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To reach her mother's second-floor room, Abby Rosenblum visits during COVID by using the bed of a pickup truck parked alongside the building.

The COVID-19 vaccine brings optimism at a bleak time, but post-vaccination fears about what’s safe persist

To reach her mother's second-floor room, Abby Rosenblum visits during COVID by using the bed of a pickup truck parked alongside the building.

February 21, 2021, 12:44pm Health

SEATTLE — The coronavirus pandemic has stolen a precious year from Abby Rosenblum and her mother. Read story

A gray whale shows its fluke as it dives off Depoe Bay, seen on a whale-watching tour with Carrie Newell's Whale Research EcoExcursions.

Gray whales make most of Puget Sound

A gray whale shows its fluke as it dives off Depoe Bay, seen on a whale-watching tour with Carrie Newell's Whale Research EcoExcursions.

February 21, 2021, 6:06am Life

SEATTLE — Every spring, a small group of about a dozen gray whales pauses along an epic migration from calving lagoons in Baja California to their feeding grounds in the Arctic. They travel more than 170 miles off their coastal migration route, to stop off in northern Puget Sound. There,… Read story

Portland team to respond to shootings

February 20, 2021, 7:18pm Northwest

PORTLAND (AP) — Portland police said Friday they’ve created a specialized team of officers and detectives to focus full time on shooting investigations in response to a jump in gun violence in the last year. Read story

Oregon takes aim at state gun law

February 20, 2021, 5:46pm Northwest

SALEM, Ore. — So many people are buying guns in Oregon these days that the state police are often unable to complete background checks in time, allowing the sales to proceed if the deadline isn’t met. Read story

Washington overdose deaths increased during first half of 2020

February 20, 2021, 5:45pm Northwest

Olympia — The use of the potent opioid Fentanyl contributed to a significant rise in Washington overdose deaths during the first half of 2020, according to state data released Friday. Read story

In this photo provided by Chris Moore, a downed tree tangled up with power lines blocks the road leading out of a neighborhood in Lake Oswego, Ore., on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. More than 150,000 customers remain without power in the greater Portland, Ore., region nearly a week after a massive ice storm downed power lines and sent trees crashing onto houses and blocked roads.

More than 50,000 without power in Oregon

In this photo provided by Chris Moore, a downed tree tangled up with power lines blocks the road leading out of a neighborhood in Lake Oswego, Ore., on Wednesday, Feb. 17, 2021. More than 150,000 customers remain without power in the greater Portland, Ore., region nearly a week after a massive ice storm downed power lines and sent trees crashing onto houses and blocked roads.

February 20, 2021, 12:44pm Northwest

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — More than 50,000 customers remained without power Saturday, more than a week after an ice storm ravaged the electrical grid in greater Portland, Oregon. Read story

State to catch, test Yakima bighorns

February 20, 2021, 6:02am Northwest

YAKIMA — The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife will try a new approach to address diseased bighorn sheep in the Yakima River Canyon. Read story

Alex Whiting, left, and Cyrus Harris, right, are observed by Chris Sannito, second from left, and Brian Himelbloom, third from left, of the Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center on Oct. 28, 2016, as they trim and clean seal blubber in Kotzebue, Alaska. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation approved seal oil to be served at a Maniilaq elder care home, believed to be a first for seal oil in the U.S.

Seal oil on menu at Alaska care home

Alex Whiting, left, and Cyrus Harris, right, are observed by Chris Sannito, second from left, and Brian Himelbloom, third from left, of the Kodiak Seafood and Marine Science Center on Oct. 28, 2016, as they trim and clean seal blubber in Kotzebue, Alaska. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation approved seal oil to be served at a Maniilaq elder care home, believed to be a first for seal oil in the U.S.

February 20, 2021, 6:00am Northwest

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Seal oil has been a staple in the diet of Alaska’s Inupiat for generations. Read story

Oregon officials say vaccine remains on track

February 19, 2021, 6:47pm Northwest

PORTLAND — Despite historic winter weather across the country that is causing shipment delays and forcing mass vaccination sites to reschedule appointments, Oregon health officials said Friday that the state’s vaccination timeline remains on schedule. Read story

Gresham, Ore., police chief retires

February 19, 2021, 5:46pm Northwest

GRESHAM, Ore. — Gresham Police Chief Robin Sells retired on Friday, effective immediately, city officials said Friday. Read story