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Amid some of the fastest outbreaks in state prisons yet, Shelton cases triple in a day

The state prison in Shelton recorded 174 new cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, tripling the facility’s case count in one of the steepest increases the Department of Corrections has recorded since the pandemic began.

Washington ranks as fifth-safest state to celebrate Thanksgiving

Safety and Thanksgiving features stories have been a staple of holiday coverage in newspapers for many years. That hasn’t changed, but what is different are the issues. Pre-coronavirus, it was about safety on the road and air travel. However, folks are discouraged to make the trip home to celebrate Thanksgiving this week due to COVID-19. 

100 years ago in Spokane: Instant poll results reported by ‘lusty-lunged megaphoners’

A headline claimed that Republican Warren G. Harding was ahead by a big margin in those states where the polls closed early.

Wildfire smoke in US exposes millions to hazardous pollution

Wildfires churning out dense plumes of smoke as they scorch huge swaths of the U.S. West Coast have exposed millions of people to hazardous pollution levels, causing emergency room visits to spike and potentially thousands of deaths among the elderly and infirm, according to an Associated Press analysis of pollution data and interviews with physicians, health authorities and researchers.

Cathy McMorris Rodgers, Dave Wilson talk pandemic, Trump’s response and health care in second debate

In her quest for a ninth term in Congress, McMorris Rodgers defended early actions of the Trump administration to stop the spread of the pandemic and argued existing assistance programs would help if they were extended. Democrat Wilson said the White House lost time by publicly downplaying the impact of the virus. 

A demolition permit has been filed for the Elephant Car Wash. What happens to the iconic sign?

A demolition permit has been filed for the iconic Elephant Car Wash, which has operated at the corner of Battery Street and Denny Way since 1956. City records show that Seattle property management company Clise Properties applied for the permit on Oct. 4, a development first reported by the Daily Journal of Commerce. It is not clear whether the car wash’s iconic rotating sign will be affected by the demolition.

After deadlocked vote, Davenport City Council poised to abandon plan for independent police force

A move by some members of the Davenport City Council to withdraw from the city’s law enforcement contract with the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office and create their own police department seems to have fizzled.

Firefighters battle exhaustion along with wildfire flames

Firefighters trying to contain the massive wildfires in Oregon, California and Washington state are constantly on the verge of exhaustion as they try to save suburban houses, including some in their own neighborhoods. Each home or barn lost is a mental blow for teams trained to protect lives and property.

Lightning storm, easterly wind: How the wildfires got so bad

Two unusual weather phenomena combined to create some of the most destructive wildfires the West Coast states have seen in modern times.

‘Nothing left in the bucket’: Wildfire resources run thin

Firefighters battling the West Coast wildfires say this year’s blazes are some of the worst they have ever seen

Seeping under doors, bad air from West’s fires won’t ease up

Dangerously dirty air spewing from the West Coast wildfires is seeping into homes and businesses, sneaking into cars through air conditioning vents and preventing people already shut away by the coronavirus pandemic from enjoying a walk or trip to the park.

Local attorney Rick Eichstaedt to serve on panel deciding land use cases across state

The former executive director of the Center for Justice, who has brought land use cases against local governments on behalf of neighborhood groups, has been appointed to a state board that oversees such appeals of such decisions under state law by Gov. Jay Inslee. 

‘There have been new challenges’: Women running for office aim to balance new demands during COVID-19

When the COVID-19 pandemic forced everyone to stay at home in March, former state Rep. Kristine Reeves knew her campaign would change in ways many other candidates’ wouldn’t.

Governor candidate Culp named in lawsuit over disputed traffic case

Republic Police Chief Loren Culp, the GOP candidate for governor, was named in a federal lawsuit that claims a Montana woman’s rights were violated when she was detained and charged after a traffic check in 2018.

As battle over mail-in voting heats up, Washington offers example of how to avoid the disaster many states fear

With an unprecedented number of Americans expected to vote by mail in November, sweeping changes at the U.S. Postal Service have raised concerns about voters receiving their ballots before Election Day, but election watchers say returning ballots on time could be a bigger problem.

Initial jobless claims down last week in Washington, Spokane

The number of people filing for unemployment insurance for the first time was down 11% in Washington last week with initial claims in Spokane County down 20%, according to the Washington state Employment Security Department.

Senators seek clarity on Postal Service’s treatment of election mail

WASHINGTON – Amid growing concern about the impact of changes at the U.S. Postal Service on Americans’ ability to vote by mail, Democratic senators on Wednesday called on the agency’s chief to clarify how it will handle ballots and other election-related mail.

‘She’s a forceful advocate’: Harris pick gets high marks from many Washington Democrats

The selection of U.S. Sen. Kamala Harris to be the Democratic nominee for vice president delighted some, encouraged others and disappointed a few party members Tuesday after presumptive presidential nominee Joe Biden made his announcement.

Washington’s top elections official warns of ‘very concerning’ changes at Postal Service that could impact voting

Washington election officials are worried that attempts to cut costs at the U.S. Postal Service could impact the November election amid growing bipartisan concerns about the agency’s ability to handle a surge of mail-in ballots across the country.

Washington primary candidates in the home stretch

Ballot return statistics from the state elections office show that while returns are running significantly ahead of the 2016 state primary, only about one in five ballots had been returned as of Friday afternoon. Election Day is Tuesday.