SKYKOMISH — Highway 2 has reopened after the Bolt Creek fire temporarily shut it down, but small portions of the road will continue to close briefly as crews work to battle the flames, officials said Sunday.

SPOKANE — Annual prescribed fires on lands managed by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife in Eastern Washington are scheduled to start in October as conditions allow, according to a department press release.

SPOKANE — In Tuesday afternoon’s heat, Spokane city workers following a garbage truck picked up debris from a camp along the river, where a few dozen people lived until told to leave earlier in the day. Several Spokane police officers watched from patrol cars after helping with the cleanup.

BOISE, Idaho — The University of Idaho in a memo last week warned employees against promoting abortion or services for the “prevention of conception” and recommended limits on discussions of abortion in the classroom.

SPOKANE — A staffing shorting may force Spokane County to close the Geiger Corrections Center in Airway Heights, Detention Services Director Mike Sparber told Spokane County commissioners last week.

TACOMA — A former Nigerian official was sentenced to five years for what prosecutors called a "litany of scams" that took in more than $600,000 in public and private funds, including Washington unemployment benefits intended for pandemic victims.

WHIDBEY ISLAND — The U.S. Navy will begin recovering wreckage from the Labor Day weekend plane crash in Mutiny Bay on Tuesday morning in an effort to piece together what led to the mysterious crash that killed 10 people.

WALLA WALLA — Trooper Dean Atkinson Jr., who was shot and wounded in Walla Walla Thursday, Sept. 22, continues to undergo surgery at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. But he is expected to make a full recovery, according to his father, Dean Atkinson Sr.

YAKIMA — A search of the pond at Sarg Hubbard Park and Buchanan Lake by an FBI dive team over the weekend turned up no new information in the search for missing 4-year-old Lucian Munguia, according to Yakima police.

INDEX — The Bolt Creek fire intensified Sunday, prompting authorities to raise the evacuation level to level 2 from Skykomish to Baring, King County. Level 2 means residents should be ready to leave on short notice.

YAKIMA — The decades-long battle to restore ownership of Mount Adams' summit and east slope to the Yakama Nation includes an often little-remembered chapter that included actor Marlon Brando and legendary newsman Walter Cronkite.

With hopes of becoming the tastiest family-oriented hangout in Quincy, Monkey ‘n’ Around Pizza is set to open its doors this month, occupying the space formerly filled by a Chinese restaurant next to the roundabout on State Route 28.

TUMWATER — The Washington Department of Labor and Industries is proposing to raise the price that employers will pay for workers compensation insurance next year, according to an L&I press release.

SEATTLE — Getting homes, libraries and city-owned buildings off fossil fuels; collecting climate data; and creating climate “resilience hubs” to support residents during weather events are just a few of the programs slated to roll out under the $6.5 million in environmental investments Seatt…