Northwest News

WSP troopers receive COVID-19 vaccinations

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Troopers and other employees with the Washington State Patrol (WSP) received their first round of COVID-19 vaccinations on Friday, January 15, 2021. This is not a mandatory process with all vaccinated WSP troopers opting for it on…

Search now recovery mission for Oregon woman in landslide

Searchers used inflatable yellow rafts and drove metal poles into deep mud Thursday as they searched for a woman who was swept away by a mudslide in Oregon during a powerful winter storm. Authorities said later Thursday that searchers believe 50-year-old Jennifer Camus Moore’s car came to rest under 15 feet of mud and debris after it was swept away Wednesday. Authorities say the search had become a recovery mission. Moore, a registered nurse, was caught up in a landslide in the Columbia River Gorge that was triggered by heavy rain and high winds that pounded the Pacific Northwest Tuesday and Wednesday. 

Oregon reaches daily coronavirus vaccine goal

Officials from the Oregon Health Authority announced that vaccination sites have met the goal of administering a total of 12,000 coronavirus vaccine doses a day. But, authorities said Thursday they must continue to “sustain and expand” their daily totals as the total COVID-19 case count continues to rise. Oregon has administered a cumulative total of 146,137 first and second doses of COVID-19 vaccines. In addition, the Oregon Health Authority reported 1,152 new confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 and 29 additional deaths on Thursday. 

Washington announces 10-year plan to dismantle poverty

OLYMPIA, Wash. — Gov. Jay Inslee's Poverty Reduction Work Group announced plans for a 10-year plan to dismantle poverty in the state of Washington. According to the press release, 1.75 million Washingtonians have incomes below 200% of the federal poverty…

UNI provost named president of Washington state school

Officials have announced that University of Northern Iowa Provost Jim Wohlpart is resigning to become the newest president of a public university in Washington state. Wohlpart announced the move Thursday after being hired to lead Central Washington University in Ellensburg, Washington. His new position is effective in June, when he will replace outgoing president James L. Gaudino. Wohlpart has served as UNI provost and executive vice president for academic affairs for the past six years. He also served as the Cedar Falls school's interim president from July 2016 to January 2017.  Central Washington has an enrollment of near 16,000, compared with about 10,000 at UNI.

Washington state COVID-19 cases top 280,000

The state Department of Health has reported 2,892 new COVID-19 cases and 49 new deaths. The Seattle Times reports the Wednesday update brings the state’s totals to 281,202 cases and 3,838 deaths. The agency says new cases may include up to 520 duplicates. Officials say data on hospitalizations is also incomplete today due to “an interruption in the data reporting processes.” State health officials say they expect to have a full update on Thursday. At least 16,080 people have been hospitalized in the state due to the virus so far. In King County, the state’s most populous, state health officials have confirmed 71,106 COVID-19 diagnoses and 1,135 deaths.