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Friday, Jul 23

Members of the Washington Black Members Caucus

‘We have … a voice.’ Black lawmakers are changing the conversation in Olympia
This year the members led on a number of issues, including the enactment of sweeping police accountability measures and passage of a bill that made Juneteenth a state holiday. The caucus used its collective voice to urge Gov. Jay Inslee to extend the state’s eviction moratorium. The caucus also issued statements following the conviction of former Minneapolis police officer Derek Chauvin for the murder of George Floyd and following the decision to charge three Tacoma police officers in the killing of Manny Ellis. Continue reading at KUOW. (Northwest News Network)

Protestor flushes pepper spray out of their eyes

Seattle police response to protests last summer made things worse, report says
The Seattle Police Department needs to find a better way to interact with anti-police demonstrators, including allowing officers to express solidarity with protesters marching against police brutality and racism, according to the first in a series of detailed critiques of the department’s response to racial justice protests in downtown Seattle. Continue reading at The Seattle Times. (Amanda Snyder/The Seattle Times)

border crossing

Despite Canadian easing, US extends land border restrictions
The U.S. government on Wednesday extended the closure of the land borders with Canada and Mexico to non-essential travelers until at least Aug. 21. The announcement by the Department of Homeland Security came two days after the Canadian government announced it would begin letting fully vaccinated U.S. citizens into Canada on Aug. 9, and those from the rest of the world on Sept. 7. Continue reading at Everett Herald. (Paul Chiasson/AP File)


Associated Press
Despite Canadian easing, US extends land border restrictions
Delta variant has become dominant in Oregon
Democrats back Biden US lands pick assailed by Republicans
NFL teams face potential forfeits for COVID-19 outbreaks

Auburn Reporter
Transportation Commission wants your help naming next ferry

Bainbridge Island Review
Another COVID-related death confirmed in Kitsap, 123 total

Bellingham Herald
With Canada reopening its border, the Port of Bellingham is ending this service
COVID-19 infection rates increase in six of Whatcom County’s seven regions last week

Capital Press
Committee deadlock sets up Senate vote on BLM pick
WSDA to certify hemp use banned in Washington
Crews make progress on huge Oregon blaze
Invasive tree of heaven more like a tree of hell for some

Opinion: On Critical Race Theory

Everett Herald
Nothing lasts forever — Lake Stevens’ castle playground leveled
Everett gymnastics coach charged with voyeurism, child porn
State will close a minimum security unit at Monroe prison

The Facts Newspaper
City announces $10.4 million to Community Organizations Focused on BIPOC Safety

Federal Way Mirror
Federal Way police to conduct emphasis patrols to mitigate recent rise in violent crime

International Examiner
Pandemic recovery will take time for businesses in the Chinatown International District

News Tribune
Man charged in Tacoma security guard’s death dragged her ‘like a rag doll,’ records say
National Guard recruiter, former Air Force special agent charged with child sex abuse
Toxic algae found in Pierce County lake; health officials issue caution advisory
As South Yakima Avenue shows, Tacoma’s homelessness crisis has reached a tipping point
Tacoma church considered a total loss after Thursday night fire
New tool finds vacant Pierce County apartments for people experiencing homelessness
Peninsula school board passes resolution on ‘critical race theory.’ Here’s what to know

New York Times
Sizzling temperatures are forecast to spread across much of the U.S.
How Tech Won the Pandemic and Now May Never Lose
Why Vaccinated People Are Getting ‘Breakthrough’ Infections

Visiting Olympic National Park? Don’t start a campfire, park service says
Snazas join other WA sheriffs backing Second Amendment, Constitution
Plastic bag ban coming to WA state covers curbside pickup, too
Olympia police chief will give update on state’s new policing laws tonight
Parent company of Heritage Bank will close 4 more branches
Swimmers can safely return to this park’s waters after county lifts advisory

Puget Sound Business Journal
Starbucks pledges $100M to hunger relief, hits food share program milestone
Entitlement process, land constraints seen as key obstacles in nation’s booming industrial market
Survey finds commercial broker confidence hits all-time high

Seattle Times
What to know about COVID restrictions for traveling between the U.S. and Canada
As King County gun violence climbs, officials invest money in community-based approach to end shootings
Up next: A sunny, warm Seattle summer weekend forecast
Seven Black women, alleging discrimination during their careers with Seattle Parks Department, file lawsuit
Seattle police response to protests last summer made things worse, report says
Opinion: Protect the legacy of our urban parks, a classic public good

Skagit Valley Herald
Feds approve 32 studies in dam relicensing process
State investigating deaths of deer in Anacortes
Mount Vernon School Board passes district’s budget

Washington Post
Amazon pledges to investigate discrimination after internal petition wins backing of hundreds of employees
Tensions simmer in northern Haiti amid funeral for assassinated president
Japan manages a forced smile at lonely Opening Ceremonies, but Olympic joy is in short supply
Among U.S. Olympians, 83 percent are vaccinated against coronavirus
Alabama’s GOP governor says ‘it’s time to start blaming the unvaccinated folks’ for covid-19 spike

Yakima Herald Republic
State is catching Japanese beetles by the thousands in the Grandview area


Lawmakers urge Washington Department of Transportation to clear encampments near highways (Fey)
Small business owners question viability of Washington’s plastic bag ban
Burien City Council candidates targeted by anonymous political signs

