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Recent articles by Helen:

Incumbent Steve Hobbs leads in race for Washington Secretary of State

A nonpartisan candidate and a Democrat are vying to win what was formerly a Republican stronghold in Washington state. → Read More

Suspect in killing of beloved Seattle community leader held without bail

A judge found probable cause to hold Ashton Christopher Leffall without bail for murder in the first degree and multiple other pending charges. → Read More

Some indication floatplane took a nosedive before crashing into Puget Sound, NTSB says

The U.S. Coast Guard confirmed there were 10 people onboard the plane at the time of the crash. One victim has been recovered so far. → Read More

Your paycheck will be smaller in January due to the Washington Cares Fund

The Washington Cares Fund is up against a class-action lawsuit and an initiative seeking to make the tax optional just as residents are set to start paying in. → Read More

Washington lawmaker co-sponsors bill to make daylight saving time permanent

Sen. Patty Murray also called on the Biden Administration to allow states that have approved a permanent switch to daylight saving time federal waivers to do so. → Read More

Murder was up 47%, fraud 113% in Washington during 2020, crime report shows

Washington saw an increase in Group A offenses, which include violent crimes, property crimes and crimes against society, according to the report. → Read More

Washington Department of Health to offer Uber, Lyft codes to vaccine appointments

The initiative is meant to help remove transportation barriers for people who haven't been vaccinated yet, according to DOH officials. → Read More

Fourth wave may be starting in Washington as COVID-19 cases spike, official says

Hospitalization rates among younger age groups, especially those in their teens, 40s and 50s are of particular concern, according to the Department of Health. → Read More

Yakima to get federal mass vaccination site opening March 31

The vaccination drive-thru and mobile vaccination units will increase the site's capacity from 200 shots a day to 1,200. → Read More

PHOTOS: Spokane flag commission unveils final designs for new city flag

Spokane's flag commission narrowed a pool of over 300 submissions down to 12, which residents will be able to vote on. Check out the potential designs here. → Read More

74% of surveyed families in Northeast Spokane 'very worried' or 'hopeless' about losing housing

Northeast Spokane is home to 68% of Spokane's students of color and 70% of Spokane's free and reduced lunch population. → Read More

Snowmobiler rescued from forest access road near state line in Idaho County

The snowmobiler was able to alert Idaho County Dispatch they were injured using an SOS device. Five agencies collaborated to get the patient to medical care. → Read More

Othello man admits to accidentally shooting son in the head, child taken on Lifeflight to Spokane

The man told police he fired the gun on accident. The Washington State Crime Lab was requested to assist with the investigation. → Read More

Spokane police investigating possible shooting in North Spokane

Police are investigating a possible shooting at 1700 E Lincoln Road. No one was hurt, but police did identify multiple people who may have been the intended victims. → Read More

Elderly man dies after being hit with a car in Post Falls Walmart parking lot

The man died at the scene around 8:40 a.m. Saturday morning, according to Idaho State Police. → Read More

Two adults, one teen arrested after alleged burglary and drive by shooting in north Spokane

Two 18-year-olds and one 17-year-old were arrested after a man called the police alleging armed subjects broke into his house at around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday morning. → Read More

Spokane to switch to every other week recycling pickup due to rising costs

Costs of the recycling program increased from $14k in 2013 to $1.4 million in 2020, in part due to China's refusal to buy any more recyclables from the U.S. → Read More

Spokane County Libraries to re-open to the public

The Library system won't be able to offer all of its usual services due to the COVID-19 pandemic, but will be reopening at 25% capacity on March 8. → Read More

Spokane regional shelter system to end hotel voucher program Saturday

The city said it will assess the need to provide more spaces as temperatures are expected to drop back below freezing in the next few days. → Read More

Panel of medical experts to address COVID-19 vaccine questions, concerns from Spokane's Black community Saturday

People of color are disproportionately impacted by COVID-19, but getting vaccinated at disproportionately low rates. The panel aims to address that disparity. → Read More