Washington State House Democrats


Tuesday, May 24

A group of people sit around a conference table

3 lessons Washington can learn from how Arizona helps people in mental health crisis
Arizona is renowned for its red, desert terrain, the striking beauty of the Grand Canyon and — perhaps less well known — one of the best mental health crisis response systems in the country. For more than 20 years, the state has been building an integrated crisis system that has shown success in keeping people with mental illnesses and substance use issues out of jails and hospital emergency departments, and getting them care. Continue reading at The Seattle Times. (Esmy Jimenez)

Darrell Hillaire, a Lummi Nation leader and executive director of Children of the Setting Sun Productions, stands in front of a concrete wall.

The lasting effect indigenous boarding schools have had on Washington state
Earlier this month, the Department of the Interior published a report on indigenous boarding schools in the U.S. These schools separated Native kids from their families, forced them to stop speaking their own languages, and often inflicted abuse in the name of “civilizing” indigenous children. The Interior Department said at one point the U.S. supported at least 400 boarding schools across the country — including 15 in Washington state. Continue reading at KUOW. (Beau Garreau)

Presumptive case of monkeypox under investigation in King County
Public Health Seattle & King County announced Monday afternoon that it is investigating a presumptive case of monkeypox in King County. The presumptive case was reported to health officials on Sunday. This case comes as Washingtonians are still dealing with COVID-19. The case is from a man who traveled internationally in the past month to a country that has also reported monkeypox cases, health officials said. Continue reading at KIRO 7.


Bellingham Herald
Who’s farming in Whatcom? Interactive charts show shifts in the agricultural community
Swimmers have a new Lake Whatcom dock. But this might limit the fun this summer
Here’s how this team seeks to improve access to mental health treatment in Whatcom County
The Daily News
Longview City Council changes meeting schedule
Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler hosts telephone town hall June 1
Centralia College to break ground on new athletic field Wednesday

Everett Herald
Marysville to pay $3.5M to former students for alleged sex abuse
Editorial: Return of wildfire season brings new concern

Indian Country Today
Learn about conservation – and trust – from Indigenous societies
Opinion: The seeds of racism and hate hurt us all

New York Times
Baby Formula Shortage Reveals Gaps in Regulation and Reporting
Justice Dept. Orders Agents to Intervene if They See Police Violence
As Border Crossings Soar, Biden Relies on Shelters to Manage Influx

Rep. Dolan: School budget shortfalls are caused by more than miscommunication

Peninsula Daily News
Orca, stuck overnight, finds its way into Strait
Masking indoors recommended, but mandates not likely to return
Washington state’s rate of COVID-19 cases on the rise

Puget Sound Business Journal
Tacoma aims to add nearly 100 affordable units to development pipeline by end of year
SBA: Won’t need to transfer money to fund remaining EIDL loans
Microsoft building its first Washington computer, server recycling center, records show

Seattle Times
Even with Seattle’s superrich top earners, the city’s income gap is nowhere near the worst in the U.S.
What to know about the monkeypox outbreak and WA’s first presumptive case
Boeing gears up to renew its safety culture after 2 737 MAX crashes
Auburn officer charged with murder featured on department’s recruiting banner
3 lessons Washington can learn from how Arizona helps people in mental health crisis (Davis, Orwall, Dhingra)
WA public will be able to attend government meetings in person next month
Seattle traffic deaths show no sign of slowing as second bicyclist fatally struck this year
Learning Nisqually history starts with building a sense of place

Washington Post
Putin made ‘big strategic mistake,’ NATO chief says; Donbas attacks intensify
As monkeypox panic spreads, doctors in Africa see a double standard
New Justice Dept. policy says agents must intervene if they see abuse
Southern Baptist leaders covered up sex abuse, kept secret database, report says
Biden visit showcases hardened stances on North Korea


Anti-harassment protection order filed against Pierce County sheriff
Presumptive case of monkeypox under investigation in King County
After swastikas in school bathrooms and racial slurs on the bus – Monroe parents demand action
Does Washington need a used car lemon law?
Marysville School District agrees to $3.5 million to settle sex abuse lawsuit
Man shot and killed during confrontation with suspect in Skyway
UW study shows people enter ‘dissociative state’ while using social media
Sammamish high school student develops solution to animal-vehicle collisions
‘Adopt a wasp’ to help monitor Asian giant hornets
City to remove homeless camp in Tideflats area this week. It will be 8th sweep of 2022
Explosive devices found in 2 Tacoma locations

KNKX Public Radio
Washington is sending youth in crisis to out-of-state boarding schools; taxpayers pick up the tab
A lawsuit in Wash. claims Native-run casinos have a monopoly on sports betting
Pfizer says children under 5 can get 3 low-dose versions of its COVID-19 vaccine

KUOW Public Radio
The lasting effect indigenous boarding schools have had on Washington state
With food prices continuing to climb, the UN is warning of crippling global shortages
Hot weather could be getting in the way of good sleep, a new study finds

Spokane City Council approves drought response ordinance to limit lawn watering
City Council rejects Councilmember Michael Cathcart’s alternate drought ordinance
Spokane mayor opposes water restriction ordinance, calls it ‘punitive’

NW Public Radio
Washington Is Sending Youth In Crisis To Out-Of-State Boarding Schools; Taxpayers Pick Up The Tab
Support Beyond A Textbook: Forestry Researcher Uses Mental Health First Aid In Class
Ben Franklin Transit Kids Ride Free

Q13 TV (FOX)
Washington health officials investigate presumptive case of monkeypox


Hyperlocal community councils pack a lot of power
Spokane backs plan to offer defendants services in place of jail time
Seattle community leaders have a lot to say about public safety
Podcast: WA education leaders reflect on two years of disruption