Chris Armitage issued a statement Friday in which he said his mental health had declined during the last few months. “That trend continued until I reached a point where I knew that I could no longer be here for myself let alone our community.” He also said he recently learned about an allegation about a relationship he thought was consensual, but which the woman involved thought otherwise. Continue Reading Democrat Chris Armitage Drops Out Of Washington’s 5th Congressional District Race
Wineries and breweries in Yakima, Benton and Franklin counties must keep their doors closed for now, unless they serve food out of their own kitchens. That’s the updated guidance for the three counties, which are seeing some of the highest numbers of coronavirus cases in Washington. Continue Reading Breweries, Wineries In Tri-Cities And Yakima May Need To Close Under Clarified Reopening Guidance
A document prepared for the White House Coronavirus Task Force but not publicized suggests more than a dozen states, including Idaho and Washington, should revert to more stringent protective measures, limiting social gatherings to 10 people or fewer, closing bars and gyms and asking residents to wear masks at all times. Continue Reading Unpublicized White House Report Has States Including Washington And Idaho In COVID ‘Red Zone’
Federal law enforcement officers have been using unmarked vehicles to drive around downtown Portland and detain protesters since at least July 14. Personal accounts and multiple videos posted online show the officers driving up to people, detaining individuals with no explanation of why they are being arrested, and driving off. Continue Reading Federal Law Enforcement Use Unmarked Vehicles To Grab Protesters Off Portland Streets
Among the people gathered were Tim Eyman, Anton Sakharov, Loren Culp and Phil Fortunato, all seeking the Republican nomination for governor. Two local candidates for the state Senate, Rey Reynolds and John Ley, also attended. The Clark County Republican Women hosted the two-hour forum. President Liz Pike estimated 150 people attended. Continue Reading GOP Candidates For Washington Governor Visit Clark County For Public Forum Despite Health Orders
Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says there is a concerning rise in the rate of coronavirus infections in the state. On Thursday he announced one measure to address it as counties wait in limbo for further reopening. Beginning Monday, July 20, social gatherings in current Phase 3 counties will be limited to 10 or fewer people. Continue Reading Jay Inslee Announces Restrictions On Social Gatherings For Some Counties As COVID-19 Cases Grow
A dam removal that has been 20 years in the making reached an important milestone this week. Explosives ripped through the concrete on the Middle Fork Nooksack, east of Bellingham. Continue Reading In Northwestern Washington, A Free-Flowing Middle Fork Nooksack River Is Just Months Away
Idaho Gov. Brad Little wants the U.S. Supreme Court to stop Reclaim Idaho from gathering signatures online, as the group tries to get its education funding initiative on November’s ballot. Continue Reading Idaho Asks U.S. Supreme Court To Block Signature Gathering For Education Funding Ballot Initiative
Washington’s typically sleepy August primary will test the endurance of voters as they navigate a larger-than-usual crop of candidates. The robust turnout of would-be officeholders may be, at least partially, the result of the state making it easier to qualify for the ballot in light of the coronavirus pandemic. Continue Reading A Dog Days Of Summer Primary And A Ton Of Candidates: Guide To Washington’s Statewide Races
Germicidal ultraviolet light technology has a proven track record against indoor transmission of tuberculosis and other airborne viruses. It’s now being used in some restaurants and on subways. Continue Reading Coronavirus Sparks New Interest In Using Ultraviolet Light To Disinfect Indoor Air
The carefully followed death toll from COVID-19 may not fully capture the loss of life during the pandemic. Analysis of state and federal statistics for deaths from all causes shows hundreds of additional deaths above normal levels this spring in the Pacific Northwest. Some or many of those may actually be missed COVID deaths. Continue Reading Official COVID-19 Fatalities May Undercount Pandemic’s Death Toll By Hundreds In Northwest
This week Oregon and California took steps to slow or rollback their re-openings, and Washington could be next, Gov. Jay Inslee said. Dramatic growth in COVID cases over the past month has pushed the state over its previous peak in April. Continue Reading Washington Will Continue Pause On County Reopening, Could See Rollback As COVID-19 Cases Rise
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