Washington State Advances Landmark Deal on Gig Drivers’ Job Status

Lawmakers have passed legislation granting benefits and protections, but allowing Lyft and Uber to continue to treat drivers as contractors.

#car-pooling-and-ride-sharing, #employee-fringe-benefits, #freelancing-self-employment-and-independent-contracting, #international-brotherhood-of-teamsters, #labor-and-jobs, #law-and-legislation, #lyft-inc, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #uber-technologies-inc, #wages-and-salaries, #washington-state

‘Atmospheric River’ Threatens to Pummel the Pacific Northwest

Heavy rains in the mountains of Oregon and Washington are expected to cause flooding starting on Monday, forecasters said.

#atmospheric-river, #floods, #pacific-northwestern-states-us, #rain, #washington-state, #weather

The Pacific Spiny Lumpsucker Is Armed to the Teeth

The diminutive predator is a terrible swimmer but thrives in the intertidal zone thanks to odd evolutionary adaptation.

#alaska, #armor, #bering-sea, #canada, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #teeth-and-dentistry, #washington-state, #your-feed-animals, #your-feed-science

Hacker Who Sold Pirated Video Games Gets More Than 3 Years in Prison

Gary Bowser, 52, pleaded guilty for his role in a group that sold pirated video games for devices like the Nintendo Switch, costing companies more than $65 million, prosecutors said.

#computer-and-video-games, #cyberattacks-and-hackers, #gary-bowser, #nintendo-switch-video-game-system, #united-states, #video-recordings-downloads-and-streaming, #washington-state

The Tsunami Could Kill Thousands. Can They Build An Escape?

A major quake in the Pacific Northwest, expected sooner or later, will most likely create waves big enough to wipe out entire towns. Evacuation towers may be the only hope, if they ever get built.

#earthquakes, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #geology, #oceans-and-seas, #tidal-waves-and-tsunamis, #washington-state

Rejected Mail Ballots Are Showing Racial Disparities

Auditors in Washington State found that the mail ballots of Black voters were being rejected at four times the rate of white voters. Similar trends have been seen in other states.

#absentee-voting, #brown-latosha-1970, #minorities, #race-and-ethnicity, #voting-rights-registration-and-requirements, #washington-state

Fraud Ring That Staged Car Crashes Cost Insurers $1 Million, U.S. Says

Nearly two dozen people have been indicted on charges related to the elaborate scheme, which took place from 2017 to 2020 in Washington State, the authorities said.

#automobile-insurance-and-liability, #federal-bureau-of-investigation, #frauds-and-swindling, #informers, #justice-department, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #washington-state

Record Rain and Snow Shut Down Roads and Schools in Washington State

Crucial routes through the Cascade Mountains remained closed on Sunday as responders assessed the damage.

#cascade-mountains, #floods, #hoquiam-wash, #leavenworth-wash, #olympia-wash, #puget-sound, #rain, #seattle-wash, #washington-state, #weather

A Tribe’s Bitter Purge Brings an Unusual Request: Federal Intervention

After cutting 306 people from its rolls, the Nooksack tribe is moving to evict those who remain in tribal housing. The dispute has raised questions about individual rights and tribal sovereignty.

#bureau-of-indian-affairs, #civil-rights-and-liberties, #evictions, #indigenous-people, #native-americans, #washington-state

Winter Storms Threaten to Disrupt Travel in the Northwest

Parts of Oregon and Washington were also bracing for single-digit temperatures as the Southern United States recorded temperatures more than 25 degrees above normal.

#cold-and-cold-spells, #oklahoma, #pacific-northwestern-states-us, #portland-ore, #seattle-wash, #snow-and-snowstorms, #texas, #washington-state, #weather

Washington State Senator Doug Eriksen Died After Covid Infection

Doug Ericksen was a Republican who helped lead opposition to Washington State’s Covid-19 emergency orders and vaccine mandates.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #state-legislatures, #vaccination-and-immunization, #washington-state

Flooding in Washington Brings Death and Devastation to Dairies

Near-record flooding in Washington State drowned cattle, demolished homes and damaged equipment. Broken supply chains are making it even harder to recover.

#agriculture-and-farming, #cattle, #dairy-products, #floods, #washington-state

Landslides and Torrential Rains Batter British Columbia

Dozens of drivers were trapped by landslides, and the city of Merritt warned of a “mass sewage backup.” The rainfall was part of a system that also pummeled Washington State.

