Washington News

California, Others Seek Full Funding For West Coast Quake Warning

Three dozen members of Congress from California, Oregon and Washington are pressing for full funding of a West Coast earthquake early warning system. The group this week sent a letter to the House Appropriations Committee asking that the U.S. Geological Survey …

Premera Blue Cross in Washington Says Data on 11M Exposed by Hackers

Mountlake Terrace, Wash.-based Premera Blue Cross, which sells health insurance in the northwestern U.S., said information on 11 million people may have been exposed in a cyberattack uncovered six weeks ago. Hackers may have accessed information including names, Social Security numbers, bank …

Washington Senate Votes to Lower Work Injury Settlements Age to 40

The Washington state Senate has passed a bill to lower the age at which an injured worker can settle a claim from 53 to 40. The chamber passed Senate Bill 5513 on a 28-21 vote Tuesday after debate on whether …

Washington Officials Seek $9M in Case of Drought

The state of Washington has not yet declared a drought this year, but they’re asking the Legislature for $9 million for drought relief in case it’s needed. The Department of Ecology says snowpack level statewide is about 28 percent of …

Report: Wildfire Risk to Homes in West Tops $237B

In the Western U.S. there are nearly 900,000 homes representing an estimated reconstruction cost of more than $237 billion considered at “very high” or “high” risk from wildfires, a report issued today shows. CoreLogic’s Wildfire Risk analysis is the latest of …

Washington’s Early Warning System a Bit Slow Quake Shows

A magnitude-4.3 earthquake that rumbled under Washington state’s Cascade Range early Wednesday was “not a great advertisement” for an early warning system undergoing tests, an official said. The system noticed the quake 18 seconds late, said John Vidale, director of …

Central Washington Jolted by M4.3 Earthquake

A magnitude-4.3 earthquake rumbled under Washington state’s Cascade Range, but no damage has been reported. The Pacific Northwest Seismic Network says the quake struck at 1:04 a.m. Wednesday and was centered about 20 miles north of Ellensburg and 10 miles …

$17M Lawsuit For Bridge Collapse Filed by Washington

A lawsuit filed this week by the Washington State Department of Transportation is seeking at least $17 million to recover costs related to the 2013 Skagit River bridge collapse. The lawsuit, filed in Skagit County Superior Court, names several parties as …

Washington Farmworker Safety Training Classes at Capacity

Surrounded by brushes, respirators and yellow plastic coveralls, Flor Servin held up a white baby onesie and told a room full of farm workers, in Spanish, they must scrub chemical residue from their protective equipment after work, for the health …

Work on ‘Tsunami-Proof’ School on Washington Coast Underway

Ground has been broken for a new school building on the Washington coast at Westport. Officials say the structure is designed to be tsunami-proof. KOMO-TV reported that the planned “vertical evacuation structure” will be an addition to the Ocosta Elementary …