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Thursday, September 24

Naturalist and photographer Sara Hysong-Shimazu of Maya’s Legacy captured photographic evidence that Tahlequah’s new calf is a boy. PACIFIC WHALE WATCH ASSOCIATION

It’s a boy! Orca gives birth off the Washington coast after losing calf in 2018
A grieving orca that carried her dead calf in the water for more than two weeks in 2018 gave birth again this month — and a photographer discovered it’s a boy. The orca, identified as J35 and known as Tahlequah, gave birth to a new calf, J57 earlier this month, likely on Sept. 4, the Pacific Whale Watch Association said in a Wednesday news release. Continue reading at The Bellingham Herald. (Pacific Whale Watch Association)

Police lined up with face shields

Washington lawmakers weigh police reform bills to ban tear gas, chokeholds
When state lawmakers return to Olympia, finding ways to balance a budget without billions of dollars lost because of COVID-19 will be their top priority. But the other big issue of 2020 will also get attention from lawmakers: police reform. “I am confident that we are going to pass legislation to increase accountability for police to improve the profession and to improve the relationship between police and the community,” said state Rep. Roger Goodman, D-Seattle. Continue reading at KING5 TV.

The American flag hangs in front of the New York Stock Exchange on September 21, 2020, in New York City. Citigroup estimates the U.S. economy lost $16 trillion over the past 20 years as a result of discrimination against African Americans.

Cost Of Racism: U.S. Economy Lost $16 Trillion Because Of Discrimination, Bank Says
Nationwide protests have cast a spotlight on racism and inequality in the U.S. Now a major bank has put a price tag to how much the economy has lost as a result of discrimination against African Americans: $16 trillion. Since 2000, U.S. gross domestic product lost that much as a result of discriminatory practices in a range of activities including in education or access to business loans, according to a new study by Citigroup. Continue reading at KUOW. (Getty Images)


Associated Press
Poacher burned bees nest in tree, started 3,300-acre wildfire
Report: Iran’s Guard flew surveillance drone over USS Nimitz
At UN, China, Russia and US clash over pandemic responses
Jobless claims at 870,000 as fraud and backlogs cloud data
Late-stage study of first single-shot vaccine begins in US
Post office defends accusations that cuts threaten election
Portland police declare protest for Breonna Taylor a riot
Latest Oregon revenue forecast increases by $2 billion
Portland denies permit for right-wing rally, cites COVID-19
Projected state revenues improve in Washington state
Jobless claims at 870,000 as fraud and backlogs cloud data
Police arrest 13 during Seattle protests
Molotov cocktails hurled at Portland police by protesters
Seattle to transfer properties to Black-led community groups
Wildfires taint West Coast vineyards with taste of smoke
Officials shift to recovery following Oregon wildfires
DOJ nearing antitrust action on Google; Trump eyes tech curb
Employees can’t wear BLM buttons at Fred Meyer, QFC stores

Aberdeen Daily World
County COVID rate more than double that of state
Lost Wages Assistance payments doubled from 3 weeks to 6 weeks
Op-ed: Whither small businesses?

Auburn Reporter
Deputy fatally shoots Auburn man

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Whatcom County sees 15 more COVID-19 cases, state reports Wednesday
It’s a boy! Orca gives birth off the Washington coast after losing calf in 2018
One Whatcom school district plans to begin reopening for in-person learning soon
Commerce: Nearly $1.4 million in grants to increase child care across Washington state
One of Bellingham’s three movie theaters won’t be reopening because of COVID-19

Capital Press
EPA releases new assessment of chlorpyrifos
Pesticide recertification credits available online

The Daily News
County, state health officials emphasize importance of contact tracing
Big Hollow Fire showing “little movement,” county lifts recreational burn ban

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Surge in consumer spending eases state budget challenges (Rolfes)
Snohomish County ahead of the curve on the 2020 Census
What we know: Washington coronavirus outbreak at a glance
WaPo Comment: What a conservative high court means for abortion

The Inlander
With Spokane school buildings closed, community organizations create learning hubs to help working parents
Issaquah Reporter
Issaquah plans to bring back some in-person learning

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Poulsbo dedicates two sites for future affordable housing projects
Bremerton, Kitsap County spend federal pandemic funds on tech for remote students, tutoring
Kentucky grand jury indicts 1 of 3 police officers in fatal Breonna Taylor shooting – but not for her death

News Tribune (subscription required)
Tacoma special ed kids being treated unfairly by district COVID plans, complaint says
‘That’s far too many kids’: Tacoma Schools alters plans for which grades will return
Pierce County sees 43 new COVID-19 cases, three new deaths Wednesday
Second COVID-19 outbreak this year reported at Puyallup grocery distribution hub

New York Times
Few Police Officers Who Cause Deaths Are Charged or Convicted
U.S. Jobless Claims Rose as Layoffs Continued: Live Updates
U.S. Risks Repeating 2009 Mistakes as Economic Recovery Slows

Olympian (subscription required)
It’s a boy! Orca gives birth off the Washington coast after losing calf in 2018
Thurston schools can slowly reopen to in-person learning, county Health Officer says
Thurston parents vent, express gratitude for ‘slow reopening’ of schools
Watch: Gov. Jay Inslee to speak Thursday on COVID-19, airline travel in Washington
Coronavirus updates: State reaches 83,702 cases, 2,081 deaths
State Parks department announces free admission days for 2021
Mental health programs leave troops, their families in need, Defense Department report says
North Thurston offers rosy assessment of remote learning. A parent disagrees

Peninsula Daily News
Clallam County gets more CARES funds
Port Townsend to weigh in on CARES Act projects
Wind gusts blamed for power outages
Health departments preparing for eventual vaccine distribution

Puget Sound Business Journal
PPP-type new loan program needed for small businesses before it’s too late
US urged to subsidise electric cars on national security grounds
Johnson & Johnson’s vaccine advances, sparking optimism in race
Ralph Nader says Congressional report on Boeing 737 Max is flawed
Colleges confirm enrollment declines, signal budget challenges to come
New Inslee order allows some business meetings, trainings to resume
Justice Dept. urges Congress to limit tech’s legal shield

Seattle Times (subscription required)
After 80 lawsuits against Trump, this one’s the big one
As tax collections rebound, Washington state’s projected $9 billion budget shortfall is cut in half
Coronavirus daily news updates, September 24: What to know today about COVID-19 in the Seattle area, Washington state and the world
King County prosecutor settles lawsuit over wrongly withheld sexual assault investigation records, agrees to change policy
Report: Seattle Police Department should ban tear gas, remind officers to protect protesters’ rights
Jobless claims at 870,000 as fraud and backlogs cloud data

Skagit Valley Herald
Skagit ranchers helping farms affected by wildfires
Skagit County avoids Labor Day COVID-19 spike
Skagit County’s unemployment rate drops to 9.7% in August

Spokesman Review
How do lawmakers move forward in police reform discussions? Even researchers don’t know the answer (Goodman)
Flu season is rapidly approaching, and health officials say Spokane County still not past ‘first wave’ of COVID-19
After debate, Spokane City Council asks Congress to address ‘qualified immunity’ protections for police
Group ‘likely’ violated judge’s order with anti-abortion protests at Planned Parenthood, police say
Sue Lani Madsen: After fire, Malden meeting sheds light on community fears, frustrations
Opinion: Karen Ferguson: MFN order will hurt patients, doctors