#british-columbia-canada, #floods, #landslides-and-mudslides, #pacific-northwestern-states-us, #rain, #roads-and-traffic, #traffic-accidents-and-safety, #washington-state, #water-pollution

20 People Rescued From Flooded R.V. Park in Oregon

Some campers were airlifted from a recreational vehicle park after floodwaters covered the only bridge in and out of the area.

#floods, #neskowin-creek, #oregon, #rain, #rescues, #washington-state, #weather

Tree DNA Sends a Poacher to Prison in 2018 Maple Fire Case

Loggers seeking a prized hardwood started the fire in the Olympic National Forest, prosecutors said. The use of timber DNA evidence was a first in a federal criminal trial.

#dna-deoxyribonucleic-acid, #forest-service, #forests-and-forestry, #hood-canal-wash, #pacific-northwestern-states-us, #trees-and-shrubs, #washington-state, #wildfires

Liberal Hypocrisy Is Fueling Inequality

Why do states with democratic majorities fail to live up to their values?

#affordable-housing, #california, #capital-gains-tax, #democratic-party, #equal-educational-opportunities, #illinois, #income-inequality, #income-tax, #taxation, #washington-state

Metallurgist Admits She Falsified Test Results for Steel Used in Navy Submarines

For more than 30 years, Elaine Thomas altered test results for more than 240 steel productions while working for a foundry that provides metal for U.S. Navy submarines.

#frauds-and-swindling, #steel-and-iron, #submarines-and-submersibles, #tacoma-wash, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-navy, #washington-state

Immigration Detainees Are Owed $17 Million in Back Pay, Jury Says

The detainees had been working for $1 a day in a for-profit detention center in Tacoma, Wash., a labor practice that a federal jury said violated state law.

#adam-berger, #immigration-and-emigration, #immigration-detention, #tacoma-wash, #the-geo-group, #washington-state

Some Residents Taking Fighting Wildfires Into Their Own Hands

As wildfire seasons worsen, a growing number of rural residents are buying and outfitting fire rigs and other equipment to protect their property and themselves.

#california, #oregon, #rangeland-fire-protection-associations, #rural-areas, #trinity-county-calif, #washington-state, #wildfires

The Lummi Nation’s Secret to Saving Fragile Ecosystems

The Lummi Nation has a long, proud history of contesting ecologically unfriendly projects. Can it pull off one more big win?

#army-corps-of-engineers, #british-columbia-canada, #fish-and-other-marine-life, #fishing-commercial, #indigenous-people, #labor-and-jobs, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #politics-and-government, #refineries, #salmon, #ships-and-shipping, #washington-state

Liberal Voters Hold Firm to Biden’s Stronger Safety Net

In the deep-blue Seattle district represented by Pramila Jayapal, a leading progressive in Congress, voters see the Democrats’ left wing as ascendant and want it to play hardball against moderates.

#american-families-plan-2021, #american-jobs-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #house-of-representatives, #jayapal-pramila, #law-and-legislation, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-and-voters, #washington-state

‘Long Overdue’: Liberal Voters Hold Firm to Biden’s Stronger Safety Net

In the deep-blue Seattle district represented by Pramila Jayapal, a leading progressive in Congress, voters see the Democrats’ left wing as ascendant and want it to play hardball against moderates.

#american-families-plan-2021, #american-jobs-plan-2021, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #democratic-party, #jayapal-pramila, #law-and-legislation, #united-states-politics-and-government, #voting-and-voters, #washington-state

The Sunday Read: ‘I Had a Chance to Travel Anywhere. Why Did I Pick Spokane?’

After 18 months of pandemic parenting isolation, one writer knew just where the cure might lie: a minor-league baseball game in eastern Washington.

#baseball, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #minor-league-baseball, #spokane-wash, #washington-state

More ‘Murder Hornets’ Are Being Found and Destroyed

Officials hunting the Asian giant hornet in Washington State have so far destroyed three nests, and plan to eradicate a fourth — very carefully.

#animal-and-plant-health-inspection-service, #blaine-wash, #hornets-insects, #insects, #invasive-species, #pacific-northwestern-states-us, #washington-state

A Derelict Warehouse as a Second Home?

Even his artsy friends were skeptical. But for $70,000, he knew he could find a way to make it work.

