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Friday, May 27

Four officers stand in front of Robb Elementary School

Police slow to engage with gunman because ‘they could’ve been shot,’ official says
Police were reluctant to immediately engage with the gunman who spent an hour inside the elementary school in Uvalde, Tex., where he killed 19 children and two adults because “they could’ve been shot,” a lieutenant with the Texas Department of Public Safety said in a CNN interview. Law enforcement officers have faced mounting criticism from some parents who say police could have intervened sooner against 18-year-old Salvador Ramos in an effort from officers that was initially deemed by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) as a “quick response.” Police who arrived at the school retreated as shots rang out, state authorities said Thursday, and it took an hour before a tactical unit led by federal Border Patrol agents went into a classroom and killed the gunman. Continue reading at Washington Post. (Chandan Khanna/Getty Images)

Students outside Foss High School protesting gun violence, one with a sign that reads ‘Am I Next?’

‘We are scared.’ Tacoma high school students hold walkout and protest over gun violence
Foss High School students wanted their voices heard Thursday after a Texas school shooting Tuesday left 21 people dead. Over 100 students staged a walkout and anti-gun violence rally on Tacoma’s South 19th Street. Students crowded sidewalks on both sides of the street near South Stevens/Tyler streets. Passing cars honked in support and a few passersby joined them. Continue reading at Tacoma News Tribune. (Cheyenne Boone/Tacoma News Tribune)

students protest against gun violence outside Lewis and Clark High School

‘Thoughts and prayers are not enough’: 21 minutes of silence as LC students hold walkout to protest gun violence in wake of Texas massacre
The sun was shining and the air was warm as more than a hundred students walked out of class Thursday morning at Lewis and Clark High School. But this was much more than a chance to skip a lecture, and the students made that clear. “End gun violence,” the students chanted as they stood outside the LC commons. “Thoughts and prayers are not enough.” They also stood in silence for 21 minutes – one minute each for the 19 children and two teachers massacred by a gunman Tuesday at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas. Continue reading at The Spokesman-Review. (Jesse Tinsley/The Spokesman-Review)


Bellingham Herald
WA scientists seek volunteers for Adopt a Wasp program to monitor ‘murder hornet’ activity

Capital Press
Entomologists mull official name for ‘murder hornets’
Valley Wide Cooperative boosts payout to members

The Daily News
NWI: Purchase protects Discovery Creek headwaters
Public health officers honored for COVID-19 work

Everett Herald
This is a drill: Officials rehearse for a dam bursting near Sultan
Editorial: A Terrace creek puts infrastructure plan to work

News Tribune
‘We are scared.’ Tacoma high school students hold walkout and protest over gun violence
CBP agents seize 52,800 fake COVID-19 test kits hidden in a large WA e-commerce shipment
A bipartisan compromise on a homeless issue in Pierce County? Maybe there’s hope yet
Dialing 911 in Pierce County? Callers might be directed to report some crimes online
CEO pay rose 17% in 2021 as profits soared; workers trailed

Unionized Starbucks stores face hard work of bargaining
US wage increases show signs of peaking in welcome sign for Fed
Husband of one of the teachers fatally shot at Uvalde school dies from heart attack

Peninsula Daily News
Church hosts candlelight service for Texas school shooting victims
NWI: Purchase protects Discovery Creek headwaters

Puget Sound Business Journal
Amazon alters complaint against former employees, likely prolonging legal battle
Alaska Airlines pilots vote to allow strike as contract talks go ‘way too long’
With SBA’s EIDL funding exhausted, what’s the outlook for Covid-19 relief?

