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Friday, July 30

man walks by employment development department in CA

US economy surpasses pre-pandemic size with 6.5% Q2 growth
Fueled by vaccinations and government aid, the U.S. economy grew at a solid 6.5% annual rate last quarter in another sign that the nation has achieved a sustained recovery from the pandemic recession. The total size of the economy has now surpassed its pre-pandemic level. Thursday’s report from the Commerce Department estimated that the nation’s gross domestic product — its total output of goods and services — accelerated in the April-June quarter from an already robust 6.3% annual growth rate in the first quarter of the year. Continue reading at The Olympian. (Rich Pedroncelli/AP)

a line of officers in riot gear

Police shootings continue daily, despite a pandemic, protests and pushes for reform
On Oct. 27, an Uber driver in Pompano Beach, Fla., reported that he had been carjacked. A passenger attacked him, slashing his hand with a knife and stealing his Mercedes-Benz, the driver said. The driver had left his cellphone in the car, and police tracked it into Palm Beach County. Sheriff’s deputies found the vehicle and 20-year-old Ryan Fallo. He ignored commands to drop the knife and approached them, the sheriff’s office said, and they shot and killed him. The shooting was later ruled justified. Continue reading at The Washington Post. (Jahi Chikwendiu/The Washington Post)

Parents of mentally ill man killed by deputy file federal lawsuit against Spokane County Sheriff’s Office
The parents of a 25-year-old man killed by a Spokane County deputy have filed a federal lawsuit against the Sheriff’s Office. Justine Murray and Mark Jentsch allege that Deputy Joseph Wallace “needlessly chased” their son Ethan Murray into a secluded area of the woods on May 4, 2019 and opened fire without justification. Continue reading at KXLY.


Associated Press
Report: 94% of COVID-19 deaths among not fully vaccinated
Amazon’s sales growth slows as pandemic shopping surge eases
US economy surpasses pre-pandemic size with 6.5% Q2 growth

Aberdeen Daily World
Planning work continues on Hoquiam flood protection levee

Bellingham Herald
Inslee, other Western governors to meet with Biden on wildfires Friday
From Washington to D.C., this message to Biden is to work with tribes and honor treaties
Delta variant of COVID-19 sees large increase in Whatcom County, latest report shows
Whatcom County Council vote changes the future of industry at Cherry Point

Capital Press
9th Circuit rejects challenge to beef promotions
Coalition seeks relisting of gray wolves in West
Australian jet airtanker arrives to fight US wildfires
Southwest Washington grains project grows, gets funding

The Daily News
Cowlitz County nonprofit receives homeless prevention grant
Summer school programs aiming to catch up, re-engage students
Cowlitz water shortage forces businesses to reevaluate

Everett Herald
Whispering Pines residents ‘terrified’ as demolition looms
3 Monroe teachers awarded $185 million for chemical exposure
Airbus, Boeing rivalry is back on as sales campaigns pick up
Bloomberg Comment: Republicans should back Biden’s infrastructure deal
WaPo Comment: With democracy under attack, journalism must adapt
Letter Ignoring racism in our community is condoning it

High Country News
How yellowcake shaped the West 

News Tribune
Police lament loss of neck holds. ‘No one wants us to beat someone into submission’
WA motorcycle fatalities rose in 2020 and 2019. Here are the statistics for 2021 so far
Drug investigators sue county, saying they were unfairly sullied for political reasons

New York Times
Western Governors Seek Federal Aid in Wildfire Battle
How Disabled Americans Are Pushing to Overhaul a Key Benefits Program
Climate Crisis Catches Power Companies Unprepared
A Carbon Calculation: How Many Deaths Do Emissions Cause?
Trump Pressed Justice Dept. to Declare Election Results Corrupt, Notes Show
C.D.C. Internal Report Calls Delta Variant as Contagious as Chickenpox

South Sound YMCA is offering up to $1,000 ‘commitment bonus’ to childcare workers
Providence St. Peter in Olympia is the No. 3 hospital in the state, report says
8.2 earthquake off Alaska was strong enough to be detected in South Florida and Maine
Hit-and-run victim follows perpetrator, helps police make arrest
Inslee, other Western governors to meet with Biden on wildfires Friday
From Washington to D.C., this message to Biden is to work with tribes and honor treaties
Can mixing COVID vaccines boost protection against delta variant? What early data shows

Puget Sound Business Journal
Amazon reports over $100B in revenue again, but online sales growth slows
King County acquires Blackstone, Nitze-Stagen properties to house chronically homeless
Tacoma approves tax exemption for multifamily project despite concerns
SBA gives reprieve for small business owners appealing PPP loan forgiveness decisions

Seattle Medium
Mayor Durkan Proposes Comprehensive Budget Plan To Address SPD Hiring, Reduce Gun Violence, And Invest In Alternatives
Childhood Vaccinations Required For Back-To-School: Free August Vaccine Events In Federal Way, Kent, Renton, And Tukwila

Seattle Times
The ‘fifth wave’ of COVID-19 is here. What you should know about the delta variant and masking
Wildfires, smoke bring early end to Winthrop’s tourism season
Bonneville, Northwest’s biggest clean-power supplier, to cut rates for first time in more than a decade
They were driven from their land in 1877 by U.S. soldiers. Now the Nez Perce tribe is home again.
History in the hills: 2 classic Pacific Northwest hikes for history buffs
Washington state governor to join bipartisan group meeting with President Biden on wildfires