Tri-City Herald
Look who is stepping up in Tri-Cities to double free COVID testing
Richland may wait until November to bring middle and high schoolers back to classes
New COVID cases reported in Tri-Cities area take a big jump. But no new deaths

USA Today
California’s governor, Gavin Newsom, wants to ban gas cars by 2035. What does that mean for drivers?
Acting DHS secretary: White supremacy is ‘most persistent and lethal threat’ internally to US

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
WWCC sees steep decline in fall enrollment
Walla Walla City Council approves additional aid for small businesses, COVID-19 response
Local kiosks for drug disposal aimed at making community safer
Tyson donates 5 tons of chicken to help feed local families
Richland Zoom class interrupted when 10-year-old student displays a gun

Washington Post
Breonna Taylor updates: Officers shot, suspect in custody amid unrest after grand jury decision
Kentucky grand jury declines to file homicide charges in death of Breonna Taylor
1,010 people have been shot and killed by police in the past year
Missouri’s governor has refused to mandate masks. Now he’s tested positive for the coronavirus.
Internal USPS documents link changes behind mail slowdowns to top executives
She wore a BLM mask to work at Whataburger. After a customer complained, she was fired.
Massive genetic study shows coronavirus mutating and potentially evolving amid rapid U.S. spread
After a daring rescue in ‘apocalyptic’ wildfire conditions, the military prepares for a long fight

Yakima Herald Republic
Pandemic fatigue hits home six months into coronavirus outbreak in Yakima County
Local crews set to take over Cold Creek Fire mop-up
Yakima County adds 31 new cases of COVID-19; no new deaths


Washington lawmakers weigh police reform bills to ban tear gas, chokeholds (Goodman)
Police: 13 arrested in demonstration that left Seattle officers injured
Another 870,000 filed unemployment claims last week as layoffs remain high
Scientists say invasive Asian giant hornet could spread habitat in Washington
COVID-19 precautions mean slower power outage response during western Washington storm season

13 arrested during Seattle protests sparked by Breonna Taylor decision
Rain brings new concern for Pierce County wildfire-scorched hillsides: Landslides
It’s a boy! Officials say Southern Resident Tahlequah’s newest son appears healthy
New money for state’s small business grant program
COVID-19 vaccine trials need more diversity, say doctors and researchers
Breonna Taylor shooting: Former detective indicted on wanton endangerment charges

13 arrested, vandalism reported at Seattle’s Breonna Taylor protests
After overriding mayor’s police budget veto, Seattle City Council president affirms move
US parents delaying preschool and kindergarten amid pandemic
Gov. Inslee hears from Pierce County officials about their efforts to combat COVID-19

‘Honor Her Wish’: Trump Met With Boos As He Pays Respects To Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Republican Leaders Reject Trump Hedging On Transfer Of Power Amid War Over Confidence
Trump Shouldn’t Barrel Ahead With High Court Nominee, Sen. Coon Says
School Attendance In The COVID Era: What Counts As ‘Present’?
Fewer Students Are Going To Community College, Despite High Unemployment
Louisville Police Officer Shot As Protests Erupt After Charges In Breonna Taylor Case
Trump Says He Expects Election Results To End Up At Supreme Court
‘No One Can Live Off $240 A Week’: Many Americans Struggle To Pay Rent, Bills
Cost Of Racism: U.S. Economy Lost $16 Trillion Because Of Discrimination, Bank Say
As Pandemic Deaths Add Up, Racial Disparities Persist — And In Some Cases Worsen
Smoke on the vineyard: NW wine industry worries about possible smoke taint
1 in 7 Americans Have Experienced Dangerous Air Quality Due To Wildfires This Year

Q13 TV (Fox)
Video: Seattle police officer runs over man’s head with bicycle amid unrest over Breonna Taylor decision
SPD intends to keep department ‘whole’ after council votes to cut budget, officers
WSU researchers say invasive Asian giant hornets could spread along the West Coast
The Divide: New Seattle police chief bends city council’s ear on defund efforts


New WA law helps Native voters this election. Is it enough?
Mental health support can’t keep up with wildfires or hurricanes
Opinion: We lose more than salmon and orcas to the Snake River dams
Council preserves cuts to Seattle police, overriding Durkan
Opinion: Eviction moratoriums in Washington won’t last forever

Photojournalist Sues Portland and Its Police Officers for Injuries at Protest
Life in the Anarchist City of Seattle
The Seattle Times Is Asking the Wrong Question About Lime’s Electric Scooters

Wednesday, September 23

Tom Robinson, who crafted these wooden crosses, picks up the mobile display Monday, May 4, outside Spokane City Hall where he had set them up, with another member of a Facebook group Stronger Together Spokane to illustrate the Spokane death toll of COVID-19. The country surpassed 200,000 deaths from the virus this week. (JESSE TINSLEY)

United States surpasses 200,000 deaths due to COVID-19; how Washington compares
With 200,654 deaths as of Tuesday, the United States continues to have the most COVID-19 deaths of any country in the world, according to data from the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Resource Center. The country with the second-highest death toll is Brazil, with more than 137,000 fatalities. Continue reading at The Spokesman-Review. (Jesse Tinsley)

Graph depicting trajectory of emotional lows and highs during disaster

Coping amid disaster: How we can mentally prepare for a pandemic winter
This week marks six months since Washingtonians were directed to the stay at home amid the coronavirus pandemic. The changes have affected all of us. Dr. Kira Mauseth is a practicing clinical psychologist. She sees patients at Snohomish Psychology Associates, teaches at Seattle University, and helps lead the Behavioral Health Strike Team for the Washington State Department of Health. Continue reading at KUOW. (Washington State Department of Health)

New Tacoma Mayor Harold Moss, right, exchanged bear hugs with U.S. District Judge Jack Tanner. Tanner had just administered the oath of office for Mayor to Moss. Moss was elected by the Tacoma City Council today, Tuesday January 25, 1994 to serve two years as Mayor of Tacoma. Tacomans Tanner and Moss have known each other for many years.94/01/25 MOSS HUGS TANNER BRUCE KELLMAN FILE/THE NEWS TRIBUNE

Harold Moss, Tacoma’s first Black mayor and a city icon, has died
Harold Moss, the first African American mayor of Tacoma and the man who guided the sometimes troubled city through turbulent times, died Monday night. He was 90. Moss died at his Tacoma home from long-term health complications, according to his family. Moss became Tacoma’s first Black City Council member in 1970, first Black mayor in 1994 and first Black Pierce County Council member in 1996. Continue reading at The News Tribune. (Bruce Kellman)


Associated Press
Seattle City Council overrides mayor’s veto of policing cuts
State launches data dashboard to track COVID-19’s impact on Washington economy
Despite the pandemic, more than 100 Seattle-area bars and restaurants petition Inslee to extend alcohol sales to 2 a.m.
State: Man in Oregon prison 7th to die of COVID-19
Hanford contractors agree to pay $58 million fine for fraud

