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After a two-year hiatus due to pandemic restrictions, Cascade Bicycle Club has announced a full calendar of 2022 events and rides, including the return of Seattle to Portland. The 206-mile Seattle … more
OLYMPIA — A new year sometimes means new laws go into effect in Washington, and this one will include changes to taxes, school names and the way you order takeout. Most laws go into effect … more
Almost nine years, more than two terms and one global public health crisis after he was first elected, Gov. Jay Inslee says he doesn't have time to think about his legacy. As the pandemic rages, … more
OLYMPIA — One year after two big climate bills — cap-and-trade and low carbon fuels — passed during the final hours of the legislative session, the fight over climate policy is far … more
Health officials in Washington are worried the state's nearly fully hospitals could be hit even harder because of the omicron variant of the coronavirus. The occupancy rate in intensive care units … more
OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee unveiled an "unusually large" budget proposal of almost $62 billion Thursday that would continue focus on helping the state recover from the COVID-19 … more
OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee's proposed budget includes a continued effort to study replacing the benefits of the lower Snake River Dams, if the federal government decides to remove … more
OLYMPIA — The Washington redistricting commission is being sued over claims it violated the state's Open Public Meetings Act. The lawsuit from the Washington Coalition for Open Government … more
Washington residents hoping to get into the holiday spirit by selecting a fresh Christmas tree should plan on doing so sooner rather than later this year, and also expect to pay more for it than … more
Shellfish managers with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) on Thursday, Dec. 9 announced 26 tentatively scheduled razor clam digs in January and February. WDFW also confirmed … more
The nursing shortage is a pressing reality for hospitals across Washington. A recent survey from the Washington State Hospital Association, which included responses from 80 hospitals that have 85% … more
Support for Washington state's long-term care benefit program is divisive, but 51% of Washington residents support the program, according to an AARP poll published this fall. A third of residents … more
OLYMPIA — State health officials won't be lifting pandemic-related mandates anytime soon, but Gov. Jay Inslee hinted Thursday at what the end might look like. The biggest things Inslee is … more
OLYMPIA — The big one. The 9.0 magnitude Cascadia earthquake that experts say will change the West Coast forever. No one knows when, but scientists are pretty certain it will hit. Since the … more
(The Center Square) – Officials in Washington state this week destroyed some 13,000 pounds of marijuana plants in Touchet, a rural area southeast of Yakima. The state Liquor and Cannabis Board … more
The outdoor recreation's contribution to the U.S. economy shrank 19%  from 2019 to 2020 and employment in that sector fell by 17.1%, according to a report conducted by the Bureau of Economic … more
Washington state's public health system has administered more than 10 million COVID-19 vaccine doses this year, with those numbers continuing to increase as children ages 5 to 11 can now get … more
OLYMPIA — State Sen. Steve Hobbs will be the new Washington Secretary of State. Hobbs, a Democrat from Snohomish County, will take over for Kim Wyman Nov. 22 as she begins her job in the … more
OLYMPIA — This winter,  cold, snowy weather is in the forecast. Now add long road closures. Staff shortages have hit the Department of Transportation, which is down about 300 people. … more
Homicide detectives arrested a Spokane man who said he rescued his teen daughter from sex trafficking in Seattle and later killed her boyfriend in Airway Heights last year, according to court … more
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