Skagit Valley Herald
Mount Vernon to start spending ARPA funding

The Skanner
Report: Half of Seattle police calls don’t need cop response

Spokesman Review
President Joe Biden directs Pentagon to plan for mandatory COVID-19 vaccines
McMorris Rodgers unveils draft legislation to strip tech companies of ‘Section 230’ legal protections
Washington health officials recommending, not mandating, vaccinated people wear masks in high-transmission areas
Biden officially nominates Spokane native Vanessa Waldref as U.S. attorney for Eastern District of Washington
As first monthly child tax credit payments arrive Washington congresswoman pushes to make them permanent
Hundreds of new Washington laws go into effect on Sunday covering areas from police accountability to wildfires to education
Senate panel approves Biden’s nomination of UW Native American Law Center director as top Interior Department lawyer
As police-reform laws go into effect, sheriffs and activists disagree on their effectiveness (Johnson)
Opinion: Dr. Luis Manriquez and Kirby Weythman: The heat wave, health and healthy public policy
Opinion: Attorney General Bob Ferguson: Pharmaceutical industry must be held accountable for role in opioid crisis

Tri-City Herald
New CEO named to lead the Pacific Northwest’s only nuclear power reactor
Tri-Cities COVID cases doubling faster than weeks ago. We’re back to last year’s level

Walla Walla Union Bulletin
Walla Walla Public Schools continue to provide most school supplies to students
Walla Walla police arrest second person connected to shooting

Washington Post
Europe has caught up to the U.S. on coronavirus vaccinations — and is deploying near-mandates to get further
Police shootings continue daily, despite a pandemic, protests and pushes for reform
Evictions are about to restart as tenants wait on billions in unspent rental aid
Opinion: Narrowing the U.S. wealth gap is important. Narrowing the racial wealth gap is urgent.
Dead zones, a ‘horseman’ of climate change, could suffocate crabs in the West, scientists say
More workers are returning to the office. The pandemic-era commute might be changed forever.
‘The war has changed’: Internal CDC document urges new messaging, warns delta infections likely more severe

Yakima Herald Republic
Renewable energy projects progressing in Central Washington
Opinion: Inslee’s COVID response is the reasonable answer


Seattle grocers ask SPD to hire more officers to meet ‘basic levels of public safety’
CDC document warns delta variant appears to be as contagious as chickenpox
Durkan seeks to lift $7.5 million budget restriction to hire more Seattle police officers
King County courthouse attack followed years of safety concerns

Dry streak continues, with heat advisory for some areas
Doctors warn women, especially Black women, about signs of uterine cancer
Alaska quake a reminder of tsunami risk in Washington
Police searching for suspect after man found dead in Puyallup parking lot
More Seattle businesses implementing ‘No Vaccine, No Service’ policies

State Patrol says troopers were unable to pursue wrong way driver because of new law
State health officials report more than 800 new coronavirus cases Thursday
US consumers boost spending 1% as inflation remains high
Former CDC director: Delta variant ‘coming for you,’ could cause 200K new COVID cases

Seedcast: This farmworker used his voice to cultivate change

Covid blog is back, and so is masking indoors
Common cancer screening methods are less accurate for Black women. This UW doctor has made it her mission to change that
Jenny Durkan on more police vs. community-based solutions: ‘It’s a false choice … we need both’

Masks required, quarantine guidelines change: What to expect this upcoming school year
Sports betting to start in Spokane by early fall
Parents of mentally ill man killed by deputy file federal lawsuit against Spokane County Sheriff’s Office

NW Public Radio
Black lawmakers are changing the conversation in Olympia (BMC)
Western ranchers prepare for a difficult winter
Extreme Fire Danger Forces Managers To Close Public Lands In WA, OR

Q13 TV (Fox)
King County offering vaccination clinics to students ahead of 2021-22 school year, including COVID vaccine
New restrictions on Washington state police may lead to spike in crime (Johnson)


Toward energy independence
For international students, pandemic took online learning to extremes

Medical leaders in Washington support mandatory vaccinations for health care workers
Washington shatters records in midst of ‘early, alarming’ start to wildfire season
Woman assaulted in bathroom at King County Courthouse
Mayor Durkan: Council needs to pass bill addressing SPD staffing ‘as soon as possible’
CDC recommends people in these Washington counties wear masks indoors
King County councilmembers secure funding to hire more sheriff’s deputies

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Proposal Masks the Ultimate Function of the GOP: To Make Government Not Work
Rep. Adam Smith Rakes in Federal Bucks for Local Projects

Thursday, July 29

A masked Gov. Jay Inslee at the Capitol in Olympia.

Governor asks everyone to mask up in crowded indoor spaces
It was fun while it lasted. About two months after the state eased mask requirements for vaccinated Washingtonians, Gov. Jay Inslee on Wednesday asked everyone, regardless of vaccination status, to consider masking up in crowded indoor settings like grocery stores, restaurants and retail shops. “This is frustrating because we are past the point in this pandemic where the general public should have to deal with more restrictions,” Inslee said during a Wednesday news conference. Continue reading at The Everett Herald. (Ted S. Warren)

A public information officer with the Bootleg Fire walks through burn damage near the northwest containment line in Oregon.

The key to living with wildfire smoke? Preparation
While western Washington skies have stayed clear so far, smoke plumes blanket much of the rest of the Northwest, as the worst of the West’s wildfire season remains ahead. Liz Walker and her neighbors in Winthrop have been living under that noxious cloud for days as a pair of fires burning a total area nearly twice the size of Seattle tear through forests and scrubland near the north central Washington mountain town in Okanogan County. Air quality there and elsewhere east of the Cascades has fallen to unhealthy levels, as smoke particles that travel deep into the lung fill the air. Continue reading at Crosscut. (Nathan Howard)

A sign at the U.S.-Canada border.

