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Friday, January 8

A purple graphic titled “Washington’s COVID-19 Vaccine Phases” shows a timeline with color coded circles explaining who gets vaccinated when.

Who Goes Next? Timeline, New Tiers For COVID Vaccine Laid Out For Washingtonians
People age 70 and older as well as some people living with an elder will be next in line for the COVID-19 vaccine in Washington. The state Department of Health on Wednesday provided awaited details for whose turn comes when to get the precious and scarce shots. Continue reading at Northwest Public Broadcasting. (Megan Farmer)

A woman in a dark green coat stands in front of a light brown building with black windows.

T’wina Nobles to be sworn in Friday as Washington’s first Black Senator in 10 years
Washington’s 2021 legislative session begins Monday at the state Capitol in Olympia. Lawmakers will face tough challenges, including how to balance the budget with decreased revenue because of the COVID-19 pandemic. There will be several lawmakers joining the ranks for the first time, including women of color. Continue reading at KING5 TV.

A street surrounded by trees leads to a light gray building with pillars and a domed top covered by fog.

Lawmakers, protesters prepare for legislative session in Olympia next week
Out-of-control crowds in Washington, D.C., and Olympia are part of the reason one local group is canceling its plans to demonstrate at the state capitol in Olympia every day during the legislative session, which starts Monday. Continue reading at MyNorthwest. (Ted S. Warren)


Associated Press
Amid riot fears, state lawmakers plan in-person session (Jinkins)
Inslee calls Trump a ‘cancer,’ demands removal from office
The Latest: Founder of site Trumparoo among dead at Capitol
US loses 140,000 jobs, first monthly drop since spring
Boeing will pay $2.5 billion to settle charge over 737 Max
California virus deaths rocket higher as ICU space tightens
More coronavirus relief on the way for small businesses

Auburn Reporter
Auburn school superintendent optimistic about hybrid learning next fall
Boeing fined $2.5 billion for deceiving aircraft safety regulators
Murray calls for removal of President Trump from office

Bainbridge Island Review
Pilot COVID testing set to start in BISD
WIAA moves fall sports to Feb. 1

Bothell Reporter
Seattle renters seek cheaper rent in surrounding cities

Capital Press
Three states, three sets of priorities

Clark County teachers address U.S. Capitol chaos as unfolding history
In Our View: New laws help make Washington more livable

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Boeing to pay $2.5B to settle criminal charge over 737 Max
What we know: Washington coronavirus outbreak at a glance
WaPo Comment: Vaccine misinformation spreading, and it’ll get worse

The Inlander
COVID outbreaks hit Spokane’s homeless shelters over the holidays, but containment efforts appear to be working

Island’s Weekly
COVID-19 stories from the field: Notes from a case and contact investigator

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
After issuing a stop-work order, county will work with Tessio on outdoor seating hut
In messaging shift, Trump acknowledges Biden win and calls for ‘smooth’ transition of power
WIAA opts for fall sports starting in February
Air compressor explosion rattles homes in Bremerton
Coronavirus outbreak at Stafford Health in Bremerton

News Tribune (subscription required)
Pierce tied to King, Snohomish now when it comes to COVID phases. Is that good or bad?
Sumner-Bonney Lake School District announces plans to bring back all grades
Here are the latest COVID-19 case numbers confirmed Thursday in Washington state
Pierce County sees more than 300 new COVID-19 cases Thursday
Restaurant Rally sent checks of at least $10,000 to 289 Pierce County restaurants
Expect to see trains going 79 mph through Tacoma, Lakewood and DuPont soon
Editorial: ‘Get the f*** out’? No way. Washington reporters not cowed by Trump-worshipping thugs
Loss of smell can hint at how severe your COVID infection is, study finds

Olympian (subscription required)
Groups cancel plans to enter closed Capitol building in Olympia when session convenes
Thurston County median home price rises to $400,000 for the first time
Officer warned Army about JBLM colonel’s ‘toxic’ behavior months before police standoff
Wandering sea lion takes a walk on Washington highway and blocks cars, photos show
Trump concedes it’s transition time. Will Nancy Pelosi now move to impeach him twice?
Trump says he’ll join short list of presidents who skipped successor’s inauguration
Trump impeachment vote ‘as early as mid-next-week,’ House Democrat says
McConnell will now lead a fractious GOP minority, but he still wields real power

Peninsula Daily News
After riots, Washington State lawmakers to carry on with in-person session
Ballot accuracy test in Clallam County
Clallam County juvenile inmates on track to get cheaper phone service
WHAT WE KNOW: Coronavirus outbreak at a glance
Peninsula confirms 19 more cases by noon Thursday

Port Townsend Leader
Vaccination plan is a successful call to arms
COVID-19 case count climbs to 241 in Jefferson County

Puget Sound Business Journal
Region’s tight housing market about to get tighter with surge of buyers expected
Most Americans to use stimulus checks for bills, Doxo finds
PPP loans not the only SBA program that got a boost from $900B stimulus
Boeing agrees to pay $243.6M penalty to settle 737 Max criminal case with Department of Justice
SBA sets a few new rules around its upcoming PPP loan program
SBA readies next round of PPP loans. Here’s who gets to go first.
Opinion: Gov. Inslee, please reopen gyms to keep Washingtonians healthy
Colleges prepare to shed assets, exit space as Covid’s long-term effects take hold

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Cost of building light rail to West Seattle, Ballard is much higher than first estimated
14 passengers may be banned after no-mask, rowdy flight from D.C. to Seattle, Alaska Airlines says
Black Washingtonians question disparate treatment in images of white extremists storming Capitol
Gov. Jay Inslee joins Washington state’s congressional Democrats in calling for Trump’s ouster

Seattle Weekly
Seattle renters seek cheaper rent in surrounding cities

Skagit Valley Herald
Shoreline Master Program update resumed by Skagit County
Skagit County commits to help fund Burlington shelter project
Sedro-Woolley City Council fills vacancy
Mount Vernon considers $10 million loan for fire station improvements
Skagit Valley Hospital not experiencing COVID-19 surge

South Seattle Emerald
What we know about how unhoused people can receive COVID-19 vaccines
Opinion: Reflections on insurrection — a reason to fear

Spokesman Review
Start of Washington’s legislative session will be secure, but safety protocols still under review (Jinkins, Dhingra)
After day of resignations and calls for his ouster, Trump changes tune, promises transfer of power
COVID-19 grades? Pandemic prompts area colleges to implement new grading systems
U.S. unemployment claims slip to still-high 787,000
Shawn Vestal: A COVID-19 death, turned into both a memorial and a mask campaign

Tri-City Herald
New Tri-Cities COVID cases spike to 266 as testing sites resume normal hours
Tri-Citians protest outside state liquor agency office
Op-Ed: Overcoming challenges and learning valuable lessons at Hanford 

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Andrae’s Kitchen moving to former Olive space to become Mercado in downtown Walla Walla
Walla Walla nurse starting her career during the pandemic finds a life raft in her determined team
Common Roots Land Trust, a new Walla Walla Valley nonprofit, makes plans to tackle affordable housing
City of Walla Walla’s Sudbury Landfill to charge $22 for unsecured loads
College Place officers use Craigslist to sting Pasco man in theft case
36 new cases of COVID-19 in Walla Walla County, 50 in Umatilla County

Washington Post
Pelosi says she spoke to nation’s top military leader about ensuring Trump doesn’t launch a nuclear attack
U.S. Capitol police officer dies after engaging rioters
House Democrats move rapidly toward impeaching Trump a second time

Yakima Herald Republic
Covid Q&A: how and when will Washingtonians get vaccinated?
Yakima Health District watching for post-holiday surge; gives update on COVID vaccines


Washington state Capitol residence breach ‘disappointed’ Gov. Inslee
T’wina Nobles to be sworn in Friday as Washington’s first Black Senator in 10 years
Washington outlines plans for vaccinating teachers
Former neo-Nazi to KING 5 reporter he targeted: ‘I just want to apologize’
Organizer cancels Olympia protests after Wednesday riot on US Capitol
Amtrak to test trains at Point Defiance Bypass, 3 years after deadly derailment

