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Screenshot of Gov. Jay Inslee’s news conference from Feb. 17, 2022.

Governor: Masks can come off March 21 in most public settings

They’ll still be required in some places, but Washington is following several other states now lifting mandates.

  • Feb 17, 2022
  • By Jerry Cornfield Herald Writer and Claudia Yaw Herald Writer
  • Coronavirus
Screenshot of Gov. Jay Inslee’s news conference from Feb. 17, 2022.
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Eastside Fire & Rescue to leave behind Naloxone kits for those at-risk of opioid overdose

Eastside Fire & Rescue’s service area has had a total of 67 fatal overdoses since January 2020.

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Survey data shows why some WA parents are hesitant to vaccinate their children

Census Bureau survey data shows what reasons are cited, and how Washington compares to other states.

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A gun rights advocate warns a crowd of the potential need for forceful resistance in the future at gathering outside House of Representatives chamber in this 2020 file photo.

Ban of guns at government meetings, ballot counting advances

The prohibition would cover open and concealed carry of firearms. State House Democrats overrode Republican objections.

  • Feb 16, 2022
  • By Jerry Cornfield jcornfield@soundpublishing.com
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A gun rights advocate warns a crowd of the potential need for forceful resistance in the future at gathering outside House of Representatives chamber in this 2020 file photo.
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Vaccine verification requirement will end March 1, officials announce

King County officials say this decision is backed by science.

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Common themes from Eastside communities regarding ways to improve transit service. Courtesy of King County Metro.

King County Metro and Sound Transit seek feedback from Eastside residents

2 Line light rail link to serve 10 new stations by 2023.

Common themes from Eastside communities regarding ways to improve transit service. Courtesy of King County Metro.
In King County, fentanyl is most commonly seen in blue, greenish, or pale colored counterfeit pills. Photo courtesy of King County.

County files homicide charges in Kirkland fentanyl overdose case

Defendant accused of selling blue M30 fentanyl pills to clients after victim died in his apartment.

In King County, fentanyl is most commonly seen in blue, greenish, or pale colored counterfeit pills. Photo courtesy of King County.
State Superintendent Chris Reykdal (Courtesy of OSPI)

State Superintendent recommends change of mask mandate policies in schools, claims ‘landscape’ of pandemic has changed

Meanwhile, the state’s largest public school employees’ union continues support for masks in schools.

State Superintendent Chris Reykdal (Courtesy of OSPI)
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Redmond Police arrest former member of USA Climbing Team for alleged child rape

The 28-year-old man is suspected of sexual misconduct in Redmond, Bothell, Mukilteo and Canada.

  • Feb 11, 2022
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A protective mask hanging on a front door. (Sound Publishing file photo)

Inslee: Mask mandate is going away, but not quite yet

Governor said he’ll say exactly when next week. Meanwhile, a pause on elective surgeries will end Feb. 17.

  • Feb 10, 2022
  • By Jerry Cornfield jcornfield@soundpublishing.com
  • Coronavirus
A protective mask hanging on a front door. (Sound Publishing file photo)
Traffic in South King County. File photo

5 things Democrats didn’t say about their $17B transpo plan

Democrats’ transportation package in the Washington state Legislature, as of Feb. 9, spends lots of money. It also makes new policy. Here are five points… Continue reading

  • Feb 9, 2022
  • By Jerry Cornfield jcornfield@soundpublishing.com
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The East DDC in Redmond (Cameron Sheppard/Sound Publishing)

U.S. House passes postal service reform bill after concerns of facility closures and declining service standards

The bill intends to improve services, expand transparency and to save the agency billions.

The East DDC in Redmond (Cameron Sheppard/Sound Publishing)
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Lake Washington School District votes on levy renewals

The proposed levies would help provide full funding to schools.

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Laura Da’ (Courtesy of Laura Da’)

Meet Redmond’s new poet laureate, Laura Da’

Da’ is a poet, a teacher and a lifetime resident of the Pacific Northwest.

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Snoqualmie Tribe acquires 12,000 acres of ancestral forestlands in Tolt River Watershed

The purchase is the largest acquisition of land in the tribe’s modern history.

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Snoqualmie Indian Tribe and Eastside Fire & Rescue to receive grant-funded emergency aid vehicle

The vehicle will be designed for safe emergency response during viral pandemics.

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Attorney General files lawsuit against COVID testing company

Center for COVID Control operated testing sites in King County.

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After a record-breaking 2020, gun violence continues to increase in King County

King County Prosecuting Attorney believes pandemic gun violence is part of a national trend.

Courtesy of King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office
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Woman arrested after allegedly pulling gun on gas station employee who asked her to wear a mask

The 33-year-old Spanaway woman has not been charged yet.

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Information on escape vehicle (Screenshot from King County Sheriff’s Office PIO Twitter)

One of five juvenile detention center escapees apprehended

Five inmates escaped from Echo Glen Children’s Center in Snoqualmie in a Ford Fusion on Jan. 26.

Information on escape vehicle (Screenshot from King County Sheriff’s Office PIO Twitter)