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Thursday, November 7

King County Metro Bus Route 253

King County will challenge legality of I-976
King County Executive Dow Constantine is preparing to file a legal challenge against Initiative 976, which was approved by voters across the state in the Nov. 5 election. A press release from the Executive’s office on Nov. 6 said Constantine asked the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s office to prepare a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of I-976. The initiative promises $30 car tabs, but could result in more than $100 million in cuts to Metro services between 2020 and 2025. Continue reading in the Auburn Reporter.

Man waits as Sounder train arrives at station

Inslee postpones future transportation projects after voters approve I-976
Gov. Jay Inslee has taken immediate action after voters approved an initiative that would slash car-tab fees. The Associated Press called the measure Wednesday. After a second round of results were released Wednesday, 55.76% of voters are approving Initiative 976 and 44.24% are rejecting it. Continue reading at King5.com.

Supporters of Seattle City Council District 3 incumbent candidate Kshama Sawant react as results come in.

Amazon’s spending in Seattle Council races doesn’t deliver
Amazon poured $1.5 million into an effort to overhaul Seattle’s City Council this year. It didn’t deliver. Though many votes remain to be counted, early returns suggest the online retail giant and other business interests will have fewer obvious allies on the Council than at any time in recent memory. Continue reading in the Skagit Valley Herald.


Associated Press
Affirmative action referendum losing in state
Idaho, Energy Department sign deal on spent nuclear fuel
Judge reduces Alaska militia leader’s sentence by 10 years
Tom Douglas restaurant workers to get $2.4M settlement
Amazon’s spending in Seattle Council races doesn’t deliver
Grounded Boeing jet hits another pothole in path to return
Washington state city repeals dangerous dog regulations

Aberdeen Daily World
Challengers lead in county’s biggest mayoral races
E-911 measure passing; Cosi muni building funding is not
East County election roundup

Arlington Times
Opinion: Public input sought for Arlington’s downtown plan
Opinion: Billy Frank coalition works on salmon recovery
Opinion: SnoCo conservatives get out the vote

Auburn Reporter
County approves $300,000 for Butte Avenue Flood Mitigation Project
King County will challenge legality of I-976
Burnett leads Mulenga in tightest Auburn City Council race; Baggett and Jeyaraj confident

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Someone painted swastikas on turtles in a Washington pond, park officials say
The Latest: $30 car tab measure passes in Washington
Lynden police chief dies from injuries suffered Tuesday after being struck by truck
Whatcom County 2019 general election results from Nov. 6
Here’s what’s leading to cyclists’ deaths, according to a new federal report
Interim Lynden Police Chief injured crossing street

In Our View: Elected officials must work to preserve the law (I-1639)

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Updated 2019 general election results for Snohomish County
Leads widen in close races with many ballots left to count
Voters deliver a win for Eyman and concerns for Democrats
They came to the college from 16 countries, but this is home
Editorial: Questions remain after voters demand $30 car tabs

The Inlander
As wildfires and extreme storms increase, climate change is changing the way insurance companies think

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Voters approve I-976, the $30 car tab measure. Now what?
Election Day leads solidify for Kitsap candidates, measures
Merger? Sale? Timber, real estate group Pope Resources eyes ‘potential transaction’
Former Bremerton public works employee sues city

News Tribune (subscription required)
Pierce County sends a message to Sound Transit with vote on the I-976 car-tab measure
Lacey utility customers urged to check credit/debit cards after website hacked
Large water purveyor set to acquire Rainier View, which serves Gig Harbor, Puyallup
When that house next door is set to become apartments, what can you do?
Parkland-Spanaway area to get new $6.1 million crisis center to serve mentally ill
Editorial:  Pierce County is cynical about transportation funding. I-976 results prove it. But there’s a ray of hope
Column:  Don’t let Trump make you numb to what’s unacceptable

New York Times
U.S. and China Agree to Roll Back Some Tariffs

Olympian (subscription required)
Someone painted swastikas on turtles in a Washington pond, park officials say
Local races unchanged in latest vote tally
Several downtown Olympia businesses targets of a late night vandalism spree

Peninsula Daily News
LETTER: Including hybrid cars in electric fee highway robbery

Puget Sound Business Journal
Boeing CEO considered resignation, regrets not meeting with crash victim families sooner
China and US agree to lift some tariffs in sign of trade war thaw
Authorities say two inside Twitter spied for Saudis
Inslee halts transportation projects as fallout from I-976 comes into focus
Lawmakers increase criticism of ‘Opportunity Zone’ tax break

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Is your Washington driver’s license compliant with REAL ID? We’ve got answers to your questions.
Ageism casts a shadow over the twilight of Larry Gossett’s King County Council career | Naomi Ishisak
Seattle School Board rejects proposal to blend gifted, general students at Washington Middle School
Massachusetts system ends venture with US HealthVest after Seattle Times investigation
Seattle City Council may add millions to mayor’s budget for LEAD, public toilets, tiny houses
Seattle, King County to sue over Eyman car-tab initiative; bus cuts to be determined
Washington voters still saying no to affirmative action. Will the ballot count from King County reverse the trend?