Inspector general’s report recommends changes in police protest tactics
Burien Mayor claims to be target of white supremacy hate crime
Drive-by shootings up 100% in Seattle; shootings at 5-year high in King County
New tool finds vacant Pierce County apartments for people experiencing homelessness

King County officials increasingly alarmed by gun violence crisis
New report outlines Seattle police response to protesters in wake of George Floyd’s murder
North Cascades Highway to stay closed by spreading wildfire
Doctor says more than mandates needed to encourage COVID vaccinations
Some COVID-19 testing sites seeing recent surge in traffic
New police reform measures take effect Sunday in Wash. state
WSU coach Nick Rolovich won’t attend Pac-12 event due to vaccine mandate (Frockt)

‘We have … a voice.’ Black lawmakers are changing the conversation in Olympia (Morgan, Taylor, Lovick, Hackney, Berg, Entenman, Nobles, Johnson, Harris-Talley)

‘It’s absolutely necessary’: Advocates reaffirm need for new police reform laws
‘WSU has an obligation to serve the public’: WSU President reaffirms vaccine policy as coach Rolovich opts out of shot

Q13 TV (Fox)
First camp connected to debris thrown onto I-90 cleared, second camp sweep planned for next week
Mayor Durkan announces $2 million investment as gun violence peaks in King County

Reports of ‘breakthrough’ COVID-19 cases alarming medical experts, world governments


What’s in a name?

Thursday, July 22

The Washington Supreme Court Building

Despite WA court ruling, warrants continue for drug possession
Months after the Washington Supreme Court deemed the state’s law criminalizing drug possession unconstitutional, thousands of people remain on parole with drug-related charges that are likely invalid. In some cases, these people have been arrested for parole violations on warrants issued by the Washington State Department of Corrections, despite their almost certain eligibility to have the past charges cleared under the court’s so-called Blake decision. Continue reading at Crosscut. (Jovelle Tamayo)

Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson rejects ‘insufficient’ $527 million settlement with opioid companies
Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson rejected a $527.5 million settlement with drug companies accused of fueling the opioid epidemic, setting the state up for a trial he hopes could win billions of dollars for drug treatment and prevention. “They put profits ahead of the health and wellbeing of thousands of Washingtonians,” Ferguson said Wednesday. Continue reading at KING 5.

Single-use plastic bag ban begins Oct. 1 in Washington
Washingtonians will begin to see fewer plastic bags littering the state’s roadsides, parks, and streams beginning Oct. 1 when the statewide plastic bag ban goes into effect, prohibiting the distribution of single-use plastic carry-out bags by restaurants, retail, small vendors and grocery stores. The ban had been originally scheduled to begin Jan. 1, 2021, but the limited availability of compliant bags prompted Gov. Jay Inslee to delay it through a proclamation. The proclamation was recently rescinded. Continue reading at Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber.


Associated Press
Washington AG rejects opioids settlement, wants trial
US jobless claims rise to 419,000 from a pandemic low

Aberdeen Daily World
QIN member lends hand to local waterways cleanups

Bellingham Herald
Whatcom’s job market is still in disarray. These industries are bouncing back
Wildfires keeping this road east closed, but many trails are still accessible
U.S. extends border closure to Aug. 21 while Canada will allow in vaccinated Americans

The Daily News
Cowlitz County Superior Court faces nearly 43% uptick in open felony criminal cases due to pandemic

El Sol De Yakima (available in English via Google Translate)
Yakima Valley Police Force Criticize Police Reform Measures
Recreational areas in eastern Washington closed due to fire danger

Everett Herald
Bob Anderson, Everett’s first ‘strong’ mayor, dies at 91
$1,250 pandemic bonuses approved for some county employees
In first in-person meeting, Edmonds Rescue Plan passes 6-1

The Facts Newspaper
Following surge in murder rate, gun violence, Dunn seeks to reestablish gang unit
DSHS Division of Child Support receives $1M federal grant to develop parenting program for teens, yo
Inslee statement on federal decision to maintain U.S.-Canada border closure

Islands’ Weekly
County Drug Court celebrates its first graduate

Kent Reporter
King County purchases Auburn hotel to house homeless

Kitsap Sun
Lawsuit claims Central Kitsap Fire and Rescue tolerated sexual harassment accusations

News Tribune
Plans for $200M resort near Mount Rainier dealt another blow. Is this the end?
State keeping tabs on 21 derelict vessels in Pierce County. Here’s where they are
Another Pierce County resident’s death has been attributed to the June heat wave
Here are the latest COVID-19 numbers confirmed Wednesday in Washington state
County’s homeless heat wave response lacked leadership. ‘You can’t survive without water.’
South End, Northeast Tacoma properties under consideration for new homeless shelters
Another cost of COVID: WA state saw sharp increase in derelict boats in 2020
Here’s why Tacoma public pools have such limited hours during the height of summer
Gig Harbor re-opens Civic Center to public; Here’s what school, park districts are doing
Paused due to COVID, Gig Harbor plastic bag ban is coming back. Get ready.

