FILE - In this Jan. 18, 2014, file photo, a female resident orca whale breaches while swimming in Puget Sound near Bainbridge Island, Wash., as seen from a federally permitted research vessel. The National Marine Fisheries Service has finalized rules to expand the Southern Resident orca's critical habitat from the Canadian border down to Point Sur, Calif., adding 15,910 square miles, (41,207 square kilometers) of foraging areas, river mouths and migratory pathways. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Endangered southern resident orca numbers drop from 74 to 73

Since July 1, 2021, three whales died while two were born, officials said.

 

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Floatplane wreckage recovery in Puget Sound begins

The U.S. Navy will use a remotely operated vehicle Deep Drone 8,000, a barge and a crane in recovery efforts.

 

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COVID, monkeypox levels down

State says prevention efforts will continue.

 

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State employees likely to get 1K bonuses for COVID booster

Under a tentative deal state employees would get $1,000 bonuses for receiving a COVID-19 booster shot.

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FILE - Then-Interim Seattle Police Chief Adrian Diaz addresses a news conference in Seattle, on Sept. 2, 2020. Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell has named Diaz as his pick for permanent chief of the Seattle department. Harrell on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022,  announced his intent to appoint Diaz, who has served as interim police chief since 2020. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

Seattle mayor appoints Adrian Diaz as city’s police chief

Diaz has served as interim police chief since September 2020.

  • Sep 21, 2022
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FILE - Then-Interim Seattle Police Chief Adrian Diaz addresses a news conference in Seattle, on Sept. 2, 2020. Seattle Mayor Bruce Harrell has named Diaz as his pick for permanent chief of the Seattle department. Harrell on Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022,  announced his intent to appoint Diaz, who has served as interim police chief since 2020. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
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Human remains wash ashore, possibly from floatplane crash

A female torso found near Sequim could be connected to a floatplane crash near Whidbey Island.

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Seattle teachers approve new contract following strike

Teachers in Seattle have approved a new, three-year contract following a strike.

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West Seattle Bridge reopened Saturday night

After 908 days without a high-rise bridge, the drivers and passengers of West Seattle regained seven road lanes.

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Monkeypox cases declining in WA, outbreak trajectory unclear

The drop in infections statewide is directly linked to the drop in cases in King County.

  • Sep 14, 2022
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Guillermo Carvajal, a member of the support staff at Northgate Elementary School in Seattle, and Erin Carroll, an occupational therapist there, picket outside the building on the third day of a strike by the Seattle Education Association on Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. The union and Seattle Public Schools continued negotiating over issued that include pay and support for special needs students. It remained unclear how long the strike might last. (AP Photo/Gene Johnson)

Tentative deal reached to end Seattle teachers strike

Seattle Public Schools said late Monday it had reached a tentative agreement with the union for teachers.

Guillermo Carvajal, a member of the support staff at Northgate Elementary School in Seattle, and Erin Carroll, an occupational therapist there, picket outside the building on the third day of a strike by the Seattle Education Association on Friday, Sept. 9, 2022. The union and Seattle Public Schools continued negotiating over issued that include pay and support for special needs students. It remained unclear how long the strike might last. (AP Photo/Gene Johnson)
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Floatplane wreckage located in Mutiny Bay

Wreckage of a floatplane that crashed into Mutiny Bay last week has been located on the seafloor.

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Body of Whidbey Island plane crash victim identified

A body found near the site of a floatplane crash in Mutiny Bay has been identified as 29-year-old Gabby Hanna.

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Actress Megan Hilty says sister was on floatplane that crashed

The Broadway and TV star’s sister Lauren Hilty was among those killed in a floatplane crash off Whidbey Island.

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Washington Supreme Court OKs virtual life term for teen

This comes one year after the court ruled virtual life sentences were unconstitutional for teenage killers.

  • Sep 8, 2022
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Kiarra Williams of LaConner, Washington, passes a rock to her mother, Marcia Julius, at Kiket Island on Aug. 12.

Swinomish Tribe builds modern clam garden, reviving practice

A knee-high, 200-foot-long rock wall on Kiket Island in Skagit County captures sediment and expands habitat for butter clams and littleneck clams. It’s believed to be the first new clam garden in two centuries.

  • Sep 8, 2022
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Kiarra Williams of LaConner, Washington, passes a rock to her mother, Marcia Julius, at Kiket Island on Aug. 12.
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Personal items to be returned to families of Whidbey Island seaplane crash victims

The National Transportation Safety Board declined to say what personal items were found.

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Witnesses recall Whidbey Island plane crash, rescue efforts

At least five boats of witnesses raced to the crash site in hopes of saving those aboard the aircraft.

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A Coast Guard cutter searches for a crashed chartered floatplane near Mutiny Bay Monday afternoon in Freeland, Washington on September 5, 2022.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

911 calls for Whidbey Island seaplane crash detail chaotic scene

911 calls reveal a plane that seemingly went straight down and plunged into the water.

A Coast Guard cutter searches for a crashed chartered floatplane near Mutiny Bay Monday afternoon in Freeland, Washington on September 5, 2022.  (Kevin Clark / The Herald)
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Seattle Council OKs plan to ban gas-powered leaf blowers

The new policy would require city workers, businesses and residents to use electric leaf blowers, rakes and brooms instead.

  • Sep 7, 2022
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Health officials: Get updated COVID-19 booster, flu shot

Seattle and King County health officials are urging people to get the new COVID-19 booster.

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