Seattle Times Politics

Washington state lawmakers propose a $2.2 billion COVID-19 package supporting renters, vaccinations, businesses
Author: Joseph O’Sullivan

Washington state lawmakers Friday afternoon released the outline of a new COVID-19 relief bill aimed at boosting vaccine distribution and contact tracing, and aiding schools, renters and small businesses amid the pandemic.
Seattle City Council seeks to require $4 per hour pandemic pay boost for grocery workers
Author: David Gutman

Under a proposal by Seattle City Councilmember Teresa Mosqueda, grocery store owners would have to pay workers $4 an hour extra during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Portland Business News

Meet the 'TikTok Doc,' who burst to fame in Portland
Author: Elizabeth Hayes
Dr. Jason Campbell busted a move on the social media platform to show young Black men that you can dance and be a physician. It went viral.
Guest Column: Bringing urgent services to Portland-area kids and their families
Author: Beach Pace
Inside Portland's Big Brothers Big Sisters
Portland Audubon's leader says don't call the nonprofit just a birdwatching affinity group
Author: Elizabeth Hayes
Portland Audubon's Nick Hardigg on soaring to new heights
Nike opens Eugene retail store
Author: Matthew Kish
The store is less than 2 miles from where Nike co-founder Phil Knight ran collegiate track under the watchful eye of fellow co-founder Bill Bowerman.

Columbian Newspaper

Prep seasons for higher-risk sports won’t start Feb. 1 as region fails to advance to Phase 2
Author: Tim Martinez

For athletes in several high school sports, the wait continues.

The Southwest Region will not be moving Monday to Phase 2 of the “Healthy Washington” reopening plan after data released Friday by the state department of health showed no region in the state hitting all four metrics required to advance out of Phase 1.

Return-to-play guidelines released last week by the athletic directors of the 4A and 3A Greater St. Helens League stipulated that the region must be in Phase 2 by Jan. 25 in order for seasons to begin Feb. 1 for high- and moderate-risk sports of football, girls soccer, volleyball and slowpitch softball.

Now, the earliest those sports could start their seasons is Feb. 8, provided the region reaches Phase 2 by Feb. 1.

The Southwest Region, which encompasses Clark, Cowlitz, Skamania, Klickitat and Wahkiakum counties, saw a 44% rise in new COVID-19 cases and a 36% rise in new COVID-19 hospitalizations.  Both those metrics need to decrease by at least 10% to reach the threshold to move to Phase 2.

Also, the region saw its percentage of positive COVID-19 tests jump from 18% last week to 24%. The metric needs to be below 10% to reach the threshold.

The one metric the region was successful in reaching was the percentage of ICU bed capacity, which fell to 54% — well below the threshold of 90%.

No region in the state hit all four thresholds to move to Phase 2 next week. In fact, no region in the state reached more than two of four of the metrics.

Low-risk sports of cross country, boys tennis and boys golf, which can begin full practices and competitions in Phase 1, will still commence their seasons on Feb. 1.

NYT Politics

Pfizer Will Ship Fewer Vaccine Vials to Account for ‘Extra’ Doses
Author: Noah Weiland, Katie Thomas and Sharon LaFraniere
After the surprise discovery of an extra dose in every vial, Pfizer executives successfully lobbied the F.D.A. to change the vaccine’s formal authorization language. The company charges by the dose.

Seattle Times Opinion

Extend window of opportunity for new public charter schools
Author: The Seattle Times editorial board

Denying this extension would deny opportunities to Washington students who can't change zip codes or enroll in expensive private schools.

Camas Post Record

Fatal crash closes all westbound lanes of Highway 14 near Camas
Author: Kelly Moyer

A fatal crash has closed all westbound lanes of Highway 14, at milepost 12 in Camas, this afternoon.

According to Washington State Patrol Trooper Will Finn, at 12:41 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22, a vehicle traveling westbound on Highway 14, struck a barrier at milepost 12, near the Camas Slough Bridge, and rolled several times.

The driver of that vehicle died at the scene.

Finn said the driver was the only occupant in the vehicle.

At 3 p.m., Finn said a medical examiner was on scene and that WSP was close to wrapping up its portion of the investigation.

Investigators have not yet released any information about the victim in today’s crash pending family notification.

This is a developing story. For updates, visit