New York Times
Rising Rents Threaten to Prop Up Inflation
Pelosi Bars Trump Loyalists From Jan. 6 Inquiry, Prompting a G.O.P. Boycott
The Bootleg Fire is now the third-largest blaze in Oregon since 1900.
House Republicans soft-pedal push for Covid vaccinations amid rising infections.
Fire, floods, dead fish: Climate change fuels extreme weather, with no ‘return to normal.’
Amid rising cases, the C.D.C. director warns the U.S. is at “another pivotal point” in the pandemic.

State closes Eastern Washington land to camping. Corps parks still open
Vaccinated people can still get COVID. Here are the most common symptoms, study says

Puget Sound Business Journal
Apartment rents take off ‘like a rocket ship’ as for-sale housing market feels unattainable for many
As Delta variant rages, here’s what businesses need to know about Covid-19 workplace safety requirements
Workers want more remote work. The trend may save employers millions.

Renton Reporter
New state police reform laws to kick-in on July 25

Seattle Times
After years of delay and deliberation, Bellevue shelter has a site and funding
Yes, it’s still summer in Seattle, but our days before ‘the Big Dark’ are numbered
After watching decades of gentrification, Central District church calls on Seattle to return land
Biden’s border decision extends pain for Point Roberts residents

Skagit Valley Herald
Grant to give boost to area trails
Skagit County’s agritourism study progressing
Samish Bay oyster recall issued, harvest closed due to bacteria-related illness
$3.2 million distributed for local transportation projects

Spokesman Review
Buying a house in Spokane County? It’ll cost an extra $200 starting Monday
Agriculture secretary, Idaho-Oregon farmer urge Senate panel to fix ‘broken’ immigration system
Fast-moving fire on Spokane Reservation in Stevens County grows to 200 acres
‘Hit by climate change right, left and center’: Inslee calls for revamped FEMA aid system during visit to fire-ravaged Nespelem

Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber
Single-use plastic bag ban begins Oct. 1 in Washington
New COVID Cases Crop up Locally, With One ‘Breakthrough’ Case

Washington Post
In America’s least air-conditioned cities, brutal heat changes some people’s minds
Biden administration to impose sanctions on Cuban officials following attacks on protesters
Facebook and YouTube spent a year fighting covid misinformation. It’s still spreading.
Wyden delays Biden border nominee, seeking answers on federal actions during Oregon protests
Takeaways from the Pegasus Project
You got a coronavirus vaccine. But you still became infected. How did that happen?
For unvaccinated, coronavirus is soaring again

Yakima Herald Republic
Construction of U.S. Highway 97 roundabout set to begin next week
Yakima Council might put local income tax ban to voters
Yakima County prosecutor, sheriff push for law and justice sales tax that doesn’t expire
Opinion: Vaccines are protecting our economic health


Clearing homeless encampments ‘not humane,’ Washington DOT secretary says
Homeless encampments near I-90 in Seattle to be removed following string of rock-throwing incidents
Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson rejects ‘insufficient’ $527 million settlement with opioid companies
Stretch of North Cascades Highway likely closed through July due to wildfires

Delta variant cases soar in Washington along with demand for COVID testing
Single-use plastic bag ban begins Oct. 1 in Washington
Study ranks Seattle as one of the best cities in the country for a carless weekend getaway

I-90 homeless camp to be cleared after dangerous debris-throwing incidents
Rock throwing suspect held on $500K bond after being arrested with help of motorist
500,000 hotel jobs nationwide won’t return after pandemic, experts say
City says West Seattle Bridge repairs are on schedule, but public remains frustrated

Local police sharpen skills to help those in crisis
‘I am extremely disappointed’; Gov. Inslee critical of White House decision to keep borders closed

Q13 TV (Fox)
Local law enforcement have concerns over new police reform laws going into effect
Single-use plastic bag ban to begin Oct. 1 in Washington
WSDOT to remove homeless camp along I-90 as rock-throwing incidents increase in the area
WA State overdose numbers on track to hit record high


Despite WA court ruling, warrants continue for drug possession
How strengthening the PNW’s electrical grid could end up doing harm
Opinion: For homeless solutions, Seattle can look to New York and Vancouver

Wednesday, July 21

An apartment building with rental units in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood.

Evictions slowed during pandemic but some Washington renters still faced pressure to move, UW report says
Although a statewide moratorium sheltered many tenants from eviction over the last year, some renters still lost their housing in more informal ways, according to a recent report from researchers at the University of Washington. In a survey of renters with low incomes, about 16% reported a landlord texting, emailing, calling or telling them in person to vacate their rental unit, compared with 9% before COVID-19. Nearly 6% reported a landlord shutting off utilities compared with 4% before the pandemic. Continue reading at The Seattle Times. (Ken Lambert)

The co-owner of a Shell station in Point Roberts makes pizza.

U.S. extends border closure to Aug. 21 while Canada will allow in vaccinated Americans
Vaccinated Americans may be able to begin traveling to Canada in 2½ weeks, but Canadians, whether they’re vaccinated or not, will not be allowed to cross the border into the U.S. for non-essential reasons for at least another month. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security on Wednesday, July 21, announced that it was extending its temporary restriction prohibiting non-essential cross-border travel from Canada through at least Aug. 21. Continue reading at The Bellingham Herald. (Richard Read)

Washington’s death toll from June’s heat wave has reached 112
Authorities say last month’s Pacific Northwest heat wave that toppled all-time temperature records killed at least 112 people in Washington state. KUOW reports the Department of Health updated its tally on Monday, which caused the death toll to increase by 21. In Washington, the bulk of the deaths were in the state’s most populous counties, King, Pierce and Snohomish, though 20 of Washington’s 39 counties reported at least one death caused by the triple-digit heat. Continue reading at The Associated Press.


