A non-injury crash at the Skagit River bridge Wednesday, Dec. 9, has closed all lanes Interstate 5 in both directions while inspectors assess if there was any damage to the bridge.
“Please plan for a long term closure of the Skagit River Bridge today,” a Washington State Department of Transportation tweet at 9:01 a.m. read. “Our team is heading up from Olympia to inspect the bridge. Please plan your trip accordingly ... no ETA at this time.”
A semi truck headed southbound on the freeway hit the barrier and broke its front axle, according to a tweet by Washington State Trooper Heather Axtman made at 4:47 a.m. Wednesday. No other vehicles were involved in the crash, Axtman reported.
Millions of people around the world drink from her cup.
What’s up with that?
(WWU alumna) Taylor Mattson, who hails from Everett, designed two of the season’s four Starbucks red cups that are caffeinating the masses in this coffee-est time of the year.
As Todd Donovan, a professor at Western Washington University, told The Spokesman-Review: “Everything down the ballot is so nationalized. People are voting straight tickets, seeing things through partisan lenses.”
Which seems to be self-defeating. Because Republican candidates in Southwest Washington are quite different from Donald Trump; Democratic candidates are much different from Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
Smartphones are coming in clutch, once again.
The device you use to order Christmas presents and watch TV shows can now be notified of possible exposure to COVID-19.
Whatcom County saw its number of COVID-19 cases increase by 65, the Washington State Department of Health reported Monday, Dec. 7, but its death total was reduced by three over the weekend.
Whatcom County now has seen 2,706 confirmed cases and 53 related deaths during the pandemic, according to state data as of 11:59 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5. That means that 2.0% of the Whatcom residents who have tested positive for COVID during the pandemic have died.
A nurse rolled up 90-year-old Margaret Keenan’s sleeve and administered a shot watched round the world -– the first jab in the U.K.’s COVID-19 vaccination program kicking off an unprecedented global effort to try to end a pandemic that has killed 1.5 million people.
Keenan, a retired shop clerk from Northern Ireland who celebrates her birthday next week, was at the front of the line at University Hospital Coventry to receive the vaccine that was approved by British regulators last week.
Whatcom County saw its number of COVID-19 cases increase by 14, the Washington State Department of Health reported Sunday, Dec. 6. Deaths are not reported on the weekend.
Whatcom County now has seen 2,641 confirmed cases and 56 related deaths during the pandemic, according to state data as of 11:59 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 5. That means that 2.1% of the Whatcom residents who have tested positive for COVID during the pandemic have died.
State forecasters are not expecting Washington’s economy to be back to its pre-pandemic activity until the fourth quarter of 2021.
Even after we’re past the COVID-19 outbreak, activity including business travel and office space demand may take even longer to bounce back, said Steve Lerch, chief economist and executive director at the Washington State Economic and Revenue Forecast Council.
Still, the preliminary research does provide some tantalizing clues to help scientists better understand the current and potential future hazards in this region.
“This lays a really nice story for future investigation,” says Jackie Caplan-Auerbach, a volcanologist and seismologist at Western Washington University who wasn’t part of the research team.
A key strategy in fighting the spread of COVID-19 is reaching people early who have been infected and then contacting anyone they might have subsequently infected.
The processes are called case investigation (the process of reaching someone who is infected) and contact tracing (reaching people who might have been exposed to the infected person). Local health agencies across Washington, as well as the state Department of Health, have been using those processes since spring when the coronavirus began its march across the state.