OLYMPIA — To explain the current state of the Washington Legislature, forget the philosophy of Rousseau, the ideas of Jefferson or the eloquence of Lincoln. Turn instead to the dictum of Berra: It ain’t over ‘til it’s over.
PORTLAND — An Oregon Catholic priest has been placed on leave by the Archdiocese of Portland as police investigate who placed a hidden camera, carefully disguised as an electrical outlet, in a church bathroom, the archdiocese said on Thursday.
SEATTLE — The warmest June on record in the Seattle area — blistering the old mark by more than three degrees — combined with tinder-dry conditions statewide and the approach of a holiday associated with fireworks has forecasters warning of potentially devastating blazes.
ABERDEEN — Olympic National Park officials said firefighters are particularly concerned about the area around Paradise Creek on the flanks of Pelton Peak as they continue working to contain the Paradise Fire, which has now claimed more than 1,000 acres.
SEATTLE — A Washington Girl Scouts organization said on Wednesday it has returned a $100,000 gift after the donor told them the money could not be used to the benefit of any transgender participants in the scouts program.
OLYMPIA — After 165 days of partisan bickering over taxes and spending, the Legislature moved swiftly Monday to pass a $38.2 billion budget to run state government for the next two years. The Senate also passed and sent to the House a plan to spend $16.1 billion on transportation projects over the next 16 years.
PORTLAND — An Oregon woman who was kidnapped, bound and held captive in her car was rescued by police after she seized the moment to call 911 when her captor left the vehicle to change a flat tire, authorities said on Tuesday.
SHELTON — National guardsmen from Spokane to Seattle to Grays Harbor spent the last week practicing for “the Big One” — a quake so big it would devastate some part of the Interstate 5 corridor between British Columbia and Northern California.
Aberdeen — The Paradise Fire in Olympic National Park has grown to nearly 800 acres since the weekend, continuing to progress east-northeast into steep, inaccessible terrain, park officials reported on Tuesday. The fire is expected to burn for another four months or longer, according to Olympic National Park officials.