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As of this election cycle, those convicted of a felony in Washington can have their voting rights restored upon completing community supervision with the Department of Corrections, but beginning in … more
Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) shellfish managers announced  62 tentative dates for razor clam digs beginning in mid-September and running through the end of the … more
OLYMPIA — It's almost time for Washington residents to decide between a state long-term health care benefit or a private one. Beginning in 2022, Washington workers will see a payroll tax for … more
For more than a year, the pandemic canceled or dramatically changed nearly all of the major events Eastern Washingtonians love. Hoopfest and county fairs didn't happen. Washington State University … more
Washington residents will be required to wear masks indoors, regardless of vaccination status, beginning Monday. A masking order issued by Washington Secretary of Health Umair Shah will be in … more
Outdoor recreation accounted for 2% of Washington's total gross domestic product in 2020, according to a study released this month, while the outdoor recreation industry accounted for 2.8% of total … more
OLYMPIA — Indoor mask mandates are back, and vaccine requirements are expanded to educators, Gov. Jay Inslee announced Wednesday. Beginning Aug. 23, everyone — regardless of … more
Teachers and staff in Washington's public schools could lose their jobs if they fail to get vaccinations against COVID-19 under a proposal floated Thursday by state superintendent Chris … more
Washington’s effort to boost vaccine rates has turned into mandates for state employees and health care workers. But the move affecting nearly a half million employees also raised many … more
Smoke was thick in the air on the North Cascades Highway as firefighters in yellow shirts stained with black soot sat on the side of the road last week, downing water on a rare break from fighting … more
OLYMPIA — The only way to prevent forests from disappearing in the next century is to fight climate change, Gov. Jay Inslee told the president on Friday. Inslee joined six governors in a … more
Masks will be required for students, teachers and staff regardless of vaccination status in Washington state schools this fall. While it’s possible that these recommendations could change, … more
State lawmakers gave Washington land managers a tricky assignment this year. Gather public input on e-bikes and then draft a policy recommendation based on that information by 2022. The … more
Fire crews in the Methow Valley came across a sad sight, Monday, a skinny and singed bear cub alone in the woods. Firefighters working the 35,685 acre Cedar Creek Fire called the Washington … more
Lupe Mendoza was like many working parents during the COVID-19 pandemic: seeking stability as the separation of work, home and family life blurred quickly in light of immediate stay-home orders last … more
Hoping to quell their constituents’ fears, the Washington State Sheriffs’ Association put out a statement last week affirming their commitment to uphold the Constitution – … more
All eastern Washington wildlife areas managed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will be closed at night due to high fire danger starting Friday. The closures are in response to … more
Public lands east of the Cascades managed by the Washington state Department of Natural Resources  will be closed indefinitely because of drought and the worsening wildfire … more
Local fire agencies have put out the call for more support staff as they continue to battle what officials have called an unusually intense wildfire season amid a shortage of workers. The Idaho … more
OLYMPIA — A motorcycle mechanic from south King County became the state's biggest, and final, winner of the vaccine lottery. Kameron M., 23, won $1 million as part of the state's program to … more
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