Northwest

9 Western WA counties now recommend mask use indoors

Health officials in more than a half-dozen western Washington counties are now recommending mask-wearing in indoor public spaces regardless of vaccine status because of a rise in COVID-19 cases and the highly infectious delta variant.

Richland homes evacuated after firework catches tree on fire

RICHLAND, Wash. — Two homes in Richland were evacuated early Tuesday morning after a firework caused a tree to catch fire, sending flames as high as power lines, according to police. RELATED: One person cited for fireworks after tree, shed catch fire in Kennewick Richland first responders were called around 2:08 a.m. Tuesday to the 900 block of Thayer Drive….

Confusion besets new police reform laws in Washington state

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state is embarking on a massive experiment in police reform and accountability following the racial justice protests that erupted after George Floyd’s murder last year, as nearly a dozen laws took effect Sunday. But two months…

3 arrested in fatal shooting of Washington deputy

VANCOUVER, Wash. (AP) — Authorities have arrested three people in connection with the fatal shooting of a Clark County sheriff’s deputy. The Columbian reports that 46-year-old Detective Jeremy Brown was shot in his vehicle late Friday while conducting surveillance at a Vancouver…