Canada border guards vote to strike as country plans to reopen to vaccinated Americans
More than 8,500 unionized Canada Border Services Agency workers could go on strike as soon as Aug. 6 — three days before the country is scheduled to reopen…The potential strike comes as the Canadian government plans to lift some of its COVID-19 related travel restrictions. The U.S.-Canada border closed to nonessential travel in March 2020 as COVID-19 began to spread. On July 19, however, the Canadian government announced fully vaccinated Americans could visit the country again starting Aug. 9. Continue reading at The Bellingham Herald. (Warren Sterling)


Associated Press
US vows to improve protections for wild horse adoptions
Warming rivers in US West killing fish, imperiling industry
Statue of Black hero on Lewis & Clark trip toppled in Oregon
Boeing knocks out a profit for the first time since 2019
Biden to allow eviction moratorium to expire Saturday
US economy surpasses pre-pandemic size with 6.5% Q2 growth
US jobless claims down 24,000 to 400,000 as economy recovers

Aberdeen Daily World
50 new sirens added to statewide Tsunami Siren Network
Hoquiam Council unanimously backs RFA plan

Bellingham Herald
Whatcom County Council vote changes the future of industry at Cherry Point
Whatcom County foothills could hit 90 degrees. Here’s when heat and smoke may arrive
Canada border guards vote to strike as country plans to reopen to vaccinated Americans

The Daily News
Woodland City Council votes to pay $1,200 L&I fine for COVID-19 mask violations
Cowlitz County Prosecutor’s Office tackles overhaul in state drug possession law and pandemic’s court backlog
Opinion: Masks in schools worth discussing

El Sol De Yakima (available in English via Google Translate)
COVID-19 cases increase in Washington due to Delta variant
Washington Governor urges vaccinated to wear face masks in certain counties
Warning of excessive heat in central, southeast Washington

Everett Herald
Governor asks everyone to mask up in crowded indoor spaces
State AG says it can’t investigate Lynnwood Jail death
For some, Mukilteo’s new ferry terminal aggravates challenges

The Inlander
As vaccination rates lag in rural northeast Washington, health officials fear COVID ‘onslaught’
Researchers find LGBTQ+ students harassed at higher rate in counties that voted for Trump

News Tribune
All full service Pierce County libraries will be open by end of July. Here’s what to know
Unlawful tree cutting endangered homes, Tacoma residents say. They want code changes
80-degree weather is on the way to Tacoma. City to open cooling center Thursday
Opinion: Tacoma just pledged $10K for a Black Lives Matter mural downtown. It’s money well spent
Editorial: How much is COVID-19 breaking through vaccines in Pierce County? We need more data
Editorial: It’s too bad Pierce sheriff will stay elected post. But this wasn’t about Ed Troyer

New York Times
The U.S. economy grew 1.6 percent in the second quarter, returning to prepandemic size.
Where People Are Most Vulnerable to the Delta Variant
Democrats look ahead as infrastructure deal falls short of Biden’s climate promises.
Triple-digit temperatures will scorch the Pacific Northwest again.
Retailers Revisit Mask Debate After New C.D.C. Guidelines
Biden, blocked by the Supreme Court, calls on Congress to extend the eviction freeze.

11,000 Hanford workers ordered to start wearing COVID masks indoors
Here are the latest COVID-19 cases confirmed Wednesday in Washington state
US reports highest number of new COVID-19 cases in the world
Students, staff required to wear masks as they return to school, Washington governor says
Why Thurston residents will get paper vehicle permits instead of metal license plates

Peninsula Daily News
‘Vigilantism’ a fear in wake of new laws (Chapman, Tharinger)
Inslee urges all to wear masks indoors
WHAT WE KNOW: Coronavirus outbreak at a glance
EXPLAINER: Employers have legal right to mandate COVID shots

Port Townsend Leader
Unvaccinated residents causing uptick in COVID

Puget Sound Business Journal
Lockdowns are unlikely, but experts say Delta variant surge could create headwinds for small businesses
Google is delaying its reopening and will require workers to be vaccinated against Covid-19
Inslee recommends wearing masks indoors again as measure against delta Covid-19 variant
SBA launches new Paycheck Protection Program loan forgiveness portal
Boeing swings to quarterly profit on Max deliveries

Seattle Medium
Highline College Will Become A Vaccine-Required Campus Fall 2021
Port Adopts New Authority To Expand Workers Covered By City Of SeaTac Minimum Wage
Council Approves More Than $389 Million For Courts Backlog And More In Latest Round Of Emergency COVID Funding

Seattle Times
King County jury awards $185M to 3 teachers who suffered brain damage from toxins at Monroe school
Nearly half of Seattle police calls don’t need officers responding, new report says
Puyallup River pollution whistleblower sues dam operator, alleging it didn’t fully pay workers or provide breaks
As sockeye runs struggle elsewhere in North America, a record run in Alaska’s Bristol Bay
More than 94% of recent COVID-19 cases, deaths and hospitalizations in Washington state among those not fully vaccinated, report says
Washington’s governor urges the vaccinated to wear masks indoors in certain counties, won’t impose new mandates
Opinion: Washington makes progress toward equitable recovery for kids
Editorial: Hold WSU coach accountable for refusal to vaccinate

Skagit Valley Herald
Anacortes approves update to Critical Areas Ordinance
Skagit 911 board recommends sales tax increase
Lawmakers request more help for farmers impacted by heat wave