Seattle Times
Tourism is coming back, whether Seattle likes it or not
Pierce County candidate running on law-and-order platform has criminal record
Get ready for possible once-in-a-lifetime meteor storm Monday
Cost of mortgage payments climbing; WA among the worst in the nation
CHOP planted the seeds. 2 years later, the food equity movement in Seattle is reaping the benefits
‘Everything has gone up’: In Rainier Beach and across Seattle, food banks respond to inflation woes
WA parents struggling with baby-formula shortage as Murray, Schrier promise follow-up action
Sound Transit extends fare ambassador program, lowers price of reduced fares

Spokesman Review
Four wolves found dead in northeast Washington, environmental groups allege poisoning
Shawn Vestal: The good ideas are out there, but it will take true zeal to make progress on gun safety
‘Thoughts and prayers are not enough’: 21 minutes of silence as LC students hold walkout to protest gun violence in wake of Texas massacre
More Washington renters are being overcharged for damages, advocates say, and there’s little tenants can do about it

Washington Post
As timeline emerges, police criticized for response to school massacre
What we know about the victims of the school shooting in Texas
Latest White House plan would forgive $10,000 in student debt per borrower
Bipartisan Senate group starts talking about gun proposals
Police slow to engage with gunman because ‘they could’ve been shot,’ official says

Yakima Herald-Republic
Student-led walk at Yakama Nation Tribal School raises awareness about boarding schools
Black Rock Solar facility approved in eastern Yakima County


Active shooter drills prepare schools for the worst, but take a toll on students
Seattle blood banks step in to help after Texas school shooting
Here are the Washington state laws intended to prevent gun violence
Gunman’s final 90 minutes fuel questions about police delays
Traumatic brain injury sends mother and son slipping through the cracks of Washington’s mental health system

Tacoma, Seattle students walk out of class protesting for gun law reform
Federal lawmakers from Washington state hear concerns about formula shortage

For second day in a row, Blaine School District cancels classes Friday after threat
Seattle Mayor Harrell to release long-awaited plan to address homelessness in the city
King County Regional Homeless Authority board set to vote on 2023 spending plan
Folklife festival kicks off with masks, proof of vaccination required for some venues

KNKX Public Radio
Black-owned hospice provider makes its case to state regulators
What to say to kids about school shootings to ease their stress
Unionized Starbucks stores face hard work of bargaining

KUOW Public Radio
In wake of ‘Blake,’ Washington courts clear drug convictions and refund fines
Gun sales went up around Seattle, and haven’t come down: Today So Far
Students and staff protest Seattle Pacific University’s ban on LGBTQ employees
A KUOW investigation shows area charter schools broke their promises to parents and students
How a Seattle kindergarten teacher broached the Texas shooting with his students

NW Public Radio
See Ya! Washington Police Say Drivers Aren’t Stopping For Them; Cite Pursuit Restrictions
While Spring Rains Help Most Of Washington, Parts Still Under Emergency Drought

Q13 TV (FOX)
Olympia the first to permit free RV encampment parking on public street
Edmonds bans camping on public property; violators face up to $1,000 fine or jail time


The Stranger
I Want to Live in a Society That Doesn’t Need Community Court
Councilmember Andrew Lewis Guts His Own Policy, Excluding Thousands of App-Based Workers from a Minimum Wage

Thursday, May 26

The U.S. and Washington state flags fly at half-staff in front of the Legislative Building at the Capitol in Olympia, Wash.

States divided on gun controls, even as mass shootings rise
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee was quick to react to this week’s carnage at a Texas elementary school, sending a tweet listing the gun control measures the Democratic-controlled state has taken. He finished with: “Your turn Congress.” But gun control measures are likely going nowhere in Congress, and they also have become increasingly scarce in most states. Aside from several Democratic-controlled states, the majority have taken no action on gun control in recent years or have moved aggressively to expand gun rights. Continue reading at The Associated Press. (Ted S. Warren)

“Hungry, help,” reads a sign by Brad Peterson, 51, who advertises that he is looking for work on Highway 99 in Edmonds.

