Northwest News

Washington Ag leaders ask live poultry sales to end because of bird flu

With bird flu hitting nine flocks scattered across seven counties, the Washington state Department of Agriculture is requesting that live market poultry sales cease for the next 30 days. The closure is not mandatory, the agency said Thursday. Confirmed cases of highly pathogenic avian influenza H5N1 have shown up in nine small backyard flocks in Thurston, Pierce, Pacific, Clallam, Spokane, Whatcom and Okanogan counties since May 5. Dr. Amber Itle, the Washington state veterinarian, says bird flu has been reported in 35 states this year and Washington is one of the last states to get hit. The agency says no commercial flocks have been infected and commercial poultry products remain safe to consume.

Experts warn that drought will impact Central Washington this summer

Drought is expected to impact much of the Pacific Northwest this summer, including areas in eastern Washington, southern Oregon and southern Idaho. A recent map from the U.S. Drought Monitor shows that about 54% of Washington is experiencing abnormally dry or drought conditions, with about 25% of the state in an area of severe or extreme drought. The Yakima Herald-Republic reported that Washington and Oregon recorded above-normal precipitation levels and below-normal temperatures in April. But state climatology experts predict it will be warmer and drier than normal in summer months. There are early indications that the summer will be on the warm side, but experts say the chance of a severe heat wave is unlikely.

Police: Western Washington boy shoots older brother inside family apartment

Authorities say an 8-year-old boy shot his 9-year-old brother while handling a handgun inside the family’s apartment in Federal Way, Washington. KOMO reports police are investigating the shooting, which occurred just before 8 a.m. Thursday at a multi-family housing complex. Police say the older boy was airlifted to Harborview Medical Center. His condition wasn’t immediately know.

‘I protected my children’: Moses Lake mom relives day her car was nearly stolen with her kids inside

MOSES LAKE, Wash. – A Moses Lake family went through the unimaginable on May 3. Mother Kendra Brown went to pick up her four-year-old daughter from school when the Moses Lake Police Department (MLPD) says violent felon Salvador Harguindeguy tried stealing her car. Her two-year-old and five-month-old were still strapped in. She had attended to her five-month-old who’d been crying…

Kotek wins Democratic nod in Oregon governor's race

Former Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek has won the Democratic gubernatorial primary governor, beating state Treasurer Tobias Read in a victory for the party’s progressive wing. Current Gov. Kate Brown, a progressive Democrat, cannot run for the position again due to term limits. The Portland-based Kotek has collected endorsements from a third of Oregon lawmakers, nationally elected leaders, unions and organizations. But as someone who held power during a tumultuous time in Oregon, Kotek must convince voters she can improve the state while avoiding blame for its problems.

Former mayor's remains pulled from Willamette River

A medical examiner has confirmed the human remains found inside a vehicle pulled from the Willamette River last week are those of the former mayor of Cornelius, Oregon, who had been missing for a year. KGW reports the remains were confirmed to be that of 77-year-old Ralph Brown this week. Investigators from the Yamhill and Washington County Sheriff’s Offices responded to Rogers Landing, a small park and boat launch near Newberg, on Friday to investigate reports of a vehicle in the water. Adventures With Purpose, a dive team that helps people find missing loved ones, initially located the vehicle. Family members said Brown was 76 and had dementia at the time of his disappearance.