Tri-City Herald
COVID surge fills largest Tri-Cities ICU. Patients being sent out of town
11,000 Hanford workers ordered to start wearing COVID masks indoors

Walla Walla Union Bulletin
School mask requirement not up to local districts

Washington Post
Biden wants to turn America’s auto fleet electric. It’s harder than it seems.
Amid summer of fire and floods, a moment of truth for climate action
Pfizer data shows vaccine protection remains robust six months after vaccination even as the company argues that boosters will be needed
U.S. economy grew annual 6.5 percent between April and June, marking full recovery from the pandemic
Biden urges Congress to extend eviction moratorium, saying his hands are tied by Supreme Court ruling

Yakima Herald Republic
COVID-19 testing will continue at State Fair Park in Yakima; vaccination center to close with focus on mobile clinics
Q&A: Yakima County has high COVID transmission; health district says everyone should wear masks in public indoors
Historic Beverly Bridge receives facelift, completion slated for early fall
Longtime nurse speaks out for face coverings, vaccination and other COVID-19 prevention


Washington will require masks in schools this fall
Majority of people getting sick or dying from COVID-19 are unvaccinated, DOH says

More Seattle businesses implementing ‘No Vaccine, No Service’ policies
$185 million awarded to North Sound teachers exposed to chemicals at school
Executive order begins new King County inquests
CDC recommends masks for all students and teachers
Understanding how urban development impacts wildlife
Inslee urges Washington residents to wear masks indoors, reiterates mask requirement for schools
Several Seattle bars close after positive COVID-19 cases; others requiring proof of vaccination
Paper license plates to be issued due to license plate shortage

Almost all COVID cases, deaths, hospitalizations since February were in unvaccinated folks
Inquests into fatal shootings by police to resume in King County
Gov. Inslee: Even the vaccinated should wear masks while indoors
Concerns about crime, boating safety behind push to restore Seattle Harbor Patrol staffing
Washington businesses respond to Inslee’s recommendation to mask up indoors
More Seattle bars requiring proof of vaccination after some temporarily close due to COVID

Vaccinated people should mask in public indoor spaces in most of Washington state

Covid blog is back, and so is masking indoors
Common cancer screening methods are less accurate for Black women. A UW doctor has made it her mission to change that
Breakthrough Infections May Cause Long COVID Symptoms, Small Study Suggests

Uptick in infections leads to fifth wave of COVID in Spokane, North Idaho
Inslee urges Washingtonians to wear masks in indoor public spaces
Spokane Public Schools to add recent DOH guidance to reopening plan
Washington to require all K-12 students, school employees to wear masks this fall
What WA’s new police accountability laws do and don’t do (Goodman, Johnson)

Q13 TV (Fox)
Washington state recommends wearing masks indoors, requires masks for K-12 schools
Thurston County residents to get temporary paper permits due to statewide license plate shortage
Delta variant viral load 1,000 times higher than original coronavirus strain
City of Seattle testing and vaccination efforts transitioning to partners at the end of July


The key to living with wildfire smoke? Preparation
Podcast | The history and future of gun violence in America
Where do I have to wear a mask in WA? We explain

Seattle proposal to end ‘single-family zoning’ label garners wide support in public hearing
Governor says more vaccine strategies could be on the way for Washington
Mayor Durkan: Seattle needs to ‘get back to basics’ with masks, vaccines
‘Compassion Seattle’ homelessness initiative qualifies for November ballot
Washington grapples with license plate shortage brought on by pandemic
Washington to follow CDC guidance, now recommends all people wear masks indoors

Washington Recommends Masking in Indoor Public Places Regardless of Vaccination Status, in Line With CDC Guidelines

Wednesday, July 28

Members of the Seattle Police Department make their way to respond to protests in Seattle.

What new WA police accountability laws do and don’t do
Several new police accountability bills went into effect in Washington state this week, changing some of the ways police officers can interact with the public. In anticipation of the new laws taking hold, many police chiefs and sheriffs have publicly voiced concerns that their officers will no longer be able to perform certain duties, such as responding to mental health calls or chasing fleeing suspects. While some of these statements contain elements of truth, others are misleading or leave out important context. Continue reading at Crosscut. (Matt M. McKnight)

In most Washington counties, fewer than a third of eligible kids are vaccinated against COVID-19
A majority of Washington’s eligible schoolchildren still aren’t vaccinated against COVID-19, state data shows, and experts warn that we’ve reached a critical moment: in most corners of the state, school starts in about five weeks. It takes about five weeks — from the first shot to the end of the waiting period after the second — for vaccine to be most effective. Pediatricians, researchers and Department of Health officials are now mounting a desperate call. Continue reading at The Seattle Times.

Increase in COVID infections ‘eerily similar’ to last summer’s surge in Wash. state
Local health leaders say the number of COVID infections, hospitalizations and deaths in Washington state right now is eerily similar to those seen during last summer’s surge. Even though over half of the state’s total population is now fully vaccinated, new infections and hospitalizations are on the rise. And transmission of the virus is increasing, even among the vaccinated. Continue reading at KOMO News.