Aberdeen Daily World
Coastal Community Action Program pivots during pandemic
Army Corps releases NEPA review on proposed dam
Elections officials say they have confidence in Washington’s mail voting system (Hunt)

Auburn Reporter
Fred Hutch seeks volunteers of color for COVID-19 study
High speed rail and hub cities explored in Cascadia Corridor study

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Wednesday’s wet, windy weather is just the beginning for Whatcom, forecasters say
Two new COVID-19 deaths reported in Whatcom County. Cases ‘trending in the wrong direction’
Washington state reports adjusted COVID-cases and deaths Tuesday
Downtown Bellingham tech company buys another firm, will expand its offerings

Capital Press
Wildfires, COVID-19 disrupt ag research
Cranberry industry anticipates bigger crop
U.S. blueberry growers question influx of foreign berries
September hop stocks rise from year earlier

The Daily News
Cowlitz County gets 14 new COVID cases; recent uptick tied to gatherings
COVID cases up; health officials recommend continued remote learning

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Everett to consider allowing three more pot shops in city
Dr. Spitters: We’re still in the middle of the pandemic
Paine Field gets $5M grant to remedy a CARES Act oversight
Bloomberg Comment: Why the covid-19 death toll of 200,000 may be low
WaPo Comment: Trump has reversed gains seen after passage of ACA
Editorial: Franz’s efforts will assure healthier forestlands

Highline Times
West Seattle Bridge Community Task Force meetings to be live streamed on YouTube

Issaquah Reporter
High speed rail and hub cities explored in Cascadia Corridor study
Union files charges against QFC, Fred Meyer over Black Lives Matter button ban

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Kitsap’s wilderness areas reopen as wildfire danger decreases
Students aren’t in schools, but that doesn’t mean a cost savings for Kitsap districts
Expanded education helps mitigate pandemic’s insecurity (Rolfes)

News Tribune (subscription required)
Harold Moss, Tacoma’s first Black mayor and a city icon, has died
Legacy of former Tacoma Mayor Harold Moss lives on in new generation of Black leaders
Washington state reports adjusted COVID-cases and deaths Tuesday
Department of Health rolls back Monday COVID data after errors are discovered
Opinion: University of Washington Tacoma helped save downtown 30 years ago. It can do it again

Olympian (subscription required)
Passionate about local public transit? Intercity Transit looking for volunteers
Hanford companies agree to pay $58 million over alleged overcharging of taxpayers
North Thurston Public Schools offer rosy assessment of remote learning. A parent disagrees.
3 new COVID-19 cases in Thurston County; Health Officer says school statement imminent
In first post-RBG test, GOP wants Supreme Court to review Pennsylvania mail-in voting
Union says Fred Meyer, QFC violating workers’ rights with ban on BLM buttons

Peninsula Daily News
County jobless rates drop
Peninsula stays clear of new COVID-19 cases
Clallam sheriff aims to keep peace

Puget Sound Business Journal
Seattle opens new Pier 62 as public event space
Constantine proposes sales tax bump for housing in next King County budget
Seattle council overrides Durkan’s veto of bill to reduce police budget
Uber and Lyft could gain from U.S. rule defining employment
Jay Powell warns recovery will suffer without stimulus

Skagit Valley Herald
Dashboard sheds light on pandemic impacts
Two school districts shift to hybrid learning model
County to offer COVID mortgage assistance

Snoqualmie Valley Record
High speed rail and hub cities explored in Cascadia Corridor study

Spokesman Review
United States surpasses 200,000 deaths due to COVID-19; How WA compares
New downtown police precinct opens; SPD commits to community policing
Judge orders anti-abortion gatherings away from Planned Parenthood
Distance-learning “a bomb dropped” that still needs work, educators tell committee

Tri-City Herald
Hanford companies agree to pay $58 million over alleged overcharging of taxpayers
2 Tri-Cities COVID deaths. New positive cases numbers unavailable
Richland Zoom class interrupted when 10-year-old student displays a gun
Op-Ed: Engineering solutions may work better on coronavirus | Guest Opinion

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
College Place School District plans Oct. 19 launch of hybrid school model
New COVID-19 case numbers remain low
Plans for next phase of U.S. Highway 12 presented at Port meeting

Washington Post
Ruth Bader Ginsburg eulogized as a ‘rock star’ and ‘fighter’ while mourners gather to say goodbye
Allegations of racism have marked Trump’s presidency and become key issue as election nears
Feared coronavirus outbreaks in schools yet to arrive, early data show
Top CEOs call for ‘major’ coronavirus stimulus to keep economy from backsliding
Partisan fight over Supreme Court could affect issues and image
Breonna Taylor grand jury will present its report to judge this afternoon
White House intervened to halt release of Bolton book with flawed classification review, federal official says

Yakima Herald Republic
USPS reiterates that Yakima mail processing hasn’t moved
Caught in the crossfire: Drive-by shootings claiming young, innocent victims in Yakima
13 new cases of COVID-19 Tuesday in Yakima Co.; Community testing planned
WSU pharmacy doctoral students in Yakima earn certification to administer vaccines


Seattle City Council overrides Mayor Durkan’s vetoes on police defunding
Washington Employment Security Department paid fraudulent claims on its own workers

Seattle City Council votes to override Mayor Durkan’s veto of police budget cut
WSU researchers: Asian giant hornet has potential to spread down West Coast
Concern over wildfire smoke’s impact on Washington grape harvest and wine quality
Harold Moss, Tacoma’s first Black mayor and a city icon, has died
‘Rising costs are a consistent barrier’: Seattle Pacific University lowers tuition by 25%
Columbia Sportswear latest downtown business to permanently close
Issaquah teachers concerned about ‘abrupt’ return to in-person learning

Seattle City Council votes to override Mayor Durkan’s budget veto
Forecast projects U.S. COVID-19 deaths to reach double by end of year
Homeless camps growing in Seattle as city pledges changes to Navigation Team
Tacoma’s first Black mayor, Harold Moss, dies at age 90

Tacoma’s mayor remembers Harold Moss: A civil rights icon, trailblazer, father figure
LISTEN: A detailed look at the death of Manuel Ellis, and a life tangled up in powerful forces
Tacoma’s first African-American mayor on the heartbreak of racism
Washington-based groups receive $2.6 million in federal funds to fight human trafficking

Seattle City Council overrides mayor’s veto on police budget cuts
Justice Ginsburg Honored At The Supreme Court
Seattle Now: A childcare nightmare
NPR Poll: Black, Latino Households Strugge To Pay Rent, Mortgages
Odds Tilt In Coney Barrett’s Favor To Replace Ginsburg, Says Sen. Braun
A Tech Powerhouse, U.S. Lags In Using Smartphones For Contact Tracing
U.S. Reaches COVID-19 Milestone: Death Toll Is Over 200,000
Trump Expands Ban On Racial Sensitivity Training To Federal Contractors
House Passes Short-Term Funding Bill To Keep Government Running
Coping amid disaster: How we can mentally prepare for a pandemic winter

NW Public Radio
Smoke On The Vineyard: Winemakers Fret Over Possible Taint Of Valuable Northwest Grapes
Hanford Contractors Settle $58 Million Claim Over Fraudulent Labor Billing Practices
From ‘SNL’ To Workout Videos, How RBG Became A Pop Culture Icon

Q13 TV (Fox)
Seattle City Council overrides Mayor Durkan’s veto of cuts to police budget
Remembering Harold Moss: Tacoma mourns the loss of a pivotal man in the city’s history
Lawsuit against Fred Meyer, QFC over banning BLM buttons


Seattle P.I.
Are coronavirus cases declining across Washington? It depends where you look
Inslee eases restrictions on weddings, funerals across Washington
Seattle City Council votes to override Durkan’s budget vetoes on cuts to SPD

Skyway Wins Big in the Proposed County Budget, For Once

Tuesday, September 22

A woman wearing a mask has her temperature taken.