Skagit Valley Herald
Updated election results released
Anacortes sales tax increase will be on February ballot

Spokesman Review
Spokane Public Schools backs off vaping fines while other districts involve law enforcement
Tight Spokane races stay that way after more votes are counted, remain too close to call
Mead school officials suspend new elementary school as they deal with levy rejection
Spokane City Council members would consider asking voters to keep car registration fees after passage of I-976
Letter: Pay for athletes

Washington Post
Barr declined to hold news conference to say Trump broke no laws in Ukraine call
Bolton is said to be willing to defy White House and testify if court clears way
Trump lashes out at lawyer for whistleblower
Walgreens handled nearly 1 in 5 of the most addictive opioids at height of crisis
Uber employees can finally sell their stock. They won’t be as rich as they hoped
Opinion: The Berlin Wall fell 30 years ago. Its shadow looms large.

Yakima Herald Republic
Yakima County turnout numbers increase, races solidify with second ballot count Wednesday
City agrees to settlement prohibiting homeless shelter near Greenway


Inslee postpones future transportation projects after voters approve I-976 (Fey)
Have to renew your car tabs before I-976 takes effect? Pay your bill in full
AR-15 ‘ghost gun’ parts seized from neo-Nazi leader in Snohomish County
Buoyant tsunami pods offer protection after major earthquake
Nearly 700,000 people left California in 2018, 55,000 moved to Washington
Elevator inspection backlog violates Washington law, audit finds
Sewage flood exposes lack of Federal Way renter protections

Seattle to file lawsuit to block $30 car tab initiative
Lacey’s utility website hacked, puts thousands of customers’ information at risk
Pierce County breaks ground on new crisis recovery center

Seattle, King County prepare for a funding fallout under $30 car tabs
King County plans to file lawsuit against $30 car tab initiative
Latest results: Seattle City Council election tightens
Multnomah County leaders say busing some homeless away can be effective
Voters grant Washington government greater emergency powers

Seattle man accused of spying for saudi arabia while working for twitter
It’s election week in Seattle! Your Wednesday update
More Teens Than Ever Are Vaping. Here’s What We Know About Their Habits
Ambassador: Giuliani Acting In Trump’s Interest, Tried To Cast Biden In ‘Bad Light’
Impeachment Hearings Go Public Next Week, Rep. Raskin Says House Is Moving Rapidly
Judge Scraps ‘Conscience’ Rule Protecting Doctors Who Deny Care For Religious Reasons

NW Public Radio
Booked And Buried: Jail Suicide Epidemic Doesn’t Extend To Northwest Prisons

Q13 TV (Fox)
Inslee shelves transportation projects in wake of I-976 approval
King County to file lawsuit over passage of $30 car tabs initiative
Orion holds substantial lead over Sawant while only 20 votes separate District 7
‘Rolling up their sleeves’: Tacoma students work to bring solar panels to Jason Lee Middle School


Capitol Hill Seattle Blog
Capitol Hill Streetscapes forum, Short Run, Veterans Day (Orwall)

Salmon on Prozac? A new study will look at what King County’s wastewater chemicals do to fish and orcas
2019 election results for Seattle, King County and more
‘The ship’s going down’: After I-976, Washington officials fear for the future of transportation
Opinion: The death of Seattle’s self-declared wokeness

Seattle P.I.
Little sign of a Seattle City Council flip in latest vote totals
King County will prepare lawsuit to block ‘devastating’ I-976
Tom Douglas restaurant workers to get $2.4M settlement
Seattle School Board election: Winners get little pay, lots of duties
Surgeon implants electrodes in patient’s brain in attempt to cure severe opioid use disorder
How much space will $1,500 get you in Seattle today? A lot less than it used to
City braces for drivers leaving tolled SR-99 tunnel starting Nov. 9

City Pledges “Change and Revitalization” After AEG Backs Out Of Bumbershoot
Seattle’s Public Transportation Professionals Should Stop Going On About Tim Eyman’s Car Tabs and Instead Think About Baron Haussmann
Ballot Update: Sawant’s Vote Improves Slightly, Pugel’s Lead Narrows to 20 Votes

