SEATTLE — The party starts well before the first note is played. Starting today — a full day before Watershed Festival officially begins — cars and RVs start lining up to grab prime campsite real estate at the scenic Gorge Amphitheatre. Soon legions of koozie-clutchers will roam the fields l…

YAKIMA — Campers in Central Washington and beyond have not been deterred by crowds and burn bans this summer — but they’re being asked to keep recreation spots clean and safe from wildfires, officials say.

SEATTLE — Boeing on Wednesday posted its first quarterly profit in almost two years, as deliveries of its best-selling 737 MAX jets to airlines gained traction amid a sharp rebound in travel bookings following an increase in global COVID-19 vaccinations.

EVERETT — Local startup Helion Energy said Tuesday it will build a facility in Everett to test the latest version of its “fusion energy” generator, a project it said has the potential to create electricity without producing any carbon emissions.

SEATTLE — Sen. Maria Cantwell and two others unveiled legislation last week to support local news organizations battered by the pandemic. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, nearly 37,000 journalists have lost their jobs, been furloughed or taken pay cuts, as advertising revenue plummeted.

BLY, Ore. — Strike teams making headway against a mammoth wildfire in southern Oregon faced a resurgence of combustibly dry, windy weather on Friday, even as an outbreak of COVID-19 among the firefighters posed a new complication in battling the 3-week-old blaze.

SEATTLE — The Seattle Police Department needs to find a better way to interact with anti-police demonstrators, including allowing officers to express solidarity with protesters marching against police brutality and racism, according to the first in a series of detailed critiques of the depar…

MOSES LAKE — Because of last year’s immense fire-scar on land vital to vulnerable and endangered animal populations in the Columbia Basin, state legislators passed a Shrubsteppe Fire Recovery and Preparedness Proviso to protect Department of Fish and Wildlife lands, as well as their partners…

POINT ROBERTS — The Biden administration’s decision to keep the U.S.-Canada border closed through Aug. 21 is another gut punch for Point Roberts, the Whatcom County community left isolated due to COVID-19 restrictions for more than a year.

KENNEWICK — Dairy farmers are bracing for another agonizing stretch of near 100-degree days as they and other growers worry about the fallout from continuing drought conditions and the heat-stress on their cows.

SEATTLE — Roughly 16,000 immigrants in Washington state who benefit from a federal program allowing them to legally live and work in the U.S. shouldn’t be disheartened yet, despite a Texas court ruling Friday ordering an end to the program, said a prominent Seattle immigrant advocate.

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore. — A sprawling wildfire raging mostly unchecked for over a week in southern Oregon forced firefighters into retreat for a fourth straight day as it expanded into the state's fifth-largest blaze in more than a century, forestry officials said on Friday.

WASHINGTON — The chair of the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee has asked the chief executives of six airlines including American Airlines, Delta Air Lines, Southwest Airlines and JetBlue Airways to explain reported worker shortages despite receiving billions in pandemic bailouts.

NEW YORK — A U.S. federal judge in Texas on Friday blocked new applications to a program that protects immigrants who were brought to the United States as children from deportation, but said the hundreds of thousands of people already enrolled would not be affected until further court rulings.