In the Media

Friday, August 7, 2020 - 12:24pm
KGET Bakersfield

Bakersfield native Ray Garcia was recognized earlier this year as an outstanding graduate and Presidential Scholar at Western Washington University.

Garcia was picked as an outstanding graduate by university faculty. Presidential Scholars are selected in recognition of their educational excellence and service to the university and their communities. 

Garcia graduated from WWU in March with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and minors in professional writing and literacies & rhetoric. He co-founded the Society for Student Journalists of Color at the university and was selected as one of six journalism students to travel to Tunisia on a Journalism and Democracy Fellowship funded by the U.S. State Department.

Friday, August 7, 2020 - 12:23pm
Seattle Times

COVID-19 has shown to be devastating to the elderly and people with health conditions such as diabetes and hypertension. The coronavirus also spreads easily in congregate settings such as assisted living facilities. The first known outbreak in the United States was at a nursing home in Kirkland, and with roughly half the state’s deaths still in people 80 or older, much attention has rightly been paid to preventing older people from getting sick.

But, health experts warn, that might be leading to complacency among young people.

Friday, August 7, 2020 - 12:22pm
Reuters

Nearly 300,000 Americans could be dead from COVID-19 by Dec. 1, University of Washington health experts forecast on Thursday, although they said 70,000 lives could be saved if people were scrupulous about wearing masks.

Thursday, August 6, 2020 - 12:46pm
Associated Press

Nearly 1.2 million laid-off Americans applied for state unemployment benefits last week, evidence that the coronavirus keeps forcing companies to slash jobs just as a critical $600 weekly federal jobless payment has expired.

The government’s report Thursday did offer a smidgen of hopeful news: The number of jobless claims declined by 249,000 from the previous week, after rising for two straight weeks, and it was the lowest total since mid-March.

Thursday, August 6, 2020 - 11:52am
Associated Press

U.S. testing for the coronavirus is dropping even as infections remain high and the death toll rises by more than 1,000 a day, a worrisome trend that officials attribute largely to Americans getting discouraged over having to wait hours to get a test and days or weeks to learn the results.

An Associated Press analysis found that the number of tests per day slid 3.6% over the past two weeks to 750,000, with the count falling in 22 states. That includes places like Alabama, Mississippi, Missouri and Iowa where the percentage of positive tests is high and continuing to climb, an indicator that the virus is still spreading uncontrolled.

Thursday, August 6, 2020 - 11:47am
Seattle Times

It’s unsafe for a vast majority of Washington’s 1.1 million students to return to classrooms for in-person learning this fall, including for those in King, Pierce and Snohomish counties, according to recommendations Gov. Jay Inslee and the state’s top health and education officials announced Wednesday afternoon.

The guidance offers advice to districts — but doesn’t mandate school closures or other measures — based on local incidence of the novel coronavirus. Inslee unveiled the recommendations during a Wednesday press conference, where he was joined by the state’s schools chief Chris Reykdal and state health officer Dr. Kathy Lofy.

Thursday, August 6, 2020 - 11:38am
The Bellingham Herald

Updated primary election results released Wednesday, Aug. 5, by the Whatcom County Auditor’s Office and the Washington Secretary of State’s Office offer a clearer picture of the candidates who’ll be on the November general election ballot.

In Whatcom County’s two contested judicial races, Evan Jones and James Erb were leading Lisa Keeler for Superior Court judge position 2 and Judge David Freeman was leading challengers Carl Munson and Jim Nelson for position 4.

In Whatcom County’s only other contested primary races, both incumbent House members who represent Whatcom County were leading their challengers.

Washington uses a “top two” primary system, meaning that the two candidates with the most votes advance to the Nov. 3 general election, regardless of party affiliation.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020 - 1:43pm
Seattle Times

Emergency actions taken last May to halt a massive fraud in Washington’s unemployment system prevented at least $200 million in additional losses on top of the more than half-a-billion dollars taken by scammers, officials said Monday.

But officials also acknowledged that the sophisticated scheme, which ultimately siphoned off $576 million in state and federal benefits, started in early March, two months before the Employment Security Department (ESD) abruptly halted all payments to investigate the fraud.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020 - 1:38pm
Seattle Times

Gov. Jay Inslee took the lead in the Aug. 4 primary Tuesday, with small-town police Chief Loren Culp running a distant second, but well ahead of the other Republican challengers.

In Tuesday’s count, Inslee took 52% of votes in the 36-candidate primary field. Culp received about 17%, with initiative sponsor Tim Eyman and former Bothell Mayor Joshua Freed at about 7% each.

Hundreds of thousands more ballots remain to be counted in the coming days. The top two vote recipients will face off in the Nov. 3 general election.

Wednesday, August 5, 2020 - 1:31pm
The Bellingham Herald

Early primary results Tuesday, Aug. 4, show that in Whatcom County’s two contested judicial races, Evan Jones was leading James Erb and Lisa Keeler for Superior Court judge position 2 and Judge David Freeman was leading challengers Carl Munson and Jim Nelson for position 4.

In Whatcom County’s only other contested primary races, both incumbent House members who represent Whatcom County were leading their challengers.

Washington uses a “top two” primary system, meaning that the two candidates with the most votes advance to the Nov. 3 general election, regardless of party affiliation.

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