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Drivers, riders line up for 'the highway' opening

The North Cascades National Scenic Highway opened last Wednesday (May 10), just in time for Winthrop's '49ers Days festivities. Washington State Department of Transportation... — Updated 5/19/2023


Seahawks get some support from Olympia

Seahawks legend Walter Jones joined Gov. Jay Inslee and Secretary of State Steve Hobbs in raising the 12th-man flag at the capitol Jan. 11 to promote this weekend's playoff game.... — Updated 3/8/2023


Area veterinary clinics, shelters facing challenges

Area pet owners who try to schedule veterinary appointments often encounter a phone that rings off the hook or an automated message saying the clinic will get back to them as soon... — Updated 12/8/2022


What motivates Woodward? Trump is 'on the ballot'

From afar, the questions surrounding his every public-stage movement are fascinating political theater playing out in a decidedly Other Washington: What's motivating Bob Woodward?... — Updated 11/3/2022

 By Staff    Around The State

City of Seattle, Harrell detail plan to tackle surge in graffiti

SEATTLE - Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell announced on Oct. 27 detailed elements of his One Seattle Graffiti Plan to beautify Seattle and address a surge in graffiti. "Not only does... — Updated 11/3/2022


Repairs needed for Edmonds Fishing Pier railings

Six years after the Edmonds Fishing Pier was reopened following extensive renovations, some of the popular structure's top railings appear to be failing. Meant to carry the weight... — Updated 10/27/2022


REAL ID Requirements Less Than a Year Away

In less than a year, those who want to board a flight or enter some federal buildings will be required to present a REAL ID. Starting on May 3, 2023, passengers will be required to... — Updated 10/21/2022


Most Excellent Animals

It was, on the face of it, just another Saturday in which the sounds and smells of agriculture wafted from the Ardell Pavilion at the Grant County Fairgrounds. But the bleats and... — Updated 10/13/2022


Canada border restrictions to be dropped

The Canadian government has announced that effective Saturday, October 1, it will be dropping its Covid-19 vaccination requirement and end random Covid-19 testing for people... — Updated 9/29/2022


Route more than a century in the making

Even before the North Cascades Scenic Highway opened on Sept. 2, 1972, after 13 years of actual construction and many more of surveying, the road had been the dream of... — Updated 9/23/2022


Heavy rains cause massive rockslides on Harts Pass Road, stranding some campers

Four employees of the Methow Valley Ranger District safely navigated the rocky, narrow Harts Pass Road in treacherous conditions as torrential rains sent rocks cascading onto the... — Updated 9/1/2022


Human foot? Leave it alone and call 911

RAYMOND — It’s not an everyday occurrence that a man walks into the police department with what he thinks is a human foot, but that’s what happened Aug. 1 at 10:12 a.m. at the Raymond Police Department. “Please, I don’t... — Updated 8/11/2022


Owls and Eagles and Bears - and Sasquatch, of course - Help to Brighten the Garden

Anyone exploring the byways of the Key Peninsula has seen them, and maybe even been startled. Wooden bear cubs clinging to a tree, an enormous eagle perched atop a roof peak, a... — Updated 8/11/2022


Looking for a NEXUS interview? Might be easier to find Sasquatch

Thirteen NEXUS enrollment centers in Canada remain closed even though the U.S. centers have been open since April 19. One reason why is because the Canadians do not want U.S.... — Updated 8/4/2022


Deception Pass park celebrates 100th birthday

The parking lot at East Cranberry Lake was filled with cars, pedestrians and shuttle buses this past Saturday as folks from across the region came to celebrate the 100th... — Updated 7/28/2022


Sand & 'aardvark snot': The not-so-fine art of sand sculpting

LONG BEACH - All you need is sand and water - and a little bit of aardvark snot. The multi-day summer Sandsations event delighted onlookers last week as several sand artists... — Updated 7/28/2022


Spokane International Airport readies for expansion

Spokane International Airport officials have solidified expansion plans to keep up with the needs of the continually growing city. The first expansion of the Spokane International... — Updated 7/21/2022


History comes alive: Lewis and Clark

KNAPPTON COVE - A pair of moccasins might only last a couple days and buffalo meat was much desired after a diet too rich with roots and salmon. The daily lives and dining... — Updated 7/14/2022


Get cracking: Crabbing season opens Friday

Boatloads of crabbers hope to kick off the Fourth of July holiday weekend with a bang when the season officially opens Friday, July 1. "Crabbing seasons should be similar to recent... — Updated 6/30/2022


Ferry route from Anacortes to Sidney, B.C., on hold until at least 2023

Travel between Anacortes and Sidney, B.C., via ferry won't be happening until at least next summer, according to Washington State Ferries staff. During a community meeting last... — Updated 6/23/2022


I-5 bridge project has Washington lawmakers feeling left out

The project to replace the aging Interstate 5 bridge over the Columbia River is set to hit a milestone next month with endorsements from key stakeholder groups, though legislators... — Updated 6/23/2022


Off the (pi) charts!