Wednesday, November 6

Woman takes ballot to drop box

$30 car tab measure passing, billions could be cut
State and local governments could end up scrambling to pay for road paving and other transportation projects as a Washington state measure that would cut car tabs to $30 was passing in early returns Tuesday. Sponsored by Tim Eyman, the measure would cap most taxes paid through annual vehicle registration at $30 and largely revoke the authority of state and local governments to add new taxes and fees without voter approval. Continue reading in The Bellingham Herald. (Elaine Thompson/AP Photo)


Washington affirmative action referendum trailing after first election numbers
The affirmative action referendum was narrowly trailing in Washington after the first round of election numbers were released Tuesday night. At 9:11 p.m., 51.18 percent of votes counted were rejecting it. By that time, there were 918,690 votes counted statewide. Continue reading at KIRO7.com.

Constitutional amendment on emergency power takes lead
Washington voters were supporting an update to a constitutional amendment on emergency government powers in early returns.Resolution 8200 was passing with more than 65 percent of the vote initial returns Tuesday night. The measure asked voters to broaden the section on “continuity of governmental operations in periods of emergency” so that continuity is ensured not only in case of attack but also in case of “catastrophic incidents” like a massive earthquake. Continue reading in The Olympian.


Associated Press
$30 car tab measure passing, billions could be cut
Washington affirmative action referendum trailing after first election numbers
Sound Transit abandons pricey Seattle light rail tunnels
Judge rejects new federal health rule affecting abortions
Amid deaths and illnesses, teen vaping numbers are climbing, fueled by mint-flavored Juul
Constitutional amendment on emergency powers takes lead
Voters in US states decide on sanctuary city, Airbnb rentals
Pipeline protesters at Port of Vancouver

Aberdeen Daily World
Schave and Winkelman leading in Aberdeen and Hoquiam mayoral races
Sunken vessel in Hoquiam River slated for removal
Votes saying upgrade county’s emergency radio system
Challenger Winkelman takes big lead against incumbent Hoquiam Mayor Dickhoff
Challenger Schave jumps to substantial early lead over incumbent Aberdeen Mayor Larson

Arlington Times
Arlington mayor Tolbert only leads by 27 votes; 2 experienced Marysville leaders trailing

Auburn Reporter
Burnett leads Mulenga in tightest Auburn City Council race; Baggett and Jeyaraj confident
Voters are narrowly rejecting affirmative action
I-976 is passing, worrying transit advocates
King County Council incumbents ahead, with the exception of Gossett

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Here’s who is ahead in Whatcom County election races after first count Nov. 5
Whatcom County 2019 general election results from Nov. 5

Bothell Reporter
Voters are narrowly rejecting affirmative action

In Our View: State’s wine, craft beer industries worth toasting
Public health awards go to 3 local legislators (Cleveland)

The Daily News
Castle Rock library levy short of passing Tuesday; school board race close
Read election coverage online tonight, in print Thursday
New Kiwanis club offers service opportunity for Woodland-Kalama area
Woodland: Cop levy fails; Wile holds port; Chapman keeps council seat
Conrad, Huntington and Haas appear to win spots on Kelso School Board
Erickson retains seat on Port of Longview commission
Columbia County rider transit service district measure fails
Cameron, Baltazar, Parkhill retain seats in fire district races
Voters re-elect two Kelso council incumbents, turnout Jim Hill in Tuesday election
Voters reject $119 million Longview School bond
Voters reject West Longview annexation proposal
Kalama backs pro methanol commissioner, elects Merz, Conradi, Kallio to council
Longview incumbents defeated; Wallin, Melink tied in early Tuesday returns
Westrick, Leach, Wiitala keep Longview School Board seats

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Lower car tabs are a hit with voters, again
2019 general election results for Snohomish County
A sergeant is leading a tense sheriff’s race against his boss
Jerry Cornfield breaks down early election results
Voters favor a firework ban, early election results say
Final paving options ready in Mountain Loop Highway stud
Muhlstein: EdCC will honor immigrants who served their chosen country
Commentary: Trump’s climate change denial his greatest folly

The Inlander
State audit critical of pricey new computer system at Spokane community colleges, but rollout will move forward anyway
Election Results: City Propositions, School Board, State Initiatives, Valley Council

Islands Weekly
County makes headway on affordable housing
Preliminary election results | $30 tabs fails in county, passes in state

Kent Reporter
Three incumbents winning Kent City Council races

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Live election results from Kitsap County
Kitsap voters approve local emergency services levies, plus Mason County bond
Three new faces will join Poulsbo City Council in 2020
Medicine disposal kiosks collect nearly two tons in first year of operation
Most incumbents prevail in Kitsap school board races
In early returns, islanders vote for new faces on Bainbridge City Council