Edmonds passes law criminalizing camping in public spaces — but lacks local homeless shelter options
People living on Edmonds’ streets may soon be given a choice: bus to a shelter up to 35 miles away or risk a fine of up to $1,000 with a possibility of jail time. The Edmonds City Council passed an ordinance last Tuesday making it illegal to occupy or store belongings in public places overnight, part of both a regional and national trend of local governments criminalizing visible homelessness. Edmonds’ ordinance is unusual in that its enforcement requires relying on social services outside city limits. Continue reading at The Seattle Times. (Greg Kim)

As COVID trends up again, officials ‘strongly recommend’ masks
State health officials are again asking Washingtonians to mask up and think twice about crowds as COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations trend upward. “We are not returning to any broad mask requirement at this time,” Deputy Secretary for COVID Response Lacy Fehrenbach said Wednesday. “But we are strongly recommending that masks be worn in crowded or confined indoor spaces, or in areas where there may be poor ventilation or air quality.” Continue reading at The Everett Herald.


Associated Press
Biden signs policing order on 2-year anniversary of George Floyd’s death
Gov. Inslee, Lt. Gov. Heck test positive for COVID
Police face questions over delays in storming Texas school
States divided on gun controls, even as mass shootings rise

Bellingham Herald
This gathering, space dedication at Bellingham park honors lives lost to systematic racism
Census shows Bellingham back among state’s 12 most-populated cities. Here are the numbers
Blaine Schools main campus locked down due to threat. No school Thursday
Whatcom looking to hire with nearly 17% of budgeted corrections deputy positions vacant

Capital Press
WDFW rejects lethal control against wolf pack
Easterday sentencing moved to September
Lawsuits target Northwest farms over H-2A regulations

The Daily News
Port of Longview commissioners OK equipment purchase, update meeting attendance options
Cowlitz County, Longview look to rework Community House proposal to run homeless encampment
Port of Longview sees record income in 2022, as commissioners weigh cutting port tax rate
Substance-use facility to be built in Chehalis
Cowlitz County commissioners approve contract for sheriff’s office mental health unit

Everett Herald
As COVID trends up again, officials ‘strongly recommend’ masks
Brace for Memorial Day weekend traffic and long ferry lines
School leaders in Everett, Mukilteo districts receive raises
Marysville superintendent could start a month early
What we know: Washington coronavirus outbreak at a glance
Editorial: A Terrace creek puts infrastructure plan to work
Letter: Edmonds expects other cities to solve its homelessness?
Letter: Not just moms scrambling for baby formula; dads worried, too
Letter: Some limits to Second Amendment are necessary
Letter: What will it take to end mass shootings?

Indian Country Today
‘Greenwashing’ gets new look from regulators
Senate committee holds confirmation hearing for IHS nominee

Kitsap Sun
State works through permitting to finally build boat launch at Lake Tahuyeh

News Tribune
In the wake of Texas school shooting, America’s sick infatuation with guns says it all
Tacoma city manager gets another pay raise, and some people are not happy about it
New display at Sea-Tac Airport aims to educate travelers about wildlife trafficking
US Census Bureau: Big city losses early in COVID pandemic

Both Washington Gov. Inslee and Lt. Gov. Denny Heck have tested positive for COVID
Mask up, Washington: Health officials say it’s time to play it safe as COVID cases rise

Peninsula Daily News
Outdoor classroom to introduce students to environmental studies

Seattle Medium
City Implements No Shelter, No Sweep Policy

Seattle Times
Seattle’s population dropped, but another King County city saw fastest growth in WA
Best and worst times to travel in WA this Memorial Day weekend
Edmonds passes law criminalizing homelessness in public spaces — but lacks local shelter options
Seattle residents painted their own crosswalk. The city scraped it off
Crystal Mountain again extends ski season
WA Gov. Inslee, Lt. Gov. Heck test positive for coronavirus, with mild symptoms
Fairfax Behavioral Health in Kirkland closes youth unit, shortly after state cites safety violation
Opinion: Getting ‘back to normal’ is not an inspiring message to people of color

Skagit Valley Herald
Salmon habitat project will also bring improvements to county road
Rise in COVID-19 cases has health leaders urging masking

Tri-City Herald
Kennewick considers $500 fine for illegal July 4 fireworks. Others want to ease restrictions

Vancouver Business Journal
New program in Washington state created by Equitable Access to Credit Act

Walla Walla Union Bulletin
Class action lawsuit names Providence St. Mary and former neurosurgeons Dr. Daniel Elskens and Dr. Jason Dreyer

