SEATTLE — —Due to the massive downturn in air travel from the COVID-19 pandemic, Alaska Air Group, parent company of Alaska Airlines and Horizon Air, last year lost $1.3 billion, or $10.59 per share, according to financial results announced Tuesday.

YAKIMA — As health organizations across the Yakima Valley work to make vaccines accessible to all who are eligible, local nursing, pharmacy and other students are pitching in to get those vaccines into community members’ arms.

OLYMPIA — State lawmakers Friday afternoon released the outline of a new COVID-19 relief bill aimed at boosting vaccine distribution and contact tracing, and aiding schools, renters and small businesses amid the pandemic.

OLYMPIA — A Thurston County judge set bail at $50,000 for a 26-year-old Seattle man accused of bear spraying two journalists and verbally threatening another during the Jan. 6 state Capitol Campus protest.

OLYMPIA — The Washington National Guard will start to wind down security at the state Capitol in Olympia — orders put in place following threats related to President Joe Biden’s inauguration — this weekend, though the state will keep “long-term” safety measures in place, Gov. Jay Inslee anno…

OLYMPIA — New jobless claims in Washington fell last week, the second drop in as many weeks, but the state's unemployment rate jumped as pandemic restrictions continued to take out jobs at restaurants and some other in-person businesses.

SEATTLE — The proposed development of a 14-story hotel across from the entrance to Pike Place Market now is doubtful after Seattle’s Landmark Preservation Board last week reversed two earlier decisions and declared the Hahn Building a historic site.

BELLINGHAM — Following the nationwide social justice movement that helped persuade the Washington Football Team to abandon an offensive mascot and other schools and teams at all levels to cast off insensitive names and logos, Bellingham High School is creating a task force to help change the…

SEATTLE — Even with fewer new home listings than at any point in the last five years, home shoppers in Western Washington closed on more houses in 2020 than in the previous year. Meanwhile, a relative glut of condos was listed for sale.

OLYMPIA — In a sign of mounting frustration over Washington’s COVID-19 restrictions, more than 1,500 people urged state lawmakers to support a bill that would speed the reopening of businesses and put legislators, not Gov. Jay Inslee, in charge of the process.

OLYMPIA — As President Joe Biden swore the oath of office Wednesday morning, the state Capitol in Olympia, scene of more than 25 unpermitted protests since the November election, was very quiet.

OLYMPIA — While the state struggles to speed up its vaccination distribution efforts, the Washington Department of Health (DOH) on Tuesday began reporting the state’s most updated vaccination numbers on its daily, interactive COVID-19 data dashboard.

SEATTLE — A multigenerational crowd of hundreds marched to downtown Seattle from Garfield High School on Monday to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. — and amid a rising swarm of strife, to exhale, gather the strength of community and fortify themselves for what many acknowledged wil…

OLYMPIA — Acknowledging lagging coronavirus vaccine distribution, Gov. Jay Inslee announced a public-private partnership Monday he said would speed up the process by creating new vaccination sites, mobilizing thousands of workers and making everyone 65 and over immediately eligible.

SEATTLE — Female orcas are most thrown off from foraging when boats and vessels intrude closer than 400 yards, according to new research — troubling findings for the endangered population of southern resident orcas that desperately needs every mother and calf to survive.

OLYMPIA — The first week of the Legislature brought numerous hearings on proposed police reform legislation, from changing tactics to updating training protocols to collecting data on every use-of-force incident.

ELLENSBURG — The Central Washington Board of Trustees announced the appointment of the university’s 15th president, Dr. Jim Wohlpart, Thursday, after an extensive search that included listening sessions with students, alumni, faculty and board members.

OLYMPIA — Providing economic assistance to families and businesses, improving broadband internet access, reopening schools and allowing for more flexibility in child care options are just a few of the broad recommendations released by a Senate special committee for economic recovery post-COVID.

SEATTLE — Alaska Airlines last week began implementing new temporary security measures on its flights, particularly those headed to Washington, D.C. or nearby East Coast cities, to try to head off potential unruly behavior by passengers traveling to the capital to protest the inauguration of…