Washington State House Democrats


Thursday, Oct. 7

COVID-19 survivors gather in New York and place stickers representing lost relatives on a wall in remembrance of those who have died during the pandemic.

COVID deaths leave thousands of U.S. kids grieving parents or primary caregivers
Of all the sad statistics the U.S. has dealt with this past year and a half, here is a particularly difficult one: A new study estimates that more than 140,000 children in the U.S. have lost a parent or a grandparent caregiver to COVID-19. The majority of these children come from racial and ethnic minority groups. Continue reading at KUOW. (AP)

Western Washington University seen in the distance from the water.

Housing costs climb far from Seattle as remote work takes hold
White-collar workers, untethered from their desks after companies flipped to remote work because of the pandemic, are taking their housing searches — and their cash — farther from Seattle. Outlying areas have boomed, from Spanaway to Poulsbo to Orcas Island. Whatcom County, home to Bellingham, felt the change, too. Remote workers are nothing new to the Northwest corner of Washington, but local real estate agents say the pandemic felt like hitting the fast-forward button. Continue reading at The Seattle Times. (Mike Siegel)

Pfizer, BioNTech ask FDA to authorize COVID-19 vaccine use in children aged 5-11
Pfizer and BioNTech on Thursday asked federal regulators for emergency use authorization to allow children between the ages of five and 11 to get their jointly-developed COVID-19 vaccine. Officials with Pfizer announced in a tweet that the companies had formally filed an application with the Food and Drug Administration. If the request is granted, shots could begin getting administered within weeks, The Associated Press reported. Continue reading at KIRO 7.


Associated Press
More Seattle police showing proof of COVID vaccination
Senate confirms 1st Native American US judge in Washington
Microsoft: Russia behind 58% of detected state-backed hacks
Judge orders Texas to suspend new law banning most abortions

Aberdeen Daily World
Elma Fire Chief describes COVID fifth wave strain on EMS
Auburn Reporter
Carpenters back to work after tentative agreement reached with AGC

Bainbridge Island Review
Lack of workers could mean more ferry cancellations
Kitsap youths hit hard by Delta variant

Bellingham Herald
A new facility in downtown Bellingham will address two of the community’s biggest needs
U.S. Border Patrol reportedly stops two illegal border crossings into Whatcom County
Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office, school district investigate threat of school shooting
Whatcom County sees sixth COVID-related death reported by state since Friday
Details scarce about infamous EHS volleyball game, but raise concerns about racism across the district
Reopening delayed on SR 164 between Auburn and Enumclaw

The Daily News
Kelso passes proclamation to take stand on mask mandates
Cowlitz County, Petrichor look to extend broadband on west side of county

Everett Herald
Carpenters union strikes a deal, and members are set to vote
County seeking volunteers to apply to serve on ADA committee
What we know: Washington coronavirus outbreak at a glance
WaPo Comment:  If Facebook won’t rein itself in, government must
Bloomberg Comment: Debt ceiling serves no purpose; eliminate it

High Country News
How the U.S. legal system ignores tribal law

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Islanders face eldercare crisis, hospital district levy hopes to change that

News Tribune
Tacoma facing shortage of substitute teachers. They’re boosting pay to hire hundreds
Armed robbery at South Hill jewelry store ends with police chase, 3 arrested
Op-Ed: ‘We don’t have time for games.’ Port regulations should cut fossil fuels, add green jobs

New commander named for I Corps and JBLM. He has extensive combat experience
Here are the latest COVID-19 numbers confirmed Wednesday in Washington state
Wild beluga whale seen in Tacoma waters for first time since 1940
Former Washington state ferry finds new home near Whidbey Island
Washington Tribes share these environmental concerns with Biden representative
Sweden, Denmark halt Moderna’s COVID-19 shot for younger people

Peninsula Daily News
Community transmission widespread in West End
Senate confirms first Native American US judge in Washington
Units make water from air

Port Townsend Leader
Port OKs order for vax proof
Resolution against COVID misinformation falls flat with hospital board commissioners

Puget Sound Business Journal
Inslee expected to expand Biden’s vaccine mandate for employers, trade group says
Carpenters back on the job as union, AGC reach tentative pact
Tech giants overtook Boeing during pandemic as state’s largest employers
Sea-Tac Airport receives $16.8M FAA grant for pavement upgrades
Restaurants hoped for a bright 2021 — but face a bleak winter, instead.
College endowments soared in 2021 — but that doesn’t mean a wave of cash

Seattle Times
Washington State Ferries cancels many San Juan Islands sailings Thursday
A beluga whale in Puget Sound? Rare visitor startles boaters in first sighting here since 1940
Cold front to bring weekend rain to Seattle area and snow to the mountains
Housing costs climb far from Seattle as remote work takes hold
Washington State Patrol’s COVID vaccination rate jumps to 93% as state deadline nears
Opinion: Abolish all forms of solitary confinement in Washington state