News Tribune (subscription required)
Live voting result updates for Tacoma, Lakewood, Puyallup city councils, bonds, more
Five things we learned from Tuesday night’s election results
Puyallup School District’s request for $273 million sinks in the polls
11-year project to improve Route 16/Interstate 5 interchange almost finished, state says

New York Times
The Trump Impeachment Inquiry: Latest Updates
Judge Overturns Trump-Backed ‘Conscience Rule’ for Health Workers
Why $4.5 Billion From Big Tech Won’t End California Housing Crisis
Trump Serves Notice to Quit Paris Climate Agreement

Olympian (subscription required)
Capital High School ‘locked out’ Tuesday after rumors about weapon
Thousands of Washingtonians drive cars that get this tax break. It’s under siege in D.C.

Peninsula Daily News
YMCA of Port Angeles day care program stopped for now

Puget Sound Business Journal
Farm country feeds America. But just try buying groceries there.
Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg ‘has done everything right’

Renton Reporter
I-976 is passing, worrying transit advocates
Voters are narrowly rejecting affirmative action

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Election 2019 results: What was decided Tuesday in Seattle and Washington state, and what’s up in the air
Washington school districts will turn away students without required vaccinations as new law takes effect
Employees and former workers at Tom Douglas restaurants will get $2.4 million class-action settlement
Do charter schools increase socioeconomic segregation?
Why small business owners like us support Seattle’s ride-share tax | Op-Ed
Sawant trails, other incumbents lead in Seattle’s most expensive City Council election

Skagit Valley Herald
Lovelett holds large lead in Senate race
Anacortes bans single-use plastic bags
County considers selling fairgrounds to make way for housing
Police, Fire, School Levies: Wins, losses loom for levies
Election results taking shape as over half of Skagit County’s ballots counted

Spokesman Review
Woodward claims victory in race for mayor
Initiative limiting vehicle registration fees jumps out to solid lead in early count
Live Coverage: 2019 General Election
Spokane homeowner appeals ruling in hopes of erasing racist covenants from deed

Tri-City Herald
Pit bull owners pack meeting. Kennewick drops rules on dangerous dogs after 40 years

USA Today
House Democrats announce first public hearings in Trump impeachment inquiry

Whidbey News-Times
Letter: Citizens should ‘wake up,’ support a carbon fee bill
Letter: Event slated to explain taxes and assessments

Yakima Herald Republic
Council to keep talking about strong mayor proposal
Incumbents post strong results in Selah races
Election results for Sunnyside, Tieton, Granger, Moxee, Grandview, Toppenish


State car-tab initiative, affirmative action measure too close to call (Fey)
Voters approving Eyman’s $30 car-tab Initiative 976 in early results (Carlyle)
Washington voters narrowly rejecting affirmative action measure after first returns
Tacoma’s public broadband network will be privately operated

$30 car tabs ahead after early statewide numbers
Seattle commute one of the worst in U.S., new survey says
Forced to work in filth? Employees concerned about flooding inside state hospital
Boeing chairman says CEO won’t get bonus until Max flies

Washington voters initially approving $30 car tabs in early returns
Washington voters rejecting affirmative action in early results
2019 election results for Seattle City Council candidates
Spanaway family believes son died from vaping-related illness
Aurora Bridge reopens to full traffic earlier than expected

General Election 2019: Results from key races around the Puget Sound region
Washington voters narrowly rejecting affirmative action

Washington voters narrowly rejecting affirmative action
Oh, Deer! Washington Officials Warn Of Increased Vehicle Collisions During Mating Season
READ: Deposition By Gordon Sondland, U.S. Ambassador To The European Union
Ambassador Acknowledges He Said Aid For Ukraine Depended On Public Support For Probes
Most Of Nation’s Top Public Universities Aren’t Affordable For Low-Income Students

NW Public Radio
Washington Voters Narrowly Rejecting Affirmative Action Law In Initial Returns
I-976, Washington’s $30 Car Tabs Measure From Tim Eyman, Passing As Of Tuesday Night
Farm Bankruptcies On The Rise Nationally, Most Pronounced For Northwest Families

Q13 TV (Fox)
I-976: $30 car tab measure passing in early returns
Egan Orion leads Kshama Sawant in contentious Seattle City Council District 3 race
Referendum 88: Washington state voters narrowly rejecting affirmative action
Aurora Bridge fully reopening Wednesday after emergency construction wraps up early
Drone footage offers scientists new perspective in understanding killer whale behavior


2019 election results for Seattle, King County and more
Affirmative action in trouble, $30 car tabs cruising after initial vote tally
Newcomer Girmay Zahilay soundly defeating Larry Gossett in race for King County Council

