Why we are here

Meaningful, independent journalism is at a crossroads. Advertisers who once filled newspaper coffers and funded local journalism have shifted resources to the Internet. And... — Updated 5/19/2022

Legislature 2022: What passed and what didn't

Gov. Jay Inslee said lawmakers delivered on his call to take “big, bold, action,” after the 60-day legislative session came to a close March 10 in Olympia, working until the midnight deadline to push through a $64.1 billion... — Updated 3/16/2022

Kelp help is on the way

Below the surface of Puget Sound, disappearing kelp forests and eelgrass beds are threatening the stability of dependent species. The shrinking population is now drawing the attention of lawmakers, with a variety of approaches... — Updated 5/2/2022

Morel harvesting permits available in May

People hoping for a share of the earthy mushrooms that often pop up after a wildfire can apply for a commercial harvesting permit for morels from the Methow Valley Ranger District starting Monday (May 2). People can collect up to... — Updated 4/28/2022

State's gray wolf population increased in 2021

The gray wolf population in Washington topped 200 animals last year, with 33 packs in the central and eastern parts of the state at the end of 2021. The Washington Department of... — Updated 4/21/2022

Legislature Funds Increased Derelict Boat Removal on Puget Sound

Removing derelict or abandoned boats from the waters of Puget Sound is a high priority for the Department of Natural Resources. The department's underfunded Derelict Vessel... — Updated 4/21/2022

Where Beaches Are Born

Agates and oysters. A clear tide. Stories. I am south of Driftwood Annie's point, strolling Pitt Passage with two veteran beach walkers. The going is wonderfully slow. "It changes... — Updated 3/17/2022

Oil facilities, transporters to be liable for oil spill costs

The financial responsibility for an oil spill will fall on those who own the facilities and vessels that produce and transport oil, under HB 1691. The bill was passed by the Senate Thursday, March 3. It passed in the House last... — Updated 4/28/2022

New Statewide Alert System for Missing Indigenous People Is a Welcomed Change for Nisqually Tribe

In March, Washington Gov. Jay Inslee signed a bill into law that would create a statewide alert system for missing Indigenous people. It was the first of its kind to be put in... — Updated 4/28/2022

School district working to settle public records lawsuit

The Grand Coulee Dam School District will offer $16,000 to a man who filed a lawsuit against them regarding a public records request, and who has reportedly made around a million dollars over the years with similar lawsuits... — Updated 4/28/2022

Use of force by police redefined under new law

People with mental health problems and juveniles can be detained or restrained by law enforcement, according to new legislation on the use of force. The new law, House Bill 1735, passed the Washington State House with a 90-5... — Updated 4/28/2022

Standards for police pursuits, use of force, defined

Police can pursue and stop vehicles if they have a “reasonable suspicion” of a crime being committed under new legislation that is headed to the desk of Gov. Jay Inslee. The Washington State House of Representatives voted... — Updated 4/28/2022

Large capacity gun magazine ban moves to governor's desk

Since September 2016 Washington State Attorney General Bob Ferguson has been working toward implementing gun reform that would prevent acts like the Mukilteo mass shooting on July 30, 2016. Now, a ban on high-capacity magazines... — Updated 4/28/2022

Cannabis workers want longer sentences for robberies

Cannabis dispensary owners and employees are hoping to see a decrease in armed robberies with the passage of a bill imposing stricter penalties for offenders. The bill proposes increasing the standard sentence range by 12 months... — Updated 4/28/2022

School district suit makes its debut in court

Wahkiakum School District's lawsuit against the State of Washington was heard for the first time on Monday, in Cathlamet before Wahkiakum Superior Court Judge Donald Richter,... — Updated 4/7/2022

School "active shooter" drills traumatic for students

K-12 schools have more guidance on how to conduct active-shooter lockdown drills with a new bill signed into law by Gov. Jay Inslee. The bill prohibits schools from conducting drills involving life-like simulations or... — Updated 4/28/2022

Disc golf offers low-impact, full body workout

Now that it's May, with hopefully warmer weather around the corner, it's a great time to get out to local parks. Walking in the woods has shown to benefit physical and mental... — Updated 5/5/2022

