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Pete Escovedo and his daughter Sheila E in Rome, 2013
Jun Sato / Wireimage

Bay Area percussionist and bandleader Pete Escovedo was honored at last week's Jazz Education Network Virtual Conference as this year's Legend of Latin Jazz.

Trump administration slashes imperiled spotted owls' habitat

Jan 14, 2021
The Associated Press

The Trump administration said Wednesday that it would slash millions of acres of protected habitat designated for the imperiled northern spotted owl in Oregon, Washington state and Northern California, much of it in prime timber locations in Oregon’s coastal ranges.

An incarcerated person in Washington state is calling for prisoners to get vaccinated early as COVID-19 rapidly spreads through prisons across the country. 

To keep Washington from facing another devastating fire season, Public Lands Commissioner Hilary Franz is asking the state legislature to create a dedicated fund for firefighting, forest restoration and community response.

In this photo taken Nov. 5, 2014, a researcher measures a dead coho found in Seattle's Longfellow Creek. More than a decade ago, researchers began noticing that adult coho were dying before returning to spawn in urban creeks in Seattle.
Elaine Thompson / The Associated Press file

Endangered species in Washington will get a much-needed boost following the settlement of a major lawsuit about runoff and water quality.  

2 Washington state Republicans support impeaching Trump

Jan 13, 2021
House Television / via AP

Two of the 10 Republicans who voted in favor of impeaching President Donald Trump on Wednesday over the riot of his loyalists at the U.S. Capitol were from Washington state.

The Associated Press

The demand for COVID vaccines is great - but the rollout here in Washington is slow going. It's been a month since the first shipment of vaccines arrived, and the state has only used a quarter of its doses.

A proposal to impose sweeping restrictions on police tactics and techniques in Washington is highlighting stark differences of opinion between police and reform groups.

courtesy of Sen. Brad Hawkins

Republican and Democratic leaders of education committees in the Washington Legislature are urging Gov. Jay Inslee and the state Department of Health to change state vaccination guidance so that all school employees are prioritized to receive a coronavirus vaccine in February, instead of putting school employees over age 50 ahead of other school staff.

A street is flooded by overflowing Issaquah Creek in Issaquah, Wash., as heavy rains pound the area Feb. 6, 2020. Rain storms are triggering flood warnings on rivers in Washington and Oregon.
Martha Bellisle / The Associated Press

The Pacific Northwest is bracing for flooding and landslides, while the mountains will see heavy snow and possible avalanches on Tuesday and Wednesday as an atmospheric river collides with Washington and Oregon.