New tool shows economic impact of COVID-19 across Washington state
“The economic impact of COVID-19 on individuals, families and businesses is like nothing we’ve ever seen before,” Commerce Director Lisa Brown said in a press release. “The depth and complexity of the challenge we’re dealing with demands that we use data in new ways to help every family, every community and every industry get back on their feet, stronger and more resilient than before.” Continue reading at The Olympian. (Drew Perine)

The Chieftains mascot at Columbia River High School in Vancouver, Washington, is on the way out following a unanimous vote of the school board.

New momentum to retire Native-themed mascots at Washington state schools
The first Native American woman elected to the Washington State House of Representatives says she is drafting legislation to retire Native-themed mascots and team names at public schools. This has been a goal of Native American leaders for a while, but has new-found momentum in the wake of the Washington, DC, NFL football team’s name change. Continue reading at KNKX. (Molly Solomon)

Don’t miss out on up to $1,800 in unemployment back pay
You have until Sunday to certify your eligibility for up to $1,800 in unemployment back pay from the Lost Wages Assistance program. Tens of thousands of Washingtonians sidelined by the pandemic qualify for the federal program, which provides an extra $300 per week for six weeks between late July and early September. Payments will start going out next week. Continue reading at The Everett Herald.


Associated Press
New push to retire Native team names headed to Legislature (Lekanoff)
‘Unfathomable’: US death toll from coronavirus hits 200,000
Romney OKs voting on court nominee, all but assures approval
Soaring wealth during pandemic highlights rising inequality
Wildfire death toll in Oregon increases to nine
Seattle police drop effort to get protest images from media
Oregon grieves for natural places wiped out by wildfires
Oregon businesses threaten lawsuit over virus restrictions
Seattle Council to vote on policing change budget vetoes
2 schools in southwest Washington close due to virus
Feds threaten funds to NYC, Seattle and Portland over unrest

Aberdeen Daily World
Blue Slough Road project on track for October completion
36 more COVID-19 cases reported over the weekend
Deadline for county CARES Act grants extended

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
New tool shows economic impact of COVID-19 across Washington state
‘Anarchist’ Seattle, Portland and New York allowed violence during protests, feds say
Only 2 Whatcom regions see COVID infection rates decrease, while state rolls back data
Here’s what experts say could be key in getting the U.S.-Canadian border reopened
Washington state reports 300 new COVID-19 cases Monday and 18 deaths
Is it safe to trick-or-treat this year? What the CDC says about Halloween and COVID-19

Capital Press
Inslee opens more counties to agritourists
Wildfire danger lingers despite cooler, wetter weather
Diamond M ranch strikes back in lawsuit over wolf management

Clark County reports 95 new COVID-19 cases, one new death since Friday
Air quality dips in Clark County as Oregon wildfire smoke re-enters area

The Daily News
COVID cases up; health officials recommend continued remote learning
Longview Presbyterian donates land for affordable housing project
Gillnetters approve, anglers reel at Columbia River salmon policy change
Health official: COVID cases at senior facilities show ongoing virus risk

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Paine Field gets $5M grant to remedy a CARES Act oversight
Edmonds School District changes how cops cover its campuses
Don’t miss out on up to $1,800 in unemployment back pay
What we know: Washington coronavirus outbreak at a glance
Economic Alliance and Lynnwood offer new business grants
Bloomberg Comment: Climate change coming at us with unforeseen threats

Highline Times
Thousands enrolled in Utility Discount Program to reduce utility bill burden during pandemic

Issaquah Reporter
Satterberg responds to ‘anarchist jurisdictions’ label by DOJ

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Amazon delivery center in Bremerton slated for late September opening
Man involved in group that set 2018 Maple Fire sentenced to 30 months
Republicans likely have enough support for a vote on Trump’s Supreme Court nominee after Romney backs push to fill vacancy
Shipyard shakeup: PSNS’s commander headed to Norfolk following captain’s ousting

News Tribune (subscription required)
COVID trauma won’t stop when kids return to school, say two women called to serve them
Fall is here, and it’s bringing the first heavy rain of the season
A local Safeway was charging 16-20 percent sales tax. Here’s how to get your money back.
Puyallup School District announces reopening plans, younger students first to return
County starts week with 51 new COVID-19 cases, 1 new death, outbreak at care facility

New York Times
What We Know About Coronavirus Cases in K-12 Schools So Far
As Schools Go Remote, Finding ‘Lost’ Students Gets Harder
If the Supreme Court Ends Obamacare, Here’s What It Would Mean
Trump Could Be Investigated for Tax Fraud, D.A. Says for First Time

Olympian (subscription required)
Tenino Police Chief Robert Swain has died, department announces
Thurston County adds six new COVID-19 cases; now 1,140 total
Washington state reports 300 new COVID-19 cases Monday and 18 deaths
‘Anarchist’ Seattle, Portland and New York allowed violence during protests, feds say
New tool shows economic impact of COVID-19 across Washington state

Peninsula Daily News
Clallam County office closes after COVID-19 exposure
Jefferson County commissioners rank CARES act proposals

Puget Sound Business Journal
Study: Cascadia region needs to develop hubs to absorb growth
Facebook vows to restrict users if US election descends into chaos
As school begins, mothers working retail jobs feel extra burden
Jay Powell says US small businesses may need ‘direct fiscal support’
Seattle Pacific University will cut tuition 25% in fall 2021
Seattle City Council will examine all new legislation through a climate crisis lens
Snohomish County International Airport gets $5.5M grant
Travel leaders test Covid-19 safety measures at Canadian border

Seattle Times (subscription required)
‘Unfathomable’: US death toll from coronavirus hits 200,000
As wildfire smoke clears, King County’s airport communities continue fight for clean air
State launches data dashboard to track COVID-19’s impact on Washington economy
Seattle City Council to vote Tuesday on Mayor Durkan’s budget vetoes; potential deal would undo policing changes
Seattle police end effort to get unpublished media photos and videos from protests

Skagit Valley Herald
Sedro-Woolley School District to move to hybrid model
Burn bans loosened as air quality improves

Snoqualmie Valley Record
Satterberg responds to ‘anarchist jurisdictions’ label by DOJ

Spokesman Review
Elections officials say they have confidence in Washington’s mail voting system
Washington lawmakers hail passage of bills addressing missing and murdered Native women
Opinion: Peg Richards: Eviction moratorium provides short-term protections, but renters still face long-term challenges