#furniture, #home-repairs-and-improvements, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #lighting, #real-estate-and-housing-residential, #restoration-and-renovation, #washington-state

Washington State Will Require All Teachers to be Vaccinated

The policy is the strictest school vaccine mandate imposed to date by any state, allowing for only a few exceptions. School staff must be vaccinated by Oct. 18 or face possible dismissal.

#coronavirus-reopenings, #education-k-12, #inslee-jay, #vaccination-and-immunization, #washington-state

Wildfires Limit Outdoor Travel and Activity Across the West

Excessive heat and wildfires could disrupt the booming outdoor travel industry, as travelers now have to take a hotter and longer fire season into account.

#california, #global-warming, #hawaii, #idaho, #montana, #oregon, #travel-and-vacations, #washington-state, #western-states-us, #wildfires

Reconsidering Outdoor Travel in the West, as Wildfires Burn

Excessive heat and wildfires could disrupt the booming outdoor travel industry, as travelers now have to take a hotter and longer fire season into account.

#california, #fishing-sport, #global-warming, #hawaii, #idaho, #montana, #oregon, #travel-and-vacations, #washington-state, #wildfires

Heat-Related Death Toll Climbs to Nearly 100 in Washington State and Oregon

The heat wave in parts of the Pacific Northwest played a role in the deaths of dozens of people, some of whom lived alone.

#deaths-fatalities, #heatstroke, #oregon, #pacific-northwestern-states-us, #temperature, #washington-state

Pacific Northwest Continues to Bake Beneath ‘Heat Dome’

A wave of ocean air provided some relief after Portland, Ore., reached 116 degrees on Monday. Temperatures will climb into the upper 90s there on Tuesday, forecasters said.

#global-warming, #national-weather-service, #oregon, #pacific-northwestern-states-us, #portland-ore, #salem-ore, #seattle-wash, #temperature, #washington-state, #weather

Pacific Northwest Bakes in Record-Setting Heat Wave

A high of 102 degrees was recorded on Saturday at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, only the third time since 1945 that the high reached triple digits, the National Weather Service said.

#heat-wave, #oregon, #pacific-northwestern-states-us, #seattle-wash, #temperature, #washington-state, #weather

University of Washington Police Officers File Racism Claims

Police officers at the University of Washington in Seattle, regarded as one of the nation’s most progressive cities, said they were the target of racist insults and harassment.

#black-people, #colleges-and-universities, #discrimination, #race-and-ethnicity, #seattle-wash, #university-of-washington, #washington-state

Washington State Allows Free Joints for Covid Jabs

The promotion, called “Joints for Jabs,” is one of many across the United States whose aim is to get more Americans vaccinated.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #internal-essential, #marijuana, #vaccination-and-immunization, #washington-state

Protected Habitat, for a Population of One

Fifty years ago, Marty Bluewater fought to keep his home among the nesting birds of Protection Island. Now he’s fighting for the birds.

#bald-eagles, #birds, #environment, #marty-bluewater, #protection-island, #washington-state, #wildlife-sanctuaries-and-nature-reserves

Western States Face Excessive Heat Warnings and Advisories

Temperatures in Northern California could hit 107 on Tuesday and areas across Washington could reach the lower 100s, the National Weather Service said.

#california, #global-warming, #las-vegas-nev, #montana, #national-weather-service, #nevada, #washington-state, #weather, #western-states-us

3 Tacoma Police Officers Charged in Killing of Black Man

Prosecutors in Washington State said that Manuel Ellis had pleaded, “I can’t breathe,” after police officers punched him, squeezed his neck, pressed on his back and placed a spit hood over his head.

#black-people, #burbank-christopher-s-1985, #collins-matthew-j-1983, #ellis-manuel-d-2020, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #rankine-timothy-1988, #tacoma-wash, #washington-state

Along the Columbia River, Making a Monument of the Land

In the Pacific Northwest, Maya Lin’s ‘art landscapes’ celebrate the river’s partnership with Native American tribes.

#architecture, #columbia-river-pacific-northwest, #confederated-tribes-of-the-umatilla-indian-reservation-ore, #confluence-project-nonprofit, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #lin-maya, #maxey-museum-walla-walla-wash, #minthorn-antone, #native-americans, #oregon, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #washington-state

Covid Vaccines Are Now on Wheels

Mobile Covid-19 vaccine clinics in vans and buses are rolling up to neighborhoods in Delaware, Minnesota and Washington State to reach people who have been unable to travel to vaccination centers.