Chaos at the Capitol: Trump says he will not attend Biden inauguration
Washington’s Democratic delegation calls for Trump’s removal
Inslee may call up National Guard to protect state Capitol
Teachers over 50 to get vaccine months before other teachers
WSP bolstering security at state Capitol after breach and ahead of more protests
Boeing agrees to pay $2.5B fine to settle federal criminal charges
FDA raising concerns over accuracy of tests at new COVID testing kiosks
Elon Musk surpasses Jeff Bezos as world’s richest person

Bill filed to allow Washington legislature to move region to next phase of COVID-19 plan (Mullet)
Inslee questions how almost 100 people breached fencing at Governor’s Mansion
Washington state lawmakers prepare for COVID-19 response ahead of new legislative session (Dhingra, Jinkins)
Local activists call out double standard in law enforcement responses to riots
Second Bremerton nursing home hit by COVID-19 outbreak

NW Public Radio
On Far-Right Websites, Plans To Storm Capitol Were Made In Plain Sight
Who Goes Next? Timeline, New Tiers For COVID Vaccine Laid Out For Washingtonians
Analysis: An Unsettling And Potentially Unsafe Idaho Legislative Session Begins Soon
Poll: Only 55% Of Washington Voters Say They Want COVID-19 Vaccine

Q13 TV (Fox)
Tearful recount of Capitol building take over from Washington state congressional leader
Security a concern for Olympia lawmakers after chaos
Boeing charged with conspiracy to defraud U.S., must pay $2.5 billion
UW law professor explains history and usage of the 25th amendment
Inslee calls Trump a ‘cancer,’ demands removal from office after Capitol riots


Lawmakers, protesters prepare for legislative session in Olympia next week
Boeing to pay $2.5 billion in settlement with government
UW expert on disinformation warns against ‘next round of conspiracy theories’ after attack on Capitol

Seattle P.I.
Amazon pledges $2 billion for affordable housing in Puget Sound region, other hubs

SPD Finally Confirms: They Have No Reports of Extortion in the CHOP
How We Could Get Rid of Trump Now

West Seattle Blog
West Seattle-Ballard project will cost a lot more than expected, Sound Transit board told
2 West Seattle Bridge notes

Thursday, January 7

Crowds of people stand above and below a gray wall, with people climbing over it.

‘Double standard’: Black lawmakers and activists decry police response to attack on US Capitol
“When Black people protest for our lives, we are all too often met by National Guard troops or police equipped with assault rifles, shields, tear gas and battle helmets,” [Black Lives Matter Global Network] said in a statement. “When white people attempt a coup, they are met by an underwhelming number of law enforcement personnel who act powerless to intervene, going so far as to pose for selfies with terrorists, and prevent an escalation of anarchy and violence like we witnessed today.’ Continue reading at USA Today. (Jose Luis Magana)

Leafy green trees stand in the foreground on both sides, with the top of a light gray domed building standing between them.

Police accountability is on the agenda in the upcoming legislative session
House and senate Democrats expect to introduce at least 13 police accountability and reform bills during the upcoming legislative session, which begins on January 11. Continue reading at The South Seattle Emerald. (Pastajosh)

A brown cardborad box sits open on the floor. A person wearing blue latex gloves leans over and reaches into the box. A banner at the bottom of the screen reads: Breaking news. First does of vaccine arrives.

Here are the groups for next phase of COVID-19 vaccine in Washington state
The state Department of Health on Wednesday unveiled the next steps in the statewide COVID-19 vaccine rollout. Phase 1B, the next priority, is broken into four tiers. Health officials said the state still needs to get through Phase 1A before moving on to 1B. Continue reading at The News Tribune. (Drew Perine)


Associated Press
Washington health officials lay out next steps for vaccines
Protesters swarm capitols across U.S.; crowd breaks through gate at Wash. governor’s mansion
Facebook bans Trump through Biden inauguration, maybe longer
US unemployment claims slip to still-high 787,000
The Latest: Trump promises ‘orderly transition’ on Jan. 20

Aberdeen Daily World
Local health officials ponder next moves amid reopening plan
Free COVID testing returns to Olympic Stadium
County COVID site updated to provide state data

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Pro-Trump rally at Washington state Capitol makes it through gates of Governor’s Mansion
After day of high drama, Congress confirms Joe Biden and Kamala Harris’ win
Biden’s now-urgent task: Soothing a rattled nation as Trump stokes growing unrest
Here’s where investigators are focused for December derailment of Custer oil train
Whatcom’s record pace continues with 53 confirmed COVID-19 cases Tuesday, state reports
Whatcom’s House delegation tweets messages from a Capitol under siege

‘It’s going to spread like wildfire’: COVID-19 infects more than 200 Larch inmates
Clark County COVID-19 activity level falls into ‘moderate’ range
In Our View: Trump leads attack on American democracy

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Aggrieved Trump supporters rally in Everett and Olympia
‘Stop this now’: Congressional delegation takes cover in D.C.
State health officials lay out next steps for vaccines
What we know: Washington coronavirus outbreak at a glance
Editorial: Trump and his mob have disgraced the nation

The Inlander
COVID outbreaks hit Spokane’s homeless shelters over the holidays, but containment efforts appear to be working
At “Stop the Steal” protests, former Rep. Matt Shea blames Capitol mob on “antifa,” says we’re “heading into a war”
George Washington’s brave decision to inoculate the Continental Army against smallpox contributed to America’s liberty — now it’s time to do our part

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Local vaccine rollout challenged by a slow start, Kitsap Public Health officials say
Pence affirms Biden as winner, formalizing electoral count after day of riots at Capitol; Trump acknowledges loss
Kitsap deputy injured when truck theft suspect rammed him
School districts approve return-to-campus plans
Rep. Derek Kilmer: US Capitol takeover ‘a very dark chapter in the history of our republic’

Mukilteo Beacon
Rep. Ortiz-Self gets new chair position (Ortiz-Self, Peterson, Liias)

News Tribune (subscription required)
Editorial: Washingtonians mustn’t tolerate US Capitol coup. And don’t think it can’t happen here
Pierce County reports another high number of COVID-19 deaths, more than 200 cases
Former Tacoma mayor on storming of Capitol by Trump supporters: ‘This is domestic terrorism’
Pierce County cops prepared but not expecting local violence after U.S. Capitol breach
Puyallup elementary students to return to in-person learning in coming weeks
Here are the groups for next phase of COVID-19 vaccine in Washington state
Coronavirus updates: State passes 260k cases; next steps in vaccine rollout announced

Olympian (subscription required)
Pro-Trump rally at Washington state Capitol makes it through gates of Governor’s Mansion
Emotions run high at pro-Trump rally on Capitol Campus in Olympia
Live updates from DC: 4 people dead after rioters storm the Capitol, police say
WA Republican leader condemns pro-Trump mob in D.C. ‘This chaos will destroy all of us’
Washington’s congressional delegation safe but appalled by today’s storming of Capitol
Inslee: ‘I revile these acts of intimidation and sedition’
TRPC awards $550,000 for transportation projects
In South Sound, high school sports administrators consider move to league-only schedules
WIAA changes course: Fall sports now up first, beginning in February
Here are the latest COVID-19 case numbers confirmed Wednesday in Washington state

Peninsula Daily News
D.C. actions condemned by local political leaders (Van de Wege)
Health officers: New state plan ties Peninsula from advancing
WHAT WE KNOW: Coronavirus outbreak at a glance

Port Townsend Leader
Congressman Kilmer: ‘Vice President and cabinet should invoke the 25th amendment’ and remove Trump
Chair of the Washington State Democratic Party decries extremist violence in Capitol
Four more COVID-19 infections discovered in Jefferson County

Puget Sound Business Journal
Trump supporters demonstrate on lawn of governor’s residence in Olympia
State department of health announces timeline for next phases of vaccine rollout
Pence, lawmakers evacuated as protesters storm the Capitol, halting Congress’ counting of electoral votes

