Here are the largest wildfires in Washington state, Oregon | Seattle Times

Continued dry weather and wind are contributing to the growth of wildfires in Washington and Oregon, which have threatened homes, prompted evacuations, closed some popular ski resorts and hiking trains and caused the governor of Washington to declare a state of emergency.

Source: Here are the largest wildfires in Washington state, Oregon

Evergreen State College faces $2.1M budget shortfall, cites enrollment drop, issues layoff notices | The College Fix

Administrators at The Evergreen State College have announced that the embattled school faces a massive $2.1 million budget shortfall due in part to a drop in enrollment, and the institution has already handed out some temporary layoff notices as officials grapple with balancing the books.

Source: Evergreen State College faces $2.1M budget shortfall, cites enrollment drop, issues layoff notices – The College Fix

Washington firefighters hope that as fires rage, forest gets healthier | yakimaherald.com

At least 5,000 acres of Washington’s forests are burning. But instead of directly working to put the fires out, crews are letting some of them burn, in part because of the steep, rocky landscape, which will allow the forest to capitalize on the benefits of wildland fires as long as people or property isn’t threatened.

Source: Washington firefighters hope that as fires rage, forest gets healthier | Local | yakimaherald.com

In high-profile state Senate race, Democrat Manka Dhingra leads Republican Jinyoung Englund | The Seattle Times

More than $3 million has poured into the race — more than for some recent U.S. congressional races in Washington. The winner will determine whether Democrats or Republicans control Washington’s state Senate.

Source: In high-profile state Senate race, Democrat Manka Dhingra leads Republican Jinyoung Englund | The Seattle Times

Republicans have trust issues with Gov. Jay Inslee | MyNorthwest.com

Washington state Republicans say that Governor Jay Inslee vetoed portions of the budget that were hard fought for deals to get it done.

Source: Republicans have trust issues with Gov. Jay Inslee

[Ed.: That’s ’cause he’s a lying, cheating, dirty double-crosser who’s mama wears Army boots. There should have been a rider that stipulated that if any portion agreed to was vetoed, the deal was invalid. I’m not sure how you do that technically with legislation, but there’s one thing you can count on never to happen again: The Washington State Republican caucuses to ever to take “Dirty Double-crossing Jay Inslee” at his word ever again.]

The Evergreen State College Implosion: Are There Lessons to be Learned? | HuffPost

In recent months, The Evergreen State College has been promoted as the archetypal example of the problems associated with political correctness run amok.

Source: The Evergreen State College Implosion: Are There Lessons to be Learned? | HuffPost

[Ed.: Blind Squirrel, meet Mr. Nut… Over here, yeah, that one…]

Washington Legislature passes paid family leave measure | Charlotte Observer

The Senate has passed a paid family leave measure that covers time off with a new child, sick relative or time for the employee’s own medical condition.

Source: Washington Legislature passes paid family leave measure

[Ed.: Right, ’cause we haven’t driven our economy into the ground yet with unaffordable healthcare yet, so it’s time to pile on more to employers of our state.]

‘Safe injection sites’ are not the answer to our heroin problem | Guest Editorial | Redmond Reporter

I’ve seen the future of opioids. It’s Vancouver, B.C. and it’s not pretty. King County Executive Dow Constantine and Seattle Mayor Ed Murray have a proposal to open two so-called “safe injection sites” to save people from certain slow or sudden death from abusing heroin, meth and other illicit drugs.

The ballot measure is as simply worded as an initiative could be:

Shall supervised drug consumption sites for Schedule I controlled substances (RCW 69.50.204), including heroin but excluding marijuana, be unlawful in King County?”

Source: ‘Safe injection sites’ are not the answer to our heroin problem | Guest Editorial | Redmond Reporter

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