The race for governor and lieutenant governor were among dozens of federal, statewide and local races that voters were deciding in the state’s top-two primary, in which the top two vote-getters advance to the November ballot, regardless of party. Last-minute voters had until 8 p.m. to drop their ballots off at drop off boxes around the state. Continue Reading Washington Primary: Jay Inslee, Loren Culp Advance To General; Other Races Still Being Counted
Eight people, at least two of them foreign H-2A farmworkers, have died in the county. Health officials say cases are climbing quickly with nearly 300 confirmed over the last two weeks alone. The county has seen about 800 total cases during the pandemic. Many of the recent cases are in the small town of Brewster, home to a large tree-fruit growing, packing and shipping industry. Continue Reading Brewster And Okanogan County Latest Areas Of Hot Spot Concern For Washington COVID-19 Cases
July started off cool, which lowered wildfire risks in Washington and Oregon. But a new outlook shows excessive heat and a lack of precipitation have helped to dry out fuels in southern and central Oregon and central Washington. In those areas that have been dealing with drought, the land is ready to burn. Continue Reading ‘We Kind Of Dodged A Bullet’ So Far This Fire Season. But August Forecast Shows High Danger
Two-thirds of Americans believe the U.S. is handling the pandemic worse than other nations, an NPR/Ipsos poll finds. Majorities support more aggressive measures to stop the spread of the coronavirus. Continue Reading Poll: Despite Mask Wars, Americans Support Aggressive Measures To Stop COVID-19
U.S. pleasure boats have been sneaking into Canada despite a border shutdown. A group of Canadian retirees is on the lookout for violators from the “petri dish” that is America. Continue Reading Americans, Go Home: Canadians Track U.S. Boaters Sneaking Across The Border Around Vancouver
Spokane Superintendent Adam Swinyard says parents in his district can choose full-year distance learning or an option that allows for a transition to classroom learning, if that becomes possible later. Both would involve live instruction with teachers. For other districts, like Pullman, there’s still an open question about what the fall term will look like, at least in the beginning. Continue Reading Spokane Area’s Largest Districts To Begin Year With Remote Classes; Palouse Region Schools TBD
While turnout in November could easily top 80 percent, Washington’s August primary typically draws 40 percent or less of the electorate. We break down the dynamics of this year’s unusual election season during the coronavirus pandemic. Continue Reading Breaking Down Dynamics Of Washington’s Aug. 4 Primary, With A Crowded Race For Governor
New ‘Twilight’ Book Will Boost Olympic Peninsula Vampire Tourism, If COVID Doesn’t Put A Stake In It
The Twilight phenomenon gets an injection of fresh blood this Tuesday with the release of a new installment in the bestselling vampire saga from author Stephenie Meyer. The series of novels and subsequent hit movies spurred legions of fans to visit the fictional story’s real-life setting on Washington’s Olympic Peninsula. But a predicted “renaissance” in vampire tourism could be bled by the resurgent virus pandemic. Continue Reading New ‘Twilight’ Book Will Boost Olympic Peninsula Vampire Tourism, If COVID Doesn’t Put A Stake In It
Public health officials say a promising coronavirus vaccine is on its way in 2021. But does that matter if only half of Americans say they’re willing to get such a vaccination? Continue Reading Public Health Expert Calls To Repair Distrust In A COVID-19 Vaccine
Coronavirus cases in farm country have focused new attention on essential workers there, as well as the food supply chain. One issue is overtime. In most states, farm owners don’t have to pay overtime to their employees. Now, a case before the Washington State Supreme Court could change that. Continue Reading Washington Farmworkers Ask State Supreme Court For Overtime Pay
The coronavirus pandemic has served to remind many of us how much we count on strangers staying healthy so we can restock our cupboards and go about daily life. That’s especially true for Alaskans who depend on a marine cargo lifeline from the Pacific Northwest for the majority of their goods. Continue Reading Pandemic Hasn’t Interrupted Alaska’s Resupply Lifeline From The Northwest, And Woe If It Does
Debates have dragged on for decades about whether to remove or alter the four dams. The Army Corps, Bureau of Reclamation and Bonneville Power Administration received almost 59,000 comments on the draft EIS this spring. The agencies are expected to finalize this plan by Sept. 30. Continue Reading Federal Study Recommends Keeping Snake River Dams In Place, With Congress Having Final Say
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