Tri-City Herald
WSU Tri-Cities plans community virtual sessions on race and equity
Fewer weekend COVID cases in Tri-Cities. Drive-thru testing hours cutting back
Federal audit finds Hanford workers put at risk by inadequate respirator maintenance

USA Today
US reaches 200K coronavirus deaths as Trump praises administration for doing ‘phenomenal job’ with pandemic
Opinion: 200,000 dead: COVID-19 is creating ruinous economic damage that will take years to repair
Health care law faces another Supreme Court showdown, this time without Justice Ginsburg’s vote
Republicans likely have enough support for a vote on Trump’s Supreme Court nominee after Romney backs push to fill vacancy
President Donald Trump to announce Supreme Court nominee to fill Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s seat on Saturday

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Dixie school’s enrollment doubles with in-person opening
Committee suggests suspending plastic recycling
City leaders decide against changes to tattoo policy
COVID-19 numbers plateau in Eastern Washington
Seven new cases of COVID-19 identified in local long-term care facilities
County leaders make plans to mitigate local disasters
Highway 12 reopens amid firefighting effort
Cold Creek Fire 28% contained as of Saturday night, with more progress expected
Editorial: Local schools wisely work to get kids back in classroom
Yakima Herald-Republic: Review of Sheriff’s Office use of force logs shows Native Americans involved at a higher level
WaPo: Justice Department targets New York, Seattle, and Portland over protests

Washington Post
Romney backs voting this year on Trump nominee to replace Ginsburg
A new conservative Supreme Court justice could boost religious rights at the cost of LGBTQ protections
Romney becomes the latest Republican to offer a dubious historic rationale to side with Trump
Pentagon used taxpayer money meant for masks and swabs to make jet engine parts and body armor
‘A state of emergency’: Louisville braces for grand jury decision in Breonna Taylor case
DeVos appears to be under investigation for violating Hatch Act
A Google employee is suing for discrimination. He wants to know if Google can use his data against him.
White House recommends Ryan Maue, meteorologist and critic of dire climate predictions, for NOAA chief scientist
Key GOP senators introduce bill to give airlines $28 billion more in payroll aid
Stocks keep sliding as investors realize Washington won’t agree on new stimulus

Yakima Herald Republic
Yakima Health District could announce approval of students’ return to campus – gradually
Pumpkin patches and corn mazes now OK in Yakima County
Two pieces of legislation addressing MMIW crisis on their way to the White House


Seattle City Council will vote Tuesday over Mayor Durkan’s budget vetoes
Report: Boeing could move 787 operations from Everett to South Carolina
CDC issues Halloween guidance, discourages traditional trick-or-treating
Neighbors wonder what’s in the air near Kenmore asphalt plant

City Council to decide whether to override Mayor Durkan’s veto of police budget cut
Police advisory committee recommends changes to proposed Tacoma body camera policies
Students see big changes on UW move-in day
City announces free Stay Healthy permits that allow people to temporarily block off streets
DOJ officially names Seattle as 1 of 3 cities permitting violence, destruction
UPS to hire 1,800 seasonal employees in Seattle area for holiday season
Commerce department launches interactive dashboard to track economic recovery across state
Wildfires leave migrant workers homeless, jobless in Eastern Washington
Some King County cities reopening parks, playgrounds as people practice responsible social distancing

Seattle Police drop subpoena requesting media’s footage of downtown riots May 30
Thousands of UW students set to move into resident halls for fall semester
Mayors of Portland, Seattle, NYC say Trump playing political games with federal funds
Gresham firefighter recalls horror of battling Almeda Fire in southern Oregon
Boeing nears decision on closing down 787 Dreamliner assembly in Everett
Seattle City Council mulls compromise that would undo proposed SPD cuts
Declining COVID-19 cases spurs questions about reopening the state
KOMO News, Strategies 360 release exclusive voter poll on major state races and issues

Economic recovery will be long and slow in Washington, state commerce officials say
New momentum to retire Native-themed mascots at Washington state schools (Lekanoff)
Experts: We’re entering ‘disillusionment’ phase of the pandemic; mental health may decline

Return to school in October: Seattle-area schools plan for hybrid model
Blog: Pandemic updates in Washington state
As U.S. Nears 200,000 Dead, Hospital Staff Reflect On Those Lost

Q13 TV (Fox)
Seattle City Council set to vote on whether to override Durkan’s veto of SPD budget cuts
Boeing 787 consolidation could mean 10,000+ jobs
Pumpkin patches, corn mazes can open in more counties under new guidelines
Oversight committee among recommendations for police body cameras in Tacoma


How British Columbia protects its people from wildfire smoke
Opinion: Ruth Bader Ginsburg taught me not to panic

AG labeling Seattle an ‘anarchist’ city is ‘abhorrent,’ ‘blatantly unlawful’ say city leaders
SDOT, artists to recreate Black Lives Matter mural after botched preservation
COVID-19 updates: Seattle now issuing ‘Stay Healthy Block Permits’
Closure of two Seattle piers hurting waterfront businesses
Seattle University law prof: For civility, we should restore filibuster and not pack the court

The Press Must Tell It Like It Is: Mitch McConnell Is Not a Hypocrite, He Is a Liar
Not ALL of the Waterfront Is Collapsing—There’s Nice New Stuff Opening Too

Monday, September 21

People light candies outside the Supreme Court Friday, Sept. 18, 2020, in Washington, after the Supreme Court announced that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg died of metastatic pancreatic cancer at age 87. (Alex Brandon / Associated Press)

Ruth Bader Gingsburg was the ‘just right’ justice
This slow talker, ruthless editor and die-hard romantic wanted to make sure that every woman could find her best place, whether in a military-academy classroom, on the floor of a factory or behind the wheel of a minivan. She wanted the women who came after her to have the chance to get things — for themselves, as she did so often for herself — just right. Continue reading at The Everett Herald. (Alex Brandon)

Old, folded slip of immigration paper

Small slip of paper stands between Pacific Islanders in Washington and unemployment benefits
While people from these Pacific Island nations can freely live and work in the United States, they are ineligible for many federal programs available to immigrants. “Now we’re coming to the U.S., but we really don’t have any help from you,” [Cecilia Takiah] Heine said. “When you needed our help, we gave it to you so you could win your Cold War.” Continue reading at KUOW.