Seattle P.I.
Election November 2019 roundup: The results so far
Sawant trails, but business’ bid to ‘flip’ City Council is in trouble
Tim Eyman takes on Trump-like presence with I-976 approval in early returns
‘Rededicated’: Sawant volunteers ready to ‘fight’ for socialist foothold
Herbold, supporters celebrate after early election results show her with lead over challenger
King County Council: Last hurrah for Larry Gossett, Kohl-Welles wins big
Trailhead Direct, now done for the season, provided hiking access for those who didn’t have it

If Sawant loses, what does that say about Seattle?
General Election Night 2019


Tuesday, November 5


Wildland firefighters fight fire

U.S. formally begins to leave the Paris Climate Agreement
The Trump administration has formally notified the United Nations that the U.S. is withdrawing from the Paris climate agreement. The withdrawal will be complete this time next year, after a one-year waiting period has elapsed. Continue reading at KUOW.org. (AP)

VA Inspector General Michael J. Missal

VA struggles to fill hospital jobs. It has 49,000 openings across the country.
Three numbers indicate just how bad staffing shortages are at the Department of Veterans Affairs — even as the problem in some ways is getting better. The number of vacant positions across the department: 49,000. Continue reading in The Washington Post. (Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty Images)

Seattle man dies on his honeymoon; family blames vaping
A 23-year-old man from the Tacoma area died of a vape-related illness October 30 at the Sky Lakes Medical Center in Klamath Falls OR, according to his family. He was on his honeymoon, said Robin Hurt of Tacoma, Outcalt-Arends grandmother, who told KIRO 7 she, along with his grandfather, Lewis, raised him from the age of seven. Continue reading at KIRO7.com.


Associated Press
US tells UN it is pulling out of Paris climate deal
$30 car tabs? Washington voters to decide
Washington state to decide affirmative action referendum
Snohomish County sheriff fires deputies after investigation
Google employees call for corporate climate change action
Washington state voters alerted to registration error

Bothell Reporter
Kenmore approves 2020 state legislative agenda

Chinook Observer
Guest Column: State constitutional amendment would prepare state for natural catastrophes (Takko)

In Our View: Management of public lands can be win-win
In Our View: Education must challenge, prepare students
In Our View: Affordable Care Act must be bolstered, protected
In Our View: Cheers & Jeers: Farmers markets, B.G. schools (daylight saving time)

The Daily Chronicle
County’s Struggles to Recover Court Costs Highlight Legislative Roundtable (Takko)

The Daily News
Property values in Longview expected to increase 10% in 2020
County blasts Ecology over methanol plant permit

Everett Herald (subscription required)
With Sea-Tac nearly maxed out, where to land a new airport? (Keiser)
Washington trade delegation to China includes county reps

Kent Reporter
State’s congressional delegation pushes to approve funds for Federal Way light rail extension

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Central Kitsap offers families a ‘jump start on kindergarten
Port Orchard forges $12 million agreement with public facilities district for event center
Kitsap jammed: interference fouls garage door openser, key fobs

News Tribune (subscription required)
What to do about trash, litter in downtown Tacoma? City has $400,000 plan for it
Just a girl? Not Fife QB Brynna Nixon, who throws TD pass in playoff win
Sumner will spend big to control White River flooding. New wetlands part of project

Paducah (KY) Sun
New Kentucky legislation proposes staying on daylight saving time all year

Peninsula Daily News
Federal agency doubles slashing of Medicare reimbursements despite ruling
Washington State Ferries plans for an electric-hybrid fleet

Puget Sound Business Journal
Big Tech has moved from offering utopia to selling dystopia
Decline of motor industry drives global economic slowdown
Companies cut back, but consumers party on, driving the economy
Seattle remains among US News rankings of best places to live

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Sheriff says SeaTac Bob’s Burgers takeover-robbery was a ‘hoax’ in attempt to qualify for visa for crime victims
Better food and health care needed at Washington state prisons, new report finds
Microsoft women greeted by skeptical court in unequal-pay case
P-Patch atop Mercer Street Garage evicted to make way for hockey fans
‘It took our breath away’: New drone, underwater footage of orcas stuns researchers
Washington state prisons should improve health care and food quality, report recommends
Boeing chairman says CEO to forgo bonus as 737 MAX fallout grows

Seattle Weekly
Puget Sound Fire pays $100,000 to grandmother to settle arson arrest lawsuit
Washington State Ferries plans for an electric-hybrid fleet

Skagit Valley Herald
Sedro-Woolley School District asks for guidance on facilities projects

Tri-City Herald
Editorial: Getting young girls interested in STEM at school isn’t “rocket science”