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Trump supporters leave lawn of Washington state governor’s mansion after standoff
Organizer cancels planned protests of lack of access to Washington state’s shuttered Capitol
Washington state releases COVID-19 vaccination tiers, timeline through April
Siege on Capitol renews talk of ousting Trump through 25th Amendment
‘The biggest form of blasphemy’: Washingtonians profoundly sad at storming of Capitol, though some are not surprised
Reparations can take many forms. Let’s start by being honest about what we’ve wrought
‘I was closing my eyes and praying’: Washington’s Rep. Pramila Jayapal describes sheltering in place as mob breaks into Capitol
Seattle won’t be counting its unsheltered homeless population this year, a number that could be higher than ever
Opinion: Trump incites terrorists
Opinion: We can be outraged, saddened, terrified — but we can’t be surprised by what happened at the Capitol

Seattle Weekly
State health officials announce next steps for vaccines
WA, King County lawmakers react to Capitol Building storming

Skagit Valley Herald
Reactions mixed to Healthy Washington plan
Skagit County commissioners question vaccine allotment
Inslee announces new COVID-19 reopening plan for Washington

South Seattle Emerald
Local lawmakers condemn coup attempt in U.S. capitol while grounds of WA Governor’s Mansion occupied by Trump extremists closer to home
Incarcerated people won’t receive vaccine until at least April — but that may not be set in stone
Police accountability is on the agenda in the upcoming legislative session (Entenman, Johnson, Pedersen, Dhingra, Nguyen, Frockt)

Spokesman Review
Washington state lawmakers on both sides condemn violence at U.S. Capitol (Billig, Riccelli)
In reversal after pro-Trump mob storms Capitol, McMorris Rodgers votes to certify election results; Pence declares Biden winner
Washington, Idaho delegation respond on Twitter to Capitol assault
Protesters swarm Statehouses across US; some evacuated
Amazon pledges $2B for affordable housing in 3 U.S. cities
Stocks rally, despite protests in D.C., on hopes for stimulus
Opinion: Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers: We must have a peaceful transfer of power

Tri-City Herald
‘Engineering feat.’ World’s largest plant for nuclear waste cleanup at Hanford ready for startup
128 more COVID cases in Tri-Cities area, but no new deaths
U.S. Capitol on lockdown, mayor imposes curfew as protesters clash with police and breach the building
Update: School employees fail to reach contract agreement over pay raises in Pasco
Editorial: Trump incited attack on nation, but our GOP lawmakers are also to blame 

USA Today
‘Double standard’: Black lawmakers and activists decry police response to attack on US Capitol
Timeline: How a Trump mob stormed the US Capitol, forcing Washington into lockdown
Pence affirms Biden as winner, formalizing electoral count after day of riots at Capitol; Trump acknowledges loss

Vancouver Business Journal
Lawmakers can use 2021 session to help economy recover stronger

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Eastern Washington politicians decry ‘thugs’ who breached Capitol, address actions at Washington Governor’s Mansion
Inslee’s new reopening plan causes concern among leaders, business community in Walla Walla, Columbia counties
Walla Walla County commissioners support limiting Gov. Inslee’s emergency powers

Washington Post
Capitol breach prompts urgent questions about security failures
Schumer calls for Trump to be removed from office; Trump pledges an ‘orderly transition’
Democrats win unified — if narrow — control of Washington on a violent day
U.S. records its deadliest day of the pandemic while eyes are fixed on mob storming Capitol
Flying the flag of fascism for Trump

Yakima Herald Republic
Yakima Councilman Jason White cheers rioters who stormed U.S. Capitol as “patriots”
Yakima Valley Republicans and Democrats condemn violence at U.S. Capitol
State says people 70 and older next in line for COVID vaccine
Yakima County reports 215 new COVID-19 cases Wednesday
Opinion: Capitol Hill riot: We will remember, Mr. President


Gov. Inslee responds after Trump supporters breach gate at his Olympia residence and US Capitol
Payment status ‘not available’ on IRS tracker? Sorry, your stimulus check isn’t coming
US Capitol Riot: What we know about the chaos in DC, aftermath
Double standard? Seattle experts compare US Capitol police response to Black Lives Matter protests
Doctors at small clinics struggling to get COVID-19 vaccines in Washington
‘Very scary:’ Rep. Jayapal of Seattle describes Trump supporters storming US Capitol

Chaos at the Capitol: GOP congressman calls for 25th; Facebook removes Trump
Washington lawmakers describe Wednesday mayhem in the Capitol building
Protesters break through gates at governor’s mansion in Olympia, storm to front door
Some Washington state lawmakers call for 25th Amendment to be invoked
State reveals who will get vaccinated next
Puyallup elementary students to return to in-person learning in coming weeks

Several hundred Trump supporters gather in Olympia, breach gate of Governor’s mansion
Washington state leaders, politicians respond to breach of Capitol building in DC (Billig)
Biden win confirmed after pro-Trump mob storms US Capitol
Washington lawmakers call for 25th Amendment to remove President Trump from office
Unsheltered homeless won’t be counted in Seattle this year
‘We were barricaded in:’ Local lawmakers detail U.S. Capitol siege
State health officials defend new COVID-19 plan, others say system is too restrictive
Less than 25 percent of Washington’s COVID-19 vaccines have been administered 
Local health officials say new COVID-19 variant could already be in Washington
Southwest Washington’s Herrera Beutler recounts terror in U.S. Capitol
Major construction done at Hanford nuclear waste treatment plant

WA delegation in D.C. reacts to assault on Capitol; McMorris Rodgers to change vote
Crowd breaks fence at governor’s mansion in Olympia
Some residents and staff at veterans homes refuse vaccine

Elena Moore
Congress Reconvenes After Rioters Breach U.S. Capitol
Twitter Locks Trump’s Account, Warns of ‘Permanent Suspension’ If Violations Continue
States Also See Protests — And Angry Responses — to D.C. Violence
Washington lawmakers tweet in hiding as Trump mob takes over U.S. Capitol

Q13 TV (Fox)
Congress certifies Biden’s 2020 election win after violent pro-Trump riot in Capitol
Capitol Hill violence: Explosives found at RNC, DNC ‘the real deal,’ sources say
Over 60 people arrested, 14 officers injured and 4 deaths reported amid pro-Trump protests in DC
Pro-Trump supporters break through gate at Governor Inslee’s mansion
Who’s getting the COVID-19 vaccine next: A look at Washington’s distribution plan
‘Unfathomable’: Area congressional reps react to ‘terror’ at US Capitol


Armed protesters in Olympia occupy Capitol steps, governor’s mansion lawn

Washington lawmakers join calls to remove President Trump from office
Washington lawmakers describe Wednesday mayhem in the Capitol building
Amber Alert canceled; missing 2-year-old boy found safe
Rep. Jayapal ‘stuck in the gallery’ above House floor as group tried to breach entry
Washington lawmaker changes mind on objecting to Electoral College
State Patrol disperses protesters on grounds of governor’s mansion
‘I can’t contain my rage at Donald Trump’: WA lawmakers react to storming of US Capitol
Next phase of Washington’s COVID vaccine prioritization released

Bellevue Police Chief Signed Off on Banner Trolling Seattle
Sawant Solidarity Campaign Prepares for a Recall
The Police Were Totally Asleep for the D.C. Siege, But They Were Wide Awake for the BLM Protests

West Seattle Blog
VIDEO: The Great Battery Roundup continues in West Seattle waters
Here’s who gets vaccinated next – state announces upcoming phases

Wednesday, January 6

An orange and white barricade blocks off a two-lane road, with a sign reading “road closed.” In the background stands a light gray building with a domed top.

Five things to know about Washington’s 2021 legislative session
Amid the ongoing pandemic and threats by far-right protesters to “occupy” the Capitol, Washington lawmakers will convene Monday for what will ultimately be a mostly remote 2021 session with a focus on the ongoing response to COVID-19, police reform, addressing climate change and writing a two-year state budget. Continue reading at KNKX. (Austin Jenkins)

A color coded map of Washington state shows counties color coded by region in shades of blue, green, and yellow.