Map of western United States illustrating increasing wildfire smoke intensity from 2004-2009to 2050

Wildfire smoke’s health impacts have only just begun
Hazy, orange skies can cause anxiety that lasts years after a smoke event, and may even harm unborn children. And with climate change, more wildfire smoke is coming. But what we’re doing to prepare is inadequate, with poor communities, people of color, and outdoor laborers most vulnerable to dangerous exposure. Continue reading at Crosscut. (Climate Central)


Associated Press
Cities creating racial ‘healing’ committees to confront past
Underwater and on fire: US climate change magnifies extremes
The Latest: Ginsburg’s body to lie in repose at court
US household wealth hits record even as economy struggles
Push is underway to test COVID-19 vaccines in diverse groups
Tree on power line apparent start for one Washington fire
Sorry, boomers: millennials and younger are new US majority
Software flaw hid signs of $576 million state unemployment fraud, officials say
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87
Vandalism, no arrests, as protests continue in Portland
Washington State deputy fatally shoots man, placed on leave
Wildfires and hurricanes disrupt final weeks of 2020 census
Court to decide if electronic signatures OK for initiatives
COVID-19 testing decrease due wildfires and poor air quality
Police fatally shoot woman in Redmond, Washington
NY judge: Postal service must timely process election mail
Seattle closes another pier after collapse of Pier 58
After wildfire smoke clears, protests resume in Portland
Washington state gov., others react to Ginsburg’s death
Watchdog: Seattle officer’s pepper-spraying kid unintended
Wildfire smoke leaves lung damage long after air clears
Firefighters battle exhaustion along with wildfire flames

Aberdeen Daily World
Coronavirus cases continue climb in county
Home COVID-19 test kits available free for qualified individuals
Op-ed: Claims of a rigged election? Here’s how Congress could save our democracy from vote-count chaos
Op-ed: Jobs vs. environment is a false choice — set the bar higher

Auburn Reporter
Should state cover school bus costs if there are no riders?
Auburn strips misdemeanor penalty from overnight camping law

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Bellingham City Council takes this step to create a mental-health crisis response team
Coronavirus updates: State passes 82k cases
Bellingham’s ‘overwhelmingly white’ demographics reflected in city hiring
Here’s a second, real-world look at Washington’s new stop-as-yield law for cyclists

Capital Press
Final push on for Northwest pear harvest
Environmentalists seek grazing injunction in national forest
Firefighters battle exhaustion along with wildfire flames
Marketing association optimistic about hard-hit sheep industry

Clark County health officials see COVID-19 ramifications from air pollution

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Suicide Prevention Month a reminder that help is available
New U.S. 2 roundabout sought by state, Sultan at Main Street
Yes, you could get the flu and COVID-19, so get a flu shot
Should state cover school bus costs if there are no riders?
Snohomish chooses interim police chief to fill position
What we know: Washington coronavirus outbreak at a glance
WaPo Commentary: Ruth Bader Gingsburg was the ‘just right’ justice
WaPo Commentary: Conservative media torturing logic on new justice
Editorial: Let’s clear the air on wildfires, climate change

Highline Times
HERBOLD: Updates from SDOT on Reconnect West Seattle

The Inlander
Hazardous air quality sets Inland Northwest record, expected to continue this week
Islands’ Weekly
New Jpod calf

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Northwest’s new wildfire danger: ‘It could happen anywhere in Kitsap’
Voting information postcards are being sent by USPS but confusing some Washington voters
KEDA picks Port Orchard resident as new executive director
Good news: Smoke not likely to return. Bad news: Neither is the summer weather
Favorite local hiking spot Green Mountain’s in for some changes
Nimitz sails through Strait of Hormuz and into the Persian Gulf
There’s more than $4 million for housing assistance in Kitsap. Local officials want to make sure it gets spent.

News Tribune (subscription required)
Pierce County’s newest transportation system has a name we can all get behind
Pierce County reports 36 new COVID-19 cases
Coronavirus updates: State passes 82k cases
‘No more wind.’ WA state utility questions efficacy of wind farms for power generation
Lab coats and fighting fires while social distancing are now norm for these firefighters
Jim Walton, Tacoma icon of Civil Rights Era, joins News Tribune Editorial Board
Tacoma must confront white moderate fear of protesters. That’s what MLK would want

New York Times
To Conservatives, Barrett Has ‘Perfect Combination’ of Attributes for Supreme Court
Denial and Defiance: Trump and His Base Downplay the Virus Ahead of the Election
Stocks Tumble as Surge in Virus Cases Imperils Recovery: Live Updates
Some Protests Against Police Brutality Take a More Confrontational Approach
Many Hospitals Charge More Than Twice What Medicare Pays for the Same Care
‘We May Be Surprised Again’: An Unpredictable Pandemic Takes a Terrible Toll

Olympian (subscription required)
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies of cancer at age 87
Washington state reports 349 new COVID-19 cases
Thurston County ends week with 41 COVID-19 cases, lowest weekly total since late June
Thurston commissioner asked for candidate’s private information from county HR department
Proposed residential zoning code changes will be heard Wednesday. Here’s what they mean
Judge agrees to delay US government restrictions on WeChat
‘Give the president space.’ Trump aides ask conservatives for trust on Supreme Court

Peninsula Daily News
Jefferson County scrambling to make most of CARES Act money
Two virus cases reported in Clallam County
Breathe deep: Air quality good on Peninsula
COVID-19 cases staying down on Peninsula

Puget Sound Business Journal
Boeing offers $700,000 to help wildfire victims along the West Coast
U.S. judge temporarily halts Trump’s WeChat ban

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Coronavirus in Washington: Positivity rates, cases, deaths all trending downward
CDC quietly issues new guidance on how coronavirus spreads
Investigation into Manuel Ellis’ killing by Tacoma police flawed from the start
Why Washington state’s guidelines to open schools are more cautious than others
Pandemic scrambles the local job market: Despite deep unemployment, some employers still can’t hire fast enough
‘Once school starts, I am not going to be OK’: Remote learning during COVID-19 has Seattle-area parents learning their own limits
How an unprecedented, indefinite crisis forced education leaders to change the ways school districts operate
Air quality returns to normal in nearly every corner of Washington state
Auburn man killed by King County deputy was unarmed but police were told he had a gun, sister says
Redmond police fatally shoot woman at apartment building

Skagit Valley Herald
Pressures build on parents juggling jobs, virtual learning
State: Protect your mental health through ‘rough times’
Organizations team up on child care initiative

Snoqualmie Valley Record
Should state cover school bus costs if there are no riders?
Opinion: It’s time to revisit how we manage forests | Brunell

Spokesman Review
‘Excitingness’: Drive-in movie shows promising sign for a cultural shift, viewers say
‘Titan,’ ‘folk hero’ and ‘American patriot’: The Northwest remembers Ginsburg
How to prevent another 2020 fire season? Northwest lawmakers call for more resources
Providers, public health officials stress the importance of getting a flu shot, especially in the midst of a pandemic
Shawn Vestal: Author explores the web of history and race tied to 2013 Spokane killing
Spokane judge weighs arguments in Planned Parenthood legal battle
Washington farmworkers push through hazardous smoke to feed America with little choice
With temporary restraining order, judge signals Stevens County commissioners ejected from office
Opinion: Larry Haskell: Euality v. equity: Not just semantics

Tri-City Herald
CBC enrollment drops by hundreds. Other colleges are hurting more
COVID pandemic pushes changes for Yakima Valley hop growers
Tri-Cities crowd mourns late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
31 small COVID outbreaks in Tri-Cities schools, child care centers, restaurants and more
Wildfire smoke blankets harvest season with no clear rules to protect farm workers
CBC digs in on new $30 million student recreation center
Fewer than 20 new COVID cases in Tri-Cities. Heart problems being reported
CBC student ambassadors pivotal during pandemic
Editorial: Tri-City schools can open soon, but what happens when a student gets COVID? 
Op-Ed: Forestry, not climate policy, needed to prevent wildfires 

