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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…

Oregon fines gym $90K for violating COVID order

SALEM, Ore. (AP) — Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Administration officials have fined a fitness business $90,000 for defying Gov. Kate Brown’s COVID-19 order and remaining open throughout a current two-week freeze. The Statesman Journal reports officials with Oregon Occupational…

Abraham Lincoln statue vandalized with red paint

SPOKANE, Wash. — The Abraham Lincoln statue in downtown Spokane was vandalized. 4 News Now found the statue covered in red paint Thursday afternoon. When we reached out to Spokane Police about the incident, they said they had not received…

19-year-old found with stab wounds in Ellensburg

ELLENSBURG, Wash. - A teenager was attacked with a knife during what Ellensburg police believe was a gang-related incident on Friday morning. According to the Ellensburg Police Department, just after 2 a.m. they were sent to Okanogan Street and West…

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…

Argentine soccer great Diego Maradona dies at 60

Argentine soccer great Diego Maradona has died. Maradona was among the best players in history and led his country to the 1986 World Cup title before later struggling with cocaine use and obesity. He was 60. Maradona was famous for the “Hand of God” goal in which he punched the ball into England’s net during the 1986 World Cup quarterfinals. He captivated fans over a two-decade career with a bewitching style of play that was all his own. His reputation was tarnished by his addictions and an ill-fated spell in charge of the national team but he remained idolized in soccer-mad Argentina as the “Pibe de Oro” or “Golden Boy.”

COVID-19 hospitalizations in Washington nearing record highs

SEATTLE - Health officials Tuesday warned of dire consequences to the state’s health care system as COVID-19 hospitalizations approach all-time highs. Reaching record levels not seen since the start of the pandemic, hospitalization trends in the state are on…