Emma Haruka Iwao started programming when she was in elementary school. Now, she's broken the world record for computing the most digits of pi-twice. On June 8, 2022, Iwao, a... — Updated 6/16/2022


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

 By Staff    Around The State

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


American Empress ready to make waves in East Clark County

The Port of Camas-Washougal is set to welcome the largest overnight riverboat west of the Mississippi River to East Clark County this summer. Port commissioners approved a contract... — Updated 3/24/2022


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


Gordy and the sloth - a story for the ages: Giant fossil named for Ilwaco grad who found it

SEATTLE - Gordon "Gordy" Simmons has achieved an honor few can match. The Skamokawa resident has had a fossil named for him. "Gordy" is the name bestowed by the Burke Museum in... — Updated 3/23/2022


CWU aviation professor named National Flight Instructor of the Year

Central Washington University Aviation Professor Amy Hoover entered rarefied air this month when she was named the 2022 National Certified Flight Instructor of the Year by the... — Updated 3/23/2022


Mukilteo Ferry Terminal wins national award

The Mukilteo Multimodal Ferry Terminal, Washington state's first new ferry terminal in 40 years, was named a national winner of a WoodWorks 2022 Wood Design Award. Mukilteo earned... — Updated 3/17/2022


2022 Legislative session gets underway

The 2022 session of the Washington State Legislature opened Jan 10 with legislators saying they want to help strengthen economic well being, manage COVID-19 risks, provide help with childcare, housing, and mental health support... — Updated 3/16/2022


Businesses Consider a Pivot to Compostable Utensils in Wake of New Law

Businesses in Yelm are considering the use of compostable plastic utensils in the wake of a new law that restricts the availability of disposal items. The Washington Legislature... — Updated 3/16/2022


Bob Kirkpatrick steps in as editor of Cheney Free Press

CHENEY – Veteran journalist Bob Kirkpatrick has joined the Cheney Free Press to reinvigorate the newsroom and help bring a new look to the newspapers. Kirkpatrick came to the... — Updated 2/17/2022


Nisqually Valley News Celebrates 100th Anniversary

On Feb. 16, 1922, the Nisqually Valley News issued its first newspaper, published by Elmer Fristoe. The single broadsheet highlighted the importance of a hometown newspaper. "Our pe... — Updated 2/17/2022


Birch Bay beekeeper named 2021 beekeeper of the year by statewide organization

A Birch Bay beekeeper received a statewide award for her dedication to protecting honeybees from the Asian giant hornet. Washington State Beekeepers Association (WASBA), a... — Updated 2/10/2022


Pruning to prepare for award-winning wine

Although its sports teams pay homage to its wildlife and past agricultural tradition through the Raptors and the Spudders, one other notable aspect of Ridgefield is prominently disp... — Updated 2/10/2022


DNA tests show 2020 and 2021 east Blaine hornet nests were related

The Washington State Department of Agriculture (WSDA) has confirmed all of the Asian giant hornet nests found in 2021 were connected to nest 'zero,' the first nest found and... — Updated 1/20/2022


Sefzik offers more 'age-diverse senate'

FERNDALE - Washington state's newest senator is still learning how to disagree without being disagreeable. That's what 22-year-old Simon Sefzik wrote in his cover letter to the What... — Updated 1/12/2022


Blaine businesses react to increased Canadian traffic

Traffic at the Peace Arch border crossing, vehicles with B.C. license plates filling up at gas stations and parcels being retrieved are signs of returning normalcy to Blaine in the... — Updated 12/9/2021


Potential I-5 bridge replacements revealed

Work to replace the aging spans of the Interstate 5 bridge system over the Columbia River now shows a clearer picture of what the project would look like as officials revealed a... — Updated 11/3/2021


Officials plead Biden for help with Point Roberts

In back to back appeals, both U.S. senator Patty Murray and governor Jay Inslee have asked President Joe Biden to personally intervene and allow the border in Point Roberts to be... — Updated 10/1/2021


Another Asian Giant Hornet trap?

The Washington State Department of Agriculture has eradicated three Asian Giant Hornet nests since late 2020 and has its eyes on a fourth nest later this week. All located in north... — Updated 9/23/2021


Back to Nature: Washougal couple leave jobs, commit to full-time farm life

John Spencer had an epiphany during a lunch meeting in the summer of 2019 when he suddenly realized that he wasn't content with what he was doing for a living and that something... — Updated 9/16/2021


First Asian giant hornet nest eradicated in U.S. this year

State entomologists eradicated an Asian giant hornet nest with nearly 1,500 hornets in various life stages in east Blaine August 25. The nest was three times the size of the first... — Updated 8/27/2021


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