USA Today
DOJ names New York City, Portland, Seattle ‘anarchist jurisdictions’ that could lose federal funding
Donald Trump: I’ll probably announce Supreme Court pick on Friday or Saturday
A fall ‘twindemic’? As US nears 200,000 coronavirus deaths, experts fear COVID-19, flu may be a deadly combo

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Investigation: As wildfire smoke permeates even indoors, is government doing enough?
Smaller school districts prepare to reopen in the Valley
Walla Walla County reports dropping rates of COVID-19
Community vigil honors Ruth Bader Ginsburg
As smoke lifts, the Valley breathes easy again
More grant funds available to assist small businesses through pandemic
Oregonians quarantining because of COVID-19 now eligible for state leave payments
Walla Walla School District considers transition to classes for pre-K-second grades

Washington Post
Ginsburg to lie in repose before Trump nominates replacement
CDC reverses itself and says guidelines it posted on coronavirus airborne transmission were wrong
The N95 shortage America can’t seem to fix
How the GOP is trying to justify its Supreme Court reversal
Justice Dept. targets Portland, New York and Seattle over protests
White bar owner charged in fatal shooting of Black protester dies by suicide, attorneys say
A police shooting ignited unrest in Kenosha. Current and former officers say the department’s problems with race go much deeper.
TikTok tussle shows the uneven economic ‘decoupling’ that has accelerated between U.S. and China

West Seattle Herald
Herbold: Updates from SDOT on Reconnect West Seattle

Yakima Herald Republic
Cold Creek Fire 28% contained as of Saturday night, with more progress expected
Yakima police doing away with chokeholds for all-but-lethal encounters
Blue sky a welcome sight after a week of smoke
An all-out effort to get pandemic grants to businesses in need in Yakima County
Health district: 31 new coronavirus cases reported Saturday
Opinion: Transparency is welcome as we try to learn from tragic case of Tiffany Eubanks


Dept. of Justice says Seattle is ‘permitting violence and destruction of property’
$300 boost for Washington’s unemployed becomes available Sept. 21
Northwest Response: Help Washington and Oregon residents affected by wildfires
CDC acknowledges coronavirus often spreads through aerosols
University of Washington provides inside look on admissions process to be ‘transparent’

Woman fatally shot by Redmond police
Wildfires leave migrant workers homeless, jobless in Eastern Washington
Tree falling on power line apparently caused wildfire in Malden, utility company says
1 shot near Pioneer Square
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87
Western Washington finally getting some healthy air
City of Seattle closes Pier 57 for public safety
Beloved family-owned hardware store closing its doors after almost 90 years in business
Sergeant did not intentionally target boy with pepper spray at protest
Small business owners say WeChat ban will hurt Seattle, Eastside companies

DOJ identifies Seattle as city ‘permitting violence and destruction of property’
Washington ranks as No. 1 best state for teachers, study finds

Experts: We’re entering ‘disillusionment’ phase of the pandemic; mental health may decline
State geologists warn of increased landslide risk following Western Washington wildfires

Small slip of paper stands between Pacific Islanders in Washington and unemployment benefits
Trump Says He Plans To Announce Supreme Court Pick Friday Or Saturday

Q13 TV (Fox)
Feds deem Seattle, Portland, New York City as ‘anarchist jurisdiction’
Report says Boeing moving 787 production out of Everett
The Divide: New Seattle police chief bends city council’s ear on defund efforts
Commentary: Pointing fingers won’t prevent wildfires


Wildfire smoke’s health impacts have only just begun
New Seattle pantries fight food insecurity one fridge at a time
What’s stopping King County from opening more homeless shelters?

Washington May Have Saved the U.S. Postal Service
Fact Check: No, the Sex Ed Bill Does Not Force Schools to Teach 4th Graders Sexual Positions

Friday, September 18

According to the Washington State Department of Health, the six-month mark of the pandemic stay-home order is when we might start to see people slip into the disillusionment phase or reactions to disasters. This could bring an onslaught of mental health struggles for people in a variety of demographic groups. (Graphic courtesy / Kira Mauseth/Washington State Department of Health release.)

As we near 6 months in Washington’s stay-home order, mental health experts warn that things may get worse
You’ve been self-isolating, working in your pajamas and ordering everything online. Every trip to the grocery store is a white-knuckle adventure through a claustrophobic hellscape, recently under “Blade Runner” skies, and it’s hard to carry on normal, everyday conversations with … anybody. You think it can’t get any worse as we approach and pass 200,000 COVID-19 deaths in the U.S. Well, we’re here with some bad news: just wait. We’re about to hit rock bottom. Continue reading at The Seattle Times. (Kira Mauseth)

Twyla Kill’s husband sued the Monroe Correctional Complex, seen here, in March, seeking the release of inmates as a way to stem the spread of COVID-19. She found herself shocked, in a good way, when she saw what the Department of Corrections is proposing to save money as the pandemic eats into the state budget: “a significant and permanent reduction in prison population.”

Washington’s prison system backs reform
The state’s prison system now appears ready to lead the type of changes supported for years by activists and some legislators to counter increasingly long sentences, startling racial disproportionality and what is often termed mass incarceration. While the state’s incarceration rate has dipped roughly 9% over the last decade, and is lower than the national average, it is still more than double what it was in 1980. Continue reading at The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin. (Mike Siegel)

The Port Townsend Paper Mill is visible beyond the entrance to the Port Townsend Boat Haven marina Thursday afternoon for the first time in a week as air quality improved and visibility increased after overnight rainfall. (Nicholas Johnson/Peninsula Daily News)

Incoming storm may aid smoky skies
Thanks to a storm front sweeping in from off the coast, forecasters say people in Western Washington will be breathing easier this weekend as marine air and widespread rain clear out most of the region’s lingering wildfire smoke. Coastal communities and other low-lying parts of the North Olympic Peninsula got a brief taste Thursday morning of the cleaner air to come after receiving some overnight rainfall. Continue reading at Peninsula Daily News. (Nicholas Johnson)


Associated Press
Lightning storm, easterly wind: How the wildfires got so bad
U.S. judge in Yakima blocks Postal Service changes that slowed mail
Justice Dept.: Sedition charge may apply to protest violence
Oregon man charged with setting arson fire
Fed sees rates near zero through 2023, perhaps longer
Man sentenced to repay millions in marijuana lab explosion
Storms in Oregon’s forecast could suppress or spread fires
Coronavirus cases in Oregon top 30,000
Downed power lines sparked 13 Oregon fires
US judge blocks Postal Service changes that slowed mail
2 test positive for COVID-19 after clean-air shelter stay
County exec pitches diversion program, sheriff’s office cuts
Fish in Oregon hatcheries die, released early as fires rage
A U.S. judge has blocked Postal Service changes that slowed mail and prompted concerns about absentee voting
Court: Public employees who leave union can’t recover dues