Associated Press
Deadline coming on long-term care: private or state plan? (Macri)
Oregon governor signs ambitious clean energy bill
Senate GOP ready to move forward on $1T infrastructure bill
For the first time since 2019, Boeing knocks out a profit
Poll shows inequity in community support for older adults

Aberdeen Daily World
Opinion: Democrats must be ready to go it alone to protect Dreamers
Bellingham Herald
This is how Bellingham is dealing with new Washington state policing rules 
Whatcom County sees 22% increase in rolling COVID-19 case counts, three deaths last week
Capital Press
Late frost, drought reduce PNW canola yields

Battle Ground schools delay changes to sexual education curriculum
Editorial: In Our View: Leaders ignoring lessons of COVID pandemic

Everett Herald
Lynnwood council agrees to ask AG to investigate jail death
Marysville-Arlington road improvements won’t happen at once
Yes, tsunamis can happen here: County gets 3 warning sirens
Boeing, for first time since 2019, has a profitable quarter
WaPo Comment: As delta variant surges, doctors facing hard choices
Bloomberg Comment: Opposing vaccines, masks isn’t principled; it’s deadly

Kitsap Sun
Poulsbo approves increase in sales taxes to develop affordable housing
Kitsap’s health officer joins others in recommending masks for indoors

News Tribune
Here’s what happened to move to change county sheriff, auditor to appointed positions
Editorial: It’s too bad Pierce sheriff will stay elected post. But this wasn’t about Ed Troyer
Editorial: Peninsula School Board gets wires crossed trying to defuse critical race theory bomb

New York Times
Key Republican senators say they’re ready to take up an infrastructure deal, paving the way for a vote.
Inflation Is New Battle Line as Republicans and Biden Spar Over Spending
Biden to sign an executive order aimed at protecting critical American infrastructure from cyberattacks.
Rising river temperatures are stressing out salmon in the Pacific Northwest.

Face masks for all K-12 students, staff recommended for upcoming school year, CDC says
Thurston COVID-19 cases highest in 2 months, and majority are among the unvaccinated

Peninsula Daily News
Police reform laws are criticized (Tharinger, Goodman, Johnson)
Jefferson County PUD seeks to expand internet
CDC masking guidelines change due to Delta variant
WHAT WE KNOW: Coronavirus outbreak at a glance
COVID-19 cases continue to rise

Puget Sound Business Journal
King County councilmember seeks ‘more assertive, balanced’ approach to removing homeless camps
Despite embracing remote work, tech accounts for more office leasing activity than any other industry
CDC reverses course on masks for fully vaccinated, puts employers on the spot
A wild 15 months’: Pandemic spurs conversion of offices to labs
SBA speeds up awards from Shuttered Venue Operators Grant program, but money still remains.
Op-Ed: Balancing Washington’s tax code will increase competitive advantage

Seattle Times
Boeing turns profitable and leadership promises stability ahead
Vacation hot spot Chelan County limits short-term rentals
In most Washington counties, fewer than a third of eligible kids are vaccinated against COVID-19
Editorial: Mask up against deadly new COVID variant

Skagit Valley Herald
Where are the orcas?
Concrete, La Conner school boards approve district budgets
Shell refinery fined for Sept. 29 emissions

Tri-City Herald
$4 million project at Kennewick’s Clover Island is for walkers, bikers and fish

Walla Walla Union Bulletin
American Red Cross: Blood needed now at Walla Walla drives

Washington Post
Beyond human endurance: How climate change is making parts of the world too hot and humid to survive
Jan. 6 hearing produces tears, anger for America
What you need to know about how wildfires spread
Opinion: Our democracy is under attack. Washington journalists must stop covering it like politics as usual.

Yakima Herald Republic
COVID cases surging in Washington and Yakima County; officials urge vaccination
Camp Hope, Comprehensive Healthcare team up to serve Yakima’s homeless population
Yakima Valley temperatures predicted to hit triple digits late this week and into weekend


UW researcher: CDC’s mask announcement does not undermine COVID-19 vaccine effectiveness
Inslee to give update on state’s COVID-19 response Wednesday
CDC recommends masking again: What does it mean for Washington state?
Inmates anxious over plan to close prison units across Washington state
After unvaccinated family members get COVID-19, Thurston County mom urges people to get the shot

CDC Recommends masks for all students and teachers
Black-owned coffee shop in Shoreline hit by vandalism, burglary
Crews continue to battle wildfires near Winthrop
Seattle Congresswoman reacts to emotional testimony as insurrection hearings begin
DOH: COVID-19 cases on the rise across Washington

Increase in COVID infections ‘eerily similar’ to last summer’s surge in Wash. state
King County Council approves $42M budget to help with backlog at courthouse
State health officials report more than 1,000 new coronavirus cases Tuesday

Listen: The latest on masks, new police reform laws in Washington
Murray pushes climate as Senate tackles infrastructure, budget measures

Seattle police should change their response to protestors after tension last summer, report says
Biden Is Considering A Vaccine Or Testing Mandate For Federal Workers
Pandemic blog: Covid updates in Seattle and Washington state
Justice Department Clears Way For Trump Officials To Testify About Jan. 6th

Gov. Inslee to hold in-person press conference on COVID response
Resolving Rent Problems: How tenants, landlords can receive help through Eviction Resolution Program
Community Colleges of Spokane to require COVID vaccine
Commissioner of Public Lands to visit site of Sherwood Fire on Wednesday

Q13 TV (Fox)
Is Washington state on the verge of a mask mandate all over again?
Pfizer data suggests 3rd dose of vaccine ‘strongly’ boosts protection against delta variant


What WA’s new police accountability laws do and don’t do (Johnson, Goodman)

Boeing in the black again after reporting first quarterly profit since 2019
King County Council appoints new law enforcement oversight director
King County Council begins debate over standards for homeless camp removals
Seattle area set for weekend heat wave as it nears record for most days without rain
Washington will update mask guidance ‘if needed’ after new CDC recommendations

Tuesday, July 27

Locals and tourists venture around Seattle’s Pike Place Market.