Walla Walla Union Bulletin (subscription required
Editorial: Court ruling upholds access to public information

Washington Post
Transcripts show Republicans’ scattershot strategy in early days of impeachment inquiry
VA struggles to fill hospital jobs. It has 49,000 openings across the country.
Opinon: Trump’s corruption is mind-boggling. New developments show how.
Editorial: The Internet gets less free — for the ninth year in a row
More than 11,000 scientists from around the world declare a ‘climate emergency’
Trump called woman who says he sexually assaulted her, phone records show

Yakima Herald Republic
Sustainable farming focus of Tilth Conference in Yakima this weekend
Letter: We need to put an end to the wage gap


Thurston County elections office follows security measures from Homeland Security

Seattle man dies on his honeymoon; family blames vaping

County worker is the latest assaulted outside courthouse in Seattle
Mental Health Summit exposes greatest need and solutions to statewide crisis care

As Navy grows fleet, Puget Sound shipyard sends some work to Seattle

One-tenth of Seattle students could be kept home for missing vaccination records
Can a partnership with landlords get homeless into housing?
U.S. Formally Begins To Leave The Paris Climate Agreement
Former Ukraine Ambassador Says She Was Told To ‘Watch Her Back’

NW Public Radio
5 Years After Lawsuit, Votes Of Latinx Residents Are At Issue In Yakima Government Change Debate
Oh, Deer! Washington Wildlife Officials Warn Of Increased Vehicle Collisions During Mating Season

Q13 TV (Fox)
Boeing CEO won’t get most of his 2019 pay
Controversial Tacoma energy project set to open in 2021
‘It was all a lie’: Alleged takeover robbery, sexual assault at SeaTac restaurant was a hoax, sheriff says


Seattle P.I.
McMorris Rodgers backs Paris Climate Accord pullout; Wash. Democrats dissent

Seattle man dies suddenly after vaping E-Cigarettes

Monday, November 4

Child playing on slide with teacher watching.
Courtney Talak, The Daily News

Child care ‘crisis’ causes missed work, turnover; costs employers $2 B a year
After struggling to find an open child care center for her daughter, Leah Scouller realized she should have started looking “as soon as we conceived” if she wanted to return to work. The Kalama mother and her husband encountered what many child care professionals are calling a statewide child care crisis. Continue reading in The Daily News.

Cars travel south as they exit the Highway 99 tunnel along the Seattle waterfront last month. Tolls will range from $1 overnight and weekends to $2.25 during peak afternoon hours. (Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times)
Ellen M. Banner/ The Seattle Times

Seattle’s nest traffic challenge: Thousands of tunnel drivers will switch to city streets when tolls start Nov. 9
Whether you drive Highway 99 or not, the tunnel tolls starting Nov. 9 will disrupt your travel in downtown Seattle through higher costs, slower trips or more aggravation. That’s because thousands of toll-dodging motorists will crowd city streets, rather than pay for a 2-mile tunnel drive between Sodo and South Lake Union. Continue reading in The Seattle Times.

Fast ferry
Drew Perine

New study mean Olympia can keep dreaming about ferry service to Tacoma or Seattle
The dream of a ferry ride from Olympia to Tacoma or Seattle isn’t dead — but it also isn’t coming true any time soon. In 2018, a Port of Olympia sub-committee looking into passenger-only ferry service for the area found a high degree of interest. That same year, State Sen. Sam Hunt, D-Olympia, proposed a bill to study the prospect of adding a ferry route here. Continue reading in The Olympian.


Associated Press
Snoqualmie Tribe buys Salish Lodge, land for $125M
Appeals court agrees Trump tax returns can be turned over
Seattle plans to cut funding to tiny house village
Company seeks to farm steelhead after Atlantic salmon escape
US judge blocks Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants
Pentagon awaits possible Amazon challenge over cloud deal
Demolition of former plutonium plant could resume next week
Ryanair dampens expectations on Boeing Max deliveries

Aberdeen Daily World
Captivating art: Stafford Creek puts inmates’ talents on display
Chances are, legislators did something last session that effects you

Auburn Reporter
Muckleshoot Casino joins NHL Seattle as official partner; tribe blesses land of remodeled aren
Letter: Class act: city buys historic theater

Bainbridge Island Review
Washington State Ferries plans for an electric-hybrid fleet

Bellingham Herald (subscription required)
Health department rolls out this program to help drug users in rural parts of Whatcom

The Daily News
Child care ‘crisis’ causes missed work, turnover; costs employers $2B a year