Gov. Inslee unveils ‘Healthy Washington’ COVID-19 reopening plan
Gov. Jay Inslee announced a new reopening plan for Washington state when current coronavirus restrictions around indoor dining and gatherings expire Jan. 11. The plan, called “Healthy Washington,” will allow regions to reopen when they meet certain metrics around hospitalization and case data, Inslee said during a news conference Tuesday. Continue reading at KING5 TV. (Office of Governer Jay Inslee)

A man standing in a green jacket and camouflage vest stands in the foreground with a black gun strapped over his shoulder. In the background, a crowd of people stands at the bottom of a light gray domed building with steps and large pillars at the front.

Bill would ban openly carried guns at demonstrations in Washington state
Against a backdrop of recent gun violence at protests in Olympia and across the U.S., two lawmakers in the Washington state Senate have introduced a bill to ban open carry of guns and other weapons at demonstrations and on the Capitol Campus. Continue reading at The Olympian. (Tony Overman)


Associated Press
Inslee announces new COVID-19 reopening plan for Washington
Some fishermen on edge after rough year in North Pacific
Man who threatened to bomb Spokane office faces prison
Governors scramble to speed vaccine effort after slow start
Asian shares mostly lower as virus, China-US tensions weigh
250,000 gallons released from wastewater treatment plant
McMorris Rodgers to object to Electoral College count
Biden to name judge Merrick Garland as attorney general

Aberdeen Daily World
County COVID site updated to provide state data
Three additional COVID-related deaths reported in Pacific County
State audit finds misuse of funds by former Grays Harbor Fire District 5 chief
SR 109 in Ocean City reopens following flooding

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Bill would ban openly carried guns at demonstrations in Washington state (Kuderer)
Whatcom’s record pace continues with 53 confirmed COVID-19 cases Tuesday, state reports
New state COVID-19 business reopening plan tied to cutting regional case rates. Here’s how
Here’s how Bellingham is helping to plan for COVID-19 vaccine distribution
Here are the latest COVID-19 case numbers confirmed Tuesday in Washington state
Pandemic unable to trip up Whatcom County’s real estate market in 2020
With COVID-19 restrictions, did Whatcom County see fewer DUIs this holiday season?
Gov. Inslee announces new ‘Healthy Washington’ plan that focuses on reducing case rates
Watch: Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee spoke Tuesday (Jan. 5) about COVID-19 response
These Washington cities have some of the best job markets in the country, report says
These are the leaders and functions of the 2021 state legislature (Jinkins, Sullivan, Riccelli, Keiser, Billig, Randall)
Coronavirus updates: State passes 258k cases; Inslee announces new plan
What happened to the flu? Here’s why influenza spread is way down this season
Coronavirus updates: State rolls out vaccine eligibility tool; IRS launches tracker for relief checks

Capital Press
APHIS grants aid battle against agricultural pests
Critic of farm employers receives $50,000 state grant

Ashley Dumont, 21, has severe symptoms 6 months after coronavirus: ‘I have no control over my body’
Clark County COVID-19 activity level falls into ‘moderate’ range
PeaceHealth COVID-19 outbreak reaches 11 staff and 19 patientsNurses describe ‘huge emotional toll’ amid high COVID-19 numbers in Clark County
In Our View: Science, safety key in returning to classrooms

The Daily News
Inslee announces new reopening plan based on COVID-19, hospitalization rates in regions

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Inslee’s new path for reopening economy could be long, bumpy
11,000 in county have received first shot of COVID vaccine
How we’ll get around as pandemic continues in 2021
What we know: Washington coronavirus outbreak at a glance
Bloomberg: Boeing Dreamliner’s defects spur $7.5 billion cash drain
Bloomberg Comment: Congress’ vote not a formality but an invitation to a coup
WaPo Comment: Backers of Trump’s coup can’t be called conservatives
Letter: Nurses’ resignation shows lack of funding for public health
Editorial: Don’t mess with elections; honor will of voters

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Inslee unveils ‘Healthy Washington’ COVID-19 reopening plan
Kitsap deputy injured when truck theft suspect rammed him
Grammy Awards postponed to March 14, same day as SAG Awards, amid COVID-19 surge in California
North Kitsap homes evacuated after landslide
Kitsap’s two housing authorities to see new leadership
Op-Ed: Navy remains committed to environmental stewardship
The ripples of COVID-19 are still felt for Kitsap County’s first couple to test positive
Op-Ed: Vaccines present a community challenge 

News Tribune (subscription required)
CHI Franciscan, Virginia Mason complete merger, unveil new name for joint health system
Indoor dining will return in WA, but only at 25% capacity — and we could go backwards
Pierce County deputies to get body, dash cameras after council approves budget
Appeals court rules against former Tacoma police accused of telling woman to beat boy, 9
Editorial: Raise a glass, not fees, for Tacoma area distilleries, unlikely heroes of pandemic

New York Times
Early Biden Climate Test: Groups Demand Tougher Rules on Building

Olympian (subscription required)
Bill would ban openly carried guns at demonstrations in Washington state (Kuderer, Das)
Yen Huynh selected for open seat on Olympia City Council
Pierce County state Senate race second costliest in Washington history (Nobles, Dhingra, Mullet)
Raphael Warnock makes history as Georgia’s first Black senator. Here’s the reaction
‘The WNBA has led.’ Basketball players showered in praise after Warnock’s Georgia win
Another Washington restaurant hit with restraining order over COVID indoor dining ban
Could the Georgia runoffs go to a recount? Here’s what it would take
Congress is set to certify the Electoral College votes Wednesday. Here’s how it works
Amazon bringing hundreds of jobs to Pierce County; Tesla site might also be in works

Peninsula Daily News
Olympic Community Action Programs awarded $11.3 million for affordable housing
Massive outages reported on Peninsula
North Olympic Peninsula COVID-19 cases cross 1,000 mark on Tuesday

Port Townsend Leader
More than two dozen COVID-19 cases found in JeffCo over past two weeks
COVID-19 case count in JeffCo rises to 229

Puget Sound Business Journal
Amazon launches $2B affordable housing fund for Seattle area and 2 other hubs
Boeing to close facility on Marginal Way, but don’t expect it to hit the market anytime soon
US Treasuries, Nasdaq futures sell off after Democrat wins Senate race
Inslee announces new statewide Covid recovery plan
Amazon surpasses Boeing to become Washington’s largest employer
The future of offices when workers have a choice
More than 170 business executives urge Congress to certify Biden’s win

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Washington’s GED completions are down by half. The test changed amid COVID-19, but did it go far enough?
Inslee announces plan to reopen Washington state restaurants, other businesses based on COVID-19, hospitalization rates in regions
Amazon pledges $2 billion to affordable housing, including $185 million for apartments in Bellevue
Charles V. Johnson, judge and Seattle civil-rights trailblazer, dies at 92
Opinion: Doctors should address patient medical debt

Seattle Weekly
Inslee announces new COVID-19 reopening plan for Washington

Skagit Valley Herald
Skagit County commissioners approve water plan
Skagit communities wrap up census responses

South Seattle Emerald
Governor lays out regional plan for some businesses to reopen, but COVID-19 activity still “aggressive”
Breaking: Four new COVID cases detected at King County Jail

Spokesman Review
Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Russ Fulcher say they will contest Electoral College results as ‘civil war’ divides GOP
Preparing for ‘the worst’ as pandemic rages, officials call for volunteers to join Medical Reserve Corps
Man who allegedly threatened volunteers inside Spokane County Democrats’ office indicted on federal charge
Inslee announces new reopening plan, but the state won’t be moving forward just yet
Spokane Public Schools expected to bring more students back soon
Area hospitals share vaccine doses, Providence opens drive-thru testing site in Spokane Valley
Restaurants defy COVID-19 restrictions in uprising embraced by Northwest far-right groups