Public health officials in Snohomish, other Western Washington counties urge mask use indoors as COVID cases rise
Rising cases of COVID-19 coupled with the emergence of the highly infectious delta variant have prompted health officers from eight Western Washington counties to recommend mask-wearing in indoor public spaces. Health officials from the counties, which include Snohomish, King and Pierce, recommend all people, regardless of vaccination status, wear masks when in indoor public places. Continue reading at The Seattle Times. (Amanda Snyder)

A worker sorts raspberries.

Fresh produce, shellfish prices will rise as NW farmers hope for drought, heat wave help
The federal government isn’t providing enough financial assistance to Pacific Northwest farmers, who are reeling from the impacts of recent extreme weather events. At least that’s what members of Congress from the Pacific Northwest and beyond wrote in a letter to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Monday, July 26, in which they requested expanded federal aid for the region’s agricultural community. The Pacific Northwest’s farmers have been hit with a brutal one-two punch this summer — in late June, a record-breaking heat wave torched the region, followed by a statewide drought emergency. Continue reading at The Bellingham Herald.

Emergency rooms at capacity in Puget Sound region
The beds at Skagit Valley Hospital are almost completely full. Doctors started seeing the strain on the system start when the state began reopening near the end of June following more than a year of COVID-19 restrictions. Wait times in the emergency department at Skagit Valley Hospital are more than double what they usually are. At some clinics, the waits have reached four hours. The situation has health officials concerned over the level of care their patients are receiving. Continue reading at KING 5.


Associated Press
Health officials in 9 Washington counties recommend masking up indoors again
Biden’s 8 U.S. attorney picks include Steilacoom graduate, possible historic firsts
VA requires COVID-19 vaccination for health care workers
Spate of shootings across Seattle kill 4 in 24-hour period

Aberdeen Daily World
County COVID cases on the rise
Sheriffs, including Scott, reaffirm Second Amendment support
Op-Ed: Democrats must be ready to go it alone to protect Dreamers
Op-Ed: Should the U.S. return to the gold standard? No

Bellingham Herald
As CDC expected to back masking inside for all, Whatcom takes this approach to COVID-19
Fresh produce, shellfish prices will rise as NW farmers hope for drought, heat wave help
After 11 six-month bans on Cherry Point industry changes, Whatcom County Council ready to act
A refinery spewed black smoke into this NW community. Now this oil giant will pay

Capital Press
Warming rivers in West threaten fish, worry fishermen

Reps. Orwall, Wylie and Kraft: Public Awareness of Sex Trafficking Is First Step Toward Ending It

Editorial: In Our View: Hospitals must be more diligent protecting public
Editorial: In Our View: Clarity required as new drug law takes effect
Editorial: In Our View: More housing key to addressing soaring rents
Editorial: In Our View: Cheers & Jeers: Transparency, misinformation
Editorial: In Our View: Voting rights, election security can be simpatico

Everett Herald
Deaths of two in Skykomish River brings safety to forefront
How the PUD kept things humming during the record heat wave
PUD’s experimental solar power microgrid is ready to go live
Bloomberg Comment: Delta variant could still lay economy low

High Country News
Climate change wreaks havoc on the electricity grid

The Inlander
Once Spokane’s only Black school board member, Jerrall Haynes has steered the district to a ‘drastically different place’
Spokane Public Schools pays $275k to family of Black teen pinned down by resource officer

Kitsap Sun
8 western WA counties, including Kitsap, now recommending mask use indoors
A new stream bed is being built on Dickerson Creek. Here’s how it will help salmon.

News Tribune
Dolores Silas wanted to make a difference. Judging from Monday’s outpouring, she did
Tacoma trailblazer Dolores Silas has died. She was first Black woman on City Council
This Puyallup Tribe event ‘isn’t about coming out, it’s about coming to light’
Pierce County, 7 others recommend masking up amid rising COVID-19 cases in Washington
Here are details on a new Tacoma children’s hospital, including how it would look

New York Times
Covid-19 Updates: C.D.C. to Recommend Some Vaccinated People Wear Masks Indoors Again
U.S. Can Expedite Removal of Migrant Families, Biden Administration Says
U.S. students ended the pandemic school year 4 to 5 months behind, a new report finds.
Trump officials can testify in Jan. 6 inquiries, Justice Dept. says.
‘It’s Painful’: Infrastructure Talks Near Either a Deal or Collapse

Here are the latest COVID-19 numbers confirmed Monday in Washington state
Biden heralds an end to Iraq combat even as US troops remain

Peninsula Daily News
Clallam County may approve funds for help with past-due utility bills
Masks indoors favored again
WHAT WE KNOW: Coronavirus outbreak at a glance

Puget Sound Business Journal
Jeff Bezos offers to cover $2B in costs if NASA gives moon lander contract to Blue Origin
As Covid-19 relief funding dwindles, here’s what businesses need to know about ERCs
Your only chance to opt out of Washington’s new long-term care tax is fast approaching
Covid-19 vaccine mandates on the rise as Delta variant leads to Covid-19 surge

Seattle Times
Public health officials in Snohomish, other Western Washington counties urge mask use indoors as COVID cases rise
Seattle’s longstanding ‘urban village’ strategy for growth needs reworking, new report says
Summer school in Seattle: ‘It’s hard for us to know if he is truly accessing education’
City drops counterclaim against The Seattle Times in public records lawsuit
More record-breaking growth in home prices: See how Seattle compares to the rest of the U.S.
Tacoma police commander disciplined for not turning on bodycam during response to Sheriff Ed Troyer’s call