How to Prepare for Tick Season in Western Washington

Spring has sprung and with its return, so have ticks. In Northern America, when temperatures begin to warm, ticks begin to stretch their legs around the outdoors. Since ticks can... — Updated 3/31/2022

Mask mandate in most setting ends March 11

Washingtonians will see the end of the state masking mandate 10 days earlier than expected, following a dramatic decline in COVID-related hospitalizations and deaths. “We want to move forward as a state at the appropriate... — Updated 3/23/2022

Thank you for 40 amazing years

When you wake up after a dream, the dream fades away because it wasn't real. I dreamt of starting the first Chinese newspaper in the Pacific Northwest in October 1981. I woke up... — Updated 4/28/2022

Cheney Free Press hires reporter

CHENEY- Michaela Friedrich is the newest addition to the Cheney Free Press. She is a junior in the Gonzaga journalism program and is looking forward to her new gig. "I'm really... — Updated 5/19/2022

Thurston County Confirms Bird Flu in a Backyard Flock

Since its arrival in Washington state two weeks ago, highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI), also known as bird flu, has now hit nine backyard flocks in seven counties, with... — Updated 5/19/2022

Army trying to rebound after COVID-19

In recent years, recruitment numbers have been trending downward, according to Major General Dennis LeMaster, who spoke at Cadet Hall on the Eastern Washington University campus on... — Updated 5/5/2022

Harrell stole the spotlight during Biden's visit

When President Joe Biden visited Seattle last Friday, Mayor Bruce Harrell's photos were all over in the media, more than other politicians. Never mind that Harrell is only a mayor,... — Updated 5/5/2022

KP Man Completes First Solo Row from U.S. to Asia

Solo circumnavigator Erden Eruç of Wauna, 60, made landfall at Legazpi City in the Philippines March 24, becoming the first person to row from North America to Asia after... — Updated 5/5/2022

Interstate 5 bridge replacement will likely utilize light rail

The program to replace the aging Interstate 5 bridge inches closer to a final design as scenarios currently under consideration are likely to use light rail as its mass transit... — Updated 4/28/2022

Nom-nom: Galley back open on Edmonds-Kingston run

After a ban of more than two years on food and drink service on Washington State Ferries, those taking the Edmonds-Kingston run can now partake in gallery offerings. Clam chowder... — Updated 4/21/2022

Calling all fin clippers: With a record 5 million Chinook to mark, Naselle Hatchery is buzzing

NASELLE - It's a simple snip that happens in seconds, a distinguishing mark that lasts a lifetime for salmon providing crucial insight for fishery management across the Pacific... — Updated 4/13/2022

Pickleball: Go out and play Washington state's official sport

It's now one of those dates where people ask you: Where were you on that famous day, when Senate Bill 5615 was signed into law? The screams you have been hearing wasn't due to the... — Updated 3/31/2022

In Edmonds: Eagle takes off from Hickman Park

A rehabilitated bald eagle took off from Hickman Park on March 18 after receiving care from PAWS, the Lynnwood-based nonprofit whose mission includes rehabilitating orphaned and... — Updated 3/24/2022

Woodland Police Department welcomes new wellness dog

The Woodland Police Department's newest employee spends a good amount of time sleeping on the job, but that's to be expected of an 11-week-old Labrador retriever. When fully... — Updated 5/19/2022

WWU student's Breakout Magazine offers writers, bands opportunity

In September 2021, Natalie Vinh saw a need for a local music publication. About a month later, she launched Breakout Magazine. Managed entirely by Vinh, Breakout is a collaborative... — Updated 5/19/2022

Lummi-carved totem will travel 2,300 miles for salmon advocacy

A 14-foot totem pole sculpted by master carvers in the Lummi Nation will travel more than 2,300 miles over the next few weeks as part of an advocacy campaign for salmon... — Updated 5/4/2022

Ryan Booth featured in film documentary

Ryan Booth can check several boxes on his resume: National Park Service ranger, Washington State University assistant professor of history, and Fulbright Scholar, to name a few.... — Updated 4/28/2022

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