
What’s the best way to practice Indigenous land acknowledgement?

Redmond residents clash over planned hotel homeless shelter
Seattle council greenlights community-sponsored levy for Capitol Hill cleanup
Two new Asian giant hornet sightings reported in Whatcom County
Snohomish County weighing outdoor mask mandate, possible vaccine requirements

La Raza del Noroeste
Las infecciones irruptivas de COVID-19: cuando algunas personas completamente vacunadas se contagian con el virus

King County Will Require Proof of Vaccination at Some Businesses. Why the Hell Did it Take So Long?