Associated Press
Washington’s death toll from June’s heat wave has reached 112
Washington Sen. Maria Cantwell quizzes airlines on delays, worker shortages

Aberdeen Daily World
$70 million in Chehalis Basin funds on hold
QIN gets federal funding for solar power in new Generations building
Op-Ed: Young people should be reading newspapers
Op-Ed: What good is a minimum wage if it’s stolen?
Bellingham Herald
U.S. extends border closure to Aug. 21 while Canada will allow in vaccinated Americans
Electric vehicles have a bright future in Whatcom County, if this issue can be overcome
COVID likely skewed annual homeless count, but it showed these numbers in Whatcom County
Whatcom COVID case numbers slowly creep up, but no new delta variant cases reported

Capital Press
Fish and Wildlife Service withdraws critical habitat rollbacks for spotted owl
As fires rage, DNR closes Eastern Washington lands
Earlier, hotter, bigger and faster fires are fueling historic fire season
Coping with stress, stigma and suicide in farm country

PeaceHealth COVID outbreak traced to patient; 3 of 4 infected workers unvaccinated
Editorial: In Our View: Climate essential component of I-5 Bridge plan

The King County Council put “Ranked Choice” voting legislation on hold this year, but may pitch it to voters next year. What do you think of this voting style?
Two weeks left to apply for small business grants in unincorporated King County

El Sol De Yakima (available in English via Google Translate)
Recreational areas in eastern Washington closed due to fire danger
Yakima authorities ask public opinion on parks, recreation

Everett Herald
Former Marysville student charged with racist death threats
Most sheriffs in Washington pledge to protect 2nd Amendment

Federal Way Mirror
Residential migration on the uptick as COVID eases

International Examiner
200 days in Congress, and Congresswoman Marilyn Strickland is full of surprises

Kent Reporter
Kent-based Blue Origin completes its first human flight into space | Photos

Kirkland Reporter
County property purchased in Bellevue for Eastside supportive and affordable housing

Kitsap Sun
‘I get to practice where I trained’: Residency program helps fill doctor’s void in Kitsap
Thanks to storage, aquifers and wells, Kitsap water providers report normal water levels
USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier arrival expected Thursday

Mercer Island Reporter
Islanders react to mask-free life as things return to normal
Letter: Thoughts on climate change

News Tribune
There’s a big construction project underway at UW Tacoma. Here’s what they’re building
South Tacoma, Lakewood transit stations need improvements, groups say. Will they happen?

New York Times
U.S. Life Expectancy Plunged in 2020, Especially for Black and Hispanic Americans
As Virus Resurges, G.O.P. Lawmakers Allow Vaccine Skepticism to Flourish
Republicans are set to block an infrastructure bill in the Senate, pleading for more time for bipartisan talks.

An Olympia parks project that was approved in the ’90s may begin construction in 2022
Thurston County added 1 death, 187 COVID-19 cases last week. Is virus activity rising?
Vaccinated people can still get COVID. Here are the most common symptoms, study says

Puget Sound Business Journal
Tacoma mayor seeks funding to join South Sound affordable housing coalition
Retail market sees some improvement in Q2. But supply chain, labor shortage continue to weigh on industry.
Biden to name a critic of Big Tech as the top antitrust cop
Think the labor shortage is bad now? The long-term pain is only going to get worse.
Amazon ‘ramping down’ Covid-19 testing for warehouse workers
Cyberattacks that targeted UW, Microsoft linked to Chinese government
This $2B transportation industry grant program is now closed. When will the money go out?

Renton Reporter
Study suggests that the top 10 percent of gasoline-using drivers consume one-third of all the gas

Seattle Medium
City Of Seattle Grants $10.4 Million To Community Organizations Focused On Safety For Communities Of Color
Dunn Introduces Legislation To Provide Greater Transparency For Property Taxes

Seattle Times
Evictions slowed during pandemic but some Washington renters still faced pressure to move, UW report says
Seattle’s new Fairview Avenue bridge opens Saturday morning
Canada’s new COVID border rules have put us in our place
A new generation of Asian American artists is expanding Bruce Lee’s legacy
Washington State Department of Natural Resources will close lands east of Cascades due to extreme fire danger
Parents are returning to work, but Seattle’s child care industry continues to struggle with COVID-19 impact
Editorial: Washington prisons require humane climate resiliency

Skagit Valley Herald
Skagit County considers changes to building codes
Conway School Board approves school district’s budget

South Whidbey Record
Four county officials fined for public disclosure violations
South Whidbey Harbor sees revenue surging post-COVID

Spokesman Review
State Rep. Rob Chase’s anti-vaccine comments removed from Facebook, called ‘false information’
Hot, dry conditions fuel several wildfires in Eastern Washington, Idaho
Opinion: Matthew Hollon, MD: A big, bold idea for Spokane

Tri-City Herald
State closes Eastern Washington land to camping due to fire danger
Attorneys charging $1 million a month to get Easterday farms, ranches out of bankruptcy
COVID patients hospitalized in Tri-Cities more than double in a week