Tri-City Herald
School employees fail to reach contract agreement over pay raises in Pasco
This is what the Tri-Cities has to do to reopen restaurant dining rooms and fitness centers
Tri-Cities man died in a police car after ‘huffing’ an aerosol cleaner, say officials
125 more COVID cases announced in Tri-Cities area, but data may be incomplete
‘Singled out?’ Pasco business owners plead with council to reopen
Op-Ed: Preserving our Constitution and the sacred institutions of our country 

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required)
Umatilla County battles logistics to get COVID-19 vaccine into arms
Walla Walla Public Schools eyes Jan. 25 to start phasing students into a hybrid schedule
Milton-Freewater and Athena-Weston school districts prepare to welcome back students
Walla Walla County commissioners support limiting Gov. Inslee’s emergency powers
Walla Walla murder suspect, Christian Scott, pleads not guilty
Walla Walla man Antonio Ramon Lomeli, suspected in string of thefts, arrested Saturday
Multiple Walla Walla Valley businesses benefit from state relief grants
College Place School District and teachers’ union agree on January reopening plan
Walla Walla County adopts 2021 budget; pandemic poses unknowns

Washington Post
Warnock wins, Ossoff leads Perdue with U.S. Senate control at stake
Wealthy donors received vaccines through Florida nursing home
Trump will auction drilling rights to Arctic National Wildlife Refuge Wednesday
Trump makes appearance at rally as thousands gather to protest election results
No charges to be filed against Kenosha police officer who shot Jacob Blake
Opinion: Our vaccination need is more urgent than ever. You wouldn’t know it from state efforts.

Yakima Herald Republic
Testing continues at Costco in Union Gap after COVID-19 outbreak
Kittitas County begins vaccinating some high-risk school employees


Gov. Inslee unveils ‘Healthy Washington’ COVID-19 reopening plan
Phase 1B details of Washington’s vaccine rollout expected Wednesday
Amazon commits $2 billion toward affordable housing
Washington’s community clinics prepare outreach to patients about coronavirus vaccines

Gov. Inslee announces new COVID-19 reopening plan for Washington
‘Needed for so long’: Tacoma rolls out new police body cameras
Cathy McMorris Rodgers to object to Electoral College count
Where can health care workers get vaccinated if they don’t work at a hospital?
Seattle Public Schools surveying families about return to in-person learning in March
Longview restaurant hit with order, fine for COVID-19 violations

Governor Inslee says new ‘Healthy Washington’ COVID-19 safety plan will begin next week
‘It’s disheartening:’ Local businesses, restaurants react to Inslee’s new COVID-19 plan 
Protesters march through Capitol Hill after officers cleared in Jacob Blake case
Amazon creates $2 billion fund for affordable housing in Wash. state, Tenn., Virginia
2 Wash. health care giants merge to form Virginia Mason Franciscan Health

Inslee announces new COVID-19 reopening plan for Washington
Five things to know about Washington’s 2021 legislative session (Springer, Johnson, Entenman, Dhingra, Lovick, Fitzgibbon, Carlyle)
COVID-19 Vaccine May Not Get To Long-Term Care Facilities Quickly Enough

Pandemic updates for Seattle and the Northwest
U.S. Security Agencies: Massive Computer Hack Is ‘Likely Russian’
How COVID-19 Attacks The Brain And May Cause Lasting Damage
COVID-19 Vaccine May Not Get To Long-Term Care Facilities Quickly Enough

NW Public Radio
How COVID-19 Attacks The Brain And May Cause Lasting Damage
Washington Governor Unveils New Business Reopening Plan, Moving To More Regional Approach
Idaho K-12 Schools Account For More Than 4,800 COVID-19 Cases

Q13 TV (Fox)
Inslee: Washington’s new reopening plan based on regions, not counties
Seattle Public Schools sends out parent survey to gauge in-person learning
Some high-risk healthcare workers say it’s hard to find sites that will give them COVID-19 vaccine
USDA allocates nearly $1 million to eradicate Asian giant hornets in Washington
Restaurant hit with order, fine for COVID-19 violations


Civic Skunkworks
Some Good News: On New Year’s Day, Many Americans Got a Raise

Poll: WA voters are divided on new taxes to address COVID-19
Only 55% of WA voters say they want to be vaccinated, poll says
Opinion: How WA schools can support students struggling with mental health

Teresa Mosqueda to run for reelection to Seattle council, won’t pursue mayoral campaign
Seattle council, police union react to bill expanding powers of accountability groups
CHI Franciscan, Seattle-based Virginia Mason merge to run 11 hospitals together
Some Washingtonians see stimulus payments go to tax prep services first
Restraining order upheld in court against Spiffy’s Restaurant in Chehalis

Seattle P.I.
Seattle rents down over 20% since start of coronavirus pandemic, down nearly 4% month over month
Inslee announces new phased regional approach to reopen Washington amid coronavirus pandemic

Washington Launches New Reopening Plan; Some Activities Expected to Resume Next Week
The Christmas COVID Surge Has Predictably Arrived
Here Are Washington’s Top Environmental Priorities for 2021
Gov. Jay Inslee’s Office on Vaccines and How Much Trump Sucks

Tuesday, January 5

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Seattle’s payroll tax complicates efforts to implement one statewide
Seattle went its own way earlier this year by enacting a tax on large businesses with highly paid employees. Now, a proposal at the Washington State Capitol aims to enact a similar corporate payroll tax across the entire state. There’s a hitch, however: A statewide tax could be difficult to pass if it is layered on top of the one Seattle businesses already are paying. Continue reading at The Kitsap Sun. (Ted S. Warren)

A person is shown from the shoulders up, sitting in a black chair against a light blue background reading "Washington State Department of Health"

New Washington Secretary of Health Dr. Shah says state’s early vaccine rollout is not good enough
Washington’s new Secretary of Health Dr. Umair Shah says the state’s early vaccine rollout has not been good enough, noting a surplus in both Moderna and Pfizer vaccine doses. Gov. Jay Insee appointed Shah to replace former health secretary John Wiesman. It’s a pressure-packed welcome for Dr. Shah to navigate the state’s vaccine distribution, which is unprecedented in scope. Continue reading at KING5 TV.

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Native communities hope 2020 census addresses historic undercounts
Last year was critical for Indian Country: On top of nationwide U.S. elections, the 2020 census provided a rare opportunity to address the historical undercounting of Native communities throughout the country. On the Colville Reservation, that meant starting the work of census outreach early. Continue reading at Crosscut. (Matthew Brown)


Associated Press
Washington, Oregon, 29 tribes sue over plan to move archives
Asian stocks track Wall St retreat as COVID caseloads surge
UK prime minister orders new virus lockdown for England
Judge upholds state’s $126,000 fine for Longview restaurant flaunting COVID rules

Aberdeen Daily World
CCAP gets $3.25 million for 24 low-income housing units

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
More electric vehicle charging stations coming to Western Washington
Whatcom sets record 7-day high for pandemic after seeing 43 new COVID cases Monday
More wind and rain on the way for Whatcom — when might it all end
After a busy week to wrap up 2020, another small earthquake strikes near Whatcom
Here are the latest COVID-19 case numbers confirmed Monday in Washington state
Landslides and avalanches likely this week, Washington officials warn. What to know
AG Ferguson joins with Oregon, tribes to sue Trump Administration over archives move
Fast rollout of virus vaccine trials reveals tribal distrust
When will you get your $600 stimulus check? The IRS payment tracker is now online
What’s in the COVID vaccine? Doctors assure allergy-sufferers it’s OK to get the shot

Capital Press
Hammonds may get grazing rights back
What’s at stake for ag in Georgia’s U.S. Senate run-offs
Senator puts Washington meat inspections on table
Feds backpedal on $14K fee for distillers that made hand sanitizer

The Daily News
Maskless shoppers threaten Longview store
State serves Stuffy’s II with temporary restraining order, $126K fine

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Thousands of residents — and the lake — could join Lake Stevens
Firefighters roll up their sleeves for COVID vaccinations
What we know: Washington coronavirus outbreak at a glance
WaPo Comment: Schools should reopen but not without managing risks
Bloomberg Comment: Trump’s Georgia phone call a bad case of coup fever

International Examiner
Chuminh Tofu’s free Sunday meals offer a model for community aid
Car caravan from Renton to Bellevue rallies in solidarity with Indian farmworkers

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
250,000 gallons of effluent flows into Puget Sound from Bainbridge Island treatment plant
Seattle’s payroll tax complicates efforts to implement one statewide (Macri, Rolfes, Nguyen, Frame)
When the public’s away, the Legislature shouldn’t play (Sheldon)
Will ‘Warp Speed’ come to a grinding halt?