Auburn Reporter
Kent Hay prods homeless from sleeping in Auburn parks

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Inslee talks about mental health resources for Washingtonians during disasters
Federal judge in WA state issues injunction halting changes that could lead to mail delays
Watch: Gov. Jay Inslee spoke Thursday on COVID-19, wildfires in Washington state
Anti-mask pastor hosts church gathering of hundreds in Washington, officials say
When will the wildfire smoke finally clear out and Whatcom’s skies begin to clear?
Amid ‘COVID fatigue,’ Western launches student-to-student safety campaign
Whatcom County sees six more COVID-19 cases, state reports Thursday
After nearly 2 weeks, Bellingham hospital fixes water issue and is open for surgeries
No more free parking in downtown Bellingham as the coronavirus waiver ends. Here’s when

Capital Press
Smoke, wildfires challenge West Coast wine industry
$3 million gift establishes plant pathology endowment at WSU
Inslee: Rule coming on masks for farmworkers
La Nina expected to stay through winter in Northwest
WDFW ends bid to kill Leadpoint pack wolves
Apple maggots linked to Washington governor’s fruit

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Elementary students are preparing to return to classrooms
What we know: Washington coronavirus outbreak at a glance
Bloomberg Comment: Homebuilders need help to meet housing demand
Islands’ Weekly
Yes, you could get the flu and COVID-19, so get a flu shot

Issaquah Reporter
Two patients contracted COVID-19 while at EvergreenHealth in Kirkland

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Shooter at Poulsbo crash: ‘It was not something that I wanted to do at all’
Track coach, Navy veteran Earl Sincere dies from COVID-19
St. Michael outbreak could be declared over by health officials next week
Bainbridge schools may reopen to youngest students in mid-October
Bainbridge Island Land Trust eyes large new forest preserve, end of capital campaign
Kitsap’s indoor sports centers join state alliance

News Tribune (subscription required)
Washington state reports 386 new COVID-19 cases Thursday and 11 deaths
Pierce County holding on to lower COVID-19 case totals but not yet ready for Phase 3
Editorial: Claims of Amazon pandemic price gouging cry out for Washington state AG investigation
Tacoma homeless shelter has new role in COVID-19 pandemic: Helping to educate kids
Anti-mask pastor hosts church gathering of hundreds in Washington, officials say

New York Times
Trump Administration to Ban TikTok and WeChat From U.S. App Stores
Housekeepers Face a Disaster Generations in the Making
What Trump’s Environmental Rollbacks Mean for Global Warming
Hurricane Sally’s Fierce Rain Shows How Climate Change Raises Storm Risks
As Wildfires Rage, California Presses Insurers to Cut Rates

Olympian (subscription required)
Coronavirus updates: Inslee discusses mental health resources for Washingtonians; Tacoma shelters face new challenges
Thurston County announces 16th COVID-19 death, plus 5 more cases
Portland shooting suspect Michael Reinoehl pointed gun at officers, investigators say

Peninsula Daily News
Incoming storm may aid smoky skies
Clallam board of health hears good news
Cooke, tribe still plan fish farm in Port Angeles Harbor
Delays planned at La Poel Creek for culvert installation
Nearly 2,000 get CARES Act help in Port Angeles
One new COVID-19 case in Clallam County

Puget Sound Business Journal
Seattle businesses urge councilmembers to sign Small Business Pledge, but no one has so far
TikTok to be banned from US app stores from Sunday
Unable to pay rent, small businesses hope for a deal with their landlord
Private tutors, pop-up schools or nothing at all: How employers are helping parents
Small tech stocks soar as the future arrives early

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Washington prison system may lead effort to cut inmate population, amid COVID-19 and protests over racial injustice (Goodman, Darneille, Dhingra)
Smoke expected to drift away from Seattle area, but weather drama isn’t over
Coronavirus daily news updates, September 18: What to know today about COVID-19 in the Seattle area, Washington state and the world
How wildfire smoke driving people inside lately could affect the spread of the new coronavirus
Another landlord group sues Seattle over eviction moratoriums
After prostitution arrest, Seattle police captain got preferential treatment from fellow officers
As we near 6 months in Washington’s stay-home order, mental health experts warn that things may get worse
DeVos vows to withhold desegregation aid to schools over transgender athletes
Hiring plummets in Washington state as employers look to an uncertain autumn and a long recovery
Federal judge orders Postal Service to halt changes that could slow election mail, ruling in favor of Washington Attorney General Ferguson

Skagit Valley Herald
Air quality expected to improve
County fish projects land grant money

Tri-City Herald
Franklin COVID case drop stalls without meeting rate needed for school reopening
When exactly will the smoke clear in Tri-Cities? And will storms cause more fires

USA Today
Coronavirus updates: USPS scrapped plan to send 650M masks to Americans; public still split on COVID-19 vaccine; Las Vegas bars to reopen
Alleged unwanted hysterectomies and other abuses at ICE facility prompts investigation
‘This is going to bankrupt me’: Americans rack up $45B worth of medical debt in collections

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Putting their lives on the fire line
Local farmers markets socked by air quality
Oregon and Washington roll out changes to pandemic response
Seattle Times: Washington’s prison system backs reform

Washington Post
Trump administration bans WeChat, TikTok from app stores beginning on Sunday
Dwindling ranks and declining public trust plague police agencies amid summer of protests
Trump contradicts health advisers on coronavirus vaccine timetable as death toll mounts
U.S.-Mexico border closure extended days after State Dept. lifts ‘do not travel’ advisory
Judges in D.C. threatened, harassed after high-profile, political legal battles
Trump alleges ‘left-wing indoctrination’ in schools, says he will create national commission to push more ‘pro-American’ history

Yakima Herald Republic
Fair Food Fest officially underway — and it’s something
A welcome break from smoke expected Saturday in Yakima area
Cold Creek Fire at White Pass reaches 400 acres
25 new COVID-19 cases, one more death reported Thursday in Yakima County


“I knew what I was getting into” Seattle’s new top cop intends to improve morale, 911 response
Air quality improving with thunder possible; more relief on the way
Health officials worry about mental health due to COVID-19, now smoke
COVID-19 restrictions wreak wedding chaos for Washington couples
Hacker breaks into remote-learning class; posts messages using the ‘n-word’

State geologists warn of increased landslide risk following Western Washington wildfires
Beware of scams when buying individual health plans in Washington
Take the Mic: An entire family weighs in on the pros and cons of online learning
LISTEN: Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan discusses the many challenges facing her city

U.S. To Bar Downloads Of TikTok, WeChat
The presence of wildfire smoke could have you feeling bad — and not for the reason you think
Updates on the coronavirus pandemic in the NW
Nursing Homes Given Federal Go-Ahead To Allow More Visitors
We Do Belong Here’: Father Teaches Daughter To Have Black Pride
What these Seattle-area kids have to say about online school


When White Salmon, WA, had the world’s worst air quality
Opinion: Joining the fight for racial justice? Learn to find accountable leaders
QAnon conspiracy theories have seeped into Northwest politics
Why the West Seattle Bridge should be named for Jimi Hendrix
Opinion: Inmate fire crews, essential to WA fire fighting, deserve better
PNW wildfire smoke has outdoor workers worried — and sick

How Wildfire Smoke Is Wrecking the Chemical Composition of American Wine