Washington State House Democrats


Wednesday, Nov. 24

Holding her 9-month-old son, Oliver, Kate Torrey talks with older son Isaac and partner Lindsay in their kitchen at their home in Clearview.

Thanks to vaccines, Thanksgiving 2021 is closer to normal
Leading up to the holiday season last year, Gov. Jay Inslee imposed sweeping restrictions on indoor gatherings. Health officials urged people to celebrate only with their immediate household, and COVID-19 tests were largely limited to those with symptoms. Now, shots mean health officials are giving the OK on some get-togethers. But not without some caveats. Continue reading at The Everett Herald. (Andy Bronson)

Washington launches QR codes to verify COVID-19 vaccination
Washington state launched Tuesday a new way to verify COVID-19 vaccination – QR codes. Using the online tool WA Verify, the state will generate a digital vaccination record card that includes a QR code that can be scanned to prove if you’re fully vaccinated, according to the Washington State Department of Health. The new tool comes as more businesses require proof of vaccination to enter. Continue reading at KING 5.

Whatcom County flood losses could reach $50 million from last week’s atmospheric river
Damages from flooding in Whatcom County could reach as high as $50 million, Whatcom County officials said at an online briefing Tuesday, Nov. 23., at the Whatcom Unified Emergency Operations Center. John Gargett, deputy director of the Whatcom County Sheriff’s Office Division of Emergency Management, said he wouldn’t be surprised if public and private damages and economic losses reach that mark. Continue reading at The Bellingham Herald.


Associated Press
King County executive names new interim sheriff
US to require vaccines for all border crossers in January

Aberdeen Daily World
Port gets grant for marina modernization project

Auburn Reporter
King County proposes redistricting map, asks for feedback from public
Services at Auburn senior center slowly return to pre-pandemic levels

Bellingham Herald
Two Whatcom County regions see large drops in their COVID-19 infection rates last week
Three bridges are out, but Bellingham saw some success stories as Pineapple Express hit
Whatcom County official makes early estimates on flooding cost
Whatcom County flood losses could reach $50 million from last week’s atmospheric river
Bellingham obtains ‘incredible asset’ to develop as ‘unprecedented waterfront experience’
Bellingham hospital reports it’s treating its fewest COVID-related patients in a month

Capital Press
New grant to expand Washington state’s farm-to-school programs
13 Western meat, poultry processors receive USDA grants to scale up
EPA gets international calls to not ban chlorpyrifos
Timber groups can’t intervene in red tree vole lawsuit

Around 2 dozen inmates test positive for COVID-19 at the Clark County Jail
Opinion: In Our View: Secretary of state should be nonpartisan position

Everett Herald
Thanks to vaccines, Thanksgiving 2021 is closer to normal
Recounts in Mill Creek, Stanwood as 2021 election is certified
Thanksgiving traffic forecast is heavier than pre-pandemic
What we know: Washington coronavirus outbreak at a glance
Comment: This Thanksgiving, thank farmers, too, for the meal
Bloomberg Comment: Even during labor shortage, you can’t ‘just get a job’
WaPo Comment: Biden breaks pledge to stem drilling on public lands
WaPo Comment: Elon Musk’s billions can’t solve world hunger on own
Editorial: Small Business Saturday a focus for local economy

The Facts Newspaper
DOH launches WA Verify: State’s new Digital COVID-19 Verification Record system
New rule opens door to widespread testing for harsh chemicals in drinking water
K C seeks to collaborate with residents in urban unincorporated areas to Reimagine Public Safety
As Cases Surge Across the Country, Seattle Prepares to Protect Against COVID-19 During Holidays

High Country News
Salmon need better infrastructure, too

The Inlander
Gov. Jay Inslee says he wants to eventually get rid of his COVID mandates, but even he doesn’t yet know when

Kent Reporter
Sound Transit nears decision for light rail maintenance facility

News Tribune
Editorial: Talk is cheap. Pierce County must fix sheriff’s department use-of-force disparities

