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Washington Apple Week kicks off on Saturday

WENATCHEE, Wash. -- The Washington Apple Commission has designated the week of Nov. 28 - Dec. 6 as the second annual celebration of Washington Apple Week. The week-long celebration will focus on educating consumers on the varieties available, the process…

White Pass Ski Area opens Friday

NACHES, Wash. -- Friday is Opening Day at White Pass Ski Area, and as of Friday morning day-use tickets were sold out. Skiers can anticipate some new COVID-19 restrictions in place this season, including masks and social distancing required while…

Officials mull loosening COVID restrictions for schools

SEATTLE (AP) — Washington state health officials are considering changing the disease metrics that guide school district reopening decisions during the pandemic. The Seattle Times reports the changes, if adopted, mean up to half the state’s 300 school districts would…

Harman Center to host virtual Thanksgiving for seniors

YAKIMA, Wash. — The Harman Center in Yakima is looking to keep in touch with its seniors by having a virtual Thanksgiving celebration Wednesday afternoon via Facebook. Recreation Program Supervisor Leslie Richards says COVID-19 restrictions have made it difficult to…

Voter turnout in Washington hit 84.1%, just shy of record

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — There were a record number of voters participating in this month’s election, but the overall turnout percentage fell just shy of the record 84.6% set in 2008. While 84.8% of the state’s nearly 4.9 million voters…

242 new COVID-19 cases, no new deaths reported by BFHD

KENNEWICK, Wash. – Today's release from the Benton-Franklin Health District announced 242 new cases of COVID-19 in the area. Public health officials revealed that Benton and Franklin Co. individually surpassed noteworthy milestones. The total number of cases in Benton Co.…

Washington state in ‘very dangerous time of this pandemic’

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — The Washington state Department of Health has reported more than 6,200 new cases of the coronavirus, representing roughly three days of cases. Health officials said Monday evening the 6,277 new cases reported includes a case backlog…