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Stuck jet stream, La Nina causing weird weather

December 4, 2021, 8:04pm Nation & World

Meteorologists attribute the latest batch of record-shattering weather extremes to a stuck jet stream and the effects of a La Nina weather pattern from cooling waters in the equatorial Pacific. Read story

Horse Ridge is a great late-fall option for trail fun

December 4, 2021, 7:57pm Northwest

East of Bend, the Oregon Badlands Wilderness offers hikers and trail runners seemingly endless flat trails amid ancient juniper trees and lava rock. Near the Badlands is Horse Ridge. This… Read story

Registered Nurse Westin Prouty, center, and a medical team finish turning over a COVID-19 patient onto their stomach to help with breathing, inside the intensive care unit at Central Washington Hospital on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021. Proning, or turning a patient on their stomach for better breathing, takes a team of people. With staffing shortages, the hospital has trained staff in other departments to come help with this strenuous and time-consuming process.

Washington confirms first 3 cases of omicron variant

Registered Nurse Westin Prouty, center, and a medical team finish turning over a COVID-19 patient onto their stomach to help with breathing, inside the intensive care unit at Central Washington Hospital on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021. Proning, or turning a patient on their stomach for better breathing, takes a team of people. With staffing shortages, the hospital has trained staff in other departments to come help with this strenuous and time-consuming process.

December 4, 2021, 7:44pm Health

SEATTLE — The first three cases of the omicron coronavirus variant have been confirmed in Washington state, officials said Saturday. Read story

Australian company begins drilling for lithium in Oregon

December 4, 2021, 6:03am Northwest

VALE, Ore. — An Australian company has started drilling at a southeast Oregon site that could eventually host a large lithium mine. Read story

Report on Seattle mayor’s missing texts yet to materialize

December 4, 2021, 6:02am Northwest

SEATTLE (AP) — A completed report on Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan’s missing text messages from a period during last year’s racial justice protests has yet to appear as Durkan prepares to leave office — and officials aren’t saying when it will. Read story

TriMet to reduce bus services due to workforce shortage

December 3, 2021, 4:22pm Latest News

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — TriMet officials said this week that bus services will be reduced starting Jan. 9 because of an extreme shortage of bus operators. Read story

The proposed revisions to Washington's congressional maps.

Washington Supreme Court declines to draw new redistricting plan

The proposed revisions to Washington's congressional maps.

December 3, 2021, 9:45am Clark County Politics

OLYMPIA — The state Supreme Court on Friday said a plan adopted by the Washington Redistricting Commission “substantially complied” with statutory deadlines, and declined to adopt a new redistricting plan for the state. Read story

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2021, file photo, a pharmacist prepares a syringe of the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19, at Queen Anne Healthcare, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility in Seattle. With booster doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine now authorized in the U.S., government advisers reconvened on Thursday, Sept. 23, to tackle the most contentious question yet: Exactly who should roll up their sleeves right away? (AP Photo/Ted S.

Inslee: Washington increasing access to boosters, vaccines ahead of omicron

FILE - In this Jan. 8, 2021, file photo, a pharmacist prepares a syringe of the Pfizer vaccine for COVID-19, at Queen Anne Healthcare, a skilled nursing and rehabilitation facility in Seattle. With booster doses of Pfizer's COVID-19 vaccine now authorized in the U.S., government advisers reconvened on Thursday, Sept. 23, to tackle the most contentious question yet: Exactly who should roll up their sleeves right away? (AP Photo/Ted S.

December 3, 2021, 8:53am Health

OLYMPIA — With the omicron variant likely on its way to Washington and demand for boosters high, the state is working to increase access to COVID-19 vaccinations, Gov. Jay Inslee said. Read story

Audit of SPD discipline offers recommendations to improve accountability, transparency

December 3, 2021, 7:44am Northwest

SEATTLE — Improving oversight of officer suspensions, speeding up the time in which disciplinary appeals are adjudicated and improving technology for maintaining personnel records are among the recommendations and matters for consideration outlined in a first-of-its kind audit of the Seattle Police Department’s disciplinary system for officers accused of policy… Read story

Andre Mattus, right, a nurse at the University of Washington Medical Center, gives the first shot of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to Amar Gunderson, 6 1/2, Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021, in Seattle. Last week, U.S. health officials gave the final signoff to Pfizer's kid-size COVID-19 shot, a milestone that opened a major expansion of the nation's vaccination campaign to children as young as 5. (AP Photo/Ted S.

More than 129K Washington kids ages 5–11 receive first COVID vaccine dose

Andre Mattus, right, a nurse at the University of Washington Medical Center, gives the first shot of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to Amar Gunderson, 6 1/2, Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021, in Seattle. Last week, U.S. health officials gave the final signoff to Pfizer's kid-size COVID-19 shot, a milestone that opened a major expansion of the nation's vaccination campaign to children as young as 5. (AP Photo/Ted S.

December 3, 2021, 7:44am Health

OLYMPIA — More than 129,000 children ages 5 through 11 in Washington state have received their first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric vaccine since eligibility expanded to include younger kids on Nov. 3, health officials said Thursday. Read story