Washington Post
Scrutiny mounts over police response in Texas school shooting
Weakened gun laws put Texas Gov. Greg Abbott on the defensive
Texas NRA summit after Uvalde shooting echoes Columbine aftermath
On 2nd anniversary of Floyd’s death, fading momentum for police reform


Blaine School District cancels classes Thursday after student received threats through text message
Two years later: Black leaders say racial reckoning didn’t go far enough after George Floyd’s death
George Floyd played a ‘huge role’ in getting police reform bills passed in Washington, advocate says
Seattle teacher holds moment of silence in honor of Uvalde, Texas
Alaska Airlines pilots vote ‘overwhelmingly’ to authorize strike if three-year-long contract talks continue to fail
Gov. Inslee tests positive for COVID-19

Parents discuss school safety concerns in wake of Texas shooting
Texas school shooting: Bystanders shouted at police to enter Robb Elementary
Debate over local school resource officers reignited
Blaine schools declared safe after student receives threats prompting lockdown
Parents could face difficulty finding formula despite shipments from Europe, increased production
Patty Murray calls for gun safety legislation following Texas school shooting
Vigil held in Seattle on 2-year anniversary of George Floyd’s death
Washington ‘not returning to broad mask requirements’ amid uptick in COVID-19 cases
Gov. Inslee, lieutenant governor test positive for COVID-19 in ‘unrelated cases’
Biden signs policing order on anniversary of Floyd’s death
Alaska Airlines pilots vote to authorize strike
Bird flu detected in King County
Washington recovers $6.6 million stolen in pandemic unemployment scam

One day after Texas school massacre, campus safety top of mind in Washington state
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee, Lt. Gov. Denny Heck both test positive for COVID-19
Mass shooting in Texas classroom: Ways to help kids cope with tragedy from psychologist
Blaine School District cancels Thursday classes after threat, lockdown 
New Tacoma fund will help local firms pay for safety, security upgrades amid rise in crime
Tacoma convenes meeting to discuss new shelter, plan to tackle homelessness

KNKX Public Radio
Nearly extinct 30 years ago, Washington’s western pond turtles are slowly recovering
Washington’s elected leaders react to Texas school shooting

How Washington and Idaho gun laws compare to Texas’
Washington gun safety advocacy groups demand change after Uvalde shooting
Governor Jay Inslee tests positive for COVID-19
‘It’s unimaginable’: WA Superintendent asks people to reconsider gun possession, talks school safety

NW Public Radio
First Latina Judge For Benton Franklin Counties Norma Rodriguez Talks Diversity On The Bench
Visitation Reinstated At Detention Center In Tacoma

Q13 TV (FOX)
‘Is this happening because of what happened in Texas?’: 2 schools threatened in Western Washington
City mayors seek change in state law preventing localized gun control
Washington Governor Jay Inslee tests positive for COVID-19; officials urge masking


Alaska Airlines pilots overwhelmingly vote in favor of strike authorization
Gov. Inslee tests positive for COVID-19
Pierce County adopts safe parking pilot program
Texas elementary shooting prompts tough conversations with children about school-violence
Seattle City Council passes ordinance offering incentives for hard-to-fill jobs, including police
Biden says ‘we have to act’ after Texas school shooting
State officials speak out on gun control amid aftermath of Texas school shooting
Concrete strike’s impact on West Seattle Bridge timeline unclear as SDOT makes final pours

The Stranger
Councilmember Andrew Lewis Guts His Own Policy, Excluding Thousands of App-Based Workers from a Minimum Wage

Wednesday, May 25

Police walk near Robb Elementary School following a shooting in Uvalde, Texas.

27 school shootings have taken place so far this year
A shooting at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas that killed at least two people and hospitalized a dozen children marks the 27th school shooting this year. Local police said the shooter behind Tuesday’s incident is in custody. This comes just 10 days after a shooting at a Tops supermarket in Buffalo, N.Y. that took the lives of 10 people. Education Week has been tracking school shootings since 2018. According to its database, there have been 118 such incidents since they began their database. Continue reading at KUOW. (AP)

This electron microscope image shows mature, oval-shaped monkeypox virions, left, and spherical immature virions, right.

