Kathryn Altena

Kathryn Altena

Kathryn joined the MyNorthwest.com team in February 2020 as a writer and editor. Follow her on Twitter @kkaltena

Crews prep boring machine for new sewage tunnel from Ballard to Wallingford

Help Seattle Public Utilities name the tunnel boring machine that will dig a 2.7-mile long, underground storage tunnel from Ballard to Wallingford.
6 months ago

Washington is ‘so close to the end,’ but still needs to take COVID precautions

Lacy Fahrenbach, the state's deputy secretary for COVID response, says there are signs Washington's progress against the virus is slowing.
6 months ago

State leaders ‘disappointed’ to see assault weapons ban stall out again in 2021

A bill that would ban assault weapons in Washington only made it to a first reading in 2021, but the legislation's sponsors vow to keep pushing for change.
6 months ago

Washington State Hospital Association CEO: ‘COVID is not done with us’

The CEO of the state's hospital association warns that Phase 3 does not mean the pandemic is over. In fact, case numbers are climbing again in some areas.
6 months ago

Girl Scout cookies available at QFC stores in western Washington

Starting Monday, you can pick up your favorite Girl Scout cookies inside QFC stores, and 100% of proceeds from cookie sales will go to local troops.
6 months ago

Dr. Duchin: Reaching true herd immunity against COVID ‘probably unlikely’

Dr. Jeff Duchin, King County health officer, explains why reaching high-level population immunity against COVID-19 may be more realistic than herd immunity.
6 months ago

State Dept of Health expects boost of COVID vaccine doses per week in April

The Washington State Department of Health expects to receive nearly double the current amount of weekly COVID-19 vaccine doses by next month. 
6 months ago

Seattle partners with state to reduce speed limit on portions of state routes

The speed limit on portions of state routes in Seattle will be lowered by 5 miles per hour due to a partnership between the city and state.
6 months ago

Where you can (and can’t) see tulips, cherry blossoms in Washington

The Tulip Festival in Skagit County is set to reopen for visitors in 2021, but the UW is asking people to view the cherry blossoms at home again this year.
6 months ago

King County health officer: Variants, vaccine, behaviors will determine course of virus

Public Health -- Seattle & King County's Dr. Jeff Duchin outlines a few factors that may influence how the pandemic progresses from this point.
6 months ago

Most local ski resorts extend season into April

After record snow fall combined with months of limited capacity due to COVID protocols, most local ski resorts are planning for an extended season.
7 months ago

Seattle’s Lumen Field vaccine site to host largest civilian-run clinic in the nation

The Lumen Field Event Center in Seattle will open as a mass vaccination site Saturday, capable of 20,000 vaccinations per day at its peak.
7 months ago

King County health officer: ‘Be cautiously optimistic,’ but COVID risk remains

Dr. Jeff Duchin, health officer with Public Health - Seattle & King County, says there are reasons to be cautiously optimistic, but it's not time to let up.
7 months ago

Gov. Inslee, Mayor Durkan push to get kids back in school ‘safely and soon’

Governor Jay Inslee and Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan pushed for a safe return to school, using examples of schools that have already returned in Washington.
7 months ago

Gov. Inslee: COVID vaccine eligibility to expand in March, April as supply increases

Based on the current trajectory, Gov. Inslee said it's expected that the state will move to an expanded Phase 1B-2 of COVID vaccinations on March 22. 
7 months ago

Three vaccination sites to open in King County as dose supply expected to increase

As more doses of the COVID-19 vaccines are expected to become available in the coming weeks, Seattle is opening three more vaccination sites in March.
7 months ago

Mysterious coins confiscated at Blaine border crossing transferred to UW

The University of Washington has received 51 mysterious, ancient coins that were confiscated at the Blaine border crossing three years ago. 
7 months ago

Paid parking rates adjusted in parts of Seattle to ‘improve customer access’

Street parking rates are being adjusted in a few Seattle neighborhoods, effective Feb. 17. SDOT says the changes are to help customers find a parking space.
7 months ago

Redmond vaccination site on Microsoft campus to focus on highest-risk older adults

King County Executive Dow Constantine says the vaccination site at the Microsoft campus in Redmond will focus first on highest-risk, eligible older adults. 
7 months ago

The ‘new world’ of Fan Controlled Football where Lynch, Sherman are team owners

A year ago, the XFL was relaunching, bigger and better than before. Now there's another alternative league starting Sunday: Fan Controlled Football.
8 months ago

Biden administration approves major disaster declaration, wildfire aid for Washington

Five months after a fire destroyed the towns of Malden and Pine City, President Biden has approved federal wildfire aid and assistance for Washington.
8 months ago

Grocery associations file lawsuit against Seattle to stop hazard pay

On the day hazard pay for grocery workers took effect in Seattle, grocery associations filed a lawsuit against it, calling the ordinance unfair and illegal.
8 months ago

Healthy baby girl gorilla born at Woodland Park Zoo

The Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle has welcomed the newest (and littlest) member of the western lowland gorilla family: a healthy baby girl.
8 months ago

UW post-COVID clinic treating ‘long-haulers’ sees multifold increase in patients

The post-COVID Rehabilitation and Recovery Clinic at Harborview Medical Center has seen a multifold increase in patients needing clinic services. 
8 months ago