Washington State House Democrats


Monday, May 23

Several refinery structures, including a gas flare flame

WA will soon put a price on carbon emissions for its biggest polluters. Here’s how it will work
They say the best solution is always the simplest. But what could be Washington’s greatest weapon against climate change — or yet another roadblock — is anything but. A new program launching in January will put a cap on fossil fuel emissions and require nearly a hundred of the state’s biggest polluters to partake in a carbon trading scheme. If successful, the state could make great strides toward achieving net-zero emissions by rebuilding the way people get energy, drive to work or power their homes — providing a model for the rest of the country while minimizing damage to its economy. Continue reading at The Seattle Times. (Ted S. Warren)

A man sitting at a desk works through a 911 call with trainer

‘Difference between life and death’: New 911 tech saves vital seconds
Say you’re in Mountlake Terrace, on the border with King County. There’s an emergency. You call 911 with your cell phone. Previously, that call could’ve pinged off a cell tower in King County and been routed to a dispatcher there. That dispatcher would then find out you’re calling from Snohomish County and route you to SNO911, the agency that can send responders to your emergency. That game of telephone loses precious seconds. Continue reading at The Everett Herald. (Kevin Clark)

An eductor serves lunch to a table of children

Pfizer covid shot 80 percent effective in young kids, early data shows
Pfizer and its German partner, BioNTech, said Monday that an early analysis showed their three-dose coronavirus vaccine regimen triggered a strong immune response in young children, proving 80 percent effective at preventing symptomatic infections in children 6 months to 4 years old. The results, along with other recent developments, signal that the long and frustrating wait for a vaccine for the youngest children, the last group to lack access, could be over within weeks. Continue reading at The Washington Post. (Elaine Thompson)


Associated Press
First invasive European green crab found in Hood Canal
COVID-19 cases rate increasing in Washington state

Bellingham Herald
Which Whatcom properties are most at risk of flooding? Check out these interactive charts
Everett Herald
Lynnwood’s car tab fee and utility tax on chopping block again
Roundabout coming to dangerous Bickford-Highway 9 intersection
Diving for trash in Snohomish River, biologist fills 59 pickup beds
‘Difference between life and death’: New 911 tech saves vital seconds
14-mile scenic stretch of Mountain Loop Highway opens early
A climate bill that died in Legislature lives on, in plans for future (Duerr)
Letter: Fed should be careful not to over-correct for inflation
Letter: Rent control could ease homelessness
Letter: Collective steps necessary to fight covid pandemic
Comment: Why was population boom report ignored for 50 years?
Comment: Workplaces have role in employees’ mental health

High Country News
Western courts grapple with climate change

Indian Country Today
Coordinated response needed to respond to climate change effects on tribes
Why Indigenous communities need a seat at the table on climate
Fifty years ago: Mount Adams returned to Yakama people

International Examiner
Small Business Administration (SBA) AANHPI entrepreneur highlight: Construction company owner Cecil DelaCruz achieves his dream
Opinion: Why we must dismantle the term “API”

Kitsap Sun
Shorter summers? School districts investigating calendar changes
Work set to begin on new Silverdale Transit Center
Invasive European green crab found in Kitsap County

Peninsula Daily News
Water outlook bright on Peninsula

Seattle Times
Planning to buy a house in Washington? You may want to check the wildfire risk
Joshua Freed, former Bothell mayor and GOP gubernatorial candidate, accused of misleading real estate investors
WA will soon put a price on carbon emissions for its biggest polluters. Here’s how it will work
Even with gas prices soaring, travelers are expected to flock to Seattle this Memorial Day weekend
‘Sitting on a gold mine’: As change comes to Lynnwood, urban growth spurs debate
Investigate West: More WA renters are overcharged for damages, advocates say, and there’s little tenants can do (Thai)
Hunger strike ends at immigration detention center in Tacoma
Kids are waiting months for psychiatric beds. Why it’s such a struggle to expand care in WA
Opinion: Keep video jury selection a permanent option in WA

Skagit Valley Herald
Number of new COVID-19 cases in Skagit County takes a jump
Second in command of Swinomish Police Department is tribal member

Tri-City Herald
Kennewick schools to cut $5-6 million next year after failed levy. Finley to slash 12%
Kennewick is going all out for pickleball. Here’s what $1.3 million will buy
As COVID rates tick up in Tri-Cities area, here’s how to get life-saving medications
3 Richland school officials ask judge to change her mind and block their recall
PNNL develops ShAPE technology for automotive industry

Walla Walla Union Bulletin
Waitsburg Celebration Days back from pandemic in full force
Dayton fills swimming pool with dirt as resident group continues work to fund reopening
Walla Walla’s Nocking Point Wines creates label for victims of war in Ukraine

Washington Post
From Sandy Hook to Buffalo: Ten years of failure on gun control
‘Ashamed’ Russian diplomat resigns over Putin’s ‘aggressive war’
Wall Street takes a breather, but bear market looms
Ahead of Biden visit, Israel launches biggest eviction of Palestinians in decades
Pfizer covid shot 80 percent effective in young kids, early data shows

Yakima Herald-Republic
Restoration begins on Yakima Valley SunDome’s Circle of Light
It Happened Here: Nixon returns Mount Adams to Yakama Nation 50 years ago
Ecology sees improvements at several Yakima County dams previously found to be in poor condition
Commercial flights resume at Yakima airport after car damages control tower
Opinion: A stronger federal medical privacy law could help protect abortion rights
Opinion: State’s wildfire prevention program is a smart step
Opinion: After Buffalo, we all must resist the mainstreaming of hate
Letter: Freer countries fare better economically


Coronavirus: Pfizer says 3 COVID-19 vaccine doses protect children under 5
Starbucks announces plans to leave Russia
No, Washington is not out of fuel and gas stations aren’t preparing for $10/gallon regular
Seattle drone pilot helps track down stolen cars
Gov. Inslee cancels parole for man convicted of infamous 1980 triple-homicide
Cleveland HS students protest departure of principal

KNKX Public Radio
Nurses have had an up-close view of the pandemic deaths in the U.S.

KUOW Public Radio
All I Want to Do Is Feed My Baby’ – the Struggle Facing Parents of Babies Who Need Specialized Formula
Pfizer says its COVID-19 vaccine produces a strong immune response in kids under 5
Worried you’ve been exposed to Covid? Help could be just a swipe away

Q13 TV (FOX)
Scientists seek new monitoring systems as Snohomish County volcano is at ‘very high’ threat of eruption
WDFW: Invasive green crabs found in Hood Canal, ‘furthest south’ they have been detected
Average US gas price has jumped 33 cents in past 2 weeks


78,000 pounds of infant formula arrives in US
Mayor’s search for permanent Police Chief looms over Seattle amid depleting law enforcement numbers
Revive I-5, Montlake Bridge closure will cause traffic issues this weekend
Report on 2020 protests recommends new training for SPD, debunks “mob psychology”
Point Defiance outer loop closes to cars due to instability
King County executive initiates plan to conserve and save the region’s wilderness
Drought may impact most of Pacific Northwest this summer
A guide to locate baby formula from Washington’s Department of Health