Monkeypox in the COVID era: Here are the key differences between the viruses
Washington state’s first presumptive case of a virus, spreading around the globe, found in a man with a travel history. The year is … 2022? This time, it’s not a novel coronavirus, but a case of monkeypox. King County’s public health officer announced the finding on Monday. And for the state’s COVID-19-fatigued residents, it is certainly another point of worry. But don’t panic, local infectious disease researchers say. Key differences exist between the two viruses. Continue reading at The Seattle Times. (Cynthia S. Goldsmith, Russell Regner/CDC via AP)

Sven Spichiger, Washington state Department of Agriculture managing entomologist, displays a canister of Asian giant hornets vacuumed from a nest in a tree behind him in Blaine.

Scientists will set 1,000 traps for murder hornets this year
Scientists will set about 1,000 traps this year in their quest to wipe out the Asian giant hornet in Washington, the state Department of Agriculture said Tuesday. Scientists believe the hornets, first detected in the Pacific Northwest state in 2019, are confined in Whatcom County, which is located on the Canadian border north of Seattle. “We are doing pretty good right now,” said Sven-Erik Spichiger, who is leading the fight to eradicate the hornets for the state Department of Agriculture. “We know about where the nests are located in Whatcom County.” Continue reading at The Associated Press. (Elaine Thompson)


Associated Press
Scientists will set 1,000 traps for murder hornets this year
Permit approved for large solar power farm in Yakima County

Bellingham Herald
Here’s why the Bellingham City Council will remain in remote session
Researchers confirming if first ‘murder hornet’ of 2022 has been found in Whatcom County
This longtime Whatcom County farm is staying in the family, will continue to offer u-pick
Bellingham buys this run-down house to demolish and add to the neighborhood park

Capital Press
Forecast calls for elevated risk of wildfires in parts of Oregon, Washington
Vancouver grain exporter wins award

Everett Herald
‘It makes me angry’: Black students in Monroe report persistent racism
Lynnwood to keep collecting a car tab fee and utility tax, for now

News Tribune
Anti-harassment protection order filed against sheriff
Where to sleep in your car if homeless? Pierce County exec says he’ll OK temporary plan
Investigation into death of Tacoma-area middle school student draws scrutiny over safety
Pierce County has gone from ‘low’ to ‘medium’ in CDC rankings as COVID-19 cases rise
Once considered Pierce County’s ‘missing link,’ Cross-Base Highway largely dead 
Octane booster? Fuel stabilizer? Here’s what Washington drivers need to know to save gas

New York Times
Uvalde Live Updates: New Details Emerge of Texas School Massacre
In the wake of massacres, the Supreme Court is poised to expand gun rights.

Texas school shooting kills 18 children, 3 adults
Thurston youth perform die-in over climate response during Olympia City Council meeting
Thurston County confirms COVID-19 807 cases last week as omicron continues to spread
Spending more on groceries? These graphs show how much basic food prices have risen
Student, activist and healer: This Native veteran fights for mental health, social justice
Olympia police are getting body and dashboard cams. Here’s how you can weigh in

Puget Sound Business Journal
Affordable housing nonprofits merge, shed acronyms
LA developer seeks more Tacoma sites after new apartments fill quickly
Lawmakers plan to tackle SBA PPP, EIDL fraud

Seattle Times
Two WA cities among ‘most popular’ U.S. housing markets, Zillow report says
EPA proposes Bristol Bay protections in potential blow to Pebble Mine development
Seattle City Council OKs more than $1M for police recruitment, despite public calls for reforms
Monkeypox in the COVID era: Here are the key differences between the viruses
King County Council approves Patti Cole-Tindall as permanent sheriff
Seattle Pacific University students walk out after board reaffirms discriminatory hiring policy
Editorial: Amazon should further reduce plastic packaging