News Tribune (subscription required)
Pierce County sees single highest day of new COVID-19 deaths along with 164 new cases
Landslides and avalanches likely this week, Washington officials warn. What to know
Coronavirus updates: IRS launches online tracker for relief checks

New York Times
Covid-19 Live Updates: Global Vaccination Efforts Roll Out Slower Than Promised

Olympian (subscription required)
Capitol Land Trust secures 2 Eld Inlet properties for conservation
City of Olympia pays $15,000 penalty for Percival Creek sewage spill
AG Ferguson joins with Oregon, tribes to sue Trump Administration over archives move
More electric vehicle charging stations coming to Western Washington
Here are the latest COVID-19 case numbers confirmed Monday in Washington state
Thurston COVID-19 cases top 5,000 with 64 more on Monday
Amazon surpasses Boeing as Washington state’s biggest employer
Proud Boys leader arrested in D.C. for burning Black Lives Matter flag
Here are 5 counties to watch as the Georgia Senate election results roll in
Editorial: To honor Hank Adams, we must all honor the promises of tribal treaties

Peninsula Daily News
Child care openings, staffing remain struggles for Clallam County providers
WHAT WE KNOW: Coronavirus outbreak at a glance
Most COVID-19 cases at long-term care facility outbreak tied to one person
School districts plan to go with more in-person teaching

Seattle Times (subscription required)
School nurses key to reopening schools, but new research shows equity gaps in Washington
Central Washington Rep. Dan Newhouse won’t join GOP effort to block Biden electoral votes

Skagit Valley Herald
Sedro-Woolley City Council seat draws interest

Spokesman Review
Dry Fly distillery, which made sanitizer, was nearly fined $14,000 by the FDA until another agency stepped in
Spokane County started 2021 with 362 new confirmed COVID-19 cases
‘It’s undermining our system of government’: Kim Wyman responds to Trump pressuring Georgia official to change votes
Spokane plans for fire-dispatch future without backup from new regional agency
Washington AG Bob Ferguson sues to stop federal sale of Seattle National Archives
Spokane first responders receive first dose of COVID-19 vaccine
Opinion: Pam Clough & Rhonda Barker: How Washington farmers’ wheat straw can help solve a big environmental problem

Tri-City Herald
U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse posts how he will vote on the Electoral College results
Over 500 new Tri-Cities COVID cases reported, with Christmas surge yet to come
Pasco councilman wants city to declare emergency and defy WA COVID restrictions
What are the health risks and needs of Hanford workers? New survey is out
$3.8M tiny house project will give Tri-Cities homeless a place of their own
Op-Ed: Restoring trust in state government in 2021

USA Today
COVID-19 vaccine doses have been delivered but are sitting on pharmacy shelves. Longer delays could prolong the pandemic
COVID-19 sparks more than 1,000 workplace-related lawsuits in 2020 as employees complain about safety, wages

Washington Post
L.A. County first responders told not to bring patients to hospital if survival chances are low
Opinion: China brings its cruel crackdown on Uighur advocates to the U.S.
Young ER doctors risk their lives on the pandemic’s front lines. But they struggle to find jobs.
Kenosha prepares for protests as it awaits decision in Jacob Blake shooting

Yakima Herald Republic
U.S. Rep. Dan Newhouse says he will confirm Electoral College vote
Yakima Valley College’s new West Campus ready for grand opening
Yakima County COVID-19 cases rise by 333 Sunday and Monday, with five new deaths
Local health care system officially becomes Yakima Valley Memorial
Opinion: Newhouse, GOP need to reinforce confidence in elections


Washington sticking to full two-dose vaccine plan, as others look for ways to stretch supplies
New Washington Secretary of Health Dr. Shah says state’s early vaccine rollout is not good enough
Logistics proving to be biggest challenge for Washington’s COVID-19 vaccine distribution
Restaurant rebellion grows during Washington COVID-19 restrictions
Haven’t received your second stimulus check? How to track your payment online

Unemployed workers grapple with new overpayment notices and confusion
Relentless rain triggers landslides; more rain and risk on the way
Hospitals facing vaccine delivery problems and finding workarounds
Feds consider cutting Moderna vaccine doses in half, UW researcher reacts
King County plans to buy hotels to permanently house homeless
Parents in Snoqualmie Valley School District rally to reopen schools

New year, same daunting challenges face Seattle, King County lawmakers
Slow rollout of COVID-19 vaccine in Washington, state to decide who is next
‘Feels like ‘bleep”: State warns pub’s open-air dining plan still fails COVID rules
Amazon buys 11 Boeing 767s to ship orders faster
Mudslides shut down Sound north line service through Wednesday
Capacity in most hospitals over 80% in Washington 

Vaccines, state electoral college and hydrogen cars teed up for 2021 lawmaking (Hunt, Morgan, Jinkins)

Trump’s Call To Georgia Election Officials Sparks Debate Over Legality, Ethics
Pandemic updates for Seattle and the Northwest
LA Paramedics Told Not To Transport Some Patients With Low Chance Of Survival
FDA Warns Health Officials Not To Mess With COVID-19 Vaccine Doses Schedule
Trump’s Census Plan In Peril As Bureau Expects February Release Of Count Results
At First Wary Of Vaccine, Cherokee Speaker Says It Safeguards Language, Culture
Trump Gives Medal Of Freedom To Loyalist GOP Congressman Nunes
Trump And The Military: What An Erratic Commander In Chief Leaves Behind

NW Public Radio
Ranchers Whose Federal Arson Case Sparked Malheur Refuge Takeover May Get Grazing Rights
Timber Tax Cuts Cost Rural Northwest Towns Billions. Polluted Water Drove Up The Price

Q13 TV (Fox)
Snohomish County’s global hunt for 7 million medical gloves
DNR warns of increased landslide risk over the next few days
FDA calls idea of half-dosing Moderna COVID-19 vaccines ‘premature’
Some single parents unable to get stimulus money due to exes listing them on taxes


Native communities hope 2020 census addresses historic undercounts

Seattle P.I.
Seattle Public Schools to start surveying families about return to in-person learning

Seattle Police Union Contract Will Determine Whether Subpoena Powers for Oversight Agencies Apply to Cops
Trump Wants to Cut Off Access to Washington Tribal Records—Bob Ferguson Sues to Stop Him
Op-Ed: Want to Save the Economy? Raise Progressive Revenue and Invest in Neighborhood Businesses.

West Seattle Blog
After years of rising taxes, West Seattle Junction’s free-parking lots will soon be free no more
Updates from Camp Second Chance, plus a look inside new tiny-house-building ‘Hope Factory’

Monday, January 4

A light gray domed building with large steps and pillars stands out against a sunny blue sky.

