Washington State House Democrats


Friday, November 18

In this Nov. 6, 2005 photo, Ralph Strickland guides a crab pot full of red king crabs onto the deck of fishing vessel off of Juneau, Alaska. Fishing regulators and the seafood industry are coming to grips with the possibility that some species that have declined in the face of climate change might not come back.

Canceled crab harvests for Alaska and WA to cost fisheries $287 million, say US senators
Four U.S. senators, including Washington state’s Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray, are calling for the declaration of a federal disaster after the cancellation of the 2022-2023 harvest season for two crab species. The 2022-2023 crabbing season for Bering Sea snow crab and Bristol Bay red king crab were both canceled in October by Alaska’s Department of Fish and Game. It’s the first time that the U.S. snow crab season has been canceled. Bristol Bay red king crab also saw its 2021-2022 season canceled. Snow crabs have been moving to colder waters in recent years, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s fisheries division. Washington state is home to about a dozen crabbing regions. Continue reading at The News Tribune. (Klas Stolpe)

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee

Inslee joins ‘Beyond Oil and Gas’ group
Washington has joined an international group that advocates leaving oil and natural gas reserves underground, Gov. Jay Inslee said in a tweet Wednesday from the United Nations climate summit in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt. The Beyond Oil and Gas Alliance was formed at last year’s UN climate meeting. The alliance warns that investing in oil and natural gas production will lock in dangerous global warming. “I’m proud our state has joined (the alliance) as we urge leaders to speed efforts to keep oil and gas in the ground,” Inslee tweeted. Washington is one of 15 states with no oil reserves and one of 14 states with no natural gas reserves, according to the Energy Information Administration. Continue reading at Capital Press. (United Nations Conference of Parties)

Yakamas request more consultation with Native American tribes on green energy projects
The Yakama Nation wants better collaboration between Native American tribes and state and local agencies when permitting green energy projects to protect culturally sensitive areas. Yakama Nation Tribal Council Chairman Gerald Lewis explained the tribe’s concerns in a Nov. 14 letter to Gov. Jay Inslee. The letter comes a month after the Yakamas had a government to government meeting with Inslee and delegates from other tribes at Legends Casino west of Toppenish on the Yakama Reservation. The gathering was held to discuss the impacts of climate change and concerns of green energy projects sited in culturally sensitive areas. Continue reading at The Yakima Herald.


Aberdeen Daily World
Crews will work to stabilize the hillside above SR 109 west of Hoquiam
Take a class on Grays Harbor College’s dime

Bellingham Herald
This is why Bellingham missed its community climate reduction target

Capital Press
Inslee joins ‘Beyond Oil and Gas’ group

Vancouver Public Schools votes to run levy in Feb. 14 election

The Daily News
Kelso budget takes shape as council approves property tax levy, ARPA funding

Everett Herald
Madison Street project in Everett will include bike lanes

Kitsap Sun
State commission wants feedback on potential ferry fuel surcharge

News Tribune
Pierce deputy, Bonney Lake man he shot identified. Charges say suspect pointed gun at cop
Canceled crab harvests for Alaska and WA to cost fisheries $287 million, say US senators

Citizen group opposing possible Thurston County airport draws large crowd
Five Lewis County officers, deputies placed on paid leave after Nov. 14 fatal shooting

Peninsula Daily News
Neah Bay wildfires prompt evacuations, school closures
Clallam County sheriff staffing levels up

Port Townsend Leader
Public comment sought on ferry fuel surcharge

Puget Sound Business Journal
Metro ridership is up, yet downtown Seattle worker foot traffic falls
Lacey hotel to become shelter for people living along state roadways

Seattle Medium
City Budget Focus As Recovery Expected Soon
Alleged Price-Fixing: Seattle Renters Sue Leasing Companies

Seattle Times
After budget mistake, homelessness agency seeks help from Seattle
Seattle’s new ferry terminal at Colman Dock opens with upgrades
WA tribes wary as Native child welfare law challenged in Supreme Court

Skagit Valley Herald
Sedro-Woolley lowers license fee for food trucks

Spokesman Review
Public Disclosure Commissions fines Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich for electioneering, lobbying; sheriff vows appeal
Washington added 5,400 jobs in October

Tri-City Herald
Old Welch juice plant to serve as intake for future Behavioral Health and Recovery Center

Walla Walla Union Bulletin
Body cameras for Walla Walla Police Department on city budget

Yakima Herald-Republic
Yakamas request more consultation with Native American tribes on green energy projects
Editorial: ERs brace for the next wave: RSV


Washington, Alaska senators ask for federal fishery disaster declaration
Amended ordinance in Federal Way outlaws pushing shopping carts on sidewalks

State agencies preparing for potential shutdown of Twitter
New push to potentially bring school resource officers back to Seattle Public Schools
Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell appoints panel on sexual assault, system reform

Deadly school shooting in Seattle prompts discussion on new safety measures

Spokane County invests $500k to bring in new resources to Trent Shelter


Thousands lose power as 49-mph winds strike Puget Sound
Property owners accused of ‘price-fixing’ rent in Seattle

The Stranger
Seattle’s Unhoused Feel Unheard in the City’s Budget Process

West Seattle Blog
West Seattle Crime Prevention Council meeting