Snoqualmie Valley Record
Snoqualmie Tribe suggest name for new state ferry

Sol De Yakima
Yakima revisará distritos electorales por primera tras demanda de la ACLU

Spokesman Review
Spokane firefighters, state employees sue Inslee over vaccine mandate
About 160 staff at Eastern State Hospital bumping up against vaccine mandate
WSU nursing and veterinary students team up for clinic aimed at people and pets
Spokane County sets record with $1.3 billion in new construction in 2021: ‘Demand was just enormous’
Northwest energy plan emphasizes solar, wind power through 2041 with coal losing steam

Tri-City Herald
Franklin County committee given 2 weeks to redraw commissioner districts
Prosser farmer charged with defrauding government in $500K wheat crop scam

Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber
As Vashon Sets Record for New Cases, Experts Urge Caution

Walla Walla Union Bulletin
Gov. Inslee tours Walla Walla Community College’s career programs Wednesday
Inslee expresses confidence in vaccination requirement during visit to Walla Walla
Walla Walla tree management awaits final approval from city council
Walla Walla County reports 3 more COVID-19 deaths

Washington Post
Dozens of states have tried to end qualified immunity. Police officers and unions helped beat nearly every bill.
Federal judge blocks enforcement of Texas abortion ban; state will appeal
Senate leaders announce short-term deal to raise debt ceiling $480 billion into December
‘This is a crisis’: Tens of thousands of children affected by pandemic-related deaths of parents
Pfizer, BioNTech ask FDA to authorize coronavirus vaccine for children 5 to 11

Yakima Herald Republic
Yakima County schools struggle with food supplies as pandemic effects endure
State reports smallest wheat crop in decades; barley crop also down
Opinion: Airport grant could give the valley a significant lift


More than two dozen ferry sailings canceled due to crew shortages Thursday
Seattle Metro Chamber of Commerce offers toolkit on how to handle King County vaccine requirements
How daycare staffing shortages have lead to higher inflation
Seattle Police Department prepares for possible staffing shortages due to vaccine mandate
Washington lawmakers slam Biden over attempt to kill law that helps sick Hanford workers

Pfizer, BioNTech ask FDA to authorize COVID-19 vaccine use in children aged 5-11
SPD preparing new 911 response plan in case of officer exodus over vaccine mandates
Researchers at UW School of Medicine work to create universal vaccine for coronaviruses
Wild beluga whale seen in Tacoma waters for first time since 1940

More Seattle police showing proof of COVID vaccination
King County restaurants, businesses prepare for proof of vaccination requirement 
State Patrol braces for employee exodus as COVID vaccine mandate deadline nears 

Closing of ICE detention center in Tacoma in limbo after passage of private prison ban (Ortiz-Self)
UW Tacoma removes barriers for South Sound students seeking doctorate degrees
Pfizer officially asks the FDA to authorize its COVID vaccine for kids aged 5-11
COVID is changing medical fly-in missions — and it might be for the better
In parched U.S. West, people turn to machines that make water out of air

Parents Fret About Desk Distances. Expert Says Ventilation Does More to Keep Kids Safe
Hospital leaders cautiously optimistic as Washington’s vaccine mandate deadline nears
Pandemic blog: Updates for Seattle and the NW
Pfizer officially asks the FDA to authorize its COVID vaccine for kids aged 5-11
COVID deaths leave thousands of U.S. kids grieving parents or primary caregivers
With light rail as fuel, Northgate is ready to grow
Strange harvest: Weird-shaped potatoes, melons that won’t keep and no moisture to plant wheat

Q13 TV (Fox)
Washington State Ferries forced to cancel several sailings due to staff shortage
Seattle Police Department braces for mass firing of officers as hundreds have yet to show proof of vaccination
UW Medicine requiring vaccine for transplant patients
More than 70% of Washingtonians 12 and up are fully vaccinated, DOH reports
Test to Stay program reduces quarantine period for students identified as close contacts
MultiCare launches trial to test COVID booster shots with other vaccines


King County businesses begin preparations for new vaccine requirements
‘We don’t think of Seattle as HQ1’: New Amazon CEO describes ‘rougher’ relationship with city
Seattle Police Department mobilizes for officer shortage due to vaccine mandate
King County Council advances plan to ‘explore options’ for acquiring City Hall Park
Northwest carpenters reach tentative deal to end strike
SPD reports a third of all officers haven’t provided proof of vaccination ahead of deadline

King County Starts to Take Baby Steps on Natural Gas Ban as the World Burns