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Wednesday, June 5

FILE - The Washington state Capitol building is pictured, Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2024, in Olympia, Wash. A new Washington state parental rights law derided by critics as a

Washington parental rights law criticized as a ‘forced outing’ measure is allowed to take effect
A new Washington state parental rights law derided by critics as a “forced outing” measure will be allowed to take effect this week after a court commissioner on Tuesday declined to issue an emergency order temporarily blocking it. The American Civil Liberties Union of Washington and other groups challenging the measure say it violates the state Constitution, which requires that new laws not revise or revoke old laws without explicitly saying so. Continue reading at The Columbian. (Lindsey Wasson)


Hundreds of new laws will take effect in Washington on June 6
New limits on carrying guns openly in public, loosened restrictions on police pursuing suspects, a shorter time period for mortuaries to store unclaimed human remains, and a ban on octopus farming. What do all these topics have in common? They’re covered by some of the 310 laws set to take effect in Washington this Thursday. Here’s a look at some of the changes coming your way later this week. Continue reading at The Washington State Standard. (Laurel Demkovich)

The Walla Walla ferry and the Kitsap fast ferry pass each other in Elliott Bay, Feb. 13, 2024. (Genna Martin/Cascade PBS)

Washington state opens bids for building new hybrid ferries
Washington State Ferries is inviting companies to express interest in building five new hybrid diesel/electric ferries. The bid process, announced Monday, is the latest step toward getting two new ferries running in Puget Sound by 2028, two more by 2029 and a fifth by 2030, said Steve Nevey, the Washington Department of Transportation’s assistant secretary for the ferry system. After contracts are awarded in 2025, the ferry system expects the design work to take one year and construction to take two years. Continue reading at Crosscut. (Genna Martin)


City acts to hasten demolition of derelict buildings
Health insurers take on the affordability crisis — in housing

Capital Press
Risk of large wildfires on the rise in parts of West
Public power officials: Horse Heaven won’t make grid more reliable

Asylum-seekers looking for shelter set up encampment in Seattle suburb
Cowlitz tribe among groups awarded millions from state for clean-energy projects
State workers, you can win up to $10,000 for your ideas to save Washington money
Washington Secretary of State Hobbs visits Camas library for Dungeons & Dragons launch (Cleveland)
Washington parental rights law criticized as a ‘forced outing’ measure is allowed to take effect

Everett Herald
Sno-Isle students on the path to becoming fiber professionals
Bombshell letters accuse Marysville school leaders of ‘cronyism,’ ‘no plan’
Comment: Grizzly debates a bear of a social interaction problem

The Inlander
Spokane Regional Transportation Council has a plan to end traffic deaths by 2042 — will it work?

International Examiner
Pride Asia Fest returns to Hing Hay Park with joyful performances and advocacy

News Tribune
Cleanup underway for oil spill in Tacoma. Roadway closed into the afternoon
Pierce County bridge closed for safety concerns. It’ll reopen after $829k in repairs
A decision is in on controversial Pierce County village homeless project. Details here
What will become of unfinished Tacoma psychiatric hospital? Sale set for this month
This Tacoma waterway contains the most poop-polluted recreational waters in the PNW
Tacoma is repaving roads. What’s $600K machine, three-eyed creature have to do with it?

Puget Sound Business Journal
Comment: Gatekeepers are blocking our collective potential

Seattle Times
King County households can get low- to no-cost heat pumps

Spokesman Review
Pride history project opens at the Pavilion
Need a drive? Gonzaga to host electric cars for rent
Spokane has 3 months to join regional 911 communications system – or make other plans
Mayor Lisa Brown declares emergency for Spokane overdose hotspot at Second and Division
Class of COVID-19: This year’s graduating class started high school in lockdown. Here are their stories

Washington Post
What a ‘bike bus’ is, and why you should join one
Conservative attacks on birth control could threaten access
Panel recommends FDA reject MDMA as treatment for PTSD
Independent Amazon Labor Union moves to affiliate with Teamsters
A year of record global heat has pushed Earth closer to dangerous threshold

WA State Standard
States beg insurers not to drop climate-threatened homes
Hundreds of new laws will take effect in Washington on June 6
Puget Sound Energy will ramp up collection efforts for $140M in overdue bills

Wenatchee World
Live Updates: Level 2 wildfire evacuations issued on Batterman Road
Wenatchee PD Chief finalists present and answer questions; feedback deadline Friday

Yakima Herald-Republic
Fire-related power outages could become more frequent, Pacific Power says


Washington parental rights law criticized as a ‘forced outing’ measure is allowed to take effect

Migrant Encampment in Kent to stay after threats of arrests
Seattle fire chief given authority to order vacant, derelict buildings demolished

Asylum-seekers in Kent avoid arrest as deadline passes
Seattle City Council approves emergency legislation to combat vacant building fires

Project-based middle school in Spokane closing its doors
Mayor Lisa Brown declares opioid crisis emergency in Spokane
Spokanites have mixed reactions to Mayor Brown’s opioid emergency declaration


Cascadia Daily News
Port approves nearly $6K in compensation for digester tank grass removal

Washington state opens bids for building new hybrid ferries
Seattle veterans clinic faces complaints over leaks, ventilation
New WA program streamlines access to opioid addiction medications

Get your money! State’s deadline for tuna, chicken refunds approaching