Washington lawmakers face a tall order, including balancing the budget mid-pandemic
As state lawmakers head back to Olympia virtually for the 2021 legislative session, making sure that everyone’s webcam is working properly will be just one of the many concerns to deal with. The good news is that revenue hasn’t dropped anywhere near as dramatically as predicted this June after the COVID-19 pandemic wreaked havoc on jobs during a spring shutdown. Continue reading at The Inlander. (Jim Bowen)

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New Washington laws going into effect in 2021
The new year brings changes, and more laws at both state and local levels. In Washington, 2021 will bring new wages, a law concerning criminal background checks and new rules to protect orcas. As we reflect on the year that was 2020 in life, news and sports, take a look at what’s to come with these new laws and updated rules. Continue reading at Seattle PI. (Sergio Amiti)

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Olympia lawmaking is about to go virtual. Participants see both minefields and silver linings
During the 2021 session, Olympia’s Capitol Campus that comes alive each January will, under current plans, remain largely dormant. Legislative buildings will stay closed to the public, with COVID-19 transmission prevention in mind. Much of the typical activity and conversation will move online. Continue reading at The Bellingham Herald. (Tony Overman)


Associated Press
Boeing Max returns to US skies with first passenger flight
New whale-watching restrictions enacted for resident orcas
Winds and heavy rain could lead to landslides, flooding
Washington state vaccinates high-risk inmates, prison staff
Fast rollout of virus vaccine trials reveals tribal distrust
More GOP lawmakers enlist in Trump effort to undo Biden win
New Washington law sets $100 cap on copayments for insulin (Keiser)
Sound Transit cancels north line train due to mudslide
PeaceHealth Southwest Medical Center has COVID-19 outbreak
Fauci: Vaccinations are increasing in a ‘glimmer of hope’
Quinault Tribe recalls 29 tons of Dungeness crab due to toxin
NCAA to play all 67 March Madness games in Indiana
Iran starts 20% uranium enrichment, seizes South Korean ship
King County seeks to buy up to dozen more hotels to house homeless
Fauci: ‘Glimmer of hope’ as vaccinations increase, but post-holiday coronavirus surge likely

Aberdeen Daily World
County tops 2,100 COVID-19 cases
Corps of Engineers to start Grays Harbor maintenance dredging Jan. 4
County reports three new COVID-related deaths on Wednesday
First reponders get COVID-19 vaccinations at Grays Harbor Community Hospital

Auburn Reporter
US Navy punishes suicidal sailor who sought mental health treatment
Column: A legislative session like no other we’ve seen

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Does that pup on your lap violate the law against distracted driving?
Olympia lawmaking is about to go virtual. Participants see both minefields and silver linings (Jinkins, Liias, Billig)
Whatcom records 171 new confirmed COVID-19 cases over three days, state reports Sunday
Here are the latest COVID-19 case numbers confirmed Sunday in Washington state
Bellingham opens this new temporary winter shelter for the homeless
Swift Haven opens as temporary winter shelter in Bellingham
Should an electoral college pick WA’s next governor? This Tri-Cities lawmaker says so
Seventh state prison inmate dies from COVID-19, Department of Corrections announces
‘The deaths are real deaths.’ Fauci rebuts Trump claim COVID numbers are ‘exaggerated’

Capital Press
New York judge blocks Trump pesticide rule
Higher wheat prices likely have ‘staying power,’ market experts say
Animal health officials on alert for bird flu
Only a fraction of vaccine has been used in Washington
Pandemic increases need for Beef Counts aid
WSDA tells legislators to leave beef labels to feds
West Coast states issue stop order for organic soil amendment; company to appeal

In Our View: Shake up Employment Security Department
In Our View: Cheers & Jeers: Add diversity, not guns
In Our View: Inslee budget request offers several good ideas
In Our View: Resolve now to ditch single-use plastic bags
Vancouver’s PeaceHealth hit with COVID-19 outbreak among staff, patients
Nurses describe ‘huge emotional toll’ amid high COVID-19 numbers in Clark County

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Fans blow methane away from Everett houses built on landfill
Bus cuts, light rail and road work highlight the year ahead
Amid pandemic, 2020 was an historic year for unemployment
For tribes, climate change fight is about saving culture
2020 was what it was, and here are the top 10 local stories
Coronavirus commerce: The baddest business stories of 2021
Pandemic, protests and ‘murder hornets’ top state stories
Mudslide cancels Sounder commuter train Monday
Concrete barriers coming to stretch of U.S. 2 at Snohomish
Health care workers find silver linings in the year of COVID
Edmonds eases penalties for driving with a suspended license (Salomon)
What we know: Washington coronavirus outbreak at a glance
Only a fraction of vaccine has been used in Washington
Mom: Pandemic safety restrictions are hitting children hard
Sno-Isle Libraries offers new online service for job seekers
Tenants, landlords are pondering alternatives to eviction
Comment: Environment needs fairer hand in local development
Bloomberg Comment: ‘She-cession’ has hit minority women especially hard
WaPo Comment: Biden can help restaurants survive by lifting tariffs
WaPo Comment: Election showed what we don’t know about Constitution
WaPo Comment: Why has Warp Speed slowed to a trot for vaccines?
Editorial: Changes needed to build more middle-income housing
Editorial: Three resolutions for a safe and prosperous 2021

The Inlander
Washington lawmakers face a tall order, including balancing the budget mid-pandemic (Riccelli, Billig)

International Examiner
Retiring from ICHS, Ron Chew reflects on his career, local history, and looking to what’s in front of us

Island’s Weekly
Public hospital district boards decide against potential purchase agreement for Hospice of the Northwest

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Salmon advocates celebrate Canada removing salmon farms in the Discovery Islands

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
USS Nimitz ordered to stay in the Persian Gulf region following threats
Puget Sound Naval Shipyard begins year with face mask emphasis
Residents at Washington Veterans Home in Port Orchard receive coronavirus vaccine
Standing up for families in Kitsap: Why I voted to override the President’s veto
Scientists study impact of Growlers’ growl over Olympic National Park
Kitsap schools could join forces, create own sports plan
Gun range remains shuttered under contempt-of-court ruling, upheld on appeal
Hearing examiner rules against developers of proposed apartment complex in Silverdale

News Tribune (subscription required)
Police, civilian witnesses tell conflicting stories of fight that ended in Ellis’ death
Tacoma puts 5th officer that report says restrained Manuel Ellis on administrative leave
Navy will get funds to continue noise monitoring on Olympic Peninsula
Pierce County reports 189 new COVID-19 cases
As the world waited for a vaccine to end a crippling disease, here’s how Tacoma responded
Editorial: Tacoma woman, thousands more on hook to repay jobless benefits. State, fix your mess
Editorial: Tacomans with disabilities are isolated by COVID, shortchanged by local government
Op-Ed: Pierce County must invest in broadband sooner, not later. Innovation depends on it 

New York Times
Trump, in Taped Call, Pressured Georgia Official to ‘Find’ Votes to Overturn Election
Trump Call to Georgia Official Might Violate State and Federal Law
Election Day Voting in 2020 Took Longer in America’s Poorest Neighborhoods
Covid-19 Live Updates: Scientists Debate Holding Back Second Vaccine Dose
Hundreds of Google Employees Unionize, Culminating Years of Activism
As the Virus Spikes, Vaccine Distribution Is One More Hurdle for States

Olympian (subscription required)
Olympia lawmaking is about to go virtual. Participants see both minefields and silver linings (Jinkins, Billig, Liias)
Militia group plans to occupy Legislative Building in Olympia when session begins (Jinkins, Billig)
Here are the latest COVID-19 case numbers confirmed Sunday in Washington state
Trump demands Georgia elections official overturn his defeat in hourlong call
Thurston County COVID-19 cases grow by 52 on Sunday
Stories that defined the year 2020 in Thurston County
Washington state extends pandemic assistance as Trump stalls federal relief package
Capital Medical Center in Olympia to be acquired by Tacoma-based MultiCare Health System
Washington’s minimum wage hike will show up on paychecks earlier than expected

Peninsula Daily News
School districts plan to go with more in-person teaching
Pandemic changes ceremonies, but not vows
Sequim experiences flooding
Sixteen new cases reported since Thursday night on Peninsula
Former Clallam Bay corrections officer dies from COVID-19 complications
Pastor welcomes ‘community spirit village’
Sequim first responders receive Moderna vaccine
Progressive tax top priority of Port Angeles City Council
Social Distancing Center lease extended

