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WENATCHEE — A Wenatchee home nearly burned Monday morning after a squirrel caused a transformer fuse to blow. The Chelan County PUD circuit blew at 6:30 a.m. on the 1000 block of Cherry … more
Earmarks are back and Washington's congressional delegation is all in. The spending-bill line items, which allow members of Congress to direct dollars to specific projects back home, have been … more
OLYMPIA — About 1,200 people on community supervision because of drug possession convictions could have their sentences commuted by Gov. Jay Inslee. The Washington state Supreme Court ruled … more
As the Taliban rapidly takes control of Afghanistan, the U.S. military has been racing to evacuate Americans living there, staff of the U.S. mission in Kabul and their families as well as thousands … more
The COVID-19 pandemic has created shortages of workers, supplies and now, school bus drivers. Thurston County's largest school districts — North Thurston, Olympia and Tumwater — say … more
He was last seen struggling against the current, terribly emaciated, one of the skinniest orcas ever seen alive. The dorsal fin that once towered from his trademark starburst saddle patch was … more
On the frontlines of the pandemic, 2020 was a brutal year for nurses. Nurses were put in "positions where they had to choose between the calling of taking care of patients and putting their loved … more
Tumwater police are asking the public to help identify two men accused of theft. Police say they stole a large supply of plywood from a construction site about 5 a.m. Friday. They were last … more
They moved slowly. But that didn't mean they weren't excited. They are turtles, after all. One by one, 35 of them waded through the mud into a pond in Lakewood on Friday to start their new … more
A 5-year-old boy died Friday from injuries sustained in a Thursday crash on Interstate 5. The crash killed one other person and injured two others. Logan Slater died at 12:40 p.m. Friday, … more
WINTHROP, Okanogan COUNTY — As the Cedar Creek fire burns through the wilderness just west of this heavily touristed North Central Washington town, firefighters have used a kaleidoscope of … more
Friday the 13th has long been one of history's spookier superstitions — and long-running memes — but we all know it's just another day (knock on wood). In Washington, while we've seen our … more
A Joint Base Lewis-McChord commander accused of assaulting his wife and getting into a standoff with police is being honorably discharged, according to court records. Col. Owen Ray's "retirement … more
Washington State University will no longer allow students to claim personal or philosophical exemptions from its COVID-19 vaccination requirement, the school announced Thursday, citing the … more
State Superintendent Chris Reykdal said Friday he is "confident" Gov. Jay Inslee will require public school employees to be vaccinated against the COVID-19 virus, and that he expects an announcement … 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
The first live Asian giant hornet sighted in 2021 in Washington state was found attacking a paper wasp nest in a rural area of northern Whatcom County earlier this week. According to a Washington … more
A naked Whatcom County woman reportedly drove her car through the main entrance of Meridian High School, barricaded herself in a classroom and vandalized it and then threatened sheriff's deputies … more
People expecting personalized vehicle license plates may have gotten an erroneous letter notifying them that their plates were canceled instead of transferred to another vehicle. The Washington … more
A marital dispute allegedly prompted a man to start a brush fire near a Walmart in Lacey on Aug. 6. The fire damaged about 1,500 to 2,000 square feet of brush next to the northbound I-5 at Marvin … more
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