New York Times
G.O.P. Fights Covid Mandates, Then Blames Biden as Cases Rise
See Where U.S. Covid Cases and Hospitalizations Are Surging

Thurston County COVID-19 case rate already matches 2020’s peak winter rate
I-5 will close overnight in Tacoma next week. Here’s how to avoid construction
Maximum avoidance or anything goes? Disease expert says find happy medium for holidays
Longview paper mill fined nearly $140,000 after failing to report COVID-19 infections, death

Puget Sound Business Journal
Shippers say supply chain crisis highlights need for smarter communication
More workers are returning to the office, but there’s a catch
Small Business Saturday is critical in 2021. Consumers are on board.
Businesses have new way to confirm vaccine status with launch of digital tool
Amazon agrees to pay $2.5M after Washington state investigation into pesticide sales
Report: FAA memo flags more 787 Dreamliner issues

Seattle Times
Republican lawmakers sue over COVID requirements at Washington Capitol building (Jinkins)
Prosecutors can photograph tattoos of Auburn officer charged with murder, judge rules
Patti Cole-Tindall to become King County interim sheriff; department workers, new hires could get bonuses up to $15K

South Whidbey Record
Bipartisan commission fails to draw new political boundaries
South Whidbey vaccine clinic thrives without electricity
Virtual field trips increase park accessibility
Nearly all Whidbey school staff fully vaccinated, data shows
Infrastructure bill will help ferry system stay afloat

Tri-City Herald
20 years in the making, massive nuclear plant takes final steps to treating Hanford waste

Walla Walla Union Bulletin
Walla Walla County commissioners approve levy increases for 2022 property taxes
Oregon drops outdoor mask mandate; Walla Walla Valley sees decreasing COVID-19 cases

Yakima Herald-Republic
Rod’s House unveils plans for permanent emergency youth shelter in Yakima
Yakima Valley Memorial still nearly full even as COVID cases decline
Letter: Rittenhouse verdict shows justice system protects white people at all costs
Letter: Rittenhouse verdict is proof that white privilege exists in America


Claim that Wednesday before Thanksgiving is the busiest travel day needs context
After Covington sting, King County Sheriff’s Office warns of brazen shoplifters
75-year-old woman attacked in downtown Seattle hate crime
Supply chain issues at West Coast ports impact everyday shopping and seasonal items
Washington launches QR codes to verify COVID-19 vaccination
More than 90 infected during COVID-19 outbreak at Cedar Creek Correctional Center

Thanksgiving travel forecast to be back at pre-pandemic levels, but with higher gas prices
Five students expelled after protesting Bellevue School District’s handling of assault reports
Redmond-based company involved in NASA asteroid-impact mission
Ferndale Food Bank loses delivery trucks in flood right before Thanksgiving

Timeline to move homeless encampment behind K-8 school sped up several weeks
Bellevue’s downtown unit aims to limit retail theft during holiday shopping
Seattle approves expanded programs for people living in RVs
State sued after girl leaves foster care with 20 teeth in need of repair or extraction
Suspect sought in alleged hate crime attack on Black Seattle community activist
King County appoints first person of color to sheriff position

Q13 TV (FOX)
Whatcom County plans to request federal assistance for Noocksack River flood damage recovery


Critics call for reform of WA redistricting process after commission failure
A look at last-minute deal-making in WA redistricting negotiations

Lake Washington Boulevard closing to pass-through traffic Nov. 25-28
Most Seattle-area trains, buses, ferries on holiday schedules for Thanksgiving
Seattle mayor urges caution at holiday gatherings as COVID surges in parts of US
Long-term care tax exemption applicants told not to worry about latest email
King County looks for feedback on plans to expand 911 alternatives, ‘reimagine public safety’
Washington Department of Health launches digital alternative to vaccine card
State BLM group calls for investigation after report detailing biased policing in Pierce County

The Stranger
Council Uses JumpStart Payroll Tax to Fuel Big Affordable Housing Investments in 2022 Budget