Skagit Valley Herald
Sedro-Woolley welcomes new superintendent

Tri-City Herald
Tri-Cities COVID cases top WA state. 8 counties west of Cascades recommend masks again
Tri-Cities woman slashes tires on 3 cop cars. New law kept police from stopping her sooner

Walla Walla Union Bulletin
Walla Walla, Columbia County law enforcement leaders voice concern over police reform laws

Washington Post
CDC to urge vaccinated people to resume wearing masks indoors in some circumstances as delta variant spreads
Police officers deliver emotional testimony about violent day at Capitol
States that cut unemployment early aren’t seeing a hiring boom, but who gets hired is changing

Yakima Herald Republic
Yakima Valley temperatures predicted to hit triple digits late this week and into weekend
Editorial: New legislation is good news for journalism and the community


‘Not taking any chances’: Everett business owner requiring masks following county recommendation
Emergency rooms at capacity in Puget Sound region
WSU study: LGBTQ students report higher rates of bullying in conservative school districts

Local health officials issue joint statement recommending masks in indoor public spaces
Seattle PD low on officers as gun violence spikes
Bezos offers NASA $2 billion to return to the moon

Officers recall violence, threats they faced during ‘horrific and shameful’ Capitol riot
9 Western Wash. counties now urge indoor mask wearing for everyone
Bloody Seattle weekend: Mayor Durkan, Chief Diaz vow to enact plan to curb gun violence
Seattle City Council mostly silent after weekend of deadly shootings

Confusion besets Washington’s new police reform laws (Johnson)
Jan. 6 Insurrection Committee Holds Its 1st Hearing, Questioning Police: Watch Live
Whatcom council to vote on permanent ban of new fossil fuel industries at Cherry Point

‘Cultural changes ahead’ for police in Washington state, as controversial reform laws take effect (Johnson)
Coronavirus FAQ: I’m Vaccinated. I Thought I Could Give Up Masks! But … Should I?
The deadliest heat wave: Lessons from the NW’s extreme heat
LIVE: House committee holds first hearing on Jan. 6 insurrection

Mayor Woodward declares housing emergency in Spokane
City Council approves new version of Housing Action Plan

Q13 TV (Fox)
Seattle shootings: 5 killed, 9 injured in violent weekend
Confusion besets new police reform laws in Washington state (Johnson)
Police who defended Capitol detail violence, injuries at riot probe’s 1st hearing
Eight Washington counties recommend masking indoors regardless of vaccination status


Poll: WA isn’t as optimistic as it was six months ago
Opinion: Seattle is facing an indoor air quality crisis

Scammers target Washington’s unemployed with fake job listings
The humanity behind the numbers in slew of tragic shootings across Seattle
8 Washington counties issue joint statement urging residents to mask up in public
Mayor, SPD chief stress need to hire more officers in wake of weekend shootings

Seattle Needs to Redefine Affordability

Monday, July 26

Chart showing racial disparities in Seattle police stops and use of force.

Report: Seattle police stop Black people, Native Americans at far higher rate than white people
Seattle police watchdogs and civil libertarians say they are alarmed and disappointed by a new report showing officers — despite nearly a decade under federal oversight partly intended to address bias — continue to stop and use force against Black people in the city far more often than white people. The report found that Black people, per capita, were seven times more likely to be subjected to force by Seattle police than white people, and five times more likely to be stopped and questioned. Native Americans in the city were nine times more likely to be stopped, it said. Continue reading at The Seattle Times. (Mark Nowlin)

Amy Towle works her morning shift as team leader at Taco Bell in Lacey.

For minimum wage workers, there’s no catching up with the rent
Until last month, Mikayla Droz slept on the floor of a one-bedroom apartment she shared with two other people. Before that, she lived in a trailer in what she describes as a “commune” near Tumwater, a two-hour walk from the nearest bus stop. Droz, who earns $15 per hour working overnight shifts as an in-home caregiver, is just one example among many low-wage workers who must seek increasingly creative arrangements to scrape by as housing costs in Olympia skyrocket. Continue reading at The Olympian. (Tony Overman)

Map showing where public option plans are and are not available in Washington state.

Despite law, 20 WA counties don’t offer public-option health plans
Two years ago, Washington state lawmakers passed a public-option health care bill, with the goal of making it easier and cheaper for Washington residents to buy health insurance. Yet in about half the state’s counties, if you try to buy a public-option plan run by the state government, you’ll be out of luck. The spotty availability of the new public-option plans is one of several hiccups that arose during the rollout of Washington’s new, government-procured health care program. Continue reading at Crosscut.