#delaware, #disease-rates, #johnsonjohnson, #minnesota, #moderna-inc, #vaccination-and-immunization, #washington-state

Some Statues Tell Lies. This One Tells the Truth.

Billy Frank Jr. changed the country for the better and won rights for Native Americans of the Pacific Northwest.

#fishing-commercial, #frank-billy-jr-1931-2014, #grant-ulysses-s, #lincoln-abraham, #native-americans, #salmon, #washington-state

Police Say an Antifa Activist Likely Shot at Officers. His Gun Suggests Otherwise.

Investigators said that Michael Reinoehl probably opened fire before officers killed him last year. But some key evidence raises questions about that conclusion.

#antifa-movement-us, #police-brutality-misconduct-and-shootings, #reinoehl-michael-1972-2020, #united-states-marshals-service, #washington-state

Salmonella Outbreak Is Linked to Wild Birds and Feeders, C.D.C. Says

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said 19 people had been sickened in eight states.

#birds, #california, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #hygiene-and-cleanliness, #kentucky, #mississippi, #new-hampshire, #oklahoma, #oregon, #salmonella-bacteria, #tennessee, #washington-state

Fed Up With Remote Learning, Governors Make a Push to Reopen Schools

A bipartisan group of governors decided to flex its muscle and get students back into classrooms, despite union resistance and bureaucratic hesitancy.

#baker-charles-d-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #dewine-mike, #education-k-12, #governors-us, #inslee-jay, #massachusetts, #ohio, #teachers-and-school-employees, #washington-state

Seattle’s Virus Success Shows What Could Have Been

The Seattle area once had more coronavirus deaths than anywhere else in the United States. A year later, the region’s deaths per capita are lower than any other large metropolitan area.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #disease-rates, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #king-county-wash, #seattle-wash, #washington-state

D.C.’s Mayor Mourned Covid’s Unequal Toll. Her Sister Is the Latest Victim.

As the number of coronavirus deaths in the city reached 1,000 this week, three-fourths of the dead were Black.

#black-people, #bowser-mercia, #bowser-muriel-e, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #deaths-fatalities, #disease-rates, #washington-state

On the West Coast, Avalanche Warnings and an ‘Atmospheric River’

The danger of avalanche is high in parts of the Cascade Mountains and areas farther south, the Northwest Avalanche Center said.

#avalanches, #cascade-mountains, #idaho, #national-parks-monuments-and-seashores, #national-weather-service, #oregon, #parks-and-other-recreation-areas, #portland-ore, #rain, #washington-state, #western-states-us

Woman, 90, Walked Six Miles in the Snow for a Vaccine

Frances Goldman had struggled for weeks to book a coronavirus vaccination in Seattle. So when she got a Sunday appointment, she didn’t intend to miss it — even if it meant braving the elements alone.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #goldman-frances-h-1930, #seattle-wash, #shortages, #snow-and-snowstorms, #vaccination-and-immunization, #washington-state

Oregon Is Vaccinating Teachers. It Might Not Be Enough to Reopen Schools.

Oregon is a case study in how Pacific Coast cities are lagging the country in resuming in-person teaching.

#anxiety-and-stress, #brown-kate-1960, #california, #coronavirus-reopenings, #coronavirus-risks-and-safety-concerns, #disease-rates, #education-k-12, #oregon, #organized-labor, #shutdowns-institutional, #teachers-and-school-employees, #vaccination-and-immunization, #washington-state, #western-states-us, #workplace-hazards-and-violations

Scenes From a Record-Setting Winter Storm

The coast-to-coast storm brought heavy snow and frigid temperatures as well as prompted rolling blackouts.

#dallas-tex, #mississippi, #ohio, #oklahoma, #photography, #power-failures-and-blackouts, #snow-and-snowstorms, #texas, #washington-state, #winter-season

A Plan to Keep Extremists Out of the GOP

Putting country before party would be easier if we changed electoral systems.

#cheney-liz, #democratic-party, #impeachment, #republican-party, #washington-state

Help With Vaccination Push Comes From Unexpected Businesses

Microsoft, Starbucks and Amazon are among the companies offering the government assistance with logistics and operations.

#amazon-com-inc, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #inslee-jay, #microsoft-corp, #public-private-sector-cooperation, #starbucks-corporation, #united-states-politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization, #washington-state