Walla Walla Union Bulletin
Water conservation encouraged for extreme drought in Walla Walla Valley, but no restrictions yet
Fires in Umatilla National Forest grow to 92,000 acres

Washington Post
Heat waves are dangerous. Isolation and inequality make them deadly.
Rescue efforts launched after record floods in central China displace 1.2 million
Key federal aid programs are running out of time — and cash — as new coronavirus variant spreads
Growing number of Republicans urge vaccinations amid delta surge

Whidbey News-Times
Letter: Vaccination rate is appallingly low across the country
School board member threatens to sue students
Law enforcement role in school threats debated

Yakima Herald Republic
Judge issues temporary protection order against Yakima council member Jason White
High fire danger leads to DNR, WDFW land closures. Here’s how it will affect the Yakima Valley
Fewer Yakima County residents out of work in June as businesses ramp up activity
Yakima Valley law enforcement critical of police reform measures set to go into effect


Drone highways? Washington Transportation Commission planning for the future
Health officials urge people who use drugs to carry Narcan as overdose deaths rise in Washington
Homeless encampment near I-90 in Seattle to be removed following string of rock-throwing incidents
New timeline for replacement of I-5 bridge between Washington and Oregon

Large homeless camps to be cleared along highway to address debris-throwing incidents
Auburn hotel to be King County’s latest site to house chronically homeless people
Two veterans work to get interpreter out of Afghanistan
Seattle Children’s eliminates opioids from Bellevue surgery center
Canadian tourism businesses brace for American travelers
DNR-managed lands in Eastern Washington closed due to extreme fire danger
State proposes new toll rates on SR 99 Tunnel, Tacoma Narrows Bridge
‘Frustrating and disappointing’: Washington families react to new Canada entry requirements

Transportation officials mulling how much to increase price on Washington state toll roads
Doctors stress unvaccinated kids should continue masking, social distancing 
Breakthrough COVID cases prompts new calls to mask up in Washington state
Crews to clear homeless camp near I-90 that has been linked to rock attacks on motorists

$2M grant increases learning opportunities for kids outside the classroom

NW Public Radio
Western Ranchers Are Cuttin’ Herds Like Mad To Prep For A Winter With Short Hay
Extreme Fire Danger Forces Managers To Close Public Lands In WA, OR

Q13 TV (Fox)
WSDOT to remove homeless camp along I-90 as rock-throwing incidents increase in the area
Delta variant accounts for 83% of US COVID-19 cases, CDC says
Amazon to end testing for COVID-19 at warehouses this month


US extends ban on non-essential travel from Canada
Seattle Children’s eliminates opioids from Bellevue surgery center
Homeless camps along I-90 to be cleared after 7 more vehicles hit by debris
Thurston County ambulances seeing long emergency room wait times
Bellevue appoints interim police chief with Steve Mylett leaving for new job in August
Future of Seattle’s proposed I-5 lid will likely fall to city’s next mayor
With fires ‘smashing records,’ state closes DNR lands in Eastern Washington
Washington’s fentanyl crisis deepens as overdose deaths continue to rise
Washington’s military-focused vaccine lottery holds first drawing Tuesday

Tuesday, July 20

The entrance to the U.S. from Peace Arch Park.

Canada to open border for fully vaccinated U.S. residents Aug. 9 after COVID closure
After 16 months of border restrictions, fully vaccinated Americans are going to be able to visit Canada starting Monday, Aug. 9. The Canadian government made the announcement on Monday, July 19. Americans will need to prove to border officials they are fully vaccinated through the ArriveCAN app. All travelers, regardless of vaccination status, will still require a pre-entry COVID-19 molecular test result, according to a news release from the Canadian government. Continue reading at The Bellingham Herald. (Warren Sterling)

Dan Nanamkin holds a drum with Chief Joseph painted on it.

As fires roar through its hills and forests, once again the Colville tribe watches its ‘life’s blood burn’
Lean and weathered, a horseman by trade who has broken his shoulders twice riding broncs and racing, Ralph Moses is Nez Perce by blood and no stranger to fear. He experienced a new kind of terror Monday night as he watched a wildfire encircle his home. Started by lightning, moved by wind and fed by parchment-dry grass and trees, the fire roared through his 110-acre ranch, lapping at the home he’s lived in since 1972. Continue reading at The Spokesman-Review. (Tyler Tjomsland)

Poor data, racism fueling crisis of missing and murdered indigenous people, activists say
Across the country, there are thousands of reports of Native Americans missing. But for a long time, what has been a crisis on Indian reservations has been widely ignored. Thanks to grassroots efforts drawing more attention to these cases, there are members of law enforcement and some lawmakers paying attention and working to turn awareness about missing and murdered indigenous women, men, girls and boys into action. Continue reading at KING 5.