Associated Press
Wear a mask, King County health official advises as COVID cases rise, variant spreads
Confusion besets new police reform laws in Washington state (Johnson)

Aberdeen Daily World
Aberdeen Council discusses cost, benefits of regional fire authority
Bellingham Herald
This new Whatcom initiative hopes to give students help to take action on climate change
This is what Bellingham, Whatcom did when YouTube removed videos with false COVID claims
Updated: Washington sees 5th wave of COVID. This is what the state now recommends on masking
Everett Herald
As police adjust to reforms, crisis responders feel deserted (Johnson, Goodman, Dhingra, Pedersen)
DUI Victims Memorial Wall moving to county government campus
Suicides from Deception Pass Bridge renew calls for barriers
Proposal to lay cables under Columbia met with skepticism
Officials urge vaccinations as Delta variant takes root
Heat wave melted county roads, buckled sidewalks
Bloomberg Comment: Homelessness was on decline, until we changed course
Op-Ed: Cydney Gillis: Land mine tripped in covid’s office battlefield
Opinion: The ignorance and lies that live Nextdoor
Opinion: Analogies are useful tools but they can be misused

The Facts Newspaper
New laws take effect in Washington State aimed at bridging the digital divide (Hansen)

Kitsap Sun
‘It never ends:’ Where Kitsap’s recycling rubbish goes to find a new life

News Tribune
Pierce County starts plans for homeless shelters in Fife, Lakewood, Spanaway
Puyallup hits pause button on implementing new state laws regarding homeless shelters
‘Traitor’ graffiti near Fircrest homes with Black Lives Matter signs stirs confusion, concern
New security plan may remove police officers from Tacoma schools. What you need to know
Leadership shake-up announced at Tacoma psychiatric hospital with history of challenges
PenMet evicts Fox Island park hosts, leaving neighbors angry and dismayed

New York Times
Scenes From America’s Largest Wildfire
A voting rights group backed by athletes launches a campaign focused on criminal justice reform.
They Waited, They Worried, They Stalled. This Week, They Got the Shot.

Olympia police chief describes huge changes in policing dictated by new state laws
Thurston County issues toxic algae warning for Pattison Lake
For minimum wage workers, there’s no catching up with the rent

Peninsula Daily News
WHAT WE KNOW: Coronavirus outbreak at a glance
National association supports mandating vaccinations
Hundreds of area hospital workers unvaccinated
Clallam County commissioners to consider rescue funds for utility assistance
Wildfires blasting through West draw states to lend support
Conservation urged in water systems
Peninsula fire danger high

Puget Sound Business Journal
How tech won the pandemic and now may never lose
Seattle-area female AEC execs take aim at discrimination, other work-related wrongs
More companies are tying executive pay to diversity goals
Amazon signals growing interest in digital currency

Seattle Times
COVID-19 now a ‘pandemic of the unvaccinated’? Not so fast
Report: Seattle police stop Black people, Native Americans at far higher rate than white people
Seattle struck a ‘grand bargain’ on housing. Now City Hall is reviewing the initial results.
A homeless encampment led Seattle to close a spray park. What does that say about how the city views public spaces?
‘Mr. Barricade’ promotes quick-build bike lanes, talks road design on TikTok
Driven by pandemic, social media use surged in Seattle
Washington State Patrol’s toxicology lab ran tests in office contaminated by meth, possibly jeopardizing thousands of cases
Opinion: Come together to save Puget Sound and Snake River salmon
Editorial: Democrats must be ready to go it alone to protect Dreamers

Skagit Valley Herald
Number of new COVID-19 cases continues to rise in Skagit County

Tri-City Herald
30-year-old among 3 recent Tri-Cities area deaths due to COVID
This is what saved the Tri-Cities area from rolling blackouts in historic heatwave, says BPA
COVID vaccines up to challenge of variants
Richland researchers innovating to keep you cool for less in triple-digit temps
Critics say Tri-Cities lawyer is ‘cashing in on people’s fears’ with student mask exemptions
Floating mass of weeds clogs Columbia Cup return to Tri-Cities

Walla Walla Union Bulletin
COVID vaccines up to challenge of variants
Walla Walla Valley officials draft plan to combat affordable housing crisis

Washington Post
Biden officials closely monitor delta variant in U.K. as their anxieties mount over impact to U.S. economy
Doctors, nurses and medical groups call for mandatory coronavirus vaccinations for health workers
‘Some are still suffering’: Months after Capitol riot, police who fought the mob contend with physical, psychological pain
As coronavirus surges, GOP lawmakers are moving to limit public health powers

Yakima Herald Republic
Yakima housing market hot for both buyers and sellers
Comment: Make room for the nonbinary
Opinion: Will new police rules solve the problem?


Officials await clarification over new law enforcement reform bill ‘misconceptions’ (Johnson)
Community organizations continue their mission to reduce violence in Seattle
These new Washington laws went into effect on Sunday

Citing delta variant, King County urges indoor masks
Seattle-based cruises resume with new COVID protocols

4th person killed overnight in Seattle’s deadly weekend of gun violence

King County health official recommends going back to masking up indoors
How Some Districts Are Trying To Get Anxious Families Back Into School Buildings

‘It will place individuals at a greater risk’: Police worry about new laws, social justice groups welcome the changes

Q13 TV (Fox)
Loved ones mourn victim in Seattle shooting as witnesses recover from traumatic night of gun violence


Despite law, 20 WA counties don’t offer public-option health plans (Cody, Frockt)
Skagit dams in crosshairs of renewed push to save salmon, orcas

Seattle City Council set to vote on street parking rate increase in Uptown neighborhood
Law enforcement calls for Attorney General’s opinion on new police laws (Johnson, Goodman, Dhingra)
Health officials worried about a fifth wave in COVID cases, delta variant
SPD’s protest response did more harm than good according to new report
Seattle aims to redirect money from departed SPD officers to ‘alternative’ 911 response efforts
King County health officer recommends everyone wear a mask ‘once again’
Washington town ‘might have poorest air quality on the planet’ due to wildfires

La Raza del Noroeste
¡Por las comunidades, para las comunidades!
El estado pide a los proveedores que sigan trabajando para impulsar la vacunación contra la COVID-19

Northwest Asian Weekly
$10.4 M to community organizations focused on BIPOC safety