Northwest

Smoke from a wildfire. File photo

Wind, warm temperatures raise weekend wildfire risk

Temperatures could reach the mid-80s, with gusts of wind up to 25 mph.

  • May 7, 2020
Smoke from a wildfire. File photo
The third phase of Washington’s reopening will allow recreational sports with five to 50 people, gatherings of fewer than 50 people, all non-essential travel and open facilities like public pools, libraries and museums. This 2019 file photo shows teenagers at the Enumclaw pool. Courtesy photo

As Washington state slowly reopens, dark clouds hover over budget

A new report warns there may be billions of dollars less for programs and services in coming years.

The third phase of Washington’s reopening will allow recreational sports with five to 50 people, gatherings of fewer than 50 people, all non-essential travel and open facilities like public pools, libraries and museums. This 2019 file photo shows teenagers at the Enumclaw pool. Courtesy photo
Members of the National Guard pack food boxes last month at the Northwest Harvest warehouse in Kent for distribution to food banks. COURTESY PHOTO, Northwest Harvest

Individual donors contribute more than $1M to address hunger in state

Bezos Family Foundation, other charities contribute additional $2.3M

  • May 7, 2020
Members of the National Guard pack food boxes last month at the Northwest Harvest warehouse in Kent for distribution to food banks. COURTESY PHOTO, Northwest Harvest
Pictured: Riverbend par 3 golf course in Kent. File photo

Phased reopening in WA: Golf but no haircuts yet

Barber shops, hair salons and limited restaurant dining coming next month.

Pictured: Riverbend par 3 golf course in Kent. File photo
Mi’Chance Dunlap-Gittens was shot and killed as part of a botched undercover sting in 2017. Courtesy photo

$2.25 million settlement reached in King County shooting lawsuit

Family of MiChance Dunlap-Gittens will receive money and an apology from county.

Mi’Chance Dunlap-Gittens was shot and killed as part of a botched undercover sting in 2017. Courtesy photo

Washington wins federal grant to support economic recovery from COVID-19

$12 million from U.S. Department of Labor to help unemployed workers

  • May 5, 2020

MultiCare rapidly expands virtual visit capabilities for patients

Up to 50 percent of appointments system-wide went virtual in March

  • May 5, 2020

Long-term care facilities to begin opening dedicated COVID-19 units

Nursing homes in Tacoma, Shoreline, Bellingham to handle patients from other locations

  • May 4, 2020

State announces limited opening of parks for day use

Ocean beach and Columbia River Gorge parks to remain closed

  • May 4, 2020
Visitors, staff, and administration are screened at Enumclaw’s St. Elizabeth Hospital entrances for any signs of COVID-19. Photo by Ray Miller-Still/Sound Publishing

Report shows racial disparities in COVID-19 cases and deaths in King County

Higher rates in south Seattle and South King County.

Visitors, staff, and administration are screened at Enumclaw’s St. Elizabeth Hospital entrances for any signs of COVID-19. Photo by Ray Miller-Still/Sound Publishing
Screenshot from Gov. Jay Inslee’s announcement May 1, 2020.

Gov. Inslee extends stay-home order through May 31

Officials urge the public to continue social distancing.

Screenshot from Gov. Jay Inslee’s announcement May 1, 2020.

COVID-19 lets freight move more easily, study says

A new report by Kirkland-based INRIX examines the trend.

  • Apr 30, 2020

State health insurers due $106 million from U.S. Supreme Court ruling

Consumers could get relief on the individual health insurance market

  • Apr 30, 2020
Screenshot from Gov. Jay Inslee’s online address April 29, 2020.

Gov. Inslee to extend stay-home order

He said he will lay out a clearer timeline for a phased reopening of the state Friday.

Screenshot from Gov. Jay Inslee’s online address April 29, 2020.

COVID-19 infection rate holding steady in WA, report says

Loosening restrictions could create another peak, according to Institute for Disease Modeling.

State provides $9 million in rent, energy assistance to low-income households

Residents in the federal Low-Income Heating and Energy Assistance Program may apply

  • Apr 28, 2020
Nolte State Park is a 117-acre Washington state park located 6 miles northeast of Enumclaw at the western edge of the Cascade Mountains. Photo courtesy Washington State Parks

Inslee to loosen restrictions on outdoor recreation: “Data, not dates, determine how we act”

Boat ramps, trailheads and golf courses can reopen with social-distancing measures in place.

Nolte State Park is a 117-acre Washington state park located 6 miles northeast of Enumclaw at the western edge of the Cascade Mountains. Photo courtesy Washington State Parks

State recreation sites to reopen May 5

Fishing, hiking, boating but still no camping

  • Apr 27, 2020
Gov. Jay Inslee. FILE PHOTO

Colorado, Nevada to join Washington, Oregon and California in Western States Pact

Governors share vision for modifying stay at home orders, fighting COVID-19

  • Apr 27, 2020
Gov. Jay Inslee. FILE PHOTO
Twin Lakes Golf and Country Club in Federal Way. File photo

Why are golfers still playing at Twin Lakes Golf and Country Club in Federal Way?

Because the golf course is private property, according to law enforcement, mayor and club directors.

Twin Lakes Golf and Country Club in Federal Way. File photo