Associated Press
Officials say shellfish illnesses linked to heat wave
Canada to let vaccinated US citizens enter country on Aug. 9

Aberdeen Daily World
Letter: We need to work together

Auburn Reporter
Drug overdose data shows an alarming trend in recent years

Bainbridge Island Review
BI council to look at PSE transmission line proposal

Bellingham Herald
Get shaken awake early Tuesday? Small earthquake rattles near Whatcom County school
Want to go to Canada for non-essential travel on Aug. 9? You need this app first
Whatcom official threatened after social media post about COVID vaccine effort
Canada to open border for fully vaccinated U.S. residents Aug. 9 after COVID closure
Capital Press
Burned acres well above year-earlier levels
Washington farm groups join fray over capital gains tax
Washington raspberry industry gets report to mull

Washougal School District budgets for rebound after losing students
PeaceHealth COVID outbreak traced to patient; 3 of 4 infected workers unvaccinated
I-5 Bridge project details timeline, goals

Everett Herald
Come October, United Airlines will discontinue flights at Paine Field
Snohomish Council tackles touchy subject of mayoral pay hike

High Country News
The orchardist rescuing fruit trees in New Mexico

Kent Reporter
Watts proud of his accomplishments as Kent school superintendent

Kitsap Sun
Great Peninsula Conservancy receives grant for North Kitsap Divide Block Forest

News Tribune
Here are the latest COVID-19 numbers confirmed Monday in Washington state
Final three victims of June heat wave identified in Pierce County
Carrier USS Theodore Roosevelt shifts homeport to Bremerton for extensive refit

New York Times
How Bad Is the Bootleg Fire? It’s Generating Its Own Weather.
Americans’ Medical Debts Are Bigger Than Was Known, Totaling $140 Billion
States and Cities Near Tentative $26 Billion Deal in Opioids Cases

Thurston commission approves plan to fund non-profit grants for pandemic recovery
Safeway workers approve Teamsters contract, averting strike threat
Thurston County tenants facing rent increases as governor’s rent protections expire

Puget Sound Business Journal
If companies aren’t paying attention to housing, they should be.
United Airlines will exit Paine Field this fall
Downtown Seattle Association launches campaign to bring people back downtown
KPMG report ranks Seattle 3rd in US innovation hub rankings

Seattle Times
Urban slowdown: Suburbs grew faster than Seattle in 2021
United Airlines will halt flights from Everett’s Paine Field airport later this year
‘Best day ever!’ Bezos, 3 others journey into space and back
Cruise lines navigate complex rules as Alaska sailings resume from Seattle
Seattle study of breast milk from 50 women finds chemical used in food wrappers, firefighting foam
Wearied by the pandemic, Seattle’s Chinatown International District celebrates reopening
Opinion: Wonder where your food comes from? Ask a Washington farmer

Skagit Valley Herald
With eyes on the future, La Conner School District welcomes new superintendent
Latest week shows increase in new COVID-19 cases in Skagit County

The Skanner
COVID-19 Outbreak Reported at Vancouver Medical Center

Spokesman Review
As fires roar through its hills and forests, once again the Colville tribe watches its ‘life’s blood burn’
‘It’s a worker’s market’: Staffing shortages force Spokane-area businesses to adapt
After 20 heat-related deaths, some say Spokane region needs better planning for future heat waves
University of Washington will test COVID-19 booster shots
South King County mechanic wins Washington’s $1 million vaccine lottery
Opinion: Lee Williams: Spokane has a real child care crisis, and needs the help of the stimulus
Opinion: George Wuerthner: All the wildfires? It’s the climate, stupid

Washington Post
Delta variant poses major risk to Biden’s promises of swift economic comeback
In 1961, she lost her chance to go to space. Today, at 82, she finally got her shot.
U.S. and E.U. security officials wary of NSO links to Israeli intelligence
Going further than CDC, pediatricians group recommends masks in schools even for the vaccinated
What happens when an athlete tests positive for the coronavirus at the Olympics?

Yakima Herald Republic
Chinook Fest returns, focused on country and roots-rock
Small farmers face labor shortages in the Yakima Valley
Opinion: Data-driven policing is promising, as long as we know who’s driving the data


With conflicting back to school mask guidance, what’s next for Washington students?
Poor data, racism fueling crisis of missing and murdered indigenous people, activists say
Health department takes new approach to getting people vaccinated in south King County
Washington’s law enforcement concerned, confused by incoming reform laws (Goodman)
Which Washington county is most vaccine-hesitant? Check this map

‘Frustrating and disappointing’: Washington families react to new Canada entry requirements
First cruise ship of delayed season departs Seattle
United Airlines will pull its last route out of Paine Field in October

Washington state’s rising number of COVID-19 cases stokes concern, anxiety 
Seattle’s cruise industry poised to return after being docked last year for COVID-19
$5.5 million settlement reached in nurses’ lawsuit against health provider
Officials say surge in shellfish illnesses linked to heat wave
Outreach worker says homeless camp near Seattle school will be cleared
Seattle or state: Who’s responsible for camp linked to I-90 debris throwing incidents?
Threat for wildfires in Washington increasing as long drought persists 

New police reform laws affecting domestic violence cases
Vaccinated Americans will be able to visit Canada starting August 9
New WA laws start to close public broadband gap — but it’s a small step (Hansen)

Q13 TV (Fox)
Size of Oregon wildfire underscores vastness of the US West


Citizen scientists enlist in fight against WA’s murder hornets
Why equity and diversity matter in the great outdoors

Scientists haven’t had ‘a good look at J-pod’ of orcas in last three months
Washington cherry crop faces challenges of heat wave, wildfires
‘Good news’ for Puget Sound smoke forecast despite ongoing wildfires
Canada to let fully vaccinated Americans visit starting in August
Weekend sees another 4 cars hit by debris on I-90 through Seattle
United Airlines will pull its last route out of Paine Field in October

Cruise Ships Are Even Dirtier Than You Thought

Monday, July 19

A memorial marker for a man who died from COVID-19.

