Washington News

President Signs Disaster Declaration for Washington’s December Storms

President Barack Obama has signed a disaster declaration for damage done by December wind and rain storms, making federal assistance available in 10 Washington counties. Gov. Jay Inslee thanked Obama this week for signing the declaration, the second in a month …

Washington Refinery Fined Nearly $325K for Workplace Violations

Washington’s Department of Labor & Industries has fined Phillips 66 Refinery $324,000 for failing to correct serious workplace safety and health violations. An L&I inspection of the Ferndale facility found the violations put refinery workers at great risk in case …

Insurers to Pay Port in Washington Soil Contamination Suit

A Cowlitz County, Wash. judge has ordered insurers to pay the Port of Longview $2.45 million in attorney fees in an ongoing lawsuit over soil contamination. The Daily News reported that the order is the latest development in complex case …

Losses for Washington from Drought Estimated at $336M

Washington farmers have lost at least $336 million due to the ongoing drought, a figure that is likely to climb as more information becomes available. The Capital Press reported that a state Department of Agriculture report estimated dollar losses for …

With Year About to End Quakes Shake Southern California, Washington

A moderate earthquake shook an inland area of Southern California near San Bernardino on Tuesday night, giving a start to thousands across a heavily populated area with more than one person comparing it to a rumbling big rig. There were …

Nearly $60M Settlement Reached in Washington Fire

A settlement of nearly $60 million has been reached for people who suffered damages as the result of a 2012 blaze near Cle Elum, Wash. lawyers said Monday. Rod Nelson with Abeyta Nelson law firm said in a release that …

Expanding E. Coli Outbreak Prompts Warning of Sales Slide from Chipotle

Chipotle said Friday that an outbreak of E. coli linked to its restaurants sent sales plummeting by as much as 22 percent in recent weeks and that it could no longer reasonably estimate sales for next year. The Denver-based chain …

Washington Dairy Worker Death May Lead to More Regulations

The investigation into the death of a Mabton, Wash. dairy worker who drowned in a manure pit shows the man had drugs in his system. Randy Vasquez drowned March 4 in a manure storage lagoon at Riverview Ranch. The dairy …

Workers’ Comp Rates in Washington to Increase 2% In 2016

The average base rate Washington businesses pay for workers’ compensation insurance will increase by 2 percent in 2016, the state Department of Labor & Industries announced. L&I uses wage inflation as a benchmark to help determine workers’ comp rates for …

Search For Source of Chipotle E.Coli in Pacific Northwest Faces Big Hurdles

Investigators looking into the E. coli outbreak at Chipotle Mexican Grill Inc. restaurants face “significant challenges” in finding the source of the sickness, a U.S. food safety detective said. E. coli has sickened more than 40 people who ate at …