TACOMA — Vaccines and the swarm of Delta cases that overwhelmed the state’s hospitals this summer have created some level of COVID-19 immune response among an estimated 61.5 percent to 65.7 percent of Washington state’s population.

BELLINGHAM — As interest in the future of the curtailed Intalco Works aluminum smelter heats up, one potential path to be considered is whether the Port of Bellingham or Whatcom County government would purchase the property and lease it as a way to persuade a company to reopen the facility.

EDMONDS — Hundreds of students in a Snohomish County school will switch to remote learning Wednesday after 26 students tested positive for coronavirus in the last 10 days, forcing the school to shut down.

OLYMPIA — As the vaccination deadline for thousands of workers in Washington state arrived Monday, officials warned that those who quit or get fired over Gov. Jay Inslee’s mandate for state government employees, health care workers and others shouldn’t count on receiving jobless benefits.

SPOKANE — Dozens of statues associated with racial injustice have been removed from public spaces across the country since last year, and some people hope a controversial one in downtown Spokane is next.

EVERETT — Waving signs like “coercion is not consent,” and “stop the mandate,” some 200 Boeing Co. employees and others staged a protest on Friday over the planemaker’s COVID-19 vaccine requirement for U.S. workers.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — A former Boeing Co. chief technical pilot, accused of deceiving federal regulators evaluating the company’s 737 MAX jet, was charged with fraud on Friday, pleaded not guilty and was released, the U.S. Attorney’s Office in northern Texas said.

OLYMPIA — Gov. Jay Inslee said thanks to the more than 91% vaccination and exemption rate among state employees, essential state services should be relatively unaffected as the vaccination deadline passes on Monday.

SEATTLE — Amazon will allow many tech and corporate workers to continue working remotely indefinitely, as long as they are able to commute to the office when necessary, according to a blog posted Monday.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Last week was a decidedly bad one for Facebook, as the social media giant faced the dual crises of a server outage on Monday and a whistleblower detailing to senators a day later how the company has knowingly chosen profits over protecting children and curbing misinformati…