‘This isn’t over.’ Even as life gets back to normal for many, COVID-19 keeps killing Washingtonians
Millions of Washington residents are vaccinated, the state has dropped most restrictions, and life for many is tilting toward pre-pandemic conditions. But people are still dying from the virus. Losses at this stage can seem particularly cruel, like having a loved one die in battle just days before the armistice is signed. Continue reading at The Seattle Times. (Ellen M. Banner)

Firefighters battle the Tamarack Fire in California.

Dangerous conditions complicate wildfire fight in western US
Erratic winds and dry lightning added to the dangers for crews battling the nation’s largest wildfire on Monday in parched Oregon forests, just one of dozens burning across several Western states. The destructive Bootleg Fire, one of the largest in modern Oregon history, has already burned more than 476 square miles, an area about the size of Los Angeles. The blaze just north of the California state line was 25% contained. Continue reading at The Associated Press. (Noah Berger)

What small business owners need to know about PPP loan forgiveness
The Small Business Administration’s Paycheck Protection Program was as massive as it was popular, dispensing a total of 11.8 million forgivable loans for nearly $800 billion across 2020 and in early 2021. But, as those loans start to come due, small businesses need to stay abreast of the most recent developments and rules to make sure they maximize every dollar, particularly when it comes to PPP loan forgiveness or the interplay with potentially lucrative employee retention credits. Continue reading at The Puget Sound Business Journal.


Associated Press
Dangerous conditions complicate wildfire fight in western US
COVID-19 outbreak reported at Vancouver medical center

Aberdeen Daily World
Aberdeen commits $7 million to Gateway Center
Letter: Closing Aberdeen homeless camp hard-hearted
Auburn Reporter
New state police reforms change policing in Auburn
Council discusses body-worn cameras for Auburn police

Bainbridge Island Review
Opinion: ‘Underdog’ dad taught me system sometimes works
Parks able to answer more questions about BAC purchase

Bellingham Herald
These sales numbers show how big a hit Whatcom restaurants, businesses took from COVID-19
With border reopening a possibility next month, Whatcom prepares to welcome Canadians
What’s with all the ship traffic in Bellingham Bay? There could be more on the way
Capital Press
Washington sets rule for farm work in wildfire smoke
Lawsuit seeks more spill over Columbia Basin dams for salmon
Red Apple Fire slows in Central Washington

COVID-19 outbreak sickens patients, staff at PeaceHealth
Editorial: In Our View: Cheers & Jeers: Vaccine milestone, virus variants

Covington-Maple Valley Reporter
WSDOT awards contract for I-405/NE 132nd Street Interchange project in Kirkland

El Sol De Yakima (available in English via Google Translate)
Washington issues emergency rules to protect workers from fire smoke
Fire evacuation order lifted near state route 821
Dairy workers will receive overtime pay starting July 25
Small farmers face labor shortages
Extreme heat kills a significant portion of the Northwest cherry crop

Everett Herald
Snohomish County winds down emergency response to COVID-19
Edmonds Rescue Plan could put $12 million back into the city
Housing Authority considers 1,500 units for Baker Heights
Down to 2 police officers, Brier reaches out to the county
Shoppers, it’s once again time to break the plastic bag habit
Editorial: Burke: Trump is history, but recent enough to justify study
Comment: Viewpoints: Why Trump won’t get far in social media lawsuits
Comment: Inslee dropped ball in touting pandemic response
Comment: Why schools should teach about racism
WaPo Comment: National Mall to fly flags, one for every covid death
WaPo Comment: Court-packing is dead but other reforms are possible
WaPo Comment: Biden’s BLM pick faces scrutiny for Earth First ties
WaPo Comment: Here’s what can replace monuments to Confederates
Bloomberg Comment: Trump’s Twitter lawsuit raises one serious concern

High Country News
Supreme Court ruling fails to protect Indigenous voters
The Upper Skagit Indian Tribe calls on Seattle to remove the Gorge Dam

Issaquah Reporter
What is ranked-choice voting and why does it matter?

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Ferry fares set to increase in October
Moratorium on new vacation rental permits continues
Opinion: County finance update: Coming out of the pandemic

Kent Reporter
WSDOT launches new Good To Go!