Port Townsend Leader
COVID-19 case count in JeffCo rises to 229

Puget Sound Business Journal
Slack begins 2021 with major outage
Colleges stand to receive billions in new stimulus, but warning signs are flashing
Hundreds of Google employees unionize, culminating years of activism
Gig workers bear the brunt of US labour market slowdown
Once a fringe idea, the $15 minimum wage is making big gains
Year in Review: This is what 2020 looked like through our lens
Microsoft says Russian cyberattack exposed its source code
Inslee extends Washington’s eviction moratorium
US stocks close tumultuous year at record high
The big questions for Big Tech in 2021
Group calls for investigation after longtime leader of Odessa Brown Children’s Clinic resigns
Microsoft’s giant campus expansion marches on, even as it embraces remote work
Most Americans are expected to save, not spend, their $600 check
Opinion: When working on diversity, equity and inclusion initiatives, experts say start with strategy
Inslee extends Covid restrictions on businesses to Jan. 11
9 ways the pandemic will change travel in 2021
The year inequality became less visible, and more visible than ever

Runta News
Bill to Provide Automatic Rental Assistance to Families

Seattle Times (subscription required)
New laws lead some Washington prosecutors to rethink three-strike life sentences (Goodman, Dhingra)
A ‘homelessness authority’ was supposed to get Seattle and its suburbs on the same page; after a slow year, they may be further apart
Hydroponic kits and toys for black bears: Washington science teachers get creative during pandemic learning
Changes ahead for Washington state’s political landscape: Redistricting may bring some drama
Need for free food in Washington state has doubled, many groups report, as COVID-19 rips away jobs and security
Opinion: Legislature’s ‘Four Corners’ square off on state challenges in 2021 (Billig, Jinkins)

Seattle Weekly
US Navy punishes suicidal sailor who sought mental health treatment
New proposal might help Washington get a Republican governor
Gov. Inslee extends ban on indoor dining, other restrictions

Skagit Valley Herald
Relationships were key in Skagit County commissioner’s two decades of service
Study examines privatizing Anacortes-to-Sidney ferry route
Ask the Undersheriff: Taking a look at the crime stats for 2020

South Seattle Emerald
Future Gazing: Honor the Indigenous people of these territories
State health officials cautiously optimistic as COVID-19 rates hold steady and vaccination of health care workers continues
‘The Shadow Beside Me’: Seattle nonprofit debuts poetry from King County juvenile detention
Opinion: What we lost in 2020
Future Gazing: A place where poverty is no longer criminalized
Seattle Public Library offers free printing, job search assistance, and online tutoring during pandemic
Future Gazing: Striving for Black and Brown queer and trans joy

Spokesman Review
These are the Washington laws changing in the new year
More than 200 new COVID-19 cases, one death reported in Spokane County on Sunday
Inslee extends indoor dining ban, other COVID-19 restrictions until Jan. 11
Washington to pay unemployment benefit after delay of federal coronavirus package
Medical director resigns from clinic in protest of racism at Seattle Children’s hospital, prompting demands for change
‘It’s not our job to find votes’: Spokane County auditor reacts to Trump pressuring Georgia secretary of state
Opinion: Ed Taylor and Phil Ballinger: What should count in college admissions: the quality of future leaders we most need
Opinion: Christine Johnson: COVID-19 defined our year. We won’t let it define our decade.
Opinion: Anne Mason, DNP, ARNP: AMA needs to do less trolling, more collaborating

Tri-City Herald
$3.8M tiny house project will give Tri-Cities homeless a place of their own
Tri-Cities new COVID cases hit plateau, but 36 people died in December
Should an electoral college pick WA’s next governor? This Tri-Cities lawmaker says so
3 WA prison COVID deaths this week. The latest in Walla Walla
Tri-Cities bar’s liquor license suspended. It violated state COVID restrictions
Tri-Cities COVID numbers affected by holiday spikes, reporting delays
Editorial: Klippert’s anti-vax bill goes too far, sets us back on COVID and measles

Vancouver Business Journal
Gov. Jay Inslee announces one-week extension of statewide restrictions

Washington Post
‘I just want to find 11,780 votes’: In extraordinary hour-long call, Trump pressures Georgia secretary of state to recalculate the vote in his favor
Months later, more than 1 million Americans are still waiting for unemployment aid
Opinion: It’s impeachable. It’s likely illegal. It’s a coup.

Yakima Herald Republic
As 2021 session approaches, Yakima Valley lawmakers say they want to roll back governor’s emergency powers
Longtime Yakima pediatrician Roy Simms gets vaccinated, encourages others to do the same
Records show who is on ICE flights at Yakima airport; fewer deportations during pandemic
Yakima Heath District reports 358 new coronavirus cases Friday and Saturday
Eviction moratorium has been extended, but debate likely to continue in Olympia
Opinion: Our wish list for 2021
Opinion: Return to classrooms on the horizon


Union wants Washington grocery store workers vaccinated as soon as possible
Puget Sound-area food banks remain busy as unemployment declines
Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine next to seek emergency use authorization

Medical workers across Washington to get 2nd dose of Pfizer vaccine
6 arrested at SPD’s East Precinct over weekend
Trump urged Georgia secretary of state to ‘find’ votes during phone call
New Washington law sets $100 cap on copayments for insulin (Keiser)
Cal Anderson campers appear to have moved to new park
State preparing questionnaire for vaccine eligibility
North Sound restaurant also defying COVID-19 restrictions
New law requires faster treatment for addiction (Davis)
New year marks increase of state’s minimum wage, raise for Seattle rideshare drivers
145 employees at Costco near Yakima positive for COVID-19
Fifth officer identified in Tacoma police death of Manuel Ellis put on leave
Woman who was a victim of sex trafficking at age 14 sues Backpage.com and Salesforce
Local distilleries billed thousands for making hand sanitizer, but feds reverse course
2nd Washington corrections officer dies of COVID-19
All residents of long-term care facility will now get vaccine
Four arrested during New Year’s Eve demonstrations in Seattle

Two Seattle artists document 2020 and the year in face masks

Teachers’ unions express concerns as some districts prepare for in-person learning
State Rep. John Lovick: Events since George Floyd’s death are ‘a turning point for all of us (Lovick)

In Seattle, pandemic stress overshadows new minimum wage boost
Trump And The Military: What An Erratic Commander In Chief Leaves Behind
Republican Lawmakers Divided On Election Certification
Pandemic updates for Seattle and the Northwest
COVID-19 Cases Surge In U.S. As Vaccinations Fall Below Government Predictions
More Republicans Announce Plans To Object To Electoral College Results
Judge Rejects Last-Minute Claim That Pence Can Ignore States’ Presidential Electors
New COVID-19 Variant Spreads To Dozens Of Countries
Congress Overturns Trump Veto On Defense Bill After Political Detour
U.S. Surpasses 20 Million Confirmed Coronavirus Cases
President Trump Extends Freeze On Many Worker Visas

NW Public Radio
In Seattle, People Living In Their RVs Get Help From City Waste Pumper
It Wasn’t Just The Pandemic: Oil’s Terrible, No Good, Very Bad Year
Despite What The Logging Industry Says, Cutting Down Trees Isn’t Stopping Catastrophic Wildfires

Q13 TV (Fox)
An Olympia cafe followed all of Inslee’s mandates – the state threatened them anyway
Snoqualmie parents rally for return to in-person learning
The Divide: Should Washington change how it elects governors?
The Divide: Congresswoman Jayapal on fight for COVID-19 relief
Washington creates online system to help determine who can get COVID-19 vaccine
Gold Bar restaurant defies governor’s orders


How Seattle’s new payroll tax complicates efforts to enact one statewide
Opinion: Why the Kalama methanol refinery would hurt the Yakama tribe
WA coronavirus restrictions extended through Jan. 11
Revered doctor steps down, accusing Seattle Children’s Hospital of racism
Black-owned pot shops are rare in WA. Can a task force fix that?
Salmon spawn in the upper Columbia after an 80-year hiatus
Environment officials want input on aging Central Washington dam

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New Washington laws going into effect in 2021
University of Washington begins seeking volunteers for Novavax COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial
Washington has the third-lowest COVID-19 spread in US

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