Everett Herald (subscription required)
With Sea-Tac nearly maxed out, where to land a new airport?
Washington State Ferries plans for an electric-hybrid flee
WaPo: Boeing calls spacecraft abort test a success; 1 chute failed

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Three ferries to turn hybrid
Representatives Larsen and Wagner raise awareness of domestic violence

Kitsap Sun (subscription required)
Kitsap County, cities of Bremerton and Port Orchard team up for climate change impact study
Host homes make homeless youth ‘part of the family’

News Tribune (subscription required)
Tacoma bridges need hundreds of millions in repairs. Where will the money come from?
Thousands of Washingtonians drive cars that get this tax break. It’s under siege in D.C.
Company seeks to farm steelhead after Atlantic salmon escape
Later high school start times in Tacoma are a no-brainer. So what’s taking so long?

Olympian (subscription required)
The search for a second airport to ease crowds at Sea-Tac has kicked off — again (Keiser)
New study means Olympia can keep dreaming about ferry service to Tacoma or Seattle (Hunt)

Puget Sound Business Journal
Push to raise minimum wage goes local, at airports and hotels
In FBI’s sights: Stolen research flowing to China
Planning for the future amid a restroom revolution
Opinion: We have more to fear from big tech than big government

Seattle Times (subscription required)
Duwamish people get a little overdue respect from Seattle’s Landmarks Preservation Board | Naomi Ishisaka
Norway arrests Seattle-based white supremacist, seeks deportation
November, typically Seattle’s wettest month, starts off dry and sunny. How long will that last?
Seattle’s next traffic challenge: Thousands of tunnel drivers will switch to city streets when tolls start Nov. 9
Buffalo Wild Wings staffers near Chicago fired for telling group to move because customer didn’t ‘want black people sitting near him’
Why are birds and seals starving in a Bering Sea full of fish?
Boeing declares spacecraft abort system test a success, despite the failure of one parachute
When you take a great photo, thank the algorithm in your phone
FYI Guy: Seattle’s rate of car ownership saw the biggest drop among big U.S. cities — by far | FYI Guy

Seattle Weekly
Racist graffiti on Starbucks sign in Federal Way stirs outrage
Professionals in a second language | Windows and Mirrors

Skagit Valley Herald
Cypress Island eyed as potential site for whale sanctuary
Changes proposed for state forest land in Skagit County

Tri-City Herald
Battle brewing over controversial needle exchange. The city wants to change some rules
We in Washington pay highest estate tax in the nation. There’s a reason, officials say
Editorial: Hanford tax payments are essential — and a moral obligation

Vashon-Maury Island Beachcomber
Islanders fear “canary in the coal mine” as climate warms
Cuts, challenges for school district prompt discussion

Washington Post

NRA Foundation is raising money by auctioning off guns in schools — to the dismay of some parents
A troubled teen hoped to start over in college. Instead he died ‘in the drunk tank.’
House investigators release transcripts of closed-door depositions taken as part of impeachment inquiry
Satellite images show the horrifying extent of China’s cultural genocide of Uighurs
Court blocks Trump effort to withhold tax returns from N.Y. prosecutor
Opinion: I worked on political ads at Facebook. They profit by manipulating us.
New York writer who accused Trump of sexual assault sues him for defamation

Whidbey News-Times
State lawmakers eye island transportation (Fey, Paul)
County might increase septage treatment rate
Hospital changes ER management contract
Al Koetje remembered as city leader, Navy supporter, loyal friend

Yakima Herald Republic
Appeals court rejects Yakamas’ opposition to gravel mine expansion
Three Yakima-area school boards honored by state group 


Search for new Puget Sound airport location begins
Paid solo parking permits go on sale at 9 King County park and rides 

Federal Way police investigating racist tagging of Starbucks sign
Federal hearing could pave way for tribal whale hunt 

Snoqualmie Tribe acquires land surrounding waterfall, lodge from Muckleshoot
Clocks change again Sunday. But hey, didn’t our lawmakers vote for year-round daylight time?
U.S. Representatives from Washington state weigh in on impeachment inquiry vote 

Administration Insiders Who Waved A Red Flag In The Ukraine Affair
Snoqualmie Tribe buys land around Snoqualmie Falls for $125M
Clocks change again Sunday. But hey, didn’t our lawmakers vote for year-round daylight time?
Prisoners went on food strike. Were thrown in solitary. And now they’re suing
White House Policy Official Corroborates Ukraine Narrative — But Saw Nothing Illegal
Measles Virus May Wipe Out Immune Protection For Other Diseases

NW Public Radio
Seasonal Ranch Workers Worry About Montana’s Medicaid Work Requirement
Analysis: Big Fall Wildfires Signal Arrival Of A Planetary Fire Age
Two Grand Coulee-Area Men Are Finalists For National Native American Music Award
Snoqualmie Tribe Buys Land Around Snoqualmie Falls For $125 Million