Kitsap Sun
Nurses’ class action suit against CHI Franciscan settles for $5.5 million

News Tribune
Opposition growing to proposed Milton megachurch, including from Native American tribes

New York Times
Why the New Monthly Child Tax Credit Is More Likely to Be Spent on Children
Democrats to Propose a Border Tax Based on Countries’ Greenhouse Gas Emissions
Stocks tumble amid concerns over the Delta variant’s impact on growth.
U.S. Formally Accuses China of Hacking Microsoft
Senate Democrats took their voting rights push on the road with a hearing in Atlanta.
Opinion: Joe Biden’s Monumental Environmental Gambit

Thurston County tenants facing rent increases as governor’s rent protections expire
Fred Meyer warehouse workers vote to authorize strike; work stoppage could begin Monday
Here’s why Thurston County residents who need an ambulance might be waiting longer
10 questions answered about the draft environmental report for Capitol Lake

Port Townsend Leader
COVID-19 cases on the rise in Jefferson County

Puget Sound Business Journal
Workforce shortage and other costs will likely cause restaurant prices to rise
Pike Place Market took a catastrophic economic hit. Now, it’s mounting a comeback.
PPP loan forgiveness: SBA Administrator Isabel Guzman says new application portal will roll out ‘very soon’
What small business owners need to know about PPP loan forgiveness
Private college president thinks higher ed’s business model is broken — and he has a proposal to fix it
Blue Origin’s auction winner declines space trip due to ‘scheduling conflict’
‘It’s been a long time coming’: Housing developer welcomes Tacoma’s growth
Op-Ed: Seattle will thrive again

Redmond Reporter
Opinion: Why wouldn’t you vaccinate to save loved ones? | Roegner

Seattle Times
‘This isn’t over.’ Even as life gets back to normal for many, COVID-19 continues to kill
Other regions have specific plans for heat waves. Experts say Seattle, Puget Sound cities need them too
The Seattle Times v. Seattle: Why we’re suing City Hall | From the editor
Though millions are at risk for diabetes, Medicare struggles to expand prevention program
Is it really OK to not be OK? Richard Sherman and Naomi Osaka cases show there’s a ways to go to support mental health
Opinion: Congress, follow Washington’s lead on voting rights and pass the For the People Act
Opinion: Right past wrongs of racist ‘urban renewal’ and pay reparations to Seattle’s Black community

Skagit Valley Herald
Hot summer has taken toll on water temperatures, snowpack

Snoqualmie Valley Record
Meet the new superintendent for Snoqualmie Valley School District
Town hall set for Meadowbrook Utility Local Improvement District project

South Whidbey Record
So long, s’mores: No campfires allowed in a stricter burn ban
Editorial: Island County’s pandemic bonuses are a smart idea, if legal
Island County employees to get COVID bonuses

Tri-City Herald
Tri-Cities teacher threatened after she signs onto controversial pledge
New WA tax law could upend retirement plans. The blame is on Dems and Gov. Inslee
‘Day by day.’ Milk prices may climb as WA dairy cows hit hard by NW heat wave
COVID hospitalizations mount in Tri-Cities area with rise in new cases
Wildfire scorches 100 acres west of Tri-Cities

Walla Walla Union Bulletin
Lawsuit alleges Walla Walla School District failed to protect student from sexual harassment

Washington Post
U.S., allies accuse China of hacking Microsoft and condoning other cyberattacks
Haiti’s acting prime minister Claude Joseph says he will step down amid leadership dispute
Biden administration repatriates Guantánamo Bay inmate to Morocco
In this summer of covid freedom, disease experts warn: ‘The world needs a reality check’
Opinion: The spirit of John Lewis lives on in the voting rights fight

Yakima Herald Republic
Yakima Police Department renews focus on data-driven policing, will invest in license plate cameras
Officials ask residents what they like — and want — in Yakima city parks and recreation facilities
State issues emergency rules to protect workers from wildfire smoke
Opinion: Congratulations to Washington’s newest millionaire


Why isn’t the Seattle area in a drought like the rest of the state?
Victoria Clipper, Black Ball Ferry optimistic on US-Canada border reopening
VERIFY: Yes, rent control is illegal in Washington

Fred Meyer warehouse workers authorize strike
Long-delayed Seattle cruise industry setting sail
How a carbon market is fueling change in the Nisqually Community Forest
Welcome back party in Chinatown-ID draws crowd to Hing Hay Park
Revive I-5 returns to Seattle with a full freeway closure
Researchers tackle Dungeness crab population concerns
Out of service ferry causing big delays at Kingston-Edmonds crossing
Two dozen cases of debris thrown at drivers in Seattle in two weeks, spurring calls for action
Mount Rainier announces parkwide fire ban

COVID cases are trending up across Puget Sound bringing on a call for masks
COVID-19 outbreak reported at Vancouver medical center
Bootleg Fire nears 300,000 acres as containment stalls at 22%

Local organization to launch billboard campaign addressing violence against Indigenous women
New police reform laws raise concerns for local police departments
“Shot of a Lifetime” grand prize winner announced

Q13 TV (Fox)
Seattle’s ‘normal’ summer returns for July with weeks-long streak of pleasant temperatures
The Divide: Seattle sues the news
Inslee says Washington will not follow LA County, which has reverted back to mask mandates
New research from WSU shows many leaving the hospitality industry
Opinion: Brandi Kruse: Inslee’s shame game serves no purpose


Want ex-Microsoft CEO Steve Balmer’s low tax rate? Buy a sports team
A tale of two waters
Historia de dos aguas
Opinion: In the PNW, Confederate flag controversies are not new

United Airlines will pull its last route out of Paine Field in October
Fred Meyer warehouse workers authorize strike
Building under demolition partially collapses in downtown Seattle
Two firearms found at Sea-Tac Airport screening 5 minutes apart
Re-imposing state’s mask mandate ‘not under consideration,’ says Gov. Inslee
Officials hope to have homeless camp next to Bitter Lake school cleared by September