Firefighting helicopter crashes into Idaho river, 2 on board

SALMON, Idaho. (AP) — A firefighting helicopter with two people aboard crashed Thursday afternoon in the Salmon River in Idaho, officials said. “It is with heavy hearts that we confirm … a CH-47D Series ‘Chinook’ helicopter operated by ROTAK Helicopter…

Sheriff asked to investigate ballot-box surveillance

SEATTLE (AP) — An elections director in Washington state’s most populous county says her office is asking the sheriff’s office to investigate people who planted signs near ballot boxes warning voters they were “under surveillance.” In a statement Tuesday evening,…

US inflation reached a new 40-year high in June of 9.1%

WASHINGTON (AP) — Surging prices for gas, food and rent catapulted U.S. inflation to a new four-decade peak in June, further pressuring households and likely sealing the case for another large interest rate hike by the Federal Reserve, with higher…

White House: To help salmon, dams may need to be removed

SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) — The Biden administration on Tuesday released two reports arguing that removing dams on the lower Snake River may be needed to restore salmon runs to sustainable levels in the Pacific Northwest, and that replacing the energy…

Man suspected in Washington murder found dead in California

BELLINGHAM, Wash. (AP) — A man suspected in the murder of a 58-year-old man last week at a northwest Washington business was found dead in northern California. Cascadia Daily News reports Todd Andersen fled after Douglas Scoggins was found with…

Sorority to pay University of Washington students $250K

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A sorority accused of charging University of Washington students for housing they couldn’t stay in during the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic will pay more than $250,000 in refunds. The Washington state Attorney General’s Office announced…

Health officials: Monkeypox likely spreading in King County

SEATTLE (AP) — The monkeypox virus continues to circulate in Washington state’s most populous county, which includes Seattle, and is now likely spreading between residents, local health officials said Wednesday. Public health leaders have identified nine King County infections since…

Tacoma police withdraw from candidate shooting probe

The police department in Tacoma, Washington, will hand over the investigation into a May 30 shooting involving Republican Pierce County Council candidate Josh Harris after the county prosecutor raised concerns to about potential conflicts of interest.

Methow Valley land in Washington returned to Colville Tribes

More than a century after the United States government took most of their land, the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation in Washington state are getting small chunks of it back. The nonprofit Methow Conservancy handed over the deed to…

Mental health evaluation ordered in Richland store shooting

KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) — The suspect in a deadly shooting at a grocery store in Richland, Washington, has been ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation at Eastern State Hospital. The Tri-City Herald reported the request was made Wednesday by…

Idaho leads the country in population growth

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Idaho’s population keeps growing at a faster clip than other states. The state has led the country in population growth for the fifth year in a row. From 2020 to 2021, Idaho’s population grew 2.9%, according…

Idaho health officials say COVID case numbers are flattening

“For the first time since July, things are headed in a better direction,” Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Director Dave Jeppesen said during a public briefing, noting that the number of new cases was flattening out. “It also means that we are not out of the woods yet.”

California recall fails; Gov. Gavin Newsom stays in office

The recall, which turned on Newsom’s approach to the pandemic, mirrored the nation’s heated political divide over business closures and mask and vaccine mandates, and both parties will dissect its outcome heading into the 2022 midterm elections.

Half of US adults now have received at least 1 COVID shot

Half of all adults in the U.S. have received at least one COVID-19 shot, the government announced Sunday, marking another milestone in the nation’s largest-ever vaccination campaign but leaving more work to do to convince skeptical Americans to roll up their sleeves.

Idaho sheriff: Missing girl’s body found, suspect arrested

An Idaho sheriff has said that investigators found what is believed to be the body of an 8-year-old girl who went missing earlier this week and that a suspect has been arrested. The girl’s two older siblings — also reported missing and last seen months earlier — were found safe.

New Wyoming law will allow people to take road kill to eat

Thousands of times a year, motorists inadvertently smash into Wyoming wildlife like mule deer, elk and pronghorn antelope, littering highway right-of-ways with carcasses that sometimes include dozens or hundreds of pounds of fresh, lean, edible meat.

Officials: 6 sickened by Salmonella linked to songbirds

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Six Washington residents have become ill in an outbreak of Salmonella Typhimurium, believed to be linked to wild songbirds, particularly Pine Siskins, state health officials said Monday. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is reporting…

Idaho Legislature has big to-do list after COVID-19 break

The Idaho House and Senate both recessed abruptly on March 19 after at least six of the 70 House members tested positive for COVID-19 within a week. Now, they're reconvening Tuesday to consider legislation, including a huge income tax cut, limits on the governor’s emergency powers and more.

23 people in Washington being monitored for Ebola

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Public health officials in Washington state are monitoring 23 people for Ebola who recently traveled from the West African countries of Guinea and Democratic Republic of the Congo. The Department of Health said Thursday in a…

Washington Senate approves police accountability bill

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — A contentious bill that passed the state Senate late Thursday could transform Washington’s police oversight agency from an anemic watchdog into a formidable instrument for police accountability. While other reform efforts in Olympia focus on high-profile…

Earthquake warning system to roll out to Oregon, Washington

LOS ANGELES (AP) — The earthquake early warning system known as ShakeAlert will be capable of delivering alerts directly to wireless devices in Oregon on March 11 and to Washington state in May, completing the West Coast rollout, the U.S.…

Officials: Funds needed to ensure vaccine reaches minorities

Washington state and local leaders on Monday announced a sweeping effort to raise $30 million in private and public funds to ensure the COVID-19 vaccine makes it to residents who live in under-served and minority communities that have been hard hit by the pandemic.

Congressman hopes politics align on divisive Northwest dams

GOP Rep. Mike Simpson of Idaho issued a bold plan that called for removing several Northwest dams to save the critically endangered salmon. Now, he's hoping he can win approval from Congress and the Biden administration to save a species from extinction.

Eyman fined $2.6 million, barred from campaign control

Tim Eyman, the watch salesman-turned-antitax folk hero whose initiative campaigns have bedeviled state and local governments across Washington for decades, will no longer be allowed to have any financial control over political committees, under a judge’s ruling Wednesday that blasted him for using donor’s contributions to line his own pocket.