Q13 TV (Fox)
E-cigarettes aren’t a ‘gateway’ to teen smoking, study says
The Divide: Money & Politics


Washington’s latest plan to save its endangered orcas: hatch more salmon


Friday, November 1

Travelers wait in lines at Sea-Tac International Airport before going through security last November.
(Ellen M. Banner / The Seattle Times)

The search for a second airport to ease crowds at Sea-Tac has kicked off — again. What do you want to know?
Sea-Tac’s growing pains are clear to anyone who’s recently traveled through the airport. Standstill freeway traffic. Backups at security. Gate shortages. Lines of planes stalled on the tarmac. This spring, state lawmakers decreed that enough is enough. Continue reading in The Seattle Times.


Governor Inslee testifies before House
(Energy and Commerce Committee)

Washington Supreme Court rules effort to recall Gov. Inslee won’t fly legally
A Thurston County effort to recall Washington Gov. Jay Inslee from office is legally insufficient, the state’s highest court ruled Thursday. The unanimous decision upheld a Thurston County Superior Court ruling. Continue reading in The News Tribune.

Workers demolish plutonium plant
(Department of Energy)

Workers ready to restart high-risk demolition at Hanford halted after 2017 contamination spread
High risk demolition of a radioactively contaminated plant at Hanford could restart in a week, nearly two years after a stop-work order was issued. It will be the first work on the most contaminated portions remaining of the Plutonium Finishing Plant since particles of plutonium became airborne in December 2017, contaminating workers and the environment. Continue reading in the Tri-City Herald.


Associated Press
Court: State not at fault for Skagit River bridge collapse
Stable costs but more uninsured as ‘Obamacare’ sign-ups open
US sued over health insurance rule for immigrant families
How daylight saving time affects your health
Demolition of former plutonium plant could resume next week
Inmates file lawsuit alleging poor treatment at Washington State Penitentiary
UW College Republicans deemed ‘inappropriate,’ unrecognized
Supreme Court rules no “vested right” to public records

Auburn Reporter
City to set hearing on proposal to assume the powers of its independent TBD

Everett Herald (subscription required)
Schools to bar hundreds of unvaccinated students from class
Singletary: Cost of in-home care is getting more expensive

Islands’ Weekly
Event to launch Fossil Fuel Free by ’33 campaign
Three ferries to turn hybrid

Journal of the San Juan Islands
Neighboring oil refineries eyeing expansions

Kent Reporter
King County seeks to reach 65,000 uninsured eligible for health insurance plans

News Tribune (subscription required)
Washington Supreme Court says effort to recall Gov. Inslee won’t fly legally
Density is coming, no matter who wins Tuesday. Can Tacoma neighborhoods keep their charm?
We in Washington pay highest estate tax in the nation. There’s a reason, officials say
Tacoma labor fight persists as grocery distributor appeals ruling that went workers’ way

Olympian (subscription required)
St. Peter nurses join other Providence bargaining groups in authorizing strike
First flu death in Tri-Cities — and the first for Washington state this season

Puget Sound Business Journal
Google wants safeguards for information in antitrust fight

Seattle Times (subscription required)
The search for a second airport to ease crowds at Sea-Tac has kicked off — again. What do you want to know? (Keiser)

Skagit Valley Herald
Mount Vernon preliminary budget shows need for more revenue
EDASC merger to help with grant opportunities
Comment deadline for steelhead farm proposal extended
Burlington-Edison School District cuts Camp Orkila

Spokesman Review
Inslee can’t be recalled for travel, response to homelessness, court says

Tri-City Herald
Workers ready to restart high-risk demolition at Hanford halted after 2017 contamination spread

Yakima Herald Republic
County on track to complete flooding project by 2021 in Shaw Creek area


American Airlines flight attendants won’t step foot on Boeing 737 MAX
Aurora Bridge repair work causes major delays during first morning commute
College Republicans boot UW chapter
What would it take to repeal I-1639?
EPA provides $27.5 million to Puget Sound region to fund conservation efforts
Seattle leaders warn city council about public safety, homeless response cutbacks
Look out apples, Washington may become a grape state

Tweet on repeat offenders speaks to broader frustration in Seattle 

Q13 TV (Fox)
Washington state reports first flu death of the season
Dramatic decline in SPD use of force since consent decree


B-Town Blog
Talk with local representatives at Community Coffee on Tuesday, Nov. 12 (Keiser, Orwall, Gegerson)
Public meeting about study of impacts of Sea-Tac Airport will be Wed. Nov. 6