Skagit Valley Herald
Skagit County Board of Commissioners hears from comp plan petitioners

Sol De Yakima
Centro de aprendizaje de YVC en Sunnyside abrirá para visitas el 26 de mayo
Condado de King investiga el primer posible caso de viruela del mono en WA

Spokesman Review
Reykdal after Texas school shooting: Consider keeping guns out of homes
Downtown Spokane stadium could be delayed by inflation and supply chain issues
Student brings gun to Airway Heights elementary school, shows it to students on school property
Spokane School Board has water tower decision on Hamblen property on deck for Wednesday
Spokane City Council adopts ordinance to ban watering lawns during peak hours in summer, fall; Woodward disapproves

Tri-City Herald
Tri-Cities student apologizes after posting ‘hurtful and racist’ video about mass shooting
Tri-Cities school official faces hefty WA fine for skipping financial reports

Walla Walla Union Bulletin
April storms may blunt fire season in the Umatilla National Forest, but they won’t stop it

Washington Post
At least 19 children, 2 teachers killed at Texas elementary school
How countries around the world have responded to mass shootings
After Uvalde, angry Democrats assail GOP over resistance to gun laws
EPA proposes protections for world’s biggest sockeye salmon fishery
U.S. pushes Russia toward default by blocking debt payments
White House to issue policing order on anniversary of Floyd’s death
Vaccines may not prevent many symptoms of long covid, study suggests

Yakima Herald-Republic
Black Rock Solar facility approved in eastern Yakima County


Texas school shooting live updates: “When I have to sign 21 death certificates, my heart will drop”
Biden to sign police reform executive order on anniversary of George Floyd’s death
Former Marysville-Pilchuck resource officer reacts to Texas school shooting
Is a ‘chop shop’ operating in plain sight beneath First Ave. Bridge?
‘You want your life back’: 20% of people who get sick have ‘long COVID’ and it can be debilitating
Pierce County adopts safe parking pilot program
Seattle City Council passes ordinance offering incentives for hard-to-fill jobs, including police
SPU board maintains decision to prohibit employees from same-sex sexual activity
King County executive delivers State of the County address with plans to build community
Report: Woodinville most popular housing market in the country

KNKX Public Radio
Texas community struggles with second-deadliest school shooting in U.S. history
Listen: Austin Jenkins reports on out-of-state placements for Washington’s youth in crisis

KUOW Public Radio
A charter school chain promised a world-class education. Instead they billed the state and let kids ‘sit there quietly’
A gunman killed 14 children and a teacher at a Texas elementary school, governor says
27 school shootings have taken place so far this year
Monkeypox arrives in King County: Today So Far

Here are updated statistics on unemployment rates across Washington counties

Q13 TV (FOX)
Monkeypox outbreak: Seattle biologist shares what we already know and clears up misconceptions
Texas school shooting: Washington superintendent weighs in on safety measures taken in the state
Pierce County again approves homeless ‘safe parking zone’ legislation
Seattle City Council approves ordinance for $650K for police recruiting


Seattle City Council passes ordinance offering incentives for hard-to-fill jobs, including police
Biden says ‘we have to act’ after Texas school shooting
State officials speak out on gun control amid aftermath of Texas school shooting
Concrete strike’s impact on West Seattle Bridge timeline unclear as SDOT makes final pours
King County confirms Patti Cole-Tindall as new Sheriff
Seattle loses battle over Burke-Gilman Trail’s ‘missing link’ as project funds sunset
Instance of monkeypox investigated in King County amid ‘growing international outbreak’
As pandemic-fueled surge in online shopping slows, Amazon subleases warehouse space
Blood platelet shortage impacting medical treatments amid lack of donors
Number of King County homeless up nearly 14% since 2020, 57% remain unsheltered

The Stranger
Seattle Human Rights Commissioners Feel “Gagged” by City Attorney’s Office
The Seattle City Council Authorizes SPD to Spend Over $1 Million to Hire More Cops, With Millions More to Come
The Hunger Games of Housing

West Seattle Blog
CORONAVIRUS: One less test site in West Seattle

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

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