Washington State House Democrats


Monday, Sept. 13

A critical care nurse cares for a COVID-19 patient.

Idaho’s COVID crisis becomes Washington hospitals’ problem
Surgeries to remove brain tumors have been postponed. Patients are backed up in the emergency room. Nurses are working brutal shifts. But at Providence Sacred Heart Medical Center in Spokane, Washington, the calls keep coming: Can Idaho send another patient across the border? Continue reading at The New York Times. (Sgt. Kaden D. Pitt / U.S. Army)

RN Paula Mills gives the first dose of the Moderna Covid vaccine to a patient at home.

Unvaccinated people were 11 times more likely to die of covid-19, CDC report finds
People who were not fully vaccinated this spring and summer were more than 10 times more likely to be hospitalized, and 11 times more likely to die of covid-19, than those who were fully vaccinated, according to one of three major studies published Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that highlight the continued efficacy of all three vaccines amid the spread of the highly contagious delta variant. Continue reading at The Washington Post. (Matt McClain)

Second ‘Murder Hornet’ nest in Whatcom County destroyed, but ‘our work is not complete’
For the second time this year, the Washington State Department of Agriculture destroyed a nest built by Asian Giant Hornets — commonly known as “Murder Hornets” — over the weekend and found a third nest in Whatcom County that it plans to eradicate soon. “The second Asian giant hornet nest of 2021 has been eradicated. It had four combs,” a Department of Agriculture Facebook post Saturday, Sept. 11., read. Continue reading at The Bellingham Herald.


Associated Press
State settles juvenile facility sex abuse lawsuit for $2.1M
King County to fund theaters, arts with $20 million in COVID aid
Second Asian giant hornet nest destroyed near Blaine
Judge: Capital gains tax challenge can move forward
Washington employees union ratifies vaccine deal with state

Auburn Reporter
Masks required at big outdoor events; vaccine mandates expanded
Auburn City Council approves $14.8 million spending plan
Opinion: Back to the classroom during abnormal times | Roegner

Bainbridge Island Review
Kilmer roundtable: Working to modernize Congress for the 21st century

Bellevue Reporter
Bellevue to have new private school by 2022 school year

Bellingham Herald
Friday’s destructive two-alarm church fire in Bellingham being investigated as arson
Second ‘Murder Hornet’ nest in Whatcom County destroyed, but ‘our work is not complete’
An iconic tree is dying off in Whatcom — what’s causing it and how can you help save it?
How will new Bellingham rules affect some food-delivery services and area restaurants?
‘We still are at that cusp’ — Bellingham hospital asks for help avoiding a COVID crisis
Bellingham petition drive seeks to Save the Trails, but raises ‘interesting legal issues’

Capital Press
Agriculture braces for mandatory vaccinations
WSDA plans to destroy third Asian giant hornet nest
Washington state to require masks for large outdoor events

Opinion: In Our View: Ivermectin dumb, dangerous COVID ‘treatment’
Opinion: In Our View: Superfund consideration is welcome news
Opinion: In Our View: Cheers & Jeers: Good recycling; bad company
Clark County residents commemorate anniversary of Sept. 11th attacks (Cleveland)

The Daily News
Doctors urge caution, vaccination as pregnant COVID patients increase in Washington
Alabama Street residents being moved Monday for campsite cleanup

El Sol De Yakima
Exigirán mascarilla en la Feria Estatal del Centro de Washington en Yakima
Oposición en Terrace Heights detiene plan para construir mini casas para indigentes
Latinos celebran acuerdo que creará nuevos distritos para la comsión en el condado de Yakima
Opinion: Consecuencias de no vacunarse contra la COVID-19

Everett Herald
20 years haven’t dulled the horror and heartbreak of 9/11
One union OKs deal with state on governor’s vaccine mandate
What we know: Washington coronavirus outbreak at a glance
Census: All but 2 Snohomish County ZIP code populations grew
Many local police departments looking to get body cameras
Lawsuit: Home Depot doesn’t give workers enough breaks
HopeWorks to offer career training for child care workers
Police: Man stunk up the protest zone at Planned Parenthood
Faster trips, more service in store for Community Transit
Editorial: A message to the unvaccinated and unmasked
Opinion: In a Post-Truth World what do we hold as self-evident?
Comment: Nearing a crisis, our hospitals need your help
Comment: Lawmakers need to correct reforms hampering police
Comment: New CCC could provide jobs, confront climate change
Comment: Healing on both ends of 9/11 therapy sessions
Comment: Viewpoints: Teaching 9/11 to those who hadn’t been born yet
WaPo Comment: One legacy of 9/11? How conspiracies spread online
WaPo Comment: U.S. met 9/11 with old fights and familiar illusions
Letter: Is this how believers are called to act during a pandemic?

High Country News
Searching for the lost: The people called to find missing migrants

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Editorial: Back to school in the era of COVID

Kent Reporter
Sound Transit Fare Ambassador Pilot Program begins
Twenty-two new COVID cases in San Juan County

Kitsap Sun
Bremerton City Council backtracks on police chief appointment, will skip public job search
Regeneron, effective in treating COVID-19, arrives in Kitsap County

News Tribune
Here are Pierce County businesses that would fall under federal COVID vaccination rules
$500K litter, graffiti clean-up effort starts Monday in these Tacoma business districts
Thousands without power in central and north Tacoma, map shows
Washington is coming out of a dry summer, what does that mean for Tacoma?

Greenstein to Lacey City Council: ‘I am 100 percent opposed to a councilmanic tax’
Here are the latest COVID-19 numbers confirmed Friday in Washington state
Here’s how COVID-19 surged and cases more than tripled in August in Thurston County
Olympia’s interim police chief to retire
Democrats unveil new EV tax credit proposal with boost for unions
Editorial: Thoughts on vaccines, joyful events and inane protests

Peninsula Daily News
Physicians: It’s in hands of community
Seven nursing homes hit with COVID outbreaks
Where to get your COVID shot
COVID-19 deaths overwhelm Cowlitz County morgue
Doctor: ‘That could have been me’
Ceremonies mark 20th anniversary of 9/11
EYE ON JEFFERSON: County to hear about housing programs
EYE ON CLALLAM: Sequim City Council to consider measure against health orders

Port Townsend Leader
UPDATE | Mixed response on mandate to show proof of COVID-19 vaccinations
Also not on the table: Mandate for employee jabs
Two more JeffCo residents die from COVID-19

Puget Sound Business Journal
Amazon to provide employees paid tuition, skills training in bid to fill front-line positions
Northwest Carpenters Union votes to strike in Western Washington
Biden’s employer mandate: Who will foot the bill for weekly Covid testing?
SBA has forgiven more than half of all PPP loans
The 25 most expensive colleges in the US show how ‘the business model of higher education in the U.S. has been broken since 1635’

Renton Reporter
City of Renton accepting applications for 2022 tourism promotion grants

Seattle Medium
Mayor Durkan Announces $9.8 Million To Minority – Led Community Organizations
King County Working On Vaccine Verification Requirements For Non-essential Indoor Business Activities

Seattle Times
A quarter of a million long commutes disappeared during the pandemic in the Seattle area
Idaho’s COVID crisis is straining hospitals across the border in Washington
B.C. government continues logging of old growth as 2-year protest in the woods drags on
COVID cases show up in Washington schools, but it’s too early to say how schools are doing at reducing transmission
‘Sophie’s choice, over and over’: Death panels are the new phase of the pandemic
Opinion: How Texas is a frightening bellwether for all 49 other states
Opinion: An underfunded Seattle Harbor Patrol needs public support

Skagit Valley Herald
New COVID-19 cases in Skagit County remain above 300 for fifth consecutive week
Record number of COVID-19 patients puts strain on hospitals throughout the region
With funding on the way, cities and county plan to work together on homelessness

South Whidbey Record
Rep. Larsen stops by earmarked projects
Island Transit buses just got a little cleaner
Opinion: In Our Opinion: Servers need higher wages, even if it means $10 shakes

Tri-City Herald
‘Overwhelming.’ Tri-Cities ICU nurse is seeing very few COVID victories
New Pasco warehouses will be 2 of largest in North America. But what will they hold?
‘Things were going to change.’ Former PNNL director reflects on 9/11 after 20 years
‘Overwhelming.’ Tri-Cities ICU nurse is seeing very few COVID victories
The largest employer in Tri-Cities requiring its 5,000+ workers to get the COVID vaccine

Washington Post
Delta variant stress tests back-to-school plans
Most Americans support vaccine mandates for office work and schools, poll shows
Afghan American woman’s escape highlights secretive CIA role in Kabul rescues
American lawyer imprisoned in Hong Kong speaks out about his treatment
College students reported record-high marijuana use and record-low drinking in 2020, study says
Unvaccinated people were 11 times more likely to die of covid-19, CDC report finds
Opinion: Biden’s covid order for big employers isn’t unconstitutional. It’s ordinary.

Whidbey News-Times
School Board delays decision on Pledge of Allegiance
Rotary bridge costs over $120,000

Yakima Herald Republic
Rental assistance in Yakima County helps renters avoid eviction
PNWU students hold September supply drive for Afghan refugees
Yakima School District raises Yakama Nation flag at district headquarters
Editorial: Ignore the howls. These COVID orders will help


Statewide outdoor mask mandate now in effect
Kitsap ferry delayed due to man refusing to wear mask
$500K litter, graffiti clean-up effort starts Monday in these Tacoma business districts
Seattle police officer remembers firefighter uncle who died saving others on 9/11
‘A lot of people stepped up to help there.’ Local EMT shares service, sacrifices after 9/11
‘Don’t focus on hate’: World marks 20th anniversary of 9/11

Surviving 9/11, coming home to Seattle and ‘transforming trauma’
More kids are getting COVID; here’s how you can protect them

Pandemic updates for Seattle and the Northwest
I Got A ‘Mild’ Breakthrough Case. Here’s What I Wish I’d Known

Washington’s new outdoor mask mandate now in effect


Seattle police intervening in fewer mental health calls, data show
Memories of Japanese American incarceration guided U.S. response to 9/11
Washington schools: Masks, reopening and other FAQs
Opinion: COVID-19, ‘murder hornets,’ and other thoughts on invasions

Business groups ask governor to intervene before long-term care tax takes effect
Statewide outdoor mask mandate at large events takes effect Monday
Seattle councilmember proposes changes to city budget to address SPD staffing crisis
Orcas return to Puget Sound, signal ‘remaining health to these waters’

West Seattle Blog
SCHOOLS: Parents pushing